Destination Guide

Destination: Houston

From Redstone Golf Club to Cypresswood Golf Club to Memorial Park Golf Course, and many in between, Houston is turning into a prime golfing destination.

HOUSTON - Some call Houston the Space City because that's where NASA's Mission Control once heard, "Houston, we have a problem."

Locals might know it better as the Bayou City because of the series of waterways that divide the city. Houston is also known for its oil refineries, medical research and hospital facilities, and shipping industry.

However you picture H-Town or the Golden Buckle, though, there's no denying that the nation's fourth largest city has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment, restaurants and golf.

The city has three major professional sports teams - the Astros, Texans and Rockets - a great downtown theater district, loads of shopping (including the famous Galleria) and warm weather year-round. It also has the country's fourth largest museum district.

The metro also offers the beaches of Galveston, rides and restaurants at the Kemah Boardwalk, and Space Center Houston, a theme park at NASA in Clear Lake City that both entertains and educates.

The average high temperature in the winter is in the mid-to-upper 60s and low 90s in the dog days of summer. Humidity is generally high, but early spring and fall are the best times to play golf in Houston.

And there is plenty of golf - about 150 golf courses in the area to be more precise, the majority of which are public.

Houston, or more specifically nearby Humble, is where you'll find Tour 18 Golf Club, the original of the copycat, or replica, courses. The folks there did a nice job with Amen Corner as well as famous holes from other famous venues. The club is about 15 minutes from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and generally not expensive to play.

Also near the airport is Redstone Golf Club. The Tournament Course, designed by Rees Jones, is the site of the PGA Tour's Shell Houston Open, and it's open to the public. Springtime and late fall are the best times to play when the ryegrass fairways and overseeded greens are thriving as they set up the course to mimic Augusta National.

Another good public facility not too far from Bush Airport is Cypresswood Golf Club. The Tradition, designed by Keith Foster, is the jewel of this 54-hole facility.

Inside the 610 Loop, you'll find historic Memorial Park Golf Course. Renovated a few years ago, it's the annual site of the city amateur championships and once hosted the city's PGA Tour event. Green fees, including cart, are less than $50 on the weekend, but you have to get online to get a tee time, usually.

On the northwest side of town, you'll find a trio of really good courses.
BlackHorse Golf Club has two excellent, 18-hole, Jacobsen-Hardy layouts. Just a couple miles away, Cypress Lakes Golf Club lays claim to having the best greens in the metro area. And just around the corner, Houston National Golf Club has 27 well-conditioned, links-style holes with plenty of water and small greens.

More north, there's the Steve Elkington-designed Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek. Located just north of The Woodlands, Woodforest also boasts great greens and conditions. High Meadow Ranch Golf Club is another good layout that's a little bit of a drive toward Magnolia. Designed by David Ogrin, the course is divided into three interesting six-hole loops.

On the southwest side of town, you can check out the high-end daily fee layout of Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club, a good Greg Norman design with plenty of risk-reward holes created out of old rice fields. Or in Friendswood, check out Timber Creek Golf Club (27 holes).

Even farther south is Moody Gardens Golf Course, which recently underwent a $17 million renovation. Featuring paspalum tee to green, Moody Gardens barely resembles its former self as Galveston Municipal.

And to the east, there's Eagle Pointe Golf Club, an inexpensive but well-conditioned, challenging layout that's worth the drive to Mont Belvieu.

Dining in Houston


There are more than 5,000 restaurants in Houston, and Houstonians eat out often. According to a Zagat's survey, Houston residents go to restaurants about 4.4 times per week compared to the national average of 3.3 times a week.

The restaurants are as diverse as the population, from Mexican to seafood to Cajun, the city has it all.

For a really unique experience, you can try the Downtown Aquarium, which features a half million gallons of fish exhibits as well as great seafood offerings.

Houston is also home to the original Pappas restaurants, which includes Pappadeux, Pappas Steakhouse and Seafood, and Pappasito's Cantinas. Ninfa's Mexican restaurants as well as Carrabbas Italian Grille and the Landry's family of restaurants also originated in Houston.

Getting to Houston


Houston is located just 50 miles from the coast. Interstates 10 and 45 intersect at downtown.

Two commercial airports serve the city. Most airlines fly in the larger George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which is home base for Continental Airlines. Hobby Airport, on the south side, is where you'll land if you fly Southwest or AirTran.

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Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $10
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $125
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $41 - $51
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $30
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
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