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
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $26 - $32
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $69
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $38.5
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $30
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
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