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
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $44.65
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $30.95 - $79.95
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $28.95
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $25
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $125
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $22
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $26
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $31.95
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $16
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $36.65
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $19.5
Shores/Pinehurst at The Golf Preserve of Atascocita
Tee Times
Humble $12
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $16
Point/Shores at The Golf Preserve of Atascocita
Tee Times
Humble $12
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $7.50 - $8.50
Pinehurst/Point at The Golf Preserve of Atascocita
Tee Times
Humble $12
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95 - $39.95
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $30
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $10 - $20
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $55
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $16
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $29
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $31
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $6
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39.95 - $49.95
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $31.95
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29 - $59
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $23 - $32
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $15.95 - $25.00
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $30
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10 - $16
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $33.95 - $65.95
Walden On Lake Houston
Tee Times
Humble $50
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $18
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $25
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95 - $39.95
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club Hempstead $14
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $29
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
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