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
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $13.95
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $24.5
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $65
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $36
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $17
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $10
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $19
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $36
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $10
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $30
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $19
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $32.95
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $29
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $19
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $14
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $12
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $23
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $29
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16.15
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $30
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $33
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $14
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $19.95
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat
Tee Times
Hockley $75
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
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