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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
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
The Golf Club at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $13.50 - $25.00
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Bayou Golf Course - Pitch & Putt Texas City $10
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Melrose Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $8
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $45
East River 9
Tee Times
Houston $34 - $40
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Pearland Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Sand Hill Farm Golf Club Waller $10
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Jackrabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $39
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Big Easy Ranch - 9-Hole Course Columbus N/A
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
Bellville Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellville $14
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Liberty Golf Course Liberty $11 - $16
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60 - $70
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
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