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 $29
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $50
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $39
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $50
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $50
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Galveston Country Club Galveston $43 - $70
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
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