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
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $15.95 - $25.00
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
Galveston Country Club Galveston $43 - $70
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
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