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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
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
The Golf Club at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Pearland Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
East River 9
Tee Times
Houston TBA
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Melrose Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $8
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Jackrabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Bellville Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellville $14
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60 - $70
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $39
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Liberty Golf Course Liberty $11 - $16
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Sand Hill Farm Golf Club Waller $10
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
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