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