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
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $20
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $90
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $10
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $43
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $33
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Waller Country Club Waller $25
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
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