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

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Course City Rates from
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $36
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $18
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.75
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $28
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $72
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $30
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $27.95
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $4
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $14
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $13
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $34.95
Kingwood Cove Golf Club Kingwood $10 - $20
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $20
Brock Park Golf Course Houston $10 - $16
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $15
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.75
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $14
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $14
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Wedgewood Golf Course Conroe $23 - $32
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $18
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $50
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $20
Alvin Golf & Country Club Alvin $7.50 - $8.50
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $15.95 - $25.00
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $14
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $14
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $20
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $14
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club Hempstead $14
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World Houston $29
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