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
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $145
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $25
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $14
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $43
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $15
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $36
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $20.36
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center
Tee Times
Humble $7
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $22.95
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $20
La Torretta Del Lago
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $13
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Fort Bend Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $30 - $40
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club Houston $33 - $63
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club Houston $33 - $63
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Pecan Lakes Golf Club Navasota $33.00
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Grand Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Montgomery $15 - $50
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $19 - $25
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $27.95
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club Katy $59
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $69
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
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