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
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $26 - $32
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $99
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $32.95
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $17
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $22
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $30
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Houston Country Club Houston $88
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
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