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
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
The Golf Club at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe
Tee Times
Montgomery $26.25
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $75
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $25
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Richmond $50
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $24.95
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $40
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $39.2
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $20
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $22
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $35
Melrose Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $8
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Austin Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Danbury $9
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
East River 9
Tee Times
Houston TBA
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $30 - $72
Brenham Country Club
Tee Times
Brenham $35
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Pearland Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $13.50 - $25.00
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $15
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Family Nine Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $30
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Big Easy Ranch - 9-Hole Course Columbus N/A
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $29 - $59
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Bellville Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellville $14
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $55 - $70
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Liberty Golf Course Liberty $11 - $16
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Jackrabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $85.50
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $65
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $19 - $39
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $10
Stephen F. Austin Golf Club San Felipe $39
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60 - $70
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $63
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $75 - $250
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Sand Hill Farm Golf Club Waller $10
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Oaks Course from The Golf Club at Houston Oaks Hockley $115
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Swanson Golf Center Houston $12
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $25 - $50
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