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
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $36
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $12
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $25
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $22
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $15
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $21
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $20
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $22
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $20
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $61
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $18
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $18
Kingwood Cove Golf Club Kingwood $10 - $20
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $12
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $12
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $12
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $20
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $12
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $15
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $12
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $12
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $45
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $14
Stephen F. Austin Country Club
Tee Times
San Felipe $30
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $25
Wedgewood Golf Course Conroe $23 - $32
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $12
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $15
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $12
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $12
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $15
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $12
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World Houston $29
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club Hempstead $14
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
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