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
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $34
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $16
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $28
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $49
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $14
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $24
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $22
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $14
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.75
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $34.95
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $15.95 - $25.00
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.75
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $13
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $12
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $14
Kingwood Cove Golf Club Kingwood $10 - $20
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $14
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Alvin Golf & Country Club Alvin $7.50 - $8.50
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $14
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $8
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Wedgewood Golf Course Conroe $23 - $32
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Brock Park Golf Course Houston $10 - $16
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $14
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $20
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Waller Country Club Waller $25
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World Houston $29
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club Hempstead $14
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
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