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
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $32
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $45
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $30
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $24.5
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $22
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $12
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $10
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $11
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $10
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $10
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $12
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $12.99
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $11
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $25
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $10
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $32
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $16.15
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $20
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $36
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $10
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $15
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $34.95
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $20
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $11
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $19.99
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $10
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $25
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $10
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $21
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $11
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $12
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $10
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14.50 - $20.00
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10 - $12
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $19.95
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $13 - $15
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Jersey Meadow Golf Course Houston $37
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Texas National Golf Club Willis $26 - $32
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
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