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
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Texas National Golf Club
Tee Times
Willis $10
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $29
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16.52
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $32
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $25
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $15
Country Place Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $15
Evergreen Point Golf Course
Tee Times
Baytown $20
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $99
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $43
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Faith Bridge Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Hempstead $13
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $18
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $30.95
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $18
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Pine Crest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $21
Wedgewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Rolling Hills Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $27
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $15
Newport Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Crosby $16
Columbus Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $15
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
The Falls Resort & Club
Tee Times
New Ulm $30
Kingwood Cove Golf Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $15
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $47
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $18
Thunderbird Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $12
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $11
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $27
Winged Foot Nine at The Village Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Chambers County Golf Course
Tee Times
Anahuac $22
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $39
Alvin Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Alvin $8
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $17
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Magnolia Ridge Country Club
Tee Times
Liberty $25
Lakes Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $26.4
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $17.95
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $19.95
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $29
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $39
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.95
Brock Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $16
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $44
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Sugar Hill Golf Course Houston $30
Memorial Park Golf Course Houston $21 - $41
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $30 - $44
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Chaparral Golf Club Dickinson $4
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Point/Shores at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Golf Club At Westwood Houston N/A
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Goose Creek Country Club Baytown $15 - $25
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Baywood Country Club Pasadena $25
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $80
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club League City $35 - $55
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $19.50 - $19.50
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $18
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $55
Occidental Chemical Golf Course Deer Park N/A
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
Mulligan's Golf Par-3 Houston $15
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
River/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City $15 - $23
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
San Jacinto College Golf Course Pasadena $10
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Parkland/Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Bayou Golf Club Texas City $27
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Blaketree National Golf Club Montgomery $45
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course Houston $18
Eagle Pointe Golf Club Mont Belvieu $36
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Oaksl Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $55
River/Parkland at River Ridge Golf Club Sealy $45 - $65
Wharton Country Club Wharton $18
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $15 - $50
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Kirbywood Golf Club Cleveland $20 - $24
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Panther Trail Course at Canongate at The Woodlands The Woodlands $50
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Bay Forest Golf Course La Porte $14 - $19
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Country Club Humble $32
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Houstonian Golf & Country Club Richmond $115
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $24.95
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $12
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley N/A
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $54
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
Bluebonnet Country Club Navasota $17—$35
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