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
Houston National Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24
Greatwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Sugar Land $26
La Quinta at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $22
North Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa
Tee Times
Montgomery $28
West Fork Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $25
Highlands Course at Wildcat Golf Club
Tee Times
Houston $24.75
Red Wolf Golf Resort
Tee Times
Huffman $14
Sienna Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Missouri City $14
Moody Gardens Golf Course
Tee Times
Galveston $24.65
El Dorado at Quail Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Missouri City $24
Pearland Golf Club at Country Place
Tee Times
Pearland $14
Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston
Tee Times
Humble $49
Jersey Meadow Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $18
Tour 18 Houston
Tee Times
Humble $22
Battleground at Deer Park
Tee Times
Deer Park $16
Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
Tee Times
Katy $29
Palmetto Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Glenbrook Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $14
Charleston/Augusta at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Winged Foot Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Presidents Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Chaparral Golf Club
Tee Times
Dickinson $12
Challenger Course at Bear Creek Golf World
Tee Times
Houston $15
Sharpstown Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $19
South Course at BlackHorse Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $39
Golf Club At Cinco Ranch
Tee Times
Katy $34.95
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Navasota $8
Thunderbird Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Augusta/Biloxi at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Melrose Golf Course Houston $10
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $12
Legendary Oaks Golf Course
Tee Times
Hempstead $14
Brock Park Golf Course Houston $10 - $16
Harbour/South at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Bay Forest Golf Course
Tee Times
La Porte $14
Memorial Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $44
Pinehurst/Point at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Stephen F. Austin Country Club San Felipe $15.95 - $25.00
Rolling Hills Course at Panorama Golf Club
Tee Times
Conroe $15
Panther Trail Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands
Tee Times
The Woodlands $40
Bayou Golf Course
Tee Times
Texas City $14
Kingwood Cove Golf Club Kingwood $10 - $20
Walden On Lake Houston Humble $50
Clear Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Houston $15
Columbus Golf Club Columbus $15
Indian Shores Recreation Center
Tee Times
Crosby $5
Southwyck Golf Club
Tee Times
Pearland $20
Eagle Pointe Golf Club
Tee Times
Mont Belvieu $29
Point/Shores at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Stonebridge at Newport
Tee Times
Crosby $13
Biloxi/Charleston at River Plantation Country Club
Tee Times
Conroe $14
Shore/Harbour at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Pine Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
South/Shore at South Shore Harbour Country Club
Tee Times
League City $30
Texaco Country Club
Tee Times
Houston $12
Shores/Pinehurst at Atascocita Golf Club
Tee Times
Atascocita $13
Post Oak Course at Longwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $25
Bellville Golf Club Bellville $26
Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Cypress $29.75
Front Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Championship Golf Course at Big Easy Ranch Columbus N/A
Family Nine course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $30
Trent/Jones at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
West Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Weston Lakes Country Club Fulshear $35 - $50
Bridges/Creek at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Fazio Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
First Tee Junior at FM Law Park Houston N/A
The Club At Falcon Point Katy $69
Bluejack National - The Playgrounds Montgomery N/A
Spring Valley Golf Club Spring $10.85 - $21.50
The Oaks Course at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Woodlands $40 - $90
England/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Member Course at Golf Club of Houston Humble $125
The Links at Green Caye Dickinson $ 6.50
Gold/White at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Masters Course at Bear Creek Golf World Houston $29
River Pointe Golf Club Richmond $25 - $30
Loch Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Pebble Creek Country Club College Station $55
Bay Oaks Country Club Houston $77 - $87
England/Scotland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Cypress Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $24 - $45
Timber Trails Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Pines Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
Augusta Pines Golf Club Spring $62.50
Shadow Hawk Golf Club Richmond $75
Black Hawk Country Club Richmond $115
Oaks course at Houston Oaks Country Club & Family Retreat Hockley $115
White/Green at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Pines Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Robert/Trent at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Nicklaus Course at The Club At Carlton Woods The Woodlands $100
Newgulf Golf Club Newgulf $15
Pecan/Grove at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Palmer Deacon/King at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Royal Oaks Country Club Houston $102
Green/Gold at Pine Forest Country Club Houston $35 - $65
Jackrabbit/Wolf Corner at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club Spring $34 - $55
Lakeside Country Club Houston $91
Chambers County Golf Course Anahuac $22
Pecan Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Cypress Creek Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Lakeview Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $40
El Campo Country Club El Campo $50
Westwood Golf Club Houston N/A
Lochinvar Country Club Houston $125
Lakes Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Forest Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Scotland/Ireland at Magnolia Creek League City N/A
Wharton Country Club Wharton $12.50
Fort Bend Country Club Richmond $30 - $40
Swanson Golf Center Houston $11
Plantation/Pecan at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Sterling Country Club Houston $45 - $60
Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land $35
Tomball Country Club Tomball $35
Chemlake Golf Course Pasadena $10
Beacon Lakes Golf Club Dickenson $20 - $23
River Terrace Golf Course Houston $15
Grove/Plantation at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richmond $33 - $53
Humble Oil Patch Golf Center Humble $7.00 - $12.50
Raveneaux Country Club Spring $54
Hillcrest Golf Club Alvin $8
Inland Course at April Sound Country Club Montgomery $20
Bluejack National Montgomery N/A
Galveston Country Club Galveston $60
Gleann Nine at Gleannloch Pines Golf Club Spring $44.00
Conroe Country Club Conroe $29
Player Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $70 - $80
Magnolia Ridge Country Club Liberty $25
Grand Lake Golf Club Montgomery $35 - $40
Island Course at Kingwood Country Club
Tee Times
Kingwood $59
Jones/Robert at Sugar Creek Country Club Sugar Land $46
Miller Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
Pasadena Municipal Golf Course Houston $21
Walden on Lake Conroe Golf & Country Club Montgomery $49 - $60
Riverbend Country Club Sugar Land $65
Horsepen/Jackrabbit at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Grand Pines Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $95
Waller Country Club Waller $25
Wolf Corner/Horsepen at Hearthstone Country Club Houston $35 - $48
Creekside Nine at Timber Creek Golf Club Friendswood $30 - $38
River Oaks Country Club Houston $100
Palmer General/Deacon at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
Oakhurst Golf Club Porter $19 - $49
Hermann Park Golf Course Houston $21.50
Jack Rabbit Golf Course at Champions Golf Club Houston $110.50
Bunkers/Bridges at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Golfcrest Country Club Pearland $46 - $61
Marsh Course at Kingwood Country Club Kingwood $59
Brenham Country Club Brenham $35
Tournament Course at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $65 - $85
Willow Creek Golf Club Spring $37 - $58
Creek/Bunkers at Northgate Country Club Houston $69
Willow Fork Country Club Katy $52
Back Nine at Woodforest Golf Club at Fish Creek Montgomery $45 - $55
Lake Windcrest Golf Club Magnolia $35 - $50
Austin Bayou Golf Course Danbury $9
Houston Country Club Houston $88
Palmer King/General at Woodlands Country Club The Woodlands $86
High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Magnolia $40 - $69
Rancho Carribe Golf Course Crystal Beach $10
Windrose Golf Club Spring $20 - $45
Weiskopf Course at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club Montgomery $75
BraeBurn Country Club Houston $60
Deerwood Club Of Kingwood Kingwood $65
Eagle Lake Golf Course Eagle Lake $10
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