THE TOP TEN Public Golf Courses in Houston Texas
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TPC at the Woodlands
2301 N. Millbend Dr.
Located in The Woodlands, home of the Phoenix Consulting Group. This stadium course is home to the PGA Tour's Shell Houston Open. The two finishing holes are extremely demanding. The final few holes are where the wheels fell off for Scott Hoch in 1995 and Payne Stewart snatched his first victory since winning the U.S. Open. Bring plenty of balls. A lot of forced carry shots. Ranked 13th in Texas by Golf Digest.
1001 N. Falls Dr., New Ulm
Supposed to be one of the finest around. Crystal clear water, gorgeous layout, and lots of scenery. Bent grass greens (a rarity in Texas). A long drive (to get there). In the middle of nowhere, but worth it.
Longwood Golf Club
13300 Longwood Trace, Cypress, TX 77429
A wonderful new addition to the Houston golf scene. Something for everyone here. Water, woods, terrain, and scenic views. The hole layouts are good. Lots of privacy and space between holes. Greens large and true, but a bit young. Great practice facility, clubhouse, and staff.
13134 FM 1464, Richmond
Best two nines are Stables/Barn. Tight fairways surrounded by huge pecan trees. Most players say to forget the Range course. Big problem with leaves in the fall. Great BBQ at the turn. Good facilities and staff.
The Woodlands Resort and Country Club - North Course
2301 N. Millbend Dr., The Woodlands
Just a long par five from the Phoenix Consulting Group headquarters, this course is open only to resort guests. It looks like a well-maintained course, with lots of fairway and greenside bunkers. Trees come into play if the ball goes sideways.
Memorial Park Golf Course
6001 East Memorial Loop, Houston
Originally opened in 1936, this classic course was completely redone in 1994-95 and reopened in late 1995. Tee times taken 3 days in advance. Difficult getting through on the phone when trying to get a tee time. Call at 8:00 a.m. sharp and get ready to use your redial button (or better yet, have your secretary call). Walk-on singles or twosomes get on fairly easily. Fair, honest test of golf. Lengthy course from the tips. In great condition for a muni. One of the best munis in the country. Front nine much easier than the back nine, so score early. Beautiful natural setting. Closed Tuesday. Weekend rates apply on Friday.
Cypresswood Golf Club - Cypress Course
21602 Cypresswood Dr., Spring
Official course of the Phoenix Consulting Group. An excellent test of golf. Lots of pine trees. Natural flow with terrain. Course is set in woods. No houses disrupting the walk. This course is the better of the two Cypresswood course. Houston Amateur and Texas Open played on this course. Greens only drawback. A bit bumpy.
3102 FM 1960 E. Humble
A course so unique, they were sued. 18 of the greatest holes in golf recreated inch for inch. Holes include Amen corner from Augusta, Bay Hill, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, TPC (island green), and Harbor Town. Call well in advance. Overall maintenance of course is the only disappointment.
Southwyk Golf Club
2901 Clubhouse Dr., Pearland
Scottish links style course. No trees, but lots of wind. Bring a knockdown shot. An interesting change of pace. If winds are forecasted, play another course. Lots of heather. Home of the University of Houston Golf Team (alumni include Fred Couples, Blain McCallister, and Steve Elkington).
Greatwood Golf Club
6767 Greatwood Parkway, Sugarland
A good development course. A lot of housing surrounding some of the holes. Water comes into play as does fairway bunkers. Good course maintenance. A camera takes your picture on the first par three and you can win big dollars if you ace it.
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