Houston is heaven for golf lovers. The majority of the more than 150 (!!!) golf courses in the area are open to the public, which means this traditionally elitist sport is affordable and plentiful. And there’s a lot of variety, with courses running the gamut from tree-lined, heavily wooded greens to wide-open coastal plains layouts. And golf is a year-round sport in Houston, with mild winters and gorgeous fall weather providing the perfect playing conditions. Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, Houston has a golf course for you!
Best Public Golf Courses Near Houston
- Wildcat Golf Club | Houston
There are two 18-hole courses at Wildcat, designed by Roy Case, and both with great views of the city and NRG Stadium. The Highlands is links style, while the Lakes Course has plenty of water.
- Bay Forest Golf Course | La Porte
This Texas Coast golf course is named by the Dallas Morning News as one of the top 20 municipal golf courses in Texas. This popular course offers amenities for every kind of golfer along with a classic bayside setting and bayou-fed waterways.
- Memorial Park Golf Course | Houston
The 1936 John Bredemus design in the middle of the city was recently restored and upgraded. This popular course sports green contours, strategic bunkering, and acres of short-grass runoff around putting surfaces.
- Tour 18 Houston | Humble
This replica course is fun for golf fans. It has a great rendition of Amen Corner at Augusta, along with the island green from TPC Sawgrass, church pew bunkers of Oakmont, The Blue Monster, and many other imitations.
- Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course | Humble
Architect Rees Jones created 18 competitive holes with plenty of water and gorgeous trees. This family-friendly course has the best collection of holes of any daily fee in the area.
- Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club | Katy
One of Greg Norman's designs, Meadowbrook Farms opened in 1999. The layout features a variety of trees, wetlands, creeks and lakes, promoting creative shot-making.
- Cypresswood Golf Club | Spring
A 54-hole course surrounded by acres of forest, the pine tree-lined Cypresswood Golf Club has two solid layouts, the Traditions Course and the Cypress Course.
- The Wilderness Golf Course | Lake Jackson, Texas
This Jeff Brauer-designed Audubon Sanctuary course is a hidden gem. It's a challenging course on a beautiful piece of land with imaginative holes… and resident wildlife in the water hazards!