Anyone who has swung a Callaway or TaylorMade in Houston knows that our fair city usually boasts 12 months of great golf. It’s no surprise, then, that three of the best golf courses in the Lone Star State are in the Houston area, according to a new 2023 guide from Texas Monthly.

Texas has the fifth-largest public golf courses in the country, with about 600 spread throughout the state. With that in mind, the Texas Monthly The team traveled thousands of miles to collect their data on the most unique, affordable and accessible golf courses in Texas.

All three Houston courses fit these criteria, while offering some of the best experiences for players of any skill level.

The first golf course on the lists is Dark Horse at Cypress, a 36-hole complex distinctively designed by Jim Hardy and Peter Jacobsen as a tribute to the wetlands of East Texas. The combined area of ​​the South and North courses is approximately 14,500 yards, with the South course taking the shorter length but compensating with a more challenging layout.

Of a total of thirty holes, Texas Monthly The 16th and 17th holes are the most special, he explains.

“The first, a short par 4, dares top hitters to drive over a beautiful marsh, and the next par 3 is actually an island — a wooden bridge just above the waterline that takes you from the tee to the green,” senior editor Josh Alvarez said. . “The stunning wetland scenery and resident waterfowl provide solace for any scattered shots.”

Next on the list is Houston’s oldest 18-hole course – Gus Wortham – that monthly He says it was just an “afterthought” for the city. Only after local residents expressed their disapproval of turning the trail into a botanical garden did the Houston City Council decide to renovate the trail into what it is today.

“Thanks to some TLC over the past six years, Wortham boasts a newly rebuilt clubhouse, a fully grassed driving range, sparkling fairways and ever-beguiingly attractive greens,” the guide said.

What distinguishes this course, according to monthlyis how it has not lost its appeal over the years, even with the reinvestment of the city.

Last, but certainly not least, Memorial Park It has had time in the spotlight before when it was named one of the best municipal courses by So it’s no surprise that the popular course was included Texas Monthly Guide – going so far as to say that Bayou City golfers should consider themselves fortunate (“if not completely spoiled”) for such a well-maintained, conveniently located and affordable course.

Since Memorial Park was renovated and reopened in 2019, the course has become one of only two municipally owned courses on the PGA Tour, in addition to being a featured host of the Houston Open.

“Those who fear the sand will be happy to see less than two dozen bunkers during the round, but players must carefully navigate the grass hollows, deep ravines and thick Bermuda grass that catches balls when they miss the fairway,” Alvarez said. “Take advantage of your double-deck driving range to determine your iron distances, because the green can be tough.”

And don’t forget to grab a Bill’s Burger from Becks Prime after the tour.

15 courses remaining in Texas Monthly A “Guide to the Best Public Golf Courses in Texas” can be found at

    (Tags for translation)Golf

Leave a Reply