Perhaps the most well-known course in Houston is the Memorial Park Golf Course, home of the Houston Open, which is held in November. This year, the Houston Open will be Nov. 10-13, 2022. Memorial Park Golf Course, originally built in 1912, is recognized as one of the best municipal courses in the nation. But, just like many others, it has gone in and out of disrepair. It was the home of the Houston Open from 1951 to 1963. After that the PGA event bounced around suburban Houston courses before returning to the par 70 Memorial Park in 2020.
It’s fun to watch some of the world’s best golfers playing on a course that is open to the public, the opposite of watching them play on swanky, elite clubs like Augusta. (By the way, if you happen to be chartering a private jet into Houston for Father’s Day (June 19 this year), Memorial Park has a Father’s Day package that not only buys rounds of golf but also buys you a chance to get advance tickets to the Houston Open, which won’t go on sale to the general public until later this year.)
Gus Wortham Park Golf Course: Formerly called the Houston Country Club, this club, built in 1908, has had a rocky history and almost closed before being restored in 2018, using original drawings and aerials. It is a municipal course as is Memorial Park, which was also renovated and is home again to the PGA Tour’s Houston Open.
River Oaks Country Club: Considered one of the most exclusive courses in the country, River Oaks is nestled amidst stately old oak trees and ancient pines along the banks of Buffalo Bayou. It has been revamped a couple times since originally designed by Donald Ross in 1924. Open to members or friends of members.
Lochinvar Golf Club: Jack Nicklaus designed Lochinvar with the kind of expertise and enthusiasm that only the true golf connoisseur can appreciate, according to Nicklaus Design. He has personally walked the course perfecting holes, positioning bunkers and changing tee placements. Note: It is one of the few male-only courses remaining in the United States and very exclusive. If you happen to be doing business with an executive who is a member, get on if you can.
Houston National Golf Club: Located in northwest Houston, Houston National has 18 championship holes designed by famed golf course designers Von Hagge, Smelek & Baril. It’s a public course with green fees under $50.
Golf Club of Houston: Calling itself “a club for the true enthusiast,” this course, located in Humble, is designed for those who want to experience the level of precision and refinement needed by professional golfers. The club, formerly the Redstone Golf Club, contains two 18-hole courses. The Member Course is private, while the Tournament Course is open to the public. It hosted the Houston Open for 17 years (14 on the Tournament Course) when it was the Redstone Golf Club.
If you want to take business associates or family and friends to golf at a place where you can stay and enjoy other activities, private charter jet travelers might want to consider these popular resorts.
The Woodlands Resort: Located just 30 miles north of downtown Houston, the popular Woodlands Resort has two championship golf courses, Panther Trail and The Oaks, as well as a heated year-round water park with lazy river and slides and tennis facilities. FlyUSA can arrange a charter jet for you into David Wayne Hooks Airport (DWH), which is about 6 miles southwest, or any Houston airport.
Margaritaville Lake Resort: You’re on a lake north of Houston but you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical island in this golf resort that has some 300 luxury suites and 30 waterfront cottages, and the best thing for golfers renting a private jet to get there is there’s a private aviation airport, Conroe-North Houston Executive Airport (CXO), less than 20 miles away. FlyUSA can arrange a charter jet to get you there in no time.
South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center: Located on Clear Lake just a couple miles from northeast Galveston Bay, South Shore Harbour is a great place to go golfing for anyone coming to Houston for a corporate meeting near Space Center Houston, which is a mile away on the other side of Clear Lake. It has a 27-hole championship course as well as a marina-side pool with swim up bar and private cabanas for relaxation or conducting business. And, perhaps the best reason to pick this resort is that FlyUSA can arrange a private charter jet for you into Ellington Airport, which is less than 5 miles northwest. Ellington Airport (EFD) is also home to the commercial Houston Spaceport and the place where astronauts have trained.
Five PGA Tour Events are held in the state of Texas. If you can’t make the Houston Open, the biggest of the five, in November, check out these other events on many golfers’ wish lists:
- World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, Austin Country Club, Austin
- Valero Texas Open, TPC San Antonio (The Oaks Course), San Antonio
- AT&T Byron Nelson, TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney
- Charles Schwab Challenge, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth