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kingwood hackerkingwood hacker Members  6WRX Points: 47Posts: 6 Bunkers
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I'm going to be in Houston next week for work and will be staying downtown.
I haven't played anywhere in town since before the hurricane. What are some relatively good places within 10 or 15 minutes of downtown that I could Uber to and play after 5?
I had heard that they were renovating memorial, and I read another thread on here about gus wortham recently being worked over. I've played Herman park a few times but that was all before Harvey.

Any input would be appreciated.

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  • HoustonSigHoustonSig Members  60WRX Points: 37Posts: 60 Bunkers
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    Wildcat ftw! Play the lakes. The 18th view is awesome!

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    I’d play with you but today was the first day I swung a club in 3 mo. I feel like I lost everything.

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  • RXGolf86RXGolf86 Members  14WRX Points: 21Handicap: 12Posts: 14 Bunkers
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    Wildcat and Gus Wortham are probably the closest. I’d pass on Herman Park. It’s been in terrible condition lately.

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  • scott_Donaldscott_Donald Aberdeen, Scotland & HoustonMembers  2840WRX Points: 387Posts: 2,840 Titanium Tees
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    wildcat lakes(hate the Par 5s though) but 15 minutes at that time might be pushing it.

    what date you wanting to golf? I would join but not back from Scotland for 10 days. always looking for folk to play with.

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    I think I'll play on Tuesday (05/21). I will probably shoot over to Gus Wortham. $20 with a cart after 5 is a good deal even if I don't get the full round in. Hopefully I won't have a problem Ubering back from there at that time of night.

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    Should have 0 issue with an Uber

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  • scott_Donaldscott_Donald Aberdeen, Scotland & HoustonMembers  2840WRX Points: 387Posts: 2,840 Titanium Tees
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    never played the Gus Worthum, looks perfect for a mid week single course. is it busy during weekdays like Memorial was?

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    I haven’t had a problem walking on during the week as a single so far.

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    just got into town this morning. I probably won't head over there until tomorrow or wednesday. I'll update after I play and let you guys know how it was.

    On another note, my buddy called yesterday and wants to play Tour 18 on friday because they have golf boards. I am for sure down to try those out. I used to live in Atascocita and played tour 18 almost weekly, but not since I moved in 2014. Curious to see what kind of shape it's in.

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    Update...I’m in Houston (from Long Island) visiting relocated son during 8/20/2019-08/27/2019. Staying in downtown valentine st at son’s apartment (wifey w me too)....
    similar situation. Near downtown golf for weekday golf but during am (Sat going up to Dallas to jerry world Texans/cowboys) ...I’ll play in the am while wifey cleans/shops to fix up apartment.
    Targeting...
    1. The Gus. Seems to be on a trolly line. I can commute there? Non-resident rate applies?
    2. Herman Park? I can also trolly there. It seems. Is a decent experience? Meet some nice folks? Get home before noon?
    3. Pearl and, clear creek are nearby to west downtown. Do an Uber. Which one to play?
    4. Top 18 has a pull on me. Worth going out of town a bit? Or is wildcat a better closer easier option?
    5. Me? Although a member of a nice Long Island course, I LOVE a good muni. So I’m open to any thing with a few interesting wrinkles. Sharpstown? I guess I’m non -resident rates. It’s a vacation week and want to get some scores in. I can’t imagine 7 days off and didn’t golf

    1. Thinking of shipsticks to son’s apartment. Bringing backup bag of course. Ping eye 2 type set.

    2. I’m a 12 handicap and I’m 58 so don’t need to play blue tees at the Houston open course. Just wanna get some exercise, meet the local folks, get back at noon to chaperone wifey to some tourist sites and hit an Astro game at night (playing at home every day of my trip).

    3. Some culinary suggestions for west downtown would be helpful...Prefer Asian food first, then barbecue

    Thanks. I don’t post often but love this golf community

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    i lived in houston before moving back home 5 years ago ... pearl (pearland?) and clear creek are a decent enough ... probably go pearland, but might want to check on greens ... i have never heard of anyone having a good exp at tour 18 ... played it 3 years ago and it was in, shall we say, less than optimal shape ... and the holes don't really mimic the originals that much ... wildcat would def be better, but if you were willing to go to tour 18, then cypress tradition is a sure bet ... might want to check out deerpark battleground, also ... herman park is very tight and short, so you could leave a few clubs at your sons' ... don't know what they've done at gus ... don't think the munis charge for out of state/non resident ... i don't recall having to show ID when i played memorial ... far as food, there are plenty of options in the western part of downtown ... highly ranked bbq joints, solid neighborhood places ... houstonians are extremely trendy, so hot today isn't hot tomorrow, regardless of quality of food, though Backstreet Cafe has stood the test of time, imo ... i ate quite a bit at Giamacos italian when i was there because the food and prices are exceptional ... there are probably a million high end bbq places now ...

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  • scott_Donaldscott_Donald Aberdeen, Scotland & HoustonMembers  2840WRX Points: 387Posts: 2,840 Titanium Tees
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    Cypresswood tradition was awesome yesterday. 3 hour round teeing off just after 4pm. by far my favourite course in Houston, worth the 30 minute drive for me. I try to play it weekly.

    Blackhorse North was ok this week also, 3 week old hollow timed greens that have not healed yet since it has been so dry.

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    On -, @Night Putter said:

    Update...I’m in Houston (from Long Island) visiting relocated son during 8/20/2019-08/27/2019. Staying in downtown valentine st at son’s apartment (wifey w me too)....
    similar situation. Near downtown golf for weekday golf but during am (Sat going up to Dallas to jerry world Texans/cowboys) ...I’ll play in the am while wifey cleans/shops to fix up apartment.
    Targeting...
    1. The Gus. Seems to be on a trolly line. I can commute there? Non-resident rate applies?
    2. Herman Park? I can also trolly there. It seems. Is a decent experience? Meet some nice folks? Get home before noon?
    3. Pearl and, clear creek are nearby to west downtown. Do an Uber. Which one to play?
    4. Top 18 has a pull on me. Worth going out of town a bit? Or is wildcat a better closer easier option?
    5. Me? Although a member of a nice Long Island course, I LOVE a good muni. So I’m open to any thing with a few interesting wrinkles. Sharpstown? I guess I’m non -resident rates. It’s a vacation week and want to get some scores in. I can’t imagine 7 days off and didn’t golf
    1. Thinking of shipsticks to son’s apartment. Bringing backup bag of course. Ping eye 2 type set.

    2. I’m a 12 handicap and I’m 58 so don’t need to play blue tees at the Houston open course. Just wanna get some exercise, meet the local folks, get back at noon to chaperone wifey to some tourist sites and hit an Astro game at night (playing at home every day of my trip).

    3. Some culinary suggestions for west downtown would be helpful...Prefer Asian food first, then barbecue

    Thanks. I don’t post often but love this golf community

    1. Gus Wortham is the best muni in town. Fun layout with elevation changes. Walkable. Good condition. 6400 from the back tees. None of the other munis are worth playing (Memorial Park is under construction). From the downtown central Metro station at Rusk, take the green rail line which leaves every 12 minutes. It's a 16 minute ride to Gus, which is the 7th stop. Take a snack - there's no food at Gus right now.
    2. Hermann can't hold a candle to Gus.
    3. Neither.
    4. Tour 18 is overrated IMO. But I understand the allure if you've never played it. Still, if you are willing to drive 30 mins, play Cypresswood Tradition. If you are willing to drive an hour, consider Woodforest, High Meadow Ranch, Eagle Pointe or Wilderness.
    5. If you like Munis, you'll like Gus. Sharpstown is a goat ranch.
      ...
    6. Best BBQ near downtown is Pit Room, Truth and Pinkertons. Truth usually runs out by 4 pm so consider it to be lunch only. The other two are open for dinner.
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    Vote for your favorite Houston public course!

    Accessible SE Texas Courses I Would Play Again
    In order of distance from downtown
    Memorial Park (renovated)*
    Gus Wortham (renovated)*
    Cypresswood Tradition*
    Blackhorse South*
    Eagle Pointe*
    Woodforest
    The Wilderness*
    Walden Lake Conroe
    Crown Colony

    * - Regular Rotation

    Still Need to Try
    In order of distance from downtown
    Golf Club of Houston
    Blackhorse North
    High Meadow Ranch

  • snagy2000snagy2000 Members  1931WRX Points: 440Posts: 1,931 Platinum Tees
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    Stay away from Tour 18. Buddy of mine played it Friday and said it needs a lot of work. Which is par for the course under their current ownership.

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    Gus Wortham was recently redone by Houston Golf Assoc and it is very good shape. Greens are a bit hard because they are new but overall course is in good condition. No amenities at all. Operating out of a trailer with only a taco trailer to provide food.
    Hermann Park...last I heard was not in very good shape. Definitely close to downtown but don't expect much.
    "Pearl"?...not sure what you are referring to here. Pearland Golf Club maybe. Drove by it couple weeks ago. From road, looked like in decent shape.
    Clear Creek, last time I played it...it was rough around the edges. Bunkers not in good shape at all. Other than that...greens were good and fairways were ok.
    Tour 18...bunkers are simply horrible. Rest of the course is ok.
    Wildcat...Lakes as you can imagine has lots of water. But fun to play. Highlands...only problem with it, you never know whether the "native grass" will be knee high and defining the fairways really well or if it will be mowed down and not really much to deal with if you have to hit out of it. More scenic for sure. I would play Wildcat over Tour 18.
    I haven't been to Sharpstown in probably 20+ years. Can't say much about it.
    If I can provide you any info on any other courses, shoot me a message and I will do my best to answer.

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    I know it says I am from Missouri City TX but I have moved to Weston Lakes TX.

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    I give up.

  • dbdorsdbdors Houston, Clear Lake areaClubWRX  2290WRX Points: 311Handicap: 15Posts: 2,290 ClubWRX
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    If willing to drive an hour, the Wilderness is worth every minute of the drive.

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    On -, @tiderider said:

    probably go pearland, but might want to

    i have never heard of anyone having a good exp at tour 18 ... played it 3 years ago and it was in, shall we say, less than optimal shape ...

    deerpark battleground, also ...

    herman park is very tight and short, so you could leave a few clubs at your sons' ...

    don't think the munis charge for out of state/non resident

    i ate quite a bit at Giamacos italian

    Thank you. Great advice that will be taken!
    I’ll skip Top 18
    Giamacos? I’m sure to get pizza urge at least once in my 7 days.

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    On -, @scott_Donald said:

    Cypresswood tradition was awesome yesterday. 3 hour round...
    Blackhorse North was ok this week also, 3 week old hollow timed greens that have not healed yet since it has been so dry.

    The woodlands area just a bit off my grid. But thank you

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    1. Gus Wortham is the best muni in town.

    It's a 16 minute ride to Gus, which is the 7th stop. Take a snack - there's no food at Gus right now.

    1. Tour 18 is overrated IMO.
    2. Best BBQ near downtown is Pit Room, Truth and Pinkertons. Truth usually runs out by 4 pm so consider it to be lunch only. The other two are open for dinner.
    1. Gus is my place
    2. I’m not making the effort for tour 18
    3. I will do Truth for lunch and Pinkerton for dinner
    4. Thank you!
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    On -, @snagy2000 said:

    Stay away from Tour 18. Buddy of mine played it Friday and said it needs a lot of work. Which is par for the course under their current ownership.

    I’m not going there after reading these reviews. I’ll probably not have wheels and T18 doesn’t seem worth
    Thanks

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    On -, @RickK said:

    Gus Wortham was recently redone by Houston Golf Assoc and it is very good shape. Greens are a bit hard because they are new but overall course is in good condition. No amenities at all. Operating out of a trailer with only a taco trailer to provide food.
    Hermann Park...last I heard was not in very good shape. Definitely close to downtown but don't expect much.
    Wildcat...Lakes as you can imagine has lots of water.

    Thanks for the offer Rick
    I’m gonna definitely go to Gus on the trolly
    I’m gonna try and get to wildcat
    I might do a twilight at Herman

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    On -, @Night Putter said:

    1. Gus is my place
    2. I’m not making the effort for tour 18
    3. I will do Truth for lunch and Pinkerton for dinner
    4. Thank you!

    Does no one here have love for Gatlins? I go weekly.

    Pinkertons I love but ends up expensive.

    Truth I have never been to yet as not a fan of any of their sides. How is the price compared to the others?

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    On -, @CougarRed said:

    On -, @Night Putter said:

    1. Gus Wortham is the best muni in town.

    This is a good place to start next wed

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    On -, @Night Putter said:

    Gus Wortham is a good place to start next wed

    Besides Gus Wortham (8 miles from downtown) and Wildcat (12 miles), other courses close to downtown worth considering (assuming the greens haven't been recently punched):

    Golf Club of Houston Tournament course (18 miles)
    Timber Creek (21 miles)
    Quail Valley El Dorado (22 miles)
    Cypresswood Tradition (25 miles)

    GCOH will hold the Houston Open in October. It's usually in real good shape in September. Maybe now too...

    Tradition is just north of the Bush Airport property line. Pretty easy to get there, as there are three ways to get to Bush (45, Hardy Toll Road and 59).

    PS I don't personally care for Wildcat. Bunkers often lack sand.

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    Vote for your favorite Houston public course!

    Accessible SE Texas Courses I Would Play Again
    In order of distance from downtown
    Memorial Park (renovated)*
    Gus Wortham (renovated)*
    Cypresswood Tradition*
    Blackhorse South*
    Eagle Pointe*
    Woodforest
    The Wilderness*
    Walden Lake Conroe
    Crown Colony

    * - Regular Rotation

    Still Need to Try
    In order of distance from downtown
    Golf Club of Houston
    Blackhorse North
    High Meadow Ranch

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    I don’t know what time you plan on playing Gus and I apologize if it’s back in this thread somewhere, but be aware Gus is closed till 11:00 am on Wednesday’s. Aside from that, enjoy!

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  • Night PutterNight Putter Members  80WRX Points: 37Handicap: 10Posts: 80 Fairways
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    First, thanks for all the info....
    Now, Hey all, me, a Houston visiting tourist , dedicated NY Bethpage public course afficianado declare the GUS to be one great great great municipal golf course. Played it today and LOVED my round of golf.

    More later...wow

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    On -, @Night Putter said:

    I declare the GUS to be one great great great municipal golf course. Played it today and LOVED my round of golf.

    More later...wow

    Thought you might like it...

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    Vote for your favorite Houston public course!

    Accessible SE Texas Courses I Would Play Again
    In order of distance from downtown
    Memorial Park (renovated)*
    Gus Wortham (renovated)*
    Cypresswood Tradition*
    Blackhorse South*
    Eagle Pointe*
    Woodforest
    The Wilderness*
    Walden Lake Conroe
    Crown Colony

    * - Regular Rotation

    Still Need to Try
    In order of distance from downtown
    Golf Club of Houston
    Blackhorse North
    High Meadow Ranch

  • Night PutterNight Putter Members  80WRX Points: 37Handicap: 10Posts: 80 Fairways
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    Houston is a terrific eating town.
    TexMex, barbecue, Vietnamese...
    And a place called the Breakfast Klub.

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