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1.) Just 10 min from Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), you will find the best bargain in the country to play a PGA level course. $150 gets you range balls, cart, green fee, and fore caddy for Redstone Golf Club, site of the Shell Houston Open (vs TPC Sawgrass/$375, or Torrey Pines/$229). The Jim Hardy/Peter Jacobson design stretches 7400 yards around tall pines, strategic bunkers and water hazards, yet landing areas are mostly generous off the tee. Memorable holes are the drivable par 4 #12 and the demanding 484 yard par 4 finishing hole with water all the way up the left side from tee to green. Course is always in perfect conditions and the practice facilities may be the best the city. The clubhouse restaurant puts out great fare as well to meet the demands of the private membership. Try the eggs benedict or fresh ground burger.
2) One of the most successful master planned communities in the country has 2 excellent public courses as well as a lively Town Center of restaurants, bars, shops and even a canal with water taxi. Panther Trail and The Oaks belong to the 36 hole facility run by the Canongate Group ($86 + tax, green fee + cart). Both are excellent examples of treelined parkland courses typical of the eponymous Woodlands area and they are just 5 minutes from the Woodlands Town Center. After your round, find your way to Hubble and Hudson Market and Bistro to watch your fish filet grilled to perfection in their open kitchen, then meander through the Town Center to find that perfect cocktail or desert.
3) If you want to co-mingle with bonafide Houstonians, then go to Memorial Park, the crown jewel of the city's Munis, complete with al fresco dining run by local burger chain Beck's Prime (try the excellent non-traditional hotdog on a hamburger bun) and covered driving range for those muggy Houston days. It's tough to get a tee time here, but singles can usually get on the tee with a few minutes of wait time. After your round, venture down nearby Washington St for some of the hippest restaurants and bars in the city. Don't miss happy hour at Benjy's and later, drinks at Hughes Hanger, where are the pretty people come for fun and mischief.