5 of the best golf resorts near Houston for your next visit

These resorts offer a sunny escape on and off the green

When seeking golf resorts in Texas, Houston is a fan favorite with more than 165 courses providing a variety of terrain for all skill levels.   

From public to semi-private courses, Houston golf resorts are the perfect combination of a weekend game paired with cozy accommodations and luxe on-site amenities.  

Whether you're looking for an overnight escape or an extended golfing vacation, we’re shining the spotlight on five Houston golf resorts—all within about an hour’s drive of the city. 

The Woodlands Resort

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Houston, The Woodlands Resort is one of the most popular golf resorts in Texas since it’s also a fantastic family vacation destination. In addition to championship golf courses, the resort offers a heated year-round water park with lazy river and slides, tennis facilities and on-site options for hiking, cycling and kayaking.

The Woodlands Resort stretches across 350 lush acres.

The Woodlands Resort stretches across 350 lush acres.

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Guests have access to two championship golf courses with the signature Panther Trail and The Oaks, which has a stunning setting alongside Lake Harrison. For those looking to improve their game, the golf performance center offers swing instruction, club fitting and personalized stretching programs.

After tee time, families can enjoy waterfront dining at Back Table Kitchen & Bar that overlooks the Panther Trail course or opt for poolside dining at Cool Water Café. Accommodations fit all family sizes with options ranging from club floor rooms to expansive suites with a separate living space.  

Travel time from downtown Houston: 37 minutes

Margaritaville Lake Resort in Lake Conroe

Perched by the shores of Lake Conroe, the Margaritaville Lake Resort in Lake Conroe offers a picturesque 18-hole golf course and Jimmy Buffett-inspired resort vibes. 

PGA-certified golf instruction is available on site, as is a putting green and driving range. Overnight guests even have free borrowing access to clubs when booking a round of golf. For serious putters, Margaritaville offers a stay and play package inclusive of two rounds of golf per day.

A man playing golf.

A man playing golf.

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For families traveling together, Margaritaville offers access to its on-site water park (complete with a splash pad and lazy river), private beach, mini golf, tennis and the fitness center. Spend the morning kayaking Lake Conroe, then spend the afternoon playing pickleball and racquet ball before soaking up the sun at the pool.

Guests will find an abundance of food and drink options with the Landshark Bar & Grill, Boathouse Bar & Lounge, License to Chill Café & Bar and several other venues for quick bites and cool drinks. Accommodation options range from 600-square-foot guest suites, to an 1,800-square-foot presidential suite, to lakeside cottages.

Travel time from downtown Houston: 65 minutes

South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center

Located along Clear Lake and just a short jaunt to family attractions at the Kemah Boardwalk is where you will find South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center.

In addition to a 27-hole championship course at The South Shore Harbour Country Club, the resort offers a stunning marina-side pool with swim up bar, private cabanas and an outdoor lounge. There’s also plenty to explore on Clear Lake—a popular boating destination—with rentals available along the marina. Fine dining is available at Opus Bistro & Steakhouse, while casual bites are paired with 360-degree views at Paradise Reef Restaurant.

South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center

South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center

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Accommodations range from guest rooms that sleep 4-6 people to two 1,200-square-foot multi-level penthouse suites. Whether you choose a bay or city view, each maritime-themed room includes a safe, a mini-fridge, plush bedding and comfortable seating.

After time on the green, resort guests may enjoy a Sip & Sail Cruise on Clear Lake or reserve a spot at the Thursday night wine and dine series.  

Travel time from downtown Houston: 37 minutes

Moody Gardens Galveston Island

Ranked as one of the best public courses in Texas, Moody Gardens comes with gorgeous seaside views and fairways lined with more than 500 palm trees. Yet the tropical feel of this par 72 course is just one reason families flock here. 

Moody Gardens Golf Course 

Moody Gardens Golf Course 

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Moody Gardens is a public educational destination ripe with family activities and recreation. The Aquarium Pyramid invites families to explore residents of the Gulf of Mexico and beyond, while the Rainforest Pyramid offers interactive experiences with endangered plants and animals. There’s also an interactive adventure theater and a discovery museum sure to keep wee ones engaged.

Kids of all ages can take a dip in the resort pool or splash down the waterslide, while those in search of relaxation will find specialty treatments at the Moody Gardens Spa. After a fun day outside, settle in for a rejuvenating stay with accommodation options ranging from standard guestrooms to junior suites and even expansive suites for larger families.

Guests will find quick bites throughout the attractions, while fine dining is available at Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks. On the golf course, Pelican Grille offers a casual venue for post-game bites and brew.

Travel time from downtown Houston: 55 minutes

JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria

Seeking Houston golf resorts closer to the city limits? While the JW Marriott Houston by the Galleria doesn’t have its own on-site golf course, there are five nearby courses for scheduling tee times.

One of the most popular local courses featuring 18 holes and a pro shop is Memorial Park Golf Course, home of the PGA Tour's Houston Open. Nearby Wildcat Golf Club also offers 18 holes and private lessons from PGA pros and Black Horse Golf Club, a scenic drive away, offers a north and south course—each 18 holes with 72 par.

Houston golf resorts offer a winning combination of great greens and family amenities.

Houston golf resorts offer a winning combination of great greens and family amenities.

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Concierge services at JW Marriott Houston by the Galleria can help set up your tee times, along with visits to other area attractions including historical tours, the Houston Zoo and the Children’s Museum of Houston.  

Golf guests can relax at the rooftop pool overlooking Uptown Houston, break a sweat in the fitness center, explore the shops and restaurants throughout The Galleria or enjoy refined bites at the hotel's eateries. JW Market is the go-to place for crafted coffees, while Stray Horse is known for its classic Texas-flavored dishes paired with creative cocktails.

Travel time from downtown Houston: 17 minutes

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