The former Galveston Municipal Golf Course got a complete facelift in 2008. Today, what is now known as Moody Gardens Golf Course, it's a one of the island's crown jewels. The course was renamed after Moody Foundation assisted in a $17 million renovation directed by former PGA Tour player Peter Jacobsen and famed instructor Jim Hardy. Jacobsen and Hardy had collaborated before on courses like Black Horse in Houston. This time they raised the level of the course by several feet so the water, which comes into play on almost every hole, was now visible. The course was regressed with salt-water resistant paspalum (which helped it survive Hurricane Ike in 2008, the year it reopened). The new turf also gives Moody Gardens Golf Course striking color and contrast against the course's dozens of white sand bunkers. As for the holes, they're pretty difficult, mostly because of water and the ever-present sea breeze, which is usually 15-20 mph or more blowing off the Gulf of Mexico just a few hundred yards away. Moody Gardens Golf Course also offers excellent practice facilities, including a large grass range, a restaurant and golf shop.