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Destination: The Dallas Metroplex

DALLAS -- The Metroplex area has never had a problem with attractiveness. The Oil Boom brought great wealth here and Yankees by the multitudes continue to move to Texas to escape the cold winters of the north. The Metroplex area is now an amalgamation of classic Texas scenery and attitude with lavish consumerism. Fans of the "New Texas" and all the golf it has to offer don't seem to mind the stifling, 100-degree summer weather complete with 90-percent humidity. Snowbirds and native Texans alike have year-around golf temperatures and countless handsome courses to select from, too. In the summer just play as early in the morning as you can or as late in the afternoon to avoid the heat.

The Oil Boom was replaced in the 1990s by the Golf Boom, which lead into the 2000s with more than 30 new daily-fee, resort or upscale municipals opening to the public. The hundreds of golf courses in the Metroplex area range from ultra-exclusive to downright economical. A member of the former group, the Preston Trail Golf Club, former host to the Byron Nelson Classic, is so popular that a member has to die for a spot to open. But this isn't even the priciest in Dallas. It has been moved aside as the most expensive private club by the brand-new Dallas National Golf Club, where Roger Staubach plays, and any open membership in the future might go for upwards of $175,000.

Other hot spots include the Cowboys Golf Club, the world's first NFL-themed golf course, and the Tribute at The Colony. On the eastern banks of Lake Lewisville in The Colony is The Tribute, a Scottish replica course that, unlike Scotland, has lush conditions. Born in Scotland, built in Texas, as they like to say.

A large portion of the Metroplex golf scene is made up by Fort Worth. This is where, as the locals claim, "the West begins," and a short drive from Dallas yields Glen Garden Country Club. Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan caddied here as teenagers and competed against each other in a caddie tournament. Colonial Country Club's prestigious Colonial National Invitational became know as the "Masters of the South" when it began in 1946.

Outside of the Metroplex area, visitors can find plenty of beautiful and lesser-known courses. Suburbs offer popular vacationing spots and beautiful courses.

In the rolling hills of Denton County, 35 miles from downtown Dallas and 30 miles from downtown Fort Worth, Tour 18 offers fine versions of some of the nation's best courses. It recreates Augusta's Amen Corner, the island green at Sawgrass and the famous 12th at Tulsa's Southern Hills.

Dallas Metroplex transportation


If you're headed to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, setting up travel arrangements should be easy. The Metroplex area is serviced by one of the national largest airports. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has daily arrivals from most major U.S. and foreign cities.

DFW International has more than just the usual limousine and car rental counters. It even offers live music, entertainment and Dickey's BBQ restaurants in several terminals. The airport is located between Dallas and Fort Worth in Irving. Its about a 30-45 minute drive to each city from DFW International.

If you're driving to the Metroplex area, you have several options. If you are coming from the North, you can take I-35, which runs through Oklahoma City, until it splits into I-35W and I-35E. East will take you into Dallas and West goes through Fort Worth. The two routes join again and continue running south to Austin. Interstate 30 runs East and West through the heart of Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth.

Metroplex FAQs


What is the "Metroplex"?: The Metroplex is the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Dallas is 35 miles east of Fort Worth. There are over five and a half million people who live in the Metroplex.

What is the weather like in the Metroplex?: Summers in the Metroplex are hot, many times exceeding 100 degrees during the day then dropping below 80 degrees at night. Late July to early August is the hottest with an average high of 96 degrees. Golf season is usually about eight months long, from March to about November before it regularly begins dropping under 32 degrees at night.

Do people go to Texas for vacation?: Only California is ahead of Texas in the number of people who vacation in their state. Like the saying goes, "Everything is bigger in Texas" and there is plenty to do whether you're in the Metroplex or in west Texas. Texas receives $7.4 billion from visitors annually. Dallas is the number one destination in Texas for visitors. Texas is big in fact, so where is the Metroplex in relation to everything else. Dallas is 250 miles from the gulf of Mexico to the south. It's also unique in that it's only four hours by air away from large cities in Canada, Mexico and most U.S. cities.

Is it tough finding a place to stay in Dallas?: Dallas has more hotels than New York City, making it very easy to find accommodations, even last minute trips. There are over 65,000 hotel rooms.

How's the grub? Hot! Dallas consumes more picante sauce than any other city in America. Chili was also originated in Dallas. With over 7,000 restaurants, which is more per capita than New York City, Dallas takes eating seriously. Also, be sure to check out Grapefest, in Grapevine, a suburb of Dallas. It's one of the biggest wine festivals in the Southwest, and occurs in September annually.

What about golf?: There are around 40 private and 35 municipal golf courses in metro Dallas, and that doesn't even count Fort Worth's offerings.

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Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $29
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $9 - $17
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $32
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $21
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $27
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $22.95
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $29
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $25
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $16
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $22
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $17
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $23.75
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $15
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Los Rios Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $18.48
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $22
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $29
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $15
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $17 - $35
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $23.5
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $15
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $25
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $13.65
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9 - $13
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $14
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $17
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $18
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $72
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $26
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $12 - $30
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $41
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $25
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $13
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $24.95
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $110 - $195
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19.95
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club
Tee Times
Dallas $45
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $19.95
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $12
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $15
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $19.95
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $34
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $24.95
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $18
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $27
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club
Tee Times
Dallas $45
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $31.93
Cedar Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Kemp $10
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $29
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Hackberry Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $70
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $15
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Oakmont Country Club
Tee Times
Corinth $65
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club
Tee Times
Dallas $45
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $16
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $15
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $57
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10 - $31
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $34
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $31
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24.95
Las Colinas Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $93
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20 - $40
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $15
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $6
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $10
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $34
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Timarron Country Club
Tee Times
Southlake $95
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $35.00 - $69.99
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
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