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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

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Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $15
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $24
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $24
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $23
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $21.95
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $16
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $30
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $20
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $19
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $17
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $30
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $9 - $17
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21.25
Los Rios Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $13
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $24
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21.75
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $12
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $25
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $10
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9 - $13
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $15
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $38
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20.65
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $13.65
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $15
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $24.99
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $34
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $13 - $39
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $20
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $12
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $10
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24.95
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19.95
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $23
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $10
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $19.95
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $12 - $30
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $20
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $21.65
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $19
Cedar Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Kemp $22
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $36.99
Las Colinas Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $93
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $6
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $24
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Hackberry Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $70
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $57
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20 - $40
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $31
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $17
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $13
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $13
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $15
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $10
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $15
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $110 - $195
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10 - $31
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $14
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland Garland $25.50 - $49.00
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland Garland $25.50 - $49.00
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $35.00 - $69.99
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland Garland $25.50 - $49.00
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Athens Country Club Athens $33
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
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