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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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Los Rios Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $12
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $20
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $10
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $22
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $21
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $12
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $20
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $10
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $20
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $13
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $15
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $19
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $20
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $19
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $21
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $13
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $12
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $10
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $10
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $14
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $15
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $10
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $12
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $10
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $16
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $10 - $31
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Hackberry Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $70
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $10
Cedar Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Kemp $10
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $10
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $10
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $17
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $12
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $12
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $14
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $20
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $15
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $10
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29
Oakmont Country Club
Tee Times
Corinth $65
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19.95
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $11
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $11
Las Colinas Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $93
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $17.99
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $15
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $10
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $20
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $57
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $13.65
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $45
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $20
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $10
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $12 - $30
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $13
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $10
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $20
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Timarron Country Club
Tee Times
Southlake $95
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $35.00 - $69.99
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
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