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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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Course City Rates from
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $25
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $13.8
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $20
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $43.75
Golf Club of Dallas
Tee Times
Dallas $80
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $30
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $30
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $18
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $20
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $25
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $29
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $25
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $17
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $125
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $15
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24.99
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $23 - $34
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $16.63
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $18.5
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $10
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $20
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $22
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $6
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $16
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $39
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $22
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $13.5
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $19.95
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $15
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $24
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $36.45
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $16
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $19.95
Pinnacle Country Club
Tee Times
Mabank $20
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $20
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $10 - $32
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $14 - $36
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $18
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $34
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $7
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $15
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $30
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $15
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $20
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $18
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $13.86
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Timberview Golf Club Fort Worth $15 - $25
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $12 - $16
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
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