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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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Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $15
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $14
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $30
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $12
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $26
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $12
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $23
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $11
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $17 - $38
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $15
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29 - $64
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $16
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $19
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $37 - $57
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $14
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $65
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $15
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $10
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Tribute Golf Links
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $27
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $19
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $17
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $21
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $12
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $15 - $29
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $25
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $23
Rusted Rail Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $25 - $42
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $12
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $18
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $18
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $20 - $42
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $35 - $65
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $29 - $40
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington $65.60 - $102.75
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $33 - $44
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $11 - $18
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Athens Country Club Athens $33
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12.00 - $39.99
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
RB Golf Club & Resort Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $125
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Irving Golf Club Irving $27 - $38
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $12 - $28
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
River's Edge at Rockwood Golf Course Fort Worth $10
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas $100 - $500
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton N/A
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $13 - $39
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10.83 - $37.89
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $15.16 - $44.39
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Texas Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $25 - $35
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $22 - $61
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
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