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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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Hawks Creek Golf Course
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Fort Worth $24
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
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Denton $29
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
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Carrollton $25
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $30
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $18
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $13.8
Bridlewood Golf Course
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Flower Mound $24
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $20
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $22
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $30
Golf Club of Dallas
Tee Times
Dallas $15.99
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $43.75
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $30
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $25
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $125
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $19
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $20
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $18
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $26
Cleburne Golf Links
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Cleburne $12
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $16
Old Brickyard Golf Course
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Ferris $10
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $17
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $23
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $15
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $16.63
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $18.5
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
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Richardson $22.73
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $16
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19
Stone River Golf Club
Tee Times
Royse City $9 - $15
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $18.48
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.45
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $24
Texas Star Golf Course
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Euless $39
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $23.95
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $15
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $16
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $12 - $16
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $20.57
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $24.95
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $24
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
Timberview Golf Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15 - $25
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $18
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $30
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
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Denton $16
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $7
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $39
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $15
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Pinnacle Country Club
Tee Times
Mabank $20
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $19.95
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $19
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $15
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $18
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
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