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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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Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $13 - $39
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
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Grapevine $19 - $30
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
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Denton $39
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
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Carrollton $29 - $39
Golf Club at the Resort
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Fort Worth $23
Bridlewood Golf Course
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Flower Mound $49 - $69
Southern Oaks Golf Club
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Burleson $23
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $15 - $50
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
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Grapevine $19 - $30
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
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Grapevine $19 - $30
Hawks Creek Golf Course
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Fort Worth $30
Golf Club at Champions Circle
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Fort Worth $21.75
Willow Springs Golf Course
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Haslet $9 - $17
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $12 - $17
Lost Creek Golf Club
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Aledo $17
Bridges at Preston Crossings
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Gunter $25 - $45
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
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Frisco $49
Los Rios Golf Club
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Plano $39
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $12 - $17
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $12 - $17
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
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Arlington $13.50 - $20.00
Whitestone Golf Club
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Benbrook $15
Sunset Golf Club
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Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Hidden Creek Golf Course
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Burleson $12
Grand Oaks Golf Club
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Grand Prairie $17 - $35
Twin Wells Golf Course
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Irving $18 - $30
Bridgeport Country Club
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Bridgeport $25
Cleburne Golf Links
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Cleburne $12
Westdale Hills Golf Course
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Euless $9 - $13
Old Brickyard Golf Course
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Ferris $18 - $33
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
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The Colony $8 - $12
Oak Hollow Golf Course
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McKinney $19
Creekview Golf Club
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Crandall $13.00 - $26.00
Webb Hills Country Club
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Wolfe City $15
Timber Links at Denton
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Denton $16
Van Zandt Country Club
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Canton $20
Canyon West Golf Club
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Weatherford $20
Country View Golf Course
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Lancaster $18
King's Creek Golf Club
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Kemp $9.5
Pinnacle Golf Club
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Mabank $14
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
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The Colony $65 - $99
Wright Park Golf Course
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Greenville $13
Lake Park Golf Course
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Lewisville $22 - $27
Tour 18
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Flower Mound $34 - $75
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
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Fort Worth $10 - $31
Cowboys Golf Club
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Grapevine $110 - $195
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $25.50 - $49.00
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $25.50 - $49.00
Hidden Oaks
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Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
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Fort Worth $14
Cleburne Golf Ranch
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Cleburne $10
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
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Allen $20 - $43
Westridge Golf Course
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McKinney $20.00 - $49.95
Jim McLean Golf Center
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Ft. Worth $14
Texas Star Golf Course
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Euless $57
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
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Rockwall $20 - $32
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
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Lewisville $9 - $11
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
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Fort Worth $25
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
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Arlington $9.00 - $11.00
Tierra Verde Golf Club
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Arlington $28 - $59
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club
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Dallas $45
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $13 - $39
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
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Fort Worth $19.95
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
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Carrollton $15 - $30
Links at Waterchase
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Fort Worth $22 - $59
Las Colinas Country Club
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Irving $93
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $25.50 - $49.00
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
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Carrollton $20 - $40
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
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Dallas $25 - $50
Runaway Bay Golf Club
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Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Iron Horse Golf Course
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North Richland Hills $15
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
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Fort Worth $9
Hackberry Creek Country Club
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Irving $70
Waterview Golf Club
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Rowlett $19 - $37
Trails of Frisco
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Frisco $39 - $49
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
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Denton $16
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $25 - $45
Riverside Golf Club
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Grand Prairie $30 - $36
Lake Arlington Golf Course
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Arlington $13.50 - $32.00
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $15
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club
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Dallas $45
Riverchase Golf Course
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Coppell $24.05 - $44.95
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
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Dallas $25 - $50
Duck Creek Golf Course
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Garland $15 - $30
Woodbridge Golf Club
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Wylie $20 - $35
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
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Mesquite $12 - $30
Mansfield National Golf Club
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Mansfield $20 - $37
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
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Fairview $31 - $58
Oakmont Country Club
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Corinth $65
Cedar Creek Country Club
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Kemp $14
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
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Plano $29 - $44
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
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Fort Worth $20
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
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Benbrook $6
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club
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Dallas $45
Plantation Golf Club
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Frisco $15 - $40
Mountain Valley Country Club
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Joshua $21.65 - $31.93
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Timarron Country Club
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Southlake $95
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $35.00 - $69.99
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
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