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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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Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $29
Bridges at Preston Crossings
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Gunter $25
Hawks Creek Golf Course
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Fort Worth $24
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
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Fort Worth $24
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $29
Golf Club of Dallas
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Dallas $15.99
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
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Frisco $25
Whitestone Golf Club
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Benbrook $22
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $25
Golf Club at McKinney
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McKinney $20
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
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Denton $29
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
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Carrollton $25
Bridlewood Golf Course
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Flower Mound $24
Golf Club at Champions Circle
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Fort Worth $30
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
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Rockwall $43.75
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
Lost Creek Golf Club
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Aledo $18
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
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Lipan $23
Southern Oaks Golf Club
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Burleson $11.4
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $29
Golf Club at the Resort
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Fort Worth $15
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
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Carrollton $20
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
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Allen $20
Twin Wells Golf Course
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Irving $23
Westridge Golf Course
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McKinney $20
Old Brickyard Golf Course
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Ferris $10
Grand Oaks Golf Club
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Grand Prairie $17
Sunset Golf Club
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Grand Prairie $12
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
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Lewisville $9
Cleburne Golf Links
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Cleburne $12
Westdale Hills Golf Course
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Euless $9
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
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The Colony $10
Cowboys Golf Club
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Grapevine $125
Canyon West Golf Club
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Weatherford $18
Lake Park Golf Course
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Lewisville $10
Plantation Golf Club
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Frisco $15
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
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Carrollton $15
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $19.5
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $19.5
Bridgeport Country Club
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Bridgeport $25
Iron Horse Golf Course
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North Richland Hills $20
Cross Timbers Golf Course
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Azle $31
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
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Fort Worth $15.95
Creekview Golf Club
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Crandall $16.63
Riverside Golf Club
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Grand Prairie $20
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club
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Fort Worth $16
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
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Mesquite $12 - $30
Los Rios Country Club
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Plano $18.48
Cleburne Golf Ranch
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Cleburne $12
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
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Rockwall $19
Willow Springs Golf Course
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Haslet $24
Texas Star Golf Course
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Euless $57
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
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Dallas $10
Waterview Golf Club
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Rowlett $19
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
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Fort Worth $15
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
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Arlington $7
Duck Creek Golf Course
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Garland $15
Country View Golf Course
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Lancaster $12 - $16
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Tour 18
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Flower Mound $44
Tierra Verde Golf Club
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Arlington $29.45
Riverchase Golf Course
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Coppell $19.95
Timber Links at Denton
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Denton $18.5
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
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Grapevine $27.66
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
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Grapevine $27.66
Trails of Frisco
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Frisco $24.95
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
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Benbrook $6
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
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Denton $16
Hidden Creek Golf Course
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Burleson $18
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
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Arlington $20.75
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
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Grapevine $27.66
Mansfield National Golf Club
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Mansfield $18
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
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Fort Worth $21
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
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Plano $23.95
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
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Fort Worth $18
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
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Richardson $20.57
Pinnacle Country Club
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Mabank $24.99
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
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Fairview $30
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $20
Hidden Oaks
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Granbury $17.5
Oak Hollow Golf Course
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McKinney $20
King's Creek Golf Club
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Kemp $18
Stone River Golf Club
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Royse City $9 - $15
Runaway Bay Golf Club
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Runaway Bay $16
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
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Fort Worth $24
Webb Hills Country Club
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Wolfe City $10
Jim McLean Golf Center
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Ft. Worth $15
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
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Richardson $22.73
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
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The Colony $39
Lake Arlington Golf Course
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Arlington $24
Timberview Golf Club
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Fort Worth $15 - $25
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
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Dallas $10
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Van Zandt Country Club Canton $42
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
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