Destination Guide

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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The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $12
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Los Rios Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $12
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $14
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $12
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $26
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $14.35
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $28
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $21
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $12
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $23
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $20
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $28
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $12
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $47
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $12
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $12
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $12
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $47
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $28
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $47
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $20
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $15
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $12
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $10 - $31
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $15
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Las Colinas Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $93
Hackberry Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $70
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $33
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $18
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $12
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $12
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19.95
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $57
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $11
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $36
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $19.99
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $12
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $14
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $10
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $12
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $15
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $12
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $12
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $35.00 - $69.99
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $27
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $11
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $16
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Oakmont Country Club
Tee Times
Corinth $65
Cedar Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Kemp $10
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $12
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $12
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $18
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $12
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $12
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $12
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.99
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $12 - $30
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $12
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Timarron Country Club
Tee Times
Southlake $95
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
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