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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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Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $25
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $11.4
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $30
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $29
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $30
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $18
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $43.75
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $25
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Golf Club of Dallas
Tee Times
Dallas $15.99
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $23
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $84
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $22
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $17
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $20
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $16.63
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $26
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $17
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $10
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $125
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $23
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $16
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $10
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $13 - $39
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $16
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
Timberview Golf Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15 - $25
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $18
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $15
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $12 - $16
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $18.5
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $22.73
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $16
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $24
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $18
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $7
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.45
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $24
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $18.48
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $16
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $23.95
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $34
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $30
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Pinnacle Country Club
Tee Times
Mabank $20
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $15
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $10
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $49
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $19
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $24.95
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $10
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
Stone River Golf Club
Tee Times
Royse City $9 - $15
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $19.95
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $20.57
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Van Zandt Country Club Canton $42
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
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