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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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White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $16.99
The Club at Los Rios
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Plano $12
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $24
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $21.25
Whitestone Golf Club
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Benbrook $15
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $14
Hawks Creek Golf Course
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Fort Worth $27
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $16.99
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $30
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
Golf Club at the Resort
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Fort Worth $12
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
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Allen $19
Trails of Frisco
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Frisco $15
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
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Frisco $20
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $24
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $24
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $16.99
Tour 18
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Flower Mound $24
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
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Carrollton $26
Golf Club at Champions Circle
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Fort Worth $29
The Bridges Golf Club
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Gunter $12
Woodbridge Golf Club
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Wylie $15
Twin Wells Golf Course Irving $18 - $30
Hidden Creek Golf Course
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Burleson $16
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $65
Duck Creek Golf Course
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Garland $10
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Willow Springs Golf Course
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Haslet $15
King's Creek Golf Club
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Kemp $9
Southern Oaks Golf Club
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Burleson $24
Jim McLean Golf Center
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Ft. Worth $8
Iron Horse Golf Course
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North Richland Hills $18
Van Zandt Country Club
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Canton $19
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
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Keller $29
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $12 - $30
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $32
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $25
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $17
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $35 - $65
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Timber Links at Denton
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Denton $11
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $14
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $16
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $10 - $31
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Mansfield National Golf Club
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Mansfield $12
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $20 - $40
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
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Dallas $25.95
Mountain Valley Country Club
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Joshua $15
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
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Denton $12
Lake Park Golf Course
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Lewisville $12
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Old Brickyard Golf Course
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Ferris $15
Riverchase Golf Course
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Coppell $18
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $30
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $23
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
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The Colony $12
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $21
Sycamore Creek Golf Course Fort Worth $8 - $19
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $37 - $57
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Canyon West Golf Club
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Weatherford $20
Rusted Rail Golf Club
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Crandall $8
Waterview Golf Club
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Rowlett $15
Tierra Verde Golf Club
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Arlington $27
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $33 - $44
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton N/A
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42
Chester W Ditto Golf Course Arlington $13 - $19
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Bridlewood Golf Course
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Flower Mound $25
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
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