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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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Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $12
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $21
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $25
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $22
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $21
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $21
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $25 - $45
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $12
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $27
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15.00 - $35.00
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $16
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $17
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $17
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $18
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $17
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $20 - $45
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $12
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $29
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $10
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $5
Granbury Country Club
Tee Times
Granbury $10
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $10
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $10
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9.5
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $10
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $18
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $12
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $8
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $18
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $13
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $15
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $10
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $12
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $10
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $10
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $13
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $15
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $15
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $13
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $12
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $11
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $15
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $15
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $15
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $25
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $15
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $15.5
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $14.95
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $5
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $28
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $13
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $10
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $19.99
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $11
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $12
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $16
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $24
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $28.75
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $17.5
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $10
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $57
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $50
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $25
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Webb Hills Country Club Wolfe City $15
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $23 - $34
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Pinnacle Country Club Mabank $65
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $80
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Timberview Golf Club Fort Worth $15 - $25
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
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