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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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Course City Rates from
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $16.99
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $15
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $12
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $12
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $14
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $30
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $26
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29 - $64
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $15
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $16
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $19
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $12
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $10
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $37 - $57
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $18
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $23
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $25
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $12
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $21
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $35 - $65
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $14
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $27
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $11
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Rusted Rail Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $65
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $17
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $15 - $29
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Tribute Golf Links
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $19
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $32
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $25 - $42
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $17 - $38
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $15
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas $100 - $500
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
River's Edge at Rockwood Golf Course Fort Worth $10
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $25 - $35
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $125
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10.83 - $37.89
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $29 - $40
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Texas Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington $65.60 - $102.75
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
RB Golf Club & Resort Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $12 - $28
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton N/A
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $11 - $18
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $22 - $61
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12.00 - $39.99
Irving Golf Club Irving $27 - $38
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $33 - $44
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $15.16 - $44.39
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
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