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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Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $15
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $19
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $18
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $20
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $19
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $20
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $18
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20.45
Chester W Ditto Golf Course Arlington $13.50 - $20.00
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $19
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $13.5
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $26
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $16
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $18
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $29
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $13
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $16
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $30
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $12
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $32
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $12
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $20 - $40
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $15
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $10 - $31
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $22
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19.99
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $14
Twin Wells Golf Course Irving $18 - $30
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $14
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $13
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $14
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $12 - $30
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $27
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $12
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $14
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.99
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $12
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Sycamore Creek Golf Course Fort Worth $8 - $19
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $52
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $30
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19.95
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $13
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $21
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $12
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $17
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $57
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $29.95
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $16
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $12
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $32
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $13
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
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