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