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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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Chester W Ditto Golf Course
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Arlington $20.75
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
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Rockwall $60
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $13.4
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $45
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $29.66
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $24
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $29.66
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $25
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $25
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25.50 - $49.00
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15.00 - $35.00
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25.50 - $49.00
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $20 - $45
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $15
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $37
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $26
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $24
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25.50 - $49.00
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $38
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $40
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $35
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $19
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $29.66
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $16
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $24
Granbury Country Club
Tee Times
Granbury $10
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $13 - $39
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $16.99
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $29.95
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $13 - $39
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $10
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $17
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $10
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $11
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $18
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $20
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $16
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $8
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $79
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $14
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $32
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $29.5
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $38
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $25
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $24
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $5
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $15
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $16
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19.95
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $15
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $45
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $25
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $29.99
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $17
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $45
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $25
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $21
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $38
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $45
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $17
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $10
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $13
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $109
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $56
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $25
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $35
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $10
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $11
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $28.4
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $28.75
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $35
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $16
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $23 - $34
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Webb Hills Country Club Wolfe City $15
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Pinnacle Country Club Mabank $65
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $80
Timberview Golf Club Fort Worth $15 - $25
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
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