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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
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $15
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $12
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $12
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $30
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $26
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $15
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $14
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $14
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $42
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $17
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $15
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $17 - $38
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $37 - $57
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $25 - $42
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $12
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Sycamore Creek Golf Course Fort Worth $8 - $19
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $21
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $65
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $11
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $19
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $23
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $35 - $65
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $18
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $15 - $29
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $10
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29 - $64
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $27
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $12
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $15
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $32
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $16
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $25
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Rusted Rail Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
River's Edge at Rockwood Golf Course Fort Worth $10
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $125
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Irving Golf Club Irving $18 - $30
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Texas Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $33 - $44
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $25 - $35
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington N/A
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $11 - $18
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton N/A
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $29 - $40
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
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