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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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Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19
The Bridges Golf Club
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Gunter $18
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $25
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $25
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $17.5
The Club at Los Rios
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Plano $14
Woodbridge Golf Club
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Wylie $14
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $26
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $17.5
Golf Club at Champions Circle
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Fort Worth $23
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $14
Tour 18
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Flower Mound $29
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
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Frisco $23.35
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
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Carrollton $32
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $14
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
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Allen $19
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $24
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $18
Whitestone Golf Club
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Benbrook $17
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $14
Twin Wells Golf Course Irving $18 - $30
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $12
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
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Benbrook $6
Riverside Golf Club
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Grand Prairie $20
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Bridgeport Country Club
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Bridgeport $12
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Cleburne Golf Links
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Cleburne $12
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
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Fort Worth $19.95
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $14
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Sycamore Creek Golf Course Fort Worth $8 - $19
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $30
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $57
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Riverchase Golf Course
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Coppell $14
Duck Creek Golf Course
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Garland $12
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $13
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $12
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $16.99
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $32
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $20 - $40
Links at Waterchase
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Fort Worth $35.99
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
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Keller $29
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
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Arlington $5
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $14
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.99
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $12 - $30
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
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Dallas $19.95
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Plantation Golf Club
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Frisco $15
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $22
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Wright Park Golf Course
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Greenville $10
Hidden Creek Golf Course
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Burleson $16
Jim McLean Golf Center
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Ft. Worth $8
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Iron Horse Golf Course
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North Richland Hills $18
Southern Oaks Golf Club
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Burleson $24
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
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Fairview $32
Webb Hills Country Club
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Wolfe City $12
Canyon West Golf Club
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Weatherford $14
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
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Lewisville $9
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $52
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $11
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $12
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Westridge Golf Course
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McKinney $19
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $28.45
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
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Denton $12
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $10 - $31
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Bridlewood Golf Course
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Flower Mound $29
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Chester W Ditto Golf Course Arlington $13 - $19
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42 - $48
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
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