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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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White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
Golf Club at McKinney
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McKinney $20
Golf Club at Champions Circle
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Fort Worth $30
Southern Oaks Golf Club
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Burleson $11.4
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $23
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
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Rockwall $43.75
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $22
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $29
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $18
Golf Club of Dallas
Tee Times
Dallas $15.99
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $30
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $25
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $25
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $17
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $99
Cross Timbers Golf Course
Tee Times
Azle $31
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $16
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $16.63
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $19.5
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Old Brickyard Golf Course
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Ferris $10
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $17
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $10
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $20
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $29.95
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $23
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Pinnacle Country Club
Tee Times
Mabank $24.99
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $18
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $16
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $12 - $16
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
Stone River Golf Club
Tee Times
Royse City $9 - $15
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $16
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $15
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $15
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $16.49
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $29
Timberview Golf Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15 - $25
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $24
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $18.5
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $24
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $55
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $10
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $18.48
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $30
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $10.99
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.45
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $7
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $18
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $24.95
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $10
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $20.57
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $19.95
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $34
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $23.95
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $16
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $22.73
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Van Zandt Country Club Canton $42
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
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