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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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Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $24
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $30
Cleburne Golf Links
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Cleburne $12
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
Thorntree Country Club
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De Soto $35 - $65
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club
Tee Times
Whitney $35 - $75
Irving Golf Club Irving $27 - $38
Woodhaven Country Club
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Fort Worth $20
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $26
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $14
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Tour 18
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Flower Mound $24
Golf Club at the Resort
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Fort Worth $12
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
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Allen $19
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $18
North/South Course at Wildhorse Golf Club of Robson Ranch
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Denton $19
West/North Course at Wildhorse Golf Club of Robson Ranch
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Denton $19
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $16.99
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $21.25
Pecan Hollow Country Club
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Plano $20 - $43
The Bridges Golf Club
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Gunter $12
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $24
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Whitestone Golf Club
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Benbrook $15
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
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Denton $19
Golf Club at Champions Circle
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Fort Worth $29
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $16.99
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $17.5
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $27 - $39
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $23
Mountain Valley Country Club
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Joshua $15
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club
Tee Times
Whitney $35 - $75
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Kings Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
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Mesquite $17 - $38
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
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Dallas $25.95
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
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Lewisville $5
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Duck Creek Golf Course
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Garland $10
Links at Waterchase
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Fort Worth $35.99
Waterview Golf Club
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Rowlett $15
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Canyon West Golf Club
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Weatherford $20
Harbor Lakes Golf Club
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Granbury $29 - $64
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Iron Horse Golf Course
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North Richland Hills $18
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $16
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
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Fort Worth $24
Texas Golf Center
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Ft. Worth $8
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $65
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Waxahachie Golf Club Waxahachie $20 - $34
Southern Oaks Golf Club
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Burleson $24
Woodbridge Golf Club
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Wylie $15
Westridge Golf Course
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McKinney $21
Old Brickyard Golf Course
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Ferris $15
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
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Benbrook $6
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
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The Colony $12
Mansfield National Golf Club
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Mansfield $12
Bridlewood Golf Course
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Flower Mound $25
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Pinnacle Golf Club
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Mabank $17
Riverchase Golf Course
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Coppell $18
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $18
Trails of Frisco
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Frisco $15
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
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Rockwall $25
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
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Keller $29
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $14
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $110 - $195
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $16
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $25 - $35
Tribute Golf Links
Tee Times
The Colony $39
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $19
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $25 - $42
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Hidden Creek Golf Course
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Burleson $16
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
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Denton $12
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $125
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $12 - $29
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
The Club at Los Rios
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Plano $12
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Deer Run Golf Club West Tawakoni $21 - $27
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $16
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Rusted Rail Golf Club
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Crandall $8
Timberlinks Golf Club
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Denton $11
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Eldorado Country Club
Tee Times
McKinney $45
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
River's Edge at Rockwood Golf Course Fort Worth $10
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $33 - $44
Old American Golf Club The Colony $85 - $125
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
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Arlington $5
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12.00 - $39.99
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $37 - $57
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $13 - $41
Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington $52.50 - $102.75
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Van Zandt Country Club
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Canton $19
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas $100 - $500
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $15.16 - $37.89
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
RB Golf Club & Resort Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Bridgeport Country Club
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Bridgeport $10
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Tierra Verde Golf Club
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Arlington $27
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Lake Arlington Golf Course
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Arlington $23
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $22 - $62
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton N/A
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $11 - $18
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $15 - $32
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $31 - $42
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $19.49 - $44.39
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
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