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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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $26
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $23
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $17
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $14
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $14
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $24
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $14
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $14
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $32
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $23.35
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $18
Chester W Ditto Golf Course Arlington $13.50 - $20.00
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $29
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $12
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $16.99
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $57
Twin Wells Golf Course Irving $18 - $30
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $14
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $12
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $12 - $30
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $52
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $14
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $10 - $31
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $22
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $14
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Sycamore Creek Golf Course Fort Worth $8 - $19
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19.95
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $12
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $13
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $12
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $11
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
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.99
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $12
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $30
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $14
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $14
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $28.45
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $19
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $29
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
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