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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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Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $25
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $20
Golf Club of Dallas
Tee Times
Dallas $15.99
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $30
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $29
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $56.25
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $18
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $30
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $25
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $22
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $13.8
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $30
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $15
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $17
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $16.63
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $10
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $18
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $15
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $125
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $22
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $18.5
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $16.99
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $15
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $15
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $16
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $20
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $46.24
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $39
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $23.95
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $36.45
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $24.05 - $44.95
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $30
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $46.24
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $20.57
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $46.24
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $22.73
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $24
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $16
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $20
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $10
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $13.86
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $15
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Pinnacle Country Club
Tee Times
Mabank $20
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $18
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $39
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $24.95
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $19.64
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $7
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $12 - $16
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Timberview Golf Club Fort Worth $15 - $25
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
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