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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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Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $17.5
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
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Allen $19
Golf Club at Champions Circle
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Fort Worth $23
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $29
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $24
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $26
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $14
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $17
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $14
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $23.35
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $14
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $32
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $18
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $14
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $19
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19.95
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $16.99
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $21.25
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $12 - $30
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $10 - $31
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $20 - $40
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
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The Colony $14
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $32
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $12
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $14
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $14
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $52
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $14
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $30
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $13
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.99
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $12
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $11
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $12
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $12
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Sycamore Creek Golf Course Fort Worth $8 - $19
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $14
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $28.45
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $57
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Twin Wells Golf Course Irving $18 - $30
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $12
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $22
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42 - $48
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Chester W Ditto Golf Course Arlington $13.50 - $20.00
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Bridlewood Golf Course
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Flower Mound $29
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
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