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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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The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $12
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $14
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $30
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $26
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $12
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $15
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $17 - $38
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $18
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $25
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $37 - $57
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $16
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $15 - $29
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $10
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Sycamore Creek Golf Course Fort Worth $8 - $19
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $17
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $19
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $35 - $65
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Rusted Rail Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Irving Golf Club Irving $18 - $30
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $15
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $21
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $15
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $12
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $12
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $11
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $23
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $14
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $30
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $65
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $32
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $27
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $30
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton N/A
River's Edge at Rockwood Golf Course Fort Worth $10
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $11 - $18
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $25 - $35
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington N/A
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $33 - $44
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $125
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $29 - $40
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
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