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