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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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Trails of Frisco
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Frisco $15
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $21.25
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $16.99
The Bridges Golf Club
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Gunter $12
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
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Allen $19
Woodbridge Golf Club
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Wylie $15
Woodhaven Country Club
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Fort Worth $20
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $24
West/North Course at Wildhorse Golf Club of Robson Ranch
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Denton $19
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $30
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $24
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $16.99
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $17.5
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $14
North/South Course at Wildhorse Golf Club of Robson Ranch
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Denton $19
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
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Carrollton $26
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $18
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $16.99
Tour 18
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Flower Mound $24
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $24
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
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Frisco $20
The Club at Los Rios
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Plano $12
Hawks Creek Golf Course
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Fort Worth $27
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
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Denton $19
Whitestone Golf Club
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Benbrook $15
Golf Club at the Resort
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Fort Worth $12
Golf Club at Champions Circle
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Fort Worth $29
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
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Dallas $25.95
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
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Lipan $27 - $39
Grand Oaks Golf Club
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Grand Prairie $22
Iron Horse Golf Course
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North Richland Hills $18
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $37 - $57
Rusted Rail Golf Club
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Crandall $8
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $25 - $42
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
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Benbrook $6
Pecan Hollow Country Club
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Plano $20 - $42
Old Brickyard Golf Course
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Ferris $15
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
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Denton $12
Westridge Golf Course
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McKinney $21
Eldorado Country Club
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McKinney $45
Pinnacle Golf Club
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Mabank $17
Cowboys Golf Club
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Grapevine $110 - $195
Lake Arlington Golf Course
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Arlington $23
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
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Lewisville $5
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Hidden Creek Golf Course
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Burleson $16
Shady Valley Golf Club
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Arlington $65
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
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Mesquite $17 - $38
Timberlinks Golf Club
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Denton $11
Tribute Golf Links
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The Colony $39
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Oak Hollow Golf Course
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McKinney $14
Canyon West Golf Club
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Weatherford $20
Wright Park Golf Course
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Greenville $10
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
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Fairview $32
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
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Rockwall $25
Lake Park Golf Course
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Lewisville $12
Cleburne Golf Links
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Cleburne $12
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $15 - $32
Mansfield National Golf Club
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Mansfield $12
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Riverside Golf Club
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Grand Prairie $20
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
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Fort Worth $24
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
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Plano $17
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $23
Waterview Golf Club
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Rowlett $15
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
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Arlington $5
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club
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Whitney $35 - $75
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $12
Bridgeport Country Club
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Bridgeport $10
Mountain Valley Country Club
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Joshua $15
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
King's Creek Golf Club
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Kemp $9
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $19
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club
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Whitney $35 - $75
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Thorntree Country Club
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De Soto $35 - $65
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Riverchase Golf Course
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Coppell $18
Webb Hills Country Club
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Wolfe City $12
Plantation Golf Club
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Frisco $16
Harbor Lakes Golf Club
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Granbury $29 - $64
Links at Waterchase
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Fort Worth $35.99
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
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Dallas $25.95
Van Zandt Country Club
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Canton $19
Tierra Verde Golf Club
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Arlington $27
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
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The Colony $12
Duck Creek Golf Course
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Garland $10
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $14
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
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Keller $29
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $18
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $13 - $39
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $15.16 - $37.89
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $12 - $29
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12.00 - $39.99
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $22 - $62
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $16
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $125
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Bridlewood Golf Course
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Flower Mound $25
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Irving Golf Club Irving $27 - $38
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $33 - $44
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $25 - $35
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
River's Edge at Rockwood Golf Course Fort Worth $10
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Texas Golf Center
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Ft. Worth $8
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $11 - $18
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $31 - $42
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
RB Golf Club & Resort Runaway Bay $25 - $35
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington $52.50 - $102.75
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton N/A
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas $100 - $500
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $19.49 - $44.39
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Southern Oaks Golf Club
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Burleson $24
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
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