Destination Guide

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
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $21
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $19.95
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20.45
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $12
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $12
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $15
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $14.35
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $18
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $30
Chester W Ditto Golf Course Arlington $13.50 - $20.00
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $12
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $21
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $35
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $20
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $18
Los Rios Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $16
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $18
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $14
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $12
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $12
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $12
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $25
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $12
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $22
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Sycamore Creek Golf Course Fort Worth $8 - $19
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $12
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $12
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.99
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $18
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $57
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $20 - $40
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $12 - $30
Twin Wells Golf Course Irving $18 - $30
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $32
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $25
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $12
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $30
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $12
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $12
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $17
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $26
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $28
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $14
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $12
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $14
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19.95
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $12
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $23
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $12
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $10 - $31
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Athens Country Club Athens $33
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
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