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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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Course City Rates from
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $20
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $43.75
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $16
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $29
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $23
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Golf Club of Dallas
Tee Times
Dallas $15.99
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $18
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $22
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $30
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $25
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $10
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $16
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $23
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $25
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $20
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $17
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Cross Timbers Golf Course
Tee Times
Azle $20
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $15
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $64.99
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $9
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19.99
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $25
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $10
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $29.95
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $12 - $16
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $19.95
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $22.73
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $16
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $16
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $18.5
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $10 - $15
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $15
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $20.57
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $32
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $19.95
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $18
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $12 - $30
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Timberview Golf Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Pinnacle Country Club
Tee Times
Mabank $24.99
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $24
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $19
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $18.48
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $36
Stone River Golf Club
Tee Times
Royse City $9 - $15
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.45
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Van Zandt Country Club Canton $42
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club Plano $29 - $44
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club Fairview $28 - $57
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Crown Valley Country Club Weatherford $34 - $39
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Jim McLean Golf Center Ft. Worth $14
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
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