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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
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $30
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $43.75
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $22
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $18
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $23
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $11.4
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $25
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $29
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $25
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $25
Golf Club of Dallas
Tee Times
Dallas $15.99
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $15
Cross Timbers Golf Course
Tee Times
Azle $31
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $74.99
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $20
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $17
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $10
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $10
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $16
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $20
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $16.63
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $25
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $24
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $18.48
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $18.5
Pinnacle Country Club
Tee Times
Mabank $20
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $10
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $12 - $30
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $10 - $15
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Timberview Golf Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $29.95
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $18
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $24
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $15
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $19.95
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $24.95
Stone River Golf Club
Tee Times
Royse City $9 - $15
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $10
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $20.57
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $22.73
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $22
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $15
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $11.99
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $16
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $17.5
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $57
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $12 - $16
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $36
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $30
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.45
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $11.49
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Van Zandt Country Club Canton $42
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Crown Valley Country Club Weatherford $34 - $39
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
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