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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
Thorntree Country Club
Tee Times
De Soto $35 - $65
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club
Tee Times
Whitney $35 - $75
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $12
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
Pecan Hollow Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $20 - $43
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
The Resort Golf Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Woodhaven Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
West/North Course at Wildhorse Golf Club of Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $30
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $27 - $39
Irving Golf Club Irving $27 - $38
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $14
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $26
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
North/South Course at Wildhorse Golf Club of Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $17
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $21
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $25
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $14
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $15
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $10
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $23
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Texas Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $18
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Waxahachie Golf Club Waxahachie $20 - $34
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $110 - $195
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $18
Kings Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $15
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $17 - $38
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $16
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $16
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $15
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $12
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $12
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club
Tee Times
Whitney $35 - $75
Harbor Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Granbury $29 - $64
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $65
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
River's Edge at Rockwood Golf Course Fort Worth $10
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton N/A
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas $100 - $500
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12.00 - $39.99
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $25 - $35
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $12
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $15.16 - $37.89
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $125
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
West Course at Fields Ranch Golf Frisco N/A
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
The Dance Floor at Fields Ranch Golf Frisco N/A
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Rusted Rail Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $19.49 - $44.39
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $23
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $13 - $41
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $31 - $42
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington $52.50 - $102.75
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
RB Golf Club & Resort Runaway Bay $25 - $35
The Swing at Fields Ranch Golf Frisco N/A
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Eldorado Country Club
Tee Times
McKinney $45
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $25 - $42
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $11 - $18
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $37 - $57
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Deer Run Golf Club West Tawakoni $21 - $27
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $19
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $12 - $29
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
Tribute Golf Links
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $19
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Old American Golf Club The Colony $85 - $125
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Athens Country Club Athens $33
East Course at Fields Ranch Golf Frisco N/A
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $33 - $44
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $22 - $62
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $16
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $15 - $32
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $27
Timberlinks Golf Club
Tee Times
Denton $11
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
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