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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
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Hawks Creek Golf Course
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Fort Worth $27
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $15
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $12
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $30
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $26
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $12
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $14
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $18
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $32
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $23
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $17 - $38
Rusted Rail Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $16
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $65
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $10
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $15
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $17
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $11
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $12
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29 - $64
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $12
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $21
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $25
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $15
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $42
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $15 - $29
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $14
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Sycamore Creek Golf Course Fort Worth $8 - $19
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $19
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $27
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $37 - $57
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $35 - $65
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $25 - $42
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington N/A
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Irving Golf Club Irving $27 - $38
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
River's Edge at Rockwood Golf Course Fort Worth $10
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $11 - $18
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42
Texas Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $125
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $33 - $44
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $29 - $40
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $25 - $35
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton N/A
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
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