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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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Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $12
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $12
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15.00 - $35.00
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $20
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $13.4
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $25
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $23
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $30
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $13.5
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $12
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $27
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $35
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $20
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $20
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $20
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $8
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $10
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $6
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $10
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $10
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $10
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $22.99
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $12
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $10
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $18
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $10
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $13
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $94
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $15
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $14
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25.5
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $10
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $16.5
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $10
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $25
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $15
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $10
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9.75
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $10
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $35
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $5
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $16
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $10
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $15
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19.5
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $44
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $24
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $24
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $10
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $7
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $12
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $10
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $14
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $19.95
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $15
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $12
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $23 - $34
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Pinnacle Country Club Mabank $65
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Timberview Golf Club Fort Worth $15 - $25
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $80
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Webb Hills Country Club Wolfe City $15
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
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