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