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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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White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $18
Golf Club of Dallas
Tee Times
Dallas $15.99
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $22
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $30
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $11.4
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $30
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $30
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $25
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $30
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $56.25
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $20
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $16.63
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $26
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $18
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $10
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $18
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
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $20
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $17
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $18.5
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $125
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $41.48
Timberview Golf Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15 - $25
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.45
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $19.95
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $20.57
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $24
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $24
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $24.95
Stone River Golf Club
Tee Times
Royse City $9 - $15
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $23.95
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Pinnacle Country Club
Tee Times
Mabank $20
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $15
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $30
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $16
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $16
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $39
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $7
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $18.48
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $18
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $12 - $16
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $39
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $15
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $19
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $16
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $15
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $18
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $22.73
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
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