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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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Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $29
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $29
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
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Carrollton $25
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $29
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $25
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
Bridlewood Golf Course
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Flower Mound $24
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Golf Club of Dallas
Tee Times
Dallas $15.99
Whitestone Golf Club
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Benbrook $22
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $25
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $11.4
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $30
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $23
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $18
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $43.75
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $30
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $16.63
Cleburne Golf Links
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Cleburne $12
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $10
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $20
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $26
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $23
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $18
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $10
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $125
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $17
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $18.5
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $16
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $18
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $22.73
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $30
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $16
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.45
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $24
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $15
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $39
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $15
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $24
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $19.95
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $20.57
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $12 - $16
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $18
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $24.95
Stone River Golf Club
Tee Times
Royse City $9 - $15
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $39
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $15.99
Timberview Golf Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15 - $25
Runaway Bay Golf Club
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Runaway Bay $16
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
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Denton $16
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
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Rockwall $19
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $18.48
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $23.95
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $15
Pinnacle Country Club
Tee Times
Mabank $20
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $7
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
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