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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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $26
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $26
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $22
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $18
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $13
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $17
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $10
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $14
Los Rios Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $12
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $21.75
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $16
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $26
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $15
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $26
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $15
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $23
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $20
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $10
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $26
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $26
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $19
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $13
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $13.35
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $12
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $37
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $10
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $28
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $10
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $16
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $15
Oakmont Country Club
Tee Times
Corinth $65
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $12
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $14
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $19.95
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19.95
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Las Colinas Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $93
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $12
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $16
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $11
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $11
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $10
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $10 - $31
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $57
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $10
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $11
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $12
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $18
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $10
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Hackberry Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $70
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $11
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $16
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $14
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $17
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $11
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $12
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $17
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $16
Cedar Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Kemp $10
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $34.45
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $14
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $19.99
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $15
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $12 - $30
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Timarron Country Club
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Southlake $95
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $35.00 - $69.99
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
Athens Country Club Athens $33
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
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