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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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Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $30
Bridlewood Golf Course
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Flower Mound $24
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
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Lipan $23
Bridges at Preston Crossings
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Gunter $25
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $10
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $10
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $29
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $18
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $56.25
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $25
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $29
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $30
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $22
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Golf Club of Dallas
Tee Times
Dallas $15.99
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $10
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
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Grand Prairie $19.95
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $125
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $10
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Cross Timbers Golf Course
Tee Times
Azle $20
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $16
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $16
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $20
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $23
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $25
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $17
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $12
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $20
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $19
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Stone River Golf Club
Tee Times
Royse City $9 - $15
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Pinnacle Country Club
Tee Times
Mabank $19.99
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.45
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $22.73
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $12 - $16
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $20.57
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
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Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
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Benbrook $6
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $15
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $27.66
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $19.95
Timberview Golf Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $10 - $15
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $19.95
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $29.95
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $32
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $12 - $30
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $18.5
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $16
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $18
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $24
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Tour 18
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Flower Mound $39
Hidden Oaks
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Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $16
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $20
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $24
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $18.48
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Crown Valley Country Club Weatherford $34 - $39
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Jim McLean Golf Center Ft. Worth $14
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club Fairview $28 - $57
Van Zandt Country Club Canton $42
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
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