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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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Los Rios Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $13
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $13
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $18
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $9 - $17
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $22
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $13
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $29
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $24
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $16
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $15
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $13
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $35
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $17
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $13
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20.95
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $29
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $29
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $17 - $35
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $10
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20.65
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $15
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $12
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $18 - $30
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $10
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $16
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $10
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9 - $13
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $25
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $15
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $12 - $30
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $24.95
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19.95
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $18
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $10
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $14
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $15
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club
Tee Times
Dallas $45
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $110 - $195
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $12
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $12
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $13
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $6
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club
Tee Times
Dallas $45
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $79
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $23
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $13
Hackberry Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $70
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $31.45
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $20
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Oakmont Country Club
Tee Times
Corinth $65
Cedar Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Kemp $10
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club
Tee Times
Dallas $45
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $24.95
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $15
Las Colinas Country Club
Tee Times
Irving $93
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $8 - $19
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $15
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10 - $31
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $21.65
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $10
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $13
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $12
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $13
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $13
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $57
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $13
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $13
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $15
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $13
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $35.00 - $69.99
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Timarron Country Club
Tee Times
Southlake $95
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
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