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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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Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $30
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $12
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $14
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Woodhaven Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
West/North Course at Wildhorse Golf Club of Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
North/South Course at Wildhorse Golf Club of Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $15
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $12
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $26
Timberlinks Golf Club
Tee Times
Denton $11
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club
Tee Times
Whitney $35 - $75
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $17
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $27 - $39
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Rusted Rail Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $16
Eldorado Country Club
Tee Times
McKinney $45
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $21
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Harbor Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Granbury $29 - $64
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $19
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $17 - $38
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $25
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Thorntree Country Club
Tee Times
De Soto $35 - $65
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $18
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Deer Run Golf Club West Tawakoni $21 - $27
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $25 - $42
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $65
Pecan Hollow Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $20 - $43
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $18
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $27
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $14
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $19
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $37 - $57
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $15 - $32
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $12
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $110 - $195
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club
Tee Times
Whitney $35 - $75
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $12
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $10
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $23
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $15
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $23
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Tribute Golf Links
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $15
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $16
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Irving Golf Club Irving $27 - $38
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $15.16 - $37.89
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $16
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $31 - $42
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $125
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $11 - $18
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $12 - $29
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Texas Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $13 - $41
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas $100 - $500
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton N/A
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $19.49 - $44.39
River's Edge at Rockwood Golf Course Fort Worth $10
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Old American Golf Club The Colony $85 - $125
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington $52.50 - $102.75
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $33 - $44
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $25 - $35
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
RB Golf Club & Resort Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12.00 - $39.99
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $22 - $62
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
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