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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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Chester W Ditto Golf Course Arlington $13.50 - $20.00
Southern Oaks Golf Club
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Burleson $24
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $23.35
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $32
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $29
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $14
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $14
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $24
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $26
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $23
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $17
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $18
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $14
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $14
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $25
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $11
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $12
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $57
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $14
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $12
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $52
Sycamore Creek Golf Course Fort Worth $8 - $19
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $28.45
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $16.99
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $19
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.99
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19.95
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $10 - $31
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $30
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $14
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $12
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $32
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $13
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $14
Twin Wells Golf Course Irving $18 - $30
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $12
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $14
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $12
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $12 - $30
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $20 - $40
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $14
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $22
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Bridlewood Golf Course
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Flower Mound $29
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
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