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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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Coyote Ridge Golf Club
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Carrollton $25
Golf Club of Dallas
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Dallas $15.99
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $29
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $25
Tour 18
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Flower Mound $44
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
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Rockwall $56.25
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
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Frisco $25
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
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Denton $29
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $25.95
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Bridges at Preston Crossings
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Gunter $20
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $22
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $18
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $22
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $23
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $18
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $18.48
Duck Creek Golf Course
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Garland $15
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $9
Glen Garden Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $15
Old Brickyard Golf Course
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Ferris $10
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $17
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $18
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
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The Colony $10
Canyon West Golf Club
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Weatherford $18
Sunset Golf Club
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Grand Prairie $12
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
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Garland $19.5
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $23
Cross Timbers Golf Course
Tee Times
Azle $20
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $16.5
Cleburne Golf Links
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Cleburne $12
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Willow Springs Golf Course
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Haslet $18
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
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Fort Worth $17.5
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $22.73
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
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Denton $10 - $15
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Timberview Golf Club
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Fort Worth $10
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $15
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $25
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $19.95
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $20
Pinnacle Country Club
Tee Times
Mabank $20
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
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Plano $15
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Tierra Verde Golf Club
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Arlington $28
Runaway Bay Golf Club
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Runaway Bay $16
Stone River Golf Club
Tee Times
Royse City $9 - $15
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $12 - $30
Timber Links at Denton
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Denton $18.5
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $20
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $19
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Richardson $20.57
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $26
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Rolling Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19.95
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $29.95
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
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Rockwall $19
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $15
Country View Golf Course
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Lancaster $17
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $18
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $32
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $125
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
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Carrollton $15
Creekview Golf Club
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Crandall $10
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10 - $17
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19.00 - $46.24
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Great Southwest Golf Club Grand Prairie $49
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
TPC at Craig Ranch McKinney $135
TPC Four Seasons at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Van Zandt Country Club Canton $42
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Par 3 Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth N/A
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Crown Valley Country Club Weatherford $34 - $39
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19.00 - $46.24
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club Plano $29 - $44
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club Fairview $28 - $57
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Jim McLean Golf Center Ft. Worth $14
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Bridgeport Country Club Bridgeport $30
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Wright Park Golf Course Greenville $27
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19.00 - $46.24
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Granbury Country Club Granbury $7.50 - $15.00
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $25.00 - $49.99
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $48
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
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