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