Destination Guide

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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Trails of Frisco
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Frisco $20
The Bridges Golf Club
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Gunter $18
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
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Garland $21
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $23
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $14
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $17
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $8
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $18
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $19
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $18
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $18
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $23
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $21
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $29
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $14
Chester W Ditto Golf Course Arlington $13.50 - $20.00
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $31
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $26
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $21
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $17
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $23
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $8
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $8
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $26
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $18
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $36
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $19
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $32
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $10 - $31
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $21.99
Twin Wells Golf Course Irving $18 - $30
Old Brickyard Golf Course
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Ferris $15
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $8
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Hidden Oaks Granbury $17.50 - $25.00
Sycamore Creek Golf Course Fort Worth $8 - $19
Waterview Golf Club
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Rowlett $13
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $20
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $10
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $28.45
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $13
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $8
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $20 - $40
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $11
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $29.99
Iron Horse Golf Course
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North Richland Hills $18
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Oak Hollow Golf Course
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McKinney $8
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $8
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Cowboys Golf Club Grapevine $110 - $195
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $57
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $30
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $14
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $8
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $52
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Sunset Golf Club Grand Prairie $15 - $25
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $8
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $19.95
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course Mesquite $12 - $30
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Runaway Bay Golf Club Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $8
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $8
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $8
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $18
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $26
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $14
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $19.95
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Golf Club at McKinney McKinney $20 - $45
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $19 - $30
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $18 - $39
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton TBA
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12 - $40
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas N/A
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club Lipan $27 - $39
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
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