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