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