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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
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $12
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
North/South Course at Wildhorse Golf Club of Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $18
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $20
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $29
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $14
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $19
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $21.25
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $24
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
Woodbridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Wylie $15
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
West/North Course at Wildhorse Golf Club of Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $19
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $17.5
The Bridges Golf Club
Tee Times
Gunter $12
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $30
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $26
The Club at Los Rios
Tee Times
Plano $12
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $16.99
Woodhaven Country Club
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $24
Pinnacle Golf Club
Tee Times
Mabank $17
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $10
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $10
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $14
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $25 - $42
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24
Cleburne Golf Ranch Cleburne $10
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $110 - $195
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $12
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $16
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Texas Star Golf Course Euless $37 - $57
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $18
Eldorado Country Club
Tee Times
McKinney $45
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $27 - $39
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Pecan Hollow Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $20 - $43
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $12 - $20
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $21
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $12
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $19
Thorntree Country Club
Tee Times
De Soto $35 - $65
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $6
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $16
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $14
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $17 - $38
Rusted Rail Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $8
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Keller $29
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $27
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $5
Harbor Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Granbury $29 - $64
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Deer Run Golf Club West Tawakoni $21 - $27
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club
Tee Times
Whitney $35 - $75
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Country View Golf Course Lancaster $18 - $33
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club
Tee Times
Whitney $35 - $75
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $12
Links at Waterchase
Tee Times
Fort Worth $35.99
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $25.95
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek
Tee Times
Plano $12
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $9
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club Carrollton $15 - $19
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $15 - $32
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $11 - $18
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course Fort Worth $14 - $23
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $12
Shady Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $65
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $20
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $12
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $15
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $32
Mountain Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Joshua $15
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $15
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $25
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $18
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $16
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $17
Timberlinks Golf Club
Tee Times
Denton $11
Tribute Golf Links
Tee Times
The Colony $39
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $23
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $19.49 - $44.39
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $10
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $15.16 - $37.89
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $12.00 - $39.99
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $42
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $21
Texas Golf Center
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Ft. Worth $8
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $25
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $16
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $35 - $45
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course Grapevine $21.00 - $51.32
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $22 - $62
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Old American Golf Club The Colony $85 - $125
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club Rockwall $60
Granbury Country Club Granbury $8
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $108 - $158
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Irving Golf Club Irving $27 - $38
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Trinity Forest Golf Club Dallas $100 - $500
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $24
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Creek at The Clubs of Prestonwood Dallas $86
RB Golf Club & Resort Runaway Bay $25 - $35
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $33 - $44
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
River's Edge at Rockwood Golf Course Fort Worth $10
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $11 - $18
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $12 - $29
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $25 - $35
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $31 - $42
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Whiskey Ranch Fort Worth TBA
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Maridoe Golf Club Carrollton N/A
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $125
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $10 - $25
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $31 - $79
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $13 - $41
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Westdale Hills Golf Course Euless $9 - $13
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Hills at The Clubs of Prestonwood Plano $86
Texas Rangers Golf Club Arlington $52.50 - $102.75
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