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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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Masters at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Pecan/Mockingbird at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $19 - $30
Golf Club at McKinney
Tee Times
McKinney $20 - $45
Chester W Ditto Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $20.75
Tradition at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Coyote Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $25
Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch
Tee Times
Denton $31
Bridlewood Golf Course
Tee Times
Flower Mound $29
Southern Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Burleson $15.2
Willow Springs Golf Course
Tee Times
Haslet $9 - $17
Whitestone Golf Club
Tee Times
Benbrook $15.00 - $35.00
Frisco Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $30
Hawks Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $25
Lost Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Aledo $15
Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Bridges at Preston Crossings
Tee Times
Gunter $20
White Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Golf Club at Champions Circle
Tee Times
Fort Worth $27
Blue Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Sugar Tree Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lipan $27
Golf Club at the Resort
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Mockingbird/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $19 - $30
Champion at Bridges at Firewheel Golf of Garland
Tee Times
Garland $29
Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $60
Red Nine at Prairie Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $19
Pecan/Bluebonnet at Grapevine Golf Course
Tee Times
Grapevine $19 - $30
Timber Links at Denton
Tee Times
Denton $13
Canyon West Golf Club
Tee Times
Weatherford $18
Stewart Peninsula Golf Course
Tee Times
The Colony $17
Grand Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $18
Cleburne Golf Links
Tee Times
Cleburne $12
Creekview Golf Club
Tee Times
Crandall $13
Bridgeport Country Club
Tee Times
Bridgeport $10
Westdale Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $5
Old Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Twin Wells Golf Course
Tee Times
Irving $10
Country View Golf Course
Tee Times
Lancaster $15
Granbury Country Club
Tee Times
Granbury $10
Sunset Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $8
King's Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Kemp $10
Old Brickyard Golf Course
Tee Times
Ferris $10
Van Zandt Country Club
Tee Times
Canton $17
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $22
Comanche Lakes at Squaw Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Glen Rose $37.25 - $45.25
Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Park
Tee Times
Garland $19.5
Runaway Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Runaway Bay $12
Riverchase Golf Course
Tee Times
Coppell $16
Meadowbrook Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $5
Cleburne Golf Ranch
Tee Times
Cleburne $10
East Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $29.95
Mesquite Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Mesquite $17
Old Course at the Tribute Golf Club
Tee Times
The Colony $41.99
Tour 18
Tee Times
Flower Mound $39
Tierra Verde Golf Club
Tee Times
Arlington $28.75
Lake Park Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $9
Lakes at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $15 - $30
Cowboys Golf Club
Tee Times
Grapevine $79.95
River Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $25
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Rockwall $20.95
Mansfield National Golf Club
Tee Times
Mansfield $17.95
Riverside Golf Club
Tee Times
Grand Prairie $20
Trails of Frisco
Tee Times
Frisco $22
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club
Tee Times
Plano $15
Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Frisco $15
Lake Arlington Golf Course
Tee Times
Arlington $19
Creek at Indian Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Carrollton $20 - $40
Westridge Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $19
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $10
West Course at Bear Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Dallas $29.95
Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Rockwood Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $20
Texas Women's University Pioneer Golf Course
Tee Times
Denton $16
Lake Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Lewisville $10
Golf Club At Twin Creeks
Tee Times
Allen $15
Waterview Golf Club
Tee Times
Rowlett $20.95
Hills Course at Pecan Valley Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fort Worth $21
Hidden Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Burleson $14
Iron Horse Golf Course
Tee Times
North Richland Hills $21
Jim McLean Golf Center
Tee Times
Ft. Worth $8
Webb Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Wolfe City $10
Los Rios Country Club
Tee Times
Plano $20
Hidden Oaks
Tee Times
Granbury $15
Duck Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Garland $11
Oak Hollow Golf Course
Tee Times
McKinney $20.8
Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Fairview $34
Wright Park Golf Course
Tee Times
Greenville $13
Benbrook Par-3 Golf Course
Tee Times
Benbrook $5
Texas Star Golf Course
Tee Times
Euless $57
Golf Club at Fossil Creek
Tee Times
Fort Worth $24.95
Ennis Country Club Ennis $32
Hills Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $85.52
Pecan Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Weatherford $27
Hillsboro Country Club Hillsboro $18
Diamond Oaks Golf & Country Club Fort Worth $40 - $56
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club Keller $35.00 - $69.99
Honors Golf Club Dallas Carrollton $90
Eldorado Country Club McKinney $45
Course One at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $14 - $36
Cottonwood Valley at The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort Irving $195
Decatur Golf & Country Club Decatur $24
Oak Trail Golf Club Corsicana $23
Dallas Country Club Dallas $102
Glens Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $17
Eastern Hills Country Club Garland $50
Mountain Valley Country Club Joshua $29.50
Town East Golf Center Sunnyvale $11
Split Rail Links & Golf Club Aledo $42
Retreat Golf Course Cleburne $50
Harbor Lakes Golf Club Granbury $29.00 - $64.00
Corsicana Golf Club Corsicana $50
Colonial Country Club Fort Worth $190
Lakewood Country Club Dallas $85
Master's Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Tawakoni Golf Club West Tawakoni $24
Little Nine Course at Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $30 - $125
King's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Oak Creek Country Club Greenville $27
South Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
Chisholm Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Presidents Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Nutcracker Golf Club Granbury $45
Pecan Ridge Golf Club Scurry $14 - $22
Hurricane Creek Country Club Anna $34
Pinnacle Country Club Mabank $65
Player's Course at The Courses at Watters Creek Plano $15
Denton Country Club Argyle $49
Country Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Championship Course at Brookhaven Country Club Dallas $45
Woodhaven Country Club Fort Worth $50
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Irving $195
Las Colinas Country Club Irving $93
Texas Sundown Ranch Golf Course Sanger $9
New Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Cedar Crest Golf Course Dallas $22.00
Preston Trail Golf Course Dallas $80 - $124
Gentle Creek Golf Club Prosper $75
Golf Club of Dallas Dallas $80
Cimarron Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
Eagle Rock Golf Club Ennis $10.75
Rolling Hills Country Club Arlington $45
Whitworth Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
North Course at Ridglea Country Club Fort Worth $89
A-1 Golf Center Rockwall $20
Pecan Plantation Granbury $40
Oak Grove Golf Course Terrell $15
The Northwood Club Dallas $98
Starr Hollow Golf Course Tolar $65
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney $135
Luna Vista Golf Course Dallas $12 - $16
North Texas Golf Center Dallas $10
Hogan Course at Trophy Club Country Club Trophy Club $76
De Cordova Bend Country Club Granbury $55
Shady Oaks Country Club Fort Worth $200
Mira Vista Country Club Fort Worth $112
Thorntree Country Club De Soto $40 - $90
Old American Golf Club The Colony $150
Shady Valley Golf Club Arlington $35 - $45
Oakmont Country Club Corinth $65
Highlands Course at Tenison Park Golf Club Dallas $35.00
Practice Tee Golf Center Richardson $60
Oeste Ranch Golf Course Weatherford $34 - $39
Red Oak Valley Golf Course Red Oak $12
Traditions at The Courses at Watters Creek Plano $25 - $45
Stone River Golf Club Royse City $9 - $15
Pecan Hollow Country Club Plano $12 $34
Oak Course at Walnut Creek Country Club Mansfield $37 - $62
Creek Course at Prestonwood Country Club Dallas $86
Durant Classic Nine Course at DeCordova Bend Country Club Granbury $5
Pecan Trails Golf Course Midlothian $19
Gold Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Course Two at Sherrill Park Golf Course Richardson $10 - $32
Long Cove - Proving Grounds Course Malakoff N/A
Woodbridge Golf Club Wylie $20 - $35
Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club Dallas $115
Country Place Golf Course Carrollton $10
Bent Tree Country Club Dallas $107
Star Harbor Golf Club Malakoff $15
Fazio Course at Stonebriar Country Club Frisco $125
Timarron Country Club Southlake $95
Hartline's Golf Center Greenville $5
Waxahachie Country Club Waxahachie $20 - $28
Lakeside Village Golf Course Rockwall N/A
River Crest Country Club Fort Worth $75
Cross Timbers Golf Course Azle $31
Canyon Creek Country Club Richardson $60
Queen's Course at Gleneagles Country Club Plano $109
Fort Worth Country Club Fort Worth $35
Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $100
Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas $28
Lone Oak Golf Club Lone Oak $18
Hank Haney Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge Lewisville $10
Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas $100
Athens Country Club Athens $33
Lantana Golf Club Lantana $59 - $69
Old Course at White Bluff Golf Club Whitney $35 - $75
Dallas National Golf Club Dallas $140
Squaw Creek Golf Club Willow Park $27
Stevens Park Golf Course Dallas $17 - $28
Vaquero Club Westlake $115
Links at Waterchase Fort Worth $22 - $59
Royal Oaks Country Club Dallas $85
Hackberry Creek Country Club Irving $70
Fun City Golf Course Grand Prairie $9
Saddleback Nine at Hills at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club McKinney $70
The Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville $19 - $59
Cedar Creek Country Club Kemp $39
Sand Hills Golf & Country Club Campbell $10
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