Dallas Golf: More than one lone star

TPC Four Seasons, Dallas Golf
Courtesy TPC Four Seasons
The TPC Four Seasons is home to the PGA Tour's HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Dow Finsterwald Jr., PGA

Series: Texas Tourism

Published: Monday, June 18, 2012 | 10:51 a.m.

When people from around the country ask me for a great golf destination, I have no reservations at all at encouraging them to visit one of the great golf venues that I know - the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Am I a little biased as a resident of the area for the last almost-25 years? You bet. But it's still the truth. In terms of variety, quality, value and climate; this is an outstanding place to visit for golfers.

I've been very fortunate to have worked here at Colonial Country Club for a number of years. As much as I'd love to have all golfers come visit here, that's unfortunately not an option. Still, I'm always honored to help guide my friends and all golfers to some wonderful playing opportunities in the area. It's a privilege to promote the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and even more, the golf facilities here. Though the list is too large for me to name them all, there are literally dozens of great golf opportunites here, but I'm happy to share a few of my favorites.

For those that want to visit and experience high-end golf at its finest, two that standout include:

Cowboys Golf Club - This course, in Grapevine, is billed as the only NFL themed golf course in the world, but it's so much more than that. It's a great layout and tremendous service, a real treat for any golfer.

TPC Four Seasons - There are two 18 hole courses here but the one open for public play, the TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, is also known as the host of the HP Byron Nelson Classic on the PGA Tour. That said, it should also be recognized as a fun, challenging and beautiful venue for your own game. You need to be a guest of a member or staying at the resort to book a tee time but if you get the chance, it's well worth the effort.

For those who are looking for value-based courses, Dallas offers some wonderful lower-priced options as well.

Hawk's Creek - A great public course in Ft. Worth that has a very upscale feel and layout at typically great prices.
Texas Star - Close to the Ft. Worth airport, this facility is a real gem - always highly ranked among courses in the area.
Cedar Crest - Cedar Crest hosted the 1927 PGA Championship. Imagine you can play a major championship course for often under $30.
Tenison Highlands - Renovated in 2001 by D.A. Weibring and Steve Wolfard, this Dallas gem is beautiful, challenging and a great bargain.

Again, this is just primer of a list, there are many more excellent golf options here. But whenever I'm asked for my reccomendations, these courses always make the list.

Dallas/Ft. Worth area is as vibrant, exciting and enjoyable as any area in the country. No matter what time of year you visit, there will be the Cowboys, the (World Champion) Mavericks, the Rangers or the Stars in a stadium/arena near you. There are always great concerts to attend, shops to visit and the best restaurants in the world. You can be as busy or as relaxed as you want to be. But from my perspective, those attractions - as compelling as they are - are supporting actors to the big star. That big star (or Lone Star) is what this area can offer for your golf game. Come vist and find out for yourself.