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Dallas – A Lone Star Golf Getaway


Dallas – A Lone Star Golf Getaway
Old American Golf Club, Dallas

Old American Golf Club, Dallas

Photo Courtesy of the Old American Golf Club
Dallas, as we all know, is quintessential Texas. “The Big D” is the capital of cattle country, the home of the Cowboys, not just football, but the real thing and, of course, BBQ. Dallas, like most things in Texas, is larger than life, and it’s still growing. Growth means prosperity, prosperity means luxury, and luxury, at least as far as we golfers are concerned, means high end golf courses and resorts. Today, Dallas offers all that and much more.

Perhaps the best thing in its favor as a golfing destination is its accessibility. If you travel at all, you’re probably already familiar with just how quick and easy Dallas is to get to. As one of the great North American hubs, there are literally hundreds of direct flights, in and out daily that make getting to and from Dallas a real gimmie. Better yet, the weather, though it can be a little unpredictable during the winter months, is mild enough for us to be able to play the year-round. So, if you’re one of those “have clubs will travel” types, Dallas is an obvious choice for a weekend getaway, or for a vacation. If you’re a corporate planner, Dallas is a no-brainer. There are several grand resorts with championship layouts right on the property. Here are three golf courses you might like to consider, and a couple of great places to stay, too:

Where to Play:

The Old American Golf Club

The Old American golf course was designed by two of Texas’ finest, Tripp Davis and hometown hero, PGA TOUR star Justin Leonard. The layout was “inspired by the ‘Golden Age’ of golf course architecture (1911 - 1937), Old American’s natural contours, hazard styles, native grasses and green shapes were influenced by such masterpieces as Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links, Prairie Dunes and Crystal Downs.” But more than that, the designers went to great lengths to preserve the great natural beauty, wildlife and resources that are as much a part of Old American as are its meandering fairways and undulating greens. Lewisville Lake provides not only a stunning backdrop to several of the holes, but an extraordinary challenge too, while the native grasses, trees and plants provide a home for the abundance of wildlife that inhabits the property: deer, coyotes, and a hundred-and-one species of wild birds - turkeys, wading birds, birds of prey, and many more.

The Old American course plays a little longer than 6,900 yards from the tips with three sets of tees provided to give everyone a chance to post a good score.

Green Fees: Monday through Sunday, $125, including the use of the cart.


Old American Golf Club, 1001 Lebanon Road, The Colony, TX 75056; Phone: (972) 370-4653 Or you can visit the Old American Golf Club Website

The Tribute Golf Club:

Located next to Old American in The Tribute Resort Community, The Tribute golf course, designated by many as “a true links golf experience,” was inspired by many of the oldest and most venerated golf courses in Scotland, courses such as St. Andrews, Troon and Prestwick. A true links experience? Well, you can be the judge of that, but whatever you decide, the Tribute offers a terrific round of golf, and that’s what matters most, right? And there’s more: The Tribute also has its own guest house complete with seven guest suites – yep, you can stay right on the property.

For more information: (972) 370-5465, or you can visit the Tribute Website.

The Bear Creek Golf Club:

The Bear Creek golf course, designed by the inimitable Ted Robinson, is located only minutes from DFW, making it the ideal venue, not just for weekenders, but for corporate events as well. The complex offers two distinct championship layouts – the East Course and the West Course – so what you have is a 36-hole venue that was virtually designed to accommodate golfers who like all of their sandwiches in one package. Bear Creek is all that, and more; Listed in Golf Digest’s “Top 50 Resort Courses in America” and The Wall Street Journal’s “10 Great Places to Golf.” Bear Creek is an obvious choice for a golf getaway.

For more information: (972) 456-3200, or you can visit the Bear Creek Golf Club Website.

Where to Stay:

Of course, Dallas has more great, grand and not so grand hotels and resorts than almost any other large city in the southern United States. So, with all the the Big D has to offer, where DO we sstay? Here are a couple of ideas:

Dallas, Texas Hotel, NYLO South Side

Described as a “chic boutique hotel,” the NYLO opened in 2012 and was a immediate success. The 102 year-old building is set “in a trendy neighborhood” on the Dalls South Side, and it offers a unique lodging experience: from its rooftop “Soda Bar” with its infinity pool and casual grill, to the unique artwork, most of by local artists, that adorns its walls, to its 76 guest rooms, the NYLO is THE place to stay in Downtown Dallas.

Compare rates for nights at the NYLO South Side, Dallas.

For more information and reservations, you can visit the NYLO Omni Dallas Hotel Website.

The Dallas Omni Hotel:

Also set right in the center of downtown Dallas, the new Omni Dallas Hotel is favorite with golfers, families, and corporate entities alike. The Omni, with its more than 1,000 guest rooms and dozens of luxury suites, provides easy access to all that downtown Dallas has to offer, and that’s a lot: nightlife, restaurants, shops and entertainment galore. The Omni also provides its own brand of onsite dining and entertainment. Be sure to check out Bob’s Steak & Chop House, and the Owner’s Box, an interactive sports bar with a 16-foot television.

Compare rates for nights at the Dallas Omni Hotel.

For more information you can visit the Omni Dallas Hotel Website.

So, if you’re looking for that winter, or summer, golf getaway with a difference, Dallas, I think, will fit the bill nicely.

How to Get There:

DNaples & Fort Myers are served by the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) located about 26 miles north of allas Fort Worth Airport (DFW), is a major hub served by almost all major Delta, US airlines, including United, Delta, Continental, US Air, AirTran, American.

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And don’t forget: there are many other opportunities for great golf all over the world. Favorite locations include Scotland, Florida, the American Southwest, Bermuda, the Bahamas and many more. For up-to-date golf travel news and information, be sure to Subscribe to my weekly Newsletter.

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