Tee Time: 12 Top-Rated Golf Courses in Dallas-Forth Worth

With a variety of public courses—from luxurious to laid-back—take advantage of Texas' year-round golfing climate with tee times at top-rated courses around the Metroplex.

The roots of golf run deep in Dallas-Fort Worth. Home to lush landscapes and rolling greens speckled with sand traps, flowing waters and flag poles, the Metroplex is teeming with little “slices” of heaven for avid golfers of all ages and skill levels, from city-owned courses such as Stevens Park and Cedar Crest in Oak Cliff (the latter of which played host to the 1927 PGA Championship) to courses such as Texas Star (conveniently located near DFW Airport) and The Golf Club at Fossil Creek that lean toward a club-like feel. 

“They’ve got a lot of character and originality,” says former PGA pro and course design consultant Harrison Frazar, of the Oak Cliff courses, which feature square greens reminiscent of those from the 1920s and '30s. “Sometimes, my son and I will go down there and play to remember what the game is all about.”

For NFL fans, look no further than Grapevine's Cowboys Golf Club, a one-of-a-kind course that nearly doubles as an American football museum. Book a tee time at Tour 18 or The Tribute for challenges and fairways reminiscent of the most famous holes in golf history, or head to Grapevine Golf Course or Pecan Valley in Fort Worth to play a quick round of nine holes in an easy-going atmosphere. 


Cedar Crest Golf Course

One of the city’s oldest courses, Cedar Crest celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. A South Dallas staple for golf enthusiasts, it remains a favorite for beginners and seasoned players. Home of the 1927 PGA Championship, the story goes that golfer Walter Hagen was near elimination when a young spectator, 15-year-old Byron Nelson, handed him a cap to shield the sun from his eyes, allowing Hagen to take the lead and eventually win the championship. 1800 Southerland Ave., Dallas; 214.670.7615


Oak Hollow Golf Course

This Collin County course in McKinney is known for fast greens, fair course conditions year-round and a challenging 8th hole. 3005 N. McDonald St., McKinney; 972.346.2212

Oak Hollow Golf Course


Grapevine Golf Course

Co-designed by Byron Nelson, this 27-hole course features fun yet challenging obstacles and fast greens, making it a favorite municipal course among avid golfers. 3800 Fairway Drive, Grapevine; 817.410.3377


Cowboys Golf Club

For a unique experience, play a round at the NFL-theme Cowboys Golf Club. The first of its kind in the world, the property is accented with prestigious Super Bowl trophies and football memorabilia throughout. 1600 Fairway Drive, Grapevine; 817.481.7277


The Golf Club at Fossil Creek

Designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, The Golf Club at Fossil Creek consists of challenging holes, scenic fairways and rolling hillsides. Luxury amenities include a 24-station driving range, multiple practice areas, an indoor studio for PGA instruction and Arnie’s Pub— the perfect place to start the morning or enjoy a post-round drink. 3401 Clubgate Drive, Fort Worth; 817.847.1900


Stevens Park Golf Course

Tucked into South Dallas’ Kessler Park neighborhood, Stevens Park is known among members of the local golf community as “Little Augusta.” With a classic course design and mature oak tree-shaded paths, the course is a longstanding favorite for its old-world charm and spectacular views of the downtown skyline. 1005 N. Montclair Ave., Dallas; 214.670.1402

Stevens Park Golf Course


Iron Horse Golf Course

Designed around two creeks that run beneath a functional railroad trestle, this par-70 course in North Richland Hills incorporates vintage caboose cars into its on-course facilities for a nostalgic feel. 6200 Skylark Circle, North Richland Hills; 817.485.6666


Pecan Valley Golf Course

Nestled along the Trinity River not far from downtown Fort Worth, Pecan Valley comprises two 18-hole layouts—the “River” course and the “Hills” course—both of which offer well-maintained greens and a scenic, relaxed atmosphere. 6400 Pecan Valley Drive, Fort Worth; 817.249.1845


Texas Star

Located in Euless near DFW Airport, this championship golf course is known for its scenic fairways, waterfalls and award-winning design. Although open to all golfers, this hidden gem has a private course-feel. 1400 Texas Star Pkwy., Euless; 817.685.7888

Texas Star Golf Course


Tour 18

Designed to recreate some of the most iconic and challenging holes in the country, Tour 18 also features an elegant Georgian Mansion clubhouse and 25 miles of green terrain. 8717 Amen Corner, Flower Mound; 817.430.2000


The Tribute

Paying homage to the birthplace of golf, The Tribute emulates the terrain and design of Scotland’s most famed courses, including St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Prest- wick and Muirfield. Located off the shores of Lake Lewisville, the links-style course features a landscape of sea-washed grass and windswept dunes, plus fine dining, an elegant clubhouse and a full-service pub. 1000 Lebanon Road, The Colony; 972.370.5465


WestRidge Golf Course

This affordable and family-friendly North Texas golf destination in McKinney is the only course in the Lone Star State with six par-5 holes—not to mention one of the best burgers in town. 9055 N. Cotton Ridge Road, McKinney; 972.346.2212