Fort Worth is often overshadowed by its slightly larger neighboring city Dallas, but travelers have become increasingly aware of what a wonderful destination Fort Worth is. The following is a list of things to do and see as well as the courses to play when visiting this fabulous city.
Fort Worth Attractions
Fort Worth is a city very proud of its heritage as a Western city, and visitors will want to experience a bit of the cowboy history on display at the Stockyards National Historic District. The district was once central to western cattle ranching, and remains an important icon to cattlemen nationwide. While there, be sure and watch the Fort Worth Herd, a twice-daily cattle drive occuring at 11:30am and 4pm. There are also weekly rodeos, the Stockyards Museum and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Other attractions include the excellent Fort Worth Zoo or the peaceful Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. If the $7.1 million Fort Worth Invitational price purse has you seeing green, a visit to the U.S Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility for a tour of where 60% of America’s paper money could be in order.
After a day of sightseeing, visitors would do well to sample some famous Texas barbecue. Angelo’s remains a staple for many a local, and though all their slow-smoked meats are excellent, are known for their tender beef brisket as well as their one of a kind barbecue salami and braunschweiger. Heim Barbecue & catering is another excellent choice, but one that has been known to sell out. In addition to world class meats, Heim also has a large whiskey selection, the perfect companion to the meat sweats. Or head to Cousin’s BBQ for housemade barbecue sausages and a helping of banana pudding. It’s hard to go hungry in Fort Worth. And when you’re done with your meal head down to Fort Worth’s “Brew Zone”, an area of downtown containing numerous brewers including Rahr & Sons Brewing, Panther Island Brewing Co., Chimera Brewing Co. and the offbeat Collective Brewing Project. There are many styles on offer, and many of these beers can only be found in Fort Worth.
Courses to Play
The greater Dallas-Fort Worth area contains many top class golf courses that are accessible to the public. The following is our list of top courses worth playing by any visitor to Fort Worth.
Champions Circle Golf Club
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1501 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
Champions Circle is one of those rare courses that both provides a stern challenge without being so punitive to dissuade beginning golfers from having a fun day out. The fairways are wide in this course located inside Fort Worth. Golfers' note the beautiful scenery with natural rolling hills, groves of trees and natural water hazards. The course also boasts a few elevated greens to provide a challenge to golfer's often overlooked short game.
Stevens Park Golf Course
photo credit: Stevens Park Golf Course
1005 N. Montclair Avenue
Dallas, TX 75208
One of Dallas-Fort Worth's best known courses, Stevens Park is known by the nickname "Little Augusta" for good reason. A challenging and rolling course, Stevens Park is also conveniently located near downtown Dallas, making it a much easier trip for travelers staying in the city. The course itself is a mix of par-3, -4 and -5s, and its signature hole is the 16th hole. This par-5 requires golfers to hit a shot up and over a cliff face, providing a unique and difficult challenge that will punish any errant shot.
Tierra Verde Golf Club
photo credit: Tierra Verde Golf Club
7005 Golf Club Dr
Arlington, TX 76001
Located in Arlington, the Tierra Verde Golf Club provides one of the most scenic and well-maintained courses in the region. However, be advised that this is a challenging course and may not be one for everyone. Tierra Verde also has history, being Texas' first municipal course. This verified Audubon Signature Sanctuary course challenges golfers with a variety of sand and water hazards, native trees and a challenging layout nestled between beautiful scenery.
Tangle Ridge Golf Course
photo credit: Golf Texas
818 Tangle Ridge Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Tangle Ridge Golf Course has long been considered one of Texas' best public courses. Another course that uses the natural elevation changes to create a challenging course, Tangle Ridge also uses numerous tree lined fairways to give golfers the feeling of a day in nature while attempting to beat par. Golfers also appreciate the reasonable green fees and the generally design that, while challenging, doesn't seek t punish players.
Texas Star Golf Club
photo credit: Golf Southwest
1400 Texas Star Parkway
Euless, TX 76040
The Texas Star Golf Course was designed by Keith Foster to challenge golfers' strategic thinking. The course features elevation changes typical of Texas hill country, and also uses the naturally wooded areas as a hazard. In addition, Hurricane Creek features prominently on several holes and will force golfers into accurate shots if they want to avoid penalties. As long as you can stay on the fairways, Texas Star provides a challenging but refreshing course in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The Tribute Golf Club
photo credit: The Tribute Golf Club
1000 Lebanon Road
The Colony, TX 75056
The Tribute Golf Club sets itself apart from other courses in the area because of its novel layout. The course seeks to recreate a British links-style course in the heart of Texas. The course features numerous holes modeled after their more famous counterparts, including a recreations of St. Andrews 18th hole, "Hogan's Alley" at Carnoustie and the 5th hole at Royal Troon. The opportunity to play these holes and the unique theme of the course makes it a must-play course for any golfer in the area.