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Play golf and watch football in Dallas Cowboys country

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With football season right around the corner, I've been busy this week scouting out where to play golf, where to eat, where to stay and where to amuse one's self in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. That's because the Super Bowl will be played here for the first time, Feb. 6, at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, and plenty of folks attending the big game will be bringing their sticks.

Having been here for just a few days, I can report that there is no shortage of great public and resort golf courses in the area, there are a ton of great eateries, and plenty to do. The only question mark come February is if Mother Nature will cooperate. This past winter, she didn't, with record snowfall in the area, but the Metroplex is just as likely to have a 60-degree day in the winter as it is a 40-degree day.

The host cities, such as Arlington, Grapevine, Fort Worth, Irving and Dallas, are going all out. Expect plenty of special events, corporate tournaments and parties. The region is littered with magnificent hotels, such as the 1,800-room Sheraton Downtown Dallas, which will host the 3,600 media members covering the big game, or the magnificent Gaylord Texan Resort, a giant indoor version of Disney and Las Vegas all wrapped up into one. It's also the host hotel for the Dallas Cowboys during home games, a tradition that local fans hope will continue to all the way to Super Bowl XLV.

And speaking of the Cowboys, there's the highly-popular Cowboys Golf Club, a cool America's Team-themed facility located in Grapevine, a community that has really blossomed over the past decade. Tour 18 in Flower Mound was looking pretty good, too, and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo likes to tee it up at the home of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, the TPC at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas, a resort that's sure to attract plenty of VIPs during Super Bowl week.

Add to that three great munis, such as Grapevine Golf Course, Tierra Verde Golf Club in Arlington and historic Tenison Park Golf Course in Dallas, and you've got a really nice mix of public golf. And there's no need to wait for the Super Bowl because in a couple of months, weather here will be ideal, and that would be the perfect time to scout out the local Dallas golf scene.

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