The smaller suburbs north of Fort Worth are some of the most desirable areas to live in, and a big reason why is the quality of golf courses in the area. Living on or around a golf course in the Greater Fort Worth area not only provides great views with plenty of trees and lakes, they also make great investment properties for buyers and sellers. In this article, we will showcase the sister cities to the north of Fort Worth, their golf courses, and illustrate the many reasons we love presenting these areas to our clients.
About 26 miles northeast of our Fort Worth office, Southlake has a population of approximately 30,000 people, and is considered one of the wealthiest cities in America. Estimates of median income vary depending on the source, but it is well above $100,000 per year. The real estate in the area illustrates these high income earnings, with the majority of the homes for sale in Southlake with prices ranging from $200-$400 per square foot. However, Southlake homes are amongst the most elegantly-designed and constructed custom homes you can imagine, making the Southlake community a perfect option for those looking for the finest homes around.
The city of Southlake features one of the nicest private clubs in the Fort Worth Area: Timarron Country Club. It has been named one of the Avid Golfer Magazine’s Best Country Clubs in DFW for five years straight, and anyone who visits this incredible facility can see why. Since its founding in 1994, Timarron Country Club has provided an unparalleled service and amenities experience for its members and guests alike.
Timarron’s 18-hole championship golf course also features a world-class practice facility. The club also offers Player Development Programs for every skill level, and a wide variety of club tournaments. One of the unique features of Timarron Country Club was also recognized by Avid Golfer magazine, selecting the Country Club as “Most Female Friendly” in 2015. After your round or tournament, enjoy an amazing meal alongside some impressive wine at the Club’s restaurant, Iron 45. Named after legendary Texas-native golfer “Iron” Byron Nelson and his infamous 11-consecutive-win season of 1945, Iron 45’s Executive Chef Benito Gavirio wows and pleases the senses of his guests, and the wine selection is handled by Master Sommelier Guy Stout. Houses for sale near Timarron Country Club feature gorgeous landscaping and brick-constructed custom homes that are incredibly pleasing to the eye.
Living in Southlake provides residents which some of the best restaurants, wineries, shopping and attractions in the Fort Worth area. Southlake Town Square features a Trader Joe’s, ideal for your grocery needs, a Starbucks to get your morning off on the right start, and plenty of boutiques, including lululemon, James Avery Artisan Jewelry, and Kendra Scott.
Directly east from Southlake is another fantastic Fort Worth sister city: Grapevine. With an estimated population of about 50,000, Grapevine is one of the largest suburbs north of Fort Worth. One of the most prominent features of Grapevine, Texas is the 8,000-acre Grapevine Lake. From several miles of wilderness trails around the lake to campgrounds and marinas, outdoor enthusiasts will love living in Grapevine. Although the two municipalities are right next to each other, Grapevine is far more affordable compared to Southlake, featuring several homes for sale starting around $130 per square foot up to over $200 per square foot.
Bordering Lake Grapevine’s eastern shore, Grapevine Golf Course is a 27-hole facility and one of two golf courses in the city of Grapevine. Since the course opened in 1979, it has been a favorite amongst Grapevine residents thanks to the fun yet challenging layout. Starting as an 18-hole course, another nine holes was added in 1999, further enhancing the experience for golfers in Grapevine. Complete with driving range, chipping and putting greens, this is the best place to work on your game in town. Although it is a daily fee golf course, Grapevine Golf Course offers multi-tiered annual passes to fit every golf budget. Mulligan’s Grill features a full bar and plenty of delicious entrees to enjoy before and after your round. Despite there being no homes for sale near Grapevine Golf Course, anyone who lives within a ten-mile drive of this spectacular public course is sure to enjoy every round they play there.
Cowboys Golf Club is also in Grapevine, Texas and is an incredible golf facility. Owned by and named after one of America’s favorite NFL teams, Cowboys Golf Club offers a championship tree-lined 18-hole golf course sure to test the best players while remaining fair for the more recreational golfer. For those looking to improve their game, Cowboys Golf Club offers one of the best practice facilities in the Fort Worth area, including a driving range, putting green and pitching greens with bunkers and grass knolls. Cowboys Golf Club is also home to Nike Golf Junior Camps, ideal for the young golfers in your family a chance to improve their games in a fun group environment. Managed by Arcis Golf, Cowboys Golf Club offers several different programs, including ones that provide unlimited range balls and cart-fee-only golf in the afternoons. Homes for sale near Cowboys Golf Club are ideal for families in search of a traditionally-designed home with charming landscaping for a reasonable price.
Explore an incredible park and Botanical Garden at Grapevine’s Heritage Park. Since it opened in 2001, Heritage Park and the Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park have literally blossomed into a tranquil and beautiful landmark in Grapevine, complete with a butterfly sanctuary, walking trails and a pond with fish for viewing. This park is ideal for an early morning stroll or catching a breathtaking sunset before a fun night on the town.
The city of Grapevine gets its name from wild grapes that grow nearby, so it should be no surprise that the city is well known for some of the best wineries and vineyards in the Fort Worth area. Bingham Family Vineyards Grapevine Tasting Room is arguably the most popular wineries on the Grapevine Urban Wine Trail. The Urban Wine Trail consists of several different wineries and tasting rooms along Main Street, including Wine Fusion Winery, Homestead Winery at Grapevine, Umbra Winery, Grape Vine Springs Winery, Farina’s Winery, and many more. With a wide assortment of varietals and tasting sessions, wine enthusiasts will have plenty to love about living in Grapevine, Texas.
A short trek north on Highway 114 from Grapevine will take you to what is considered the most upscale community north of Fort Worth. Despite having a population of around 1,000 people, Westlake is the home to several celebrities and famous athletes, including the Jonas Brothers, NFL Coach Sean Payton, NFL commentators and former players Terry Bradshaw and Jason Whitten, and professional golfers K.J. Choi and Ben Crane. The affluence of this area is certainly reflected in its real estate pricing; lots of land can cost more than $500,000 per acre, and the incredible brick-style homes of Westlake, and homes range from $300-500 per square foot.
Westlake is home to the premier and incredibly exclusive golf community of the Vaquero Club, where many of the aforementioned celebrities reside. Covering more than 500 acres of land, Vaquero Club provides the ultimate private club experience for its members and guests. It starts with the immaculate Tom Fazio designed 18-hole golf course, featuring bentgrass greens and Zoysia fairways, the latter of which gives players a perfect lie almost every time. The course also features luxury amenities including food and drinks available throughout the course, a real treat for those who play there. Complete with a newly renovated practice facility, which includes several putting and chipping greens and a nine-hole pitch and putt course, Vaquero Club members will be hard-pressed to want to play anywhere else.
The 30,000+ square foot clubhouse offers the finest in dining and world-class amenities provided by an exceptional staff. The Clubhouse Grill creates delicious entrees for any meal of the day, while the Day Spa offers a variety of services which will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. Other amenities include a Fish Camp, Kids Club, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, complete with a yoga/pilates studio and personal fitness training.
Vaquero Club homes for sale feature palatial designs and some incredible views of the golf course, with pricing very similar to those found throughout Westlake, with square footage cost starting at well over $300 per square foot.
Despite its small population, Westlake features some incredible restaurants within the city limits. Something as simple as a cheeseburger is made in a gourmet fashion at Hollywood Burger. The signature burger, which includes jalapenos, mushrooms, cheese and grilled onions is a favorite amongst Texans. Pizzeria La Scala has been in Westlake for over 20 years and takes pizza to a completely different level. Add some incredible Italian cuisine and a great selection of cocktails, and Westlake residents can enjoy a great night out with their friends and family.
Westlake, Texas residents enjoy the very finest in lifestyle, from the amazing homes in the city to the great food and fantastic golf available to Vaquero Club members.
Trophy Club, Texas
With an estimated population of 8,000 residents, is another affluent town north of Fort Worth. Once a part of Westlake, the town of Trophy Club became its own municipality in 1985. Largely considered one of the best places to live in the Fort Worth area, residents of Trophy Club, and the real estate market compared to neighboring cities like Westlake and Southlake is much more affordable. Those interested in a home in Trophy Club can find several gorgeous brick homes with plenty of space from $100-200 per square foot.
Trophy Club has one 36-hole golf facility, and it holds the honor of being the only Ben Hogan-designed golf course. Trophy Club Country Club’s two 18-hole courses, The Hogan Course and The Whitworth Course, test every golfer’s ability while remaining a fun and fair challenge for its members. A recent renovation of the facility includes an upgraded short game area, range targets, and an indoor simulator, further enhancing its appeal to those who play the course. Before or after your round, Hogan’s Grill is a great place to enjoy an amazing breakfast, lunch or dinner.
There are plenty other amenities to enjoy at Trophy Club Country Club. The club offers tennis, complete with eight lighted courts and a full slate of professional instruction. During the summer months, the club has an Olympic-sized pool for its members, and a full-service fitness center with all of the best equipment. Members of Trophy Club Country Club will always have something fun to do. With several tiers of memberships to choose from, you can find something perfect your you and your budget.
The houses for sale near Trophy Club Country Club are beautiful, traditional-style homes, many of them built in the early 90’s. Since many of these homes range from $130 per square foot and up, you can enjoy living near a gorgeous, historic golf course without overextending your homeownership budget.
Residents of Trophy Club have convenient access to a wide array of various styles of cuisine within a five minute drive. For great Asian food, Fish and Knife Japanese Cuisine serves everything from sushi and tempura to noodles and seafood. Patrons of Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant love the Tex-Mex menu and selection of Mojitos and Margaritas, and Vinny’s Restaurant is a fantastic choice for New York-style pizza, antipasto salads and more classic Italian dishes. The best part of these restaurants is they all share the same shopping center space.
Harmony Park is Trophy Club’s favorite location for a variety of outdoor activities. The thirteen-acre park features pet water fountains, and nearly two miles of pathways throughout the facility. Other amenities include lighted basketball and tennis courts, shaded playground area for the kids, and a pavilion available for rent.
The town of Trophy Club is perfect for raising a family in an area that truly embraces the entire community.
About eight miles south of Trophy Club is another large suburb north of Fort Worth. With a population of over 40,000, Keller is a great location for commuters who work in Fort Worth, which is about a 25 mile drive to the downtown area. The houses for sale in Keller easily have the widest range of pricing, with several quality homes starting at $140 per square foot all the way up to over $300 per square foot.
Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club is the premier golf course community in Keller, Texas. Opening in 1999, the 18-hole championship golf course at Sky Creek Ranch was designed by world-famous golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Featuring emerald-green Bermuda fairways and natural terrain, the course isn’t too long for the average player, yet requires a sound strategy for more skilled golfers. Big Bear Creek meanders through most of the course, creating an atmosphere that is both beautiful to observe and enhances the difficulty of Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club.
Although technically a public course, Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club offers Golf and Social Memberships, a Loyalty Program, and a Practice Learn and Play Program. Junior Summer Camps are also available at Sky Creek Ranch, making it a perfect golf facility for the whole family to learn and play the game.
There are many homes for sale around Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club, many of them featuring incredibly high ceilings, beautifully landscaped lots, and breathtaking views of the golf course. Prices for homes near Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club are very similar to the surrounding area, starting around $130 per square foot.
Keller Town Center is in the heart of the city and features just about everything a resident of Keller could ever need. Tom Thumb is perfect for your weekly grocery needs, and Summer Moon Coffee is a great place to get your morning started. Moviehouse and Eatery offers eight dine-in movie theaters; instead of the usual popcorn and soda, guests can savor the incredible menu of appetizers, sandwiches, bowls and burgers along with delicious cocktails and an impressive wine selection. Painting with a Twist and Play Street Museum are more family-friendly entertainment options to explore at Keller Town Center.
If you’re looking for a great community to raise a family and experience the best of the area north of Fort Worth, there is plenty to love about this area. Even if you are not a golfer, the city of Keller, Texas is one of our favorites, and it could be a favorite of yours as well.
We here at the Chicotsky Real Estate Group pride ourselves on helping our clients find the perfect home, and the area north of Fort Worth is a popular place to live. We treat our buyers and sellers with unparalleled personal service, no matter what they are looking for. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the north Fort Worth area, please contact Chicotsky Real Estate Group and allow us to amaze you with our service, attention to detail, and doing everything possible to meet your Fort Worth real estate needs.