Chances are theater shows come to mind when you think of Branson, Missouri. There are plenty of those, over 100 in fact. Beyond that, though, there’s another way to play in Branson. Did you know you can see some of the most pristine golf courses in the nation here? Award-winning greens create an abundant amount of holes to tee up to. But where should you take your irons while on a Branson vacation? Shuttle your golf cart to the best Branson golf courses for vacation fun that’s sure to be a hole in one!
Top of the Rock Golf Course: 9-hole, par 3 public golf course
Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro Shops, worked with Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer to create the unique Top of the Rock Golf Course. Crafted from the beauty of the Ozark landscape, the appeal of Top of the Rock is evident from the first putt. Located high above Table Rock Lake, the course fuses putting greens with meandering creeks, tranquil waterfalls, and stocked ponds in an effort to truly celebrate the natural beauty of the Branson area.
The golf course ranges from 1,420 yards from the back tees to 945 yards from forward tees, and is the first-ever par-3 course to be included in a PGA Tour sanctioned event. In addition, it’s one of only eleven courses in the nation to be recognized by the Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary Program. You definitely don’t want to miss one of the best Branson golf courses.
Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course: 18-holes over 7,036 yards with a par of 71 (Public)
Previously known as Branson Creek Golf Club, Buffalo Ridge has been extensively renovated by Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris. Located a few miles from Top of the Rock, the course was designed by golf course architect Tom Fazio. Key to the redesign was integrating more of the Ozark’s natural elements to the forefront. This has included enhanced water features and bunkers, as well as new approaches to holes and the addition of free-ranging buffalo. You won’t see that on just any golf course!
The course has been rated the #1 Public Course in Missouri by Golf Magazine and has been named one of the Top 10 Missouri Courses by Golf Digest, since 2001.
Ledgestone Golf Course: 18-holes over 6,881 yards with a par of 71 (Public)
Golf Digest has called Ledgestone a “masterpiece of mountain golf architecture,” and for good reason. Built into the Ozark Mountains, this course offers numerous challenges and rewards as golfers navigate its greens. Designed by Tom Clark, the course contains unique elevation changes requiring accuracy and skill to conquer. Dotted with creeks, rock outcroppings, ponds and wooded forests, the course blends beautifully with the local scenery. Located at Stonebridge Resort, you can easily stay for a couple nights and play the day away.
Branson Hills Golf Club: 18 holes over 7,403 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
Previously known as the Payne Stewart Golf Club, the Branson Hills Golf Club honors legendary golfers at each hole with the story of Stewart’s life interwoven into the course. Nestled in the picturesque Ozark Mountains surrounding Branson, the club offers golfers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience. Playing at 7,324 yards, this championship course challenges even the most advanced players. The course was designed by Chuck Smith with design consultant and PGA Professional, Bobby Clampett. It has been named the #1 course in Missouri for four years running by Golfweek.
Thousand Hills Golf Resort: 18 holes over 5,111 yards with a par of 64 (Public)
The only golf course located in the heart of Branson, Thousand Hills Golf Resort is easy to access and fun to play. In fact, Golf Digest rated the course 4-stars in 2009. Visitors love to play this course as it caters to novice and professional with three sets of different tees. This ensures everyone who swings their irons will have a challenging yet enjoyable experience. Designed by Robert E. Cupp and Michael Riley, the course journeys through hardwood forests, rock formations, and cascading streams. You’d hardly imagine you were just minutes from the famous Branson Strip.
Point Royale Golf Course: 18 holes over 6,501 yards with a par of 70
Just off the beaten path in Branson, visitors can find Pointe Royale Golf Course on Hwy 165 near Table Rock Lake. Bermuda fairways, gorgeous bent green grass, and sand and grass bunkers shape the course, as do eight different water holes. In fact, 12 out of 18 holes have some sort of water hazard, making this one of the most aquatically-challenging courses in Branson.
Book a tee time at one of the best Branson golf courses. Then, get ready for a premier golf experience right in the heart of the Midwest.
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