While many people come to Branson for the shows and scenery, there is one group that visits for an altogether different reason; this group is a mixture of old and young, male and female, well-to-do and struggling, but all share the same passion: the passion for golf. And because it’s no secret that the area has a sizeable selection of award-winning courses, we can’t blame the golf fans for flocking here in droves and following this guide to the ultimate Branson golf itinerary; we just hope you take some time to enjoy the shows and scenery as well!
Day 1, Morning: Branson Hills Golf Club, 100 N Payne Stewart Drive
We’ll start at the beginning with the course that has the best 1st hole in town(the 10th and 14th are favored as well!),the Branson Hills Golf Club. Also felt to be the best course in town, not just the home of the best 1st hole, it was designed by Chuck Smith consulting with Bobby Clampett. Offering waterfalls, creeks, and a mature forest area, the scenery is as breathtaking as the course is challenging.
Day 1, Afternoon: Ledgestone Country Club, 1600 Ledgestone Way, Reeds Spring
Located close enough to Branson Hills to allow you to start up a new game in the afternoon, Ledgestone Country Club three of the bestholesaround; the 2nd, 8th, and 13th holes are local favorites at this Tom Clark designed course. Offering meticulously groomed greens and dramatic landscape, this course is challenging for experienced golfers, but is not intimidating to the novice ones.
Day 2, Morning: Top of the Rock Golf Course, 150 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale
Famous for its 3rd and 15th holes, Top of the Rock Course offers a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course AND an Arnold Palmer designed practice facility, making it pretty much perfect in our eyes! With views of Table Rock Lake, this par 3 course (the only one ever to be chosen for a professional championship!) is as popular for its challenges as it is for its natural landscape.
Day 2, Afternoon: Buffalo Ridge Springs, 1001 Branson Creek Boulevard, Hollister
It’s holes 4, 12, and 17 that makes a golfer’s heart go pitter patter at Buffalo Ridge Springs, a course designed by Tom Fazio and Johnny Morris. And because it’s rankedasthe #1 public course in Missouri and only 15 minutes away from Top of the Rock, you KNOW your afternoon is going to be a dream come true when you spend it on this challenging and dramatic course.
Day 3, Morning: Thousand Hills Golf Resort, 245 Wildwood Drive S, Branson
As we enter the last day of our guide, we know we won’t be able to talk about every course in the county, but we hope you enjoy those we’ve listed. Next up is Thousand Hills Golf Resort, home to the beloved 5th hole. Designed by Robert E. Cupp, the course is challenging without being intimidating and run by a friendly and professional staff.
Day 3, Afternoon: Pointe Royale Golf Course, 142 Clubhouse Drive, Branson
Finishing out three fabulous days on the greens is our 7th and 18th hole fave, Pointe Royale. Challenging and exciting, this beautiful course offers the opportunity to catch sight of bald eagles soaring over Lake Taneycomo as you try to conquer the obstacles along the way.Missing a shot here and there doesn’t seem so bad when you take a moment to absorb the peace in your surroundings!