Branson Golf Courses Some of the Best in the Midwest

Branson is known for its championship golf courses.  In 2012, three of the courses were recognized by national golf magazines.  Play a round of golf at any of these Branson golf courses to test your skills on the green. Both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have praised the Payne Stewart Golf Course.  The unique tribute course is dedicated to the life of Payne Stewart, who called Springfield, Missouri home.  Plaques on each tee recall a story from Stewart’s life.  At the clubhouse, Stewarts’ championship memorabilia is on display as are his trademark outfits. Payne Stewart Golf Course Branson Creek is another award-winning Branson golf course recognized by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.  It has top the Missouri public courses list for fourteen consecutive years.  Golfweek has also named it one of the best courses in the state.  The high-quality playing experiences available at Branson Creek are highlighted by the natural, scenic beauty of the Ozarks.  Ledgestone Country Club was named to the prestigious “Best Courses You Can Play” by Golfweek.  The 18-hole championship course features lush fairways and bentgrass greens.  Ledgestone is open for public play.  Designed by Tim Clark, this upscale course features first-class service, facilities and conditions. Play one some of the best golf courses in the Midwest when you visit Branson, Missouri.  The combination of rolling Ozark hills and valleys, along with incredible vistas, make the golf courses in Branson not only challenging but breathtaking as well.  Book a Branson golf vacation to experience championship course and a leisurely getaway on the greens.

Branson Golf Courses Named “Best New Courses” by Golfweek Magazine

Two Branson Golf Courses have been honored with the distinction of “America’s Best New Courses for 2010” by Golfweek Magazine. The Payne Stewart Golf Club, designed by Chuck Smith, and John Daly’s Murder Rock Golf and Country Club were honored by hundreds of “Golfweek’s Best” raters who visited and reviewed coursed around the United States. Courses were examined and ranked according to their overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, hole variety and memorability, conditioning maintenance, landscape management and other factors. The 18-hole championship golf course at Murder Rock Golf and Country Club was designed by Landmark Land Company, Inc. It highlights the beautiful Ozark countryside and incorporates the natural terrain of the area while providing panoramic vistas to golfers. The full-service clubhouse sits atop the property’s highest point, providing a great place to grab a lunch in between rounds. The Payne Stewart Golf Club is dedicated to the life and legacy of Missouri’s own Payne Stewart. The unique course takes golfers through a series of memories, with each hole defining one of Stewart’s traits of style, character and experiences on the PGA tour. The clubhouse at the Payne Stewart Golf Club is a finely appointed facility that showcases memorabilia from Stewart’s major championship and Ryder Cup winning career. The museum-like aspect of the clubhouse also features Stewart’s trademark outfits, golf shoes and numerous pictures and paintings of the golf pro. Other award winning golf courses in the Branson area include LedgeStone Golf Course and Branson Creek Golf Club, which was ranked the #1 course in Missouri by GOLF Magazine and rated by Golf Digest as one of the Top 100 public-access courses in the nation.

Legends of Golf Returns to Branson for Unique PGA Event

The Legends of Golf event returns to Branson for the second straight year. The event, which runs April 22-26, 2015, is held at two world-class golf courses: Top if the Rock Golf Course and Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course (previously known as Branson Creek). This tournament event, played over 54 holes, includes team play and gives golfers from the PGA Champions Tour the opportunity to showcase their skills in areas other than golf: Fishing and shooting sports (archery and sporting clays) are featured in the pro-am portion of the tournament on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday through Sunday, two-man teams compete for the Legends crown, alternating play between the Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock courses. The inaugural event in 2014 drew the likes of Jack Nicklaus (who designed the Top of the Rock course), Gary Player and Tom Watson, to name just a few. Top of the Rock Golf Course is a 9-hole, par-3 course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Two sets of tees allow for 18 holes of play, with different challenges. The site is a nature-based heritage preserve created by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. The facility includes an Arnold Palmer-designed practice facility with 18 target greens, plus a 70,000 square-foot “Himalayan” putting course designed by Tom Watson. Top of the Rock is home to Arnie’s Barn, a classic 150-year-old barn which was moved to the site from Latrobe, Pennsylvania; it serves as a stunning restaurant, bar and golf pro shop. Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course is an 18-hole course which has undergone extensive redesign by Tom Fazio. Winding through rolling hills, the course contains an abundance of natural as well as man-made water hazards and free-ranging buffalo. Buffalo Ridge has been rated the Number One Public Golf Course in Missouri by Golf Magazine and named one …

Play a Round at the Top 5 Golf Courses in Branson

Branson is known for its bevy of shows, attractions and lakes but there are also a number of world-class golf courses located in this Southwest Missouri hamlet.  The courses appeal to the novice golfer just learning his strokes to pro golfers looking for a challenge.  The natural beauty of Branson adds to the appeal of the courses. Here’s a look at the Top 5 Golf Courses in Branson: Murder Rock Golf Club 1) Murder Rock Golf Club:  Located a bit south of Branson, this course meanders through hills and valleys of the Ozarks creating one of the most challenging courses you’ll find in the Branson area.  Consistently rated as one of the top five courses in Missouri, this par-71 course is elevated by the fact it is surrounded by the pristine, scenic beauty of Branson.  Rates are as low as $42 during winter months and are around $72 during the summer season. Branson Creek Golf Club 2) Branson Creek Golf Club: Designed by Tom Fazio, this parkland style course features numerous changes in elevation and is considered to be one of the region’s top courses.  In fact, Golf Magazine has named it the Top Public Golf Course in Missouri 11 years running. The par-71 course has rates as low as $48 in the winter and $90 in the summer season Payne Stewart Golf Club 3) Payne Stewart Golf Club: Golfweek Magazine ranked this course as the No. 1 in Missouri for 2012.  The Ault Clark Parkland style course honors Payne Stewart, the famous golfer who hailed from Springfield, MO.  It is a very popular course, with each hole at the golf club interwoven with a story of Stewart’s life and golfing experiences throughout his career. The course was designed by Chuck Smith with design consultant and PGA Professional, Bobby Clampett.  …

Payne Stewart Golf Club Grand Opening in Branson

From the official Payne Stewart Golf Course press release: Opening to much fanfare in Branson, Missouri is the spectacular Payne Stewart championship golf course. Located in the residential community of Branson Hills, the club is an 18-hole facility, managed by Hilton Golf that caters to community residents and visiting golf enthusiasts. According to T. J. Baggett, Director of Golf, “We are excited to host this grand event as many people have anxiously been waiting our grand opening.” A celebration for members and their guests, local dignitaries and the general public will begin on June 6th at 1:00 pm. The festivities will begin with an official ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an open house of the clubhouse and complimentary poolside barbecue. Special activities highlighting the amenities the club has to offer including tennis exhibitions, fitness and wellness presentations, mini course putting contests with prizes will also be conducted throughout the afternoon. Beginning at 5:00 pm Branson Ridge Winery will be hosting a wine and cheese tasting preview and to top off the evening attendees will enjoy a live concert by Take it to the Limit, the Eagles Tribute Band starting at 7:00 pm. Property tours will be conducted throughout the day beginning at 1:30 pm through 7:30 pm. Any interested parties may schedule appointments beforehand to speak with a real state agent to become familiar with the property. “We would love for anyone to visit the Estates at Branson Hills and the Payne Stewart Golf Club at anytime, but I believe the grand opening is a fantastic occasion to experience many of the opportunities available at Branson Hills and our staff is excited to meet our future property owners,” said Robert Allen, V.P. of Sales. Golf course architect, Chuck Smith and course collaborator, PGA commentator and golf professional, Bobby Clampett designed …

Branson Creek Golf Club Named One of America’s Top Golf Courses

Golf Magazine, one of the world’s most respected periodicals for golf enthusiasts, announces in its September 2008 issue that Branson Creek Golf Club, located in picturesque Ozark mountains of southwest Missouri, has been named as one of the ‘Top 100 Courses You Can Play’ in 2008-2009. Featured at number 76, Branson Creek is making its third consecutive appearance on the prestigious Golf Magazine list. Branson Creek Golf Club is managed by Scottsdale, Arizona based Troon Golf®, the world’s largest golf management company with international offices in Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Dubai. Founded in 1990, Troon Golf overseas operations for more than 200 courses located in 31 states and 31 countries. Thirty-six Troon Golf facilities have enjoyed a ‘Top 100’ ranking in various categories by national or international publications. Mark Ophoven, Branson Creek Golf Club’s General Manager & Director of Golf shared, “The kinds of accolades that we have received through the years from entities in the industry such as Golf Magazine, have helped confirm that our mission to create spectacular golfing experiences at Branson Creek is on target. I am proud of each and every member of our dedicated team at Branson Creek and Troon Golf®.” The list of awards received by Branson Creek Golf Club is lengthy. It was named by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as one of the ‘Top 10 New Courses in the Country’ in 2000. In its May 2001 issue, Golf Digest also named Branson Creek Golf Club the ‘Top Public Golf Course in Missouri’. In March 2002, Golfweek named it the ‘#1 Public Course in Missouri’. Golf Digest currently ranks Branson Creek #60 on its list of ‘Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America.’ Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine said Branson Creek is one of the ‘Top 100 Courses Under $100’ and …

Country Music Capital Branson Turning into Top Golf Destination

A case could be made that Branson is sort of the mini-Las Vegas of the Midwest, just add corn bread and take away the casinos. The little town south of Springfield, high in the Ozarks, has exploded in the last couple of decades into the gangly epicenter of live country music, country kitsch and country money. It all started with a cave, believe it or not – they have Ripley’s here, too by the way. About 100 years ago, people came to see Marble Cave, which is actually limestone. Then they made a movie about the area from the best-selling book, “The Shepherd of the Hills,” starring John Wayne, and people started flocking in. A couple of brothers calling themselves the Baldknobbers began putting on shows, showcasing both country and western music – in case you’re wondering, there is a big difference between the two. Slowly, musical acts began trickling in until they reached a flood, and in 1991, “60 Minutes” did a story on the town. Then things really took off. They’re still going strong, and have only felt the country’s economic woes mildly; the value of new construction in 2006 in Branson topped $200 million, breaking all previous records. People may be feeling the money pinch, but you can’t keep them away from the Presley Country Jubilee. And it ain’t all country. You want to see Andy Williams, Tony Orlando, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Osmonds, Twelve Irish Tenors and Yakov Smirnoff, you come to Branson. Or how about a Red Skelton impersonator? Come to Branson. When a place gets this big, it often starts thinking about becoming a golf destination, because, let’s face it, golfers spend a lot of money. That’s where Branson is at. They have about a dozen courses in the area now, and …

Branson’s Holiday Hills Resort Golf Course Now Features ProLink GPS

ProLink Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ProLink Holdings Corp. and the world’s leading provider of Global Positioning Satellite (“GPS”) golf course management systems and digital out-of-home on-course advertising, today announced that Holiday Hills Resort Golf Club in Branson, MO now features the ProLink Solutions GPS system used at many of the world’s most famous golf courses. The 5,771-yard, par-68 Holiday Hills course is designed to appeal to golfers of all skill levels. The layout features water hazards on six holes and more than 40 bunkers to challenge experienced players, while the smooth, undulating bentgrass greens reward precision putting. Holiday Hills was originally built in 1938, then completely renovated in 1997. “Golfers at our resort enjoy the assistance the ProLink system provides from tee to green,” said Lance Munden, Head Professional at Holiday Hills. “Play is quicker since golfers receive yardages and hazard information right from their carts. The food-and-beverage and tournament-scoring functions are great not only for golfers, but for adding revenue to the resort’s bottom line.” “Holiday Hills offers a scenic and enjoyable round of golf, and we are proud to call the club a trusted partner,” said Lawrence D. Bain, CEO of ProLink Solutions. “Great golf resorts overwhelmingly choose ProLink to deliver superior technology and support while enhancing the guest experience. They also find that our system drives an unbeatable return on investment by enhancing multiple revenue streams.” With ProLink’s patented, 10.4″ high-resolution color screen — the industry’s largest — Holiday Hills’ cart-mounted units display dynamic, easy- to-read graphics including distances to the pin and hazards, pro tips, pace- of-play timer and radial arc for cart-path-only holes. Golfers at Holiday Hills will also be able to order food and beverage items with a touch of a button on the ProLink screen. Branson’s Holiday Hills Condominiums and Golf Resort …

Branson’s Thousand Hills Golf Resort a Choice Pick for Golfers

The Thousand Hills Golf Resort is the most popular golf course in Branson, and a great deal of that is due to its location – it’s right off Highway 76 where all the action is: comedy acts, shopping malls and live country music legends. “My biggest competition isn’t other golf courses,” said Head Professional Cliff Easum. “My biggest competition is Mickey Gilley.” There are roughly 19,000 rental units surrounding the area, including the condos on the course itself. Thousand Hills is literally in the middle of the tourist hordes that arrive in Branson daily. Of course, that isn’t the only reason Thousand Hills is so popular. It’s a public golf course, for one thing, and for another, it is simply a fun play, particularly if you’re short on time. It’s a Bob Cupp design with fairways that dip, swoop and twist, falling off to rocky creeks and canyons. It has excellent elevation changes, despite being in the heart of the Branson strip. It’s a very short course – all the better to hurry through so you can catch Yakov Smirnoff‘s laugh riot. It measures only 5,111 yards with a par of 64. That includes nine par 3s. “When they built it, it didn’t have a footprint to put a full-sized golf course on,” Easum said. “When you start selling land by the foot, you know what I mean.” The land around these parts is so valuable, in fact, that the driving range was replaced by high-rise condos. Much of the course, in fact, has condos looming over it. That doesn’t mean the course is easy. Some of the par 3s are difficult. No. 4, for example, is a 203-yarder over a valley into a tough green. No. 7 is over water – “This is the only hole the little old …