Golfing in Branson

A year-round golfing destination

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Branson is well known among golfers, not only for its many courses for golfers of every level but also for its beautiful Ozarks scenery. Due to the area’s relatively mild climate, golfing in Branson is available year-round, with reduced rates in winter, on weekdays, and during hot summer afternoons. Some courses also give discounts to seniors. Many have golf carts with GPS systems that let you see the course, view distances and even order food and beverages.

For the least expensive golfing, head to the city-owned 9-hole Don Gardner Par 3 Golf Course, located in Eiserman Park just north of downtown Branson and named after the man credited with bringing golf to Branson. East of Branson, Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club dates back to 1938 as the town’s oldest course (established by Gardner himself) but was totally redesigned in 1997 to accommodate players of all caliber, with wide and open fairways, four tee boxes on each hole and reasonable rates. LedgeStone Country Club, near Silver Dollar City, is a par 71 on hilly terrain with spectacular scenery and has water features on 11 holes.

Branson Hills Golf Club pays tribute to legendary Missouri golfers (like Springfield native Payne Stewart) and features natural rock outcroppings, waterfalls, woods and creeks. Many of Branson’s music stars live at Pointe Royale Golf Village on the banks of Lake Taneycomo just 3 miles south of Highway 76. Even closer to the heart of Branson is Thousand Hills Golf Resort, with a wide range of facilities, including rental condos.

After eight years of renovation, Top of the Rock Golf Course, with panoramic views of Table Rock Lake, was designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson as a Par-3 course and was chosen to host the first-ever PGA-sanctioned Par-3 course to be included in a professional championship. In addition to the Jack Nicklaus course, there’s the Arnold Palmer Practice Facility and Tom Watson’s 1-acre putting “Himalayas” complex, plus a relocated 150-year-old barn from Palmer’s Pennsylvania neighborhood with photos and memorabilia from his career. Buffalo Ridge Springs, located 4 miles south of Branson in Hollister under the same Big Cedar management as Top of the Rock, was designed by Tom Fazio and is consistently rated as the best public course in Missouri and one of the finest in the Midwest (true to its name, there even a herd of buffalo).

At A Glance

At Don Gardner, $18 for 18 holes ($10 for kids); pull carts $2, rental clubs $3. At other courses, green fees are $40 to $135 depending on course, day and season

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