7+ Branson Golf Courses (Worth Playing)

Although the town was built on LIVE entertainment, Branson has quickly become a world-class golf destination with more than a half-dozen amazing courses to play!

Tucked in the heart of the Ozark forests and mountains, Branson, MO provides the perfect setting for some of the most beautiful, challenging, and talked-about golf courses in the country!

Award-winning fairways and greens can be found throughout the town, offering some of the most incredible views and remarkable locations you will ever play!


1. Branson Hills Golf Club

Located on the North side of town, Branson Hills Golf Club offers multiple challenging plays for many different skill levels.

Located on the North side of town, Branson Hills Golf Club offers multiple challenging plays for many different skill levels.

Rated the #1 Course in Missouri by Golfweek from 2012-2018, Branson Hills Golf Club is one of the area’s premiere courses.

Formerly the Payne Stewart Golf Course, this property offers unmatched natural features and multiple challenging options for players of all skill levels.

One of the most award-winning courses in the state of Missouri – this course is as beautiful as it is challenging and accommodating for all levels of skill.

One of the area’s newest golf courses, Branson Hills Golf Course, is a $31 million masterpiece set in the scenic beauty of the Ozarks surrounded by rolling hills and mountains.

Creative designer Chuck Smith (and assisted by PGA Pro Bobby Clampett), this course offers 18 thrilling holes scattered among one of Branson’s newest developments.

Located on the north side of town, it is easily accessible from nearly anywhere in the area – providing visitors a convenient course to play no matter wherever they’re staying.

With services and features that would be the envy of most any course, come play and see for yourself the tribute and excitement at the Branson Hills Golf Course!

18 Holes Yardages Par USGA Rating
Gold Tees 7,324 yards 72 75.1 /135
Green Tees 7,046 yards 72 73.9 / 132
Blue Tees 6,741 yards 72 72.4 / 130
Silver Tees 6,299 yards 72 70.0 / 130
Orange Tees 5,323 yards 72 71.1 / 123


2. Buffalo Ridge Golf Course

Buffalo Ridge is one of the country's top golf courses, featuring incredible views and challenging holes.

Buffalo Ridge is one of the country’s top golf courses, featuring incredible views and challenging holes.

Recently purchased by Bass Pro, Buffalo Ridge has been recognized as one of the leading courses in the world and has been given numerous awards since opening just a few years ago.

Formerly Branson Creek Golf Club, the new renovations and name will carry the quality and craftsmanship that Bass Pro delivers with each of its projects or undertakings.

Sitting atop the Ozark Mountains on 7,500+ acres that offer breathtaking views of the forests and hills – it is truly a sight to behold.

On-site, the 7,036-yard course also has facilities for before or after your game including: a first-class restaurant, golf pro shop, club house, and much more of some of the highest-quality and impressive facilities that you will see anywhere.

Award-Winning Tom Fazio Design

Considered by many publications to be one of the top 100 courses in North America, the new ownership by Bass Pro will raise the bar even further for playability and enjoyment.

Tom Fazio (one of the world’s most sought after golf course architects) designed the course to include many different obstacles and features that cater to even the seasoned golf pros. Included in the course a five sets of tees that are laid against a Par 71 design – all of which beautifully sits atop the mountains and overlooks some of the most beautiful and scenic countryside to be seen anywhere.

Facilities for Players & Guests

While the club house is a sight to see in and of itself, on-site there is also the largest practice facility in the area, a pro shop (with instruction if you would like), along with equipment and services for those playing like: rental clubs, golf carts, beverage service, rental shoes, and even on-course assistance for those who might need some help.

Course Overview
Course Architect Tom Fazio
Course Type Daily Fee
Number of Holes 18
Open Year-round
Tee-Time Policy Recommended 30 days in advance
Rental Clubs/Shoes Available Yes
Dress Code No denim allowed, collared shirts are required
Spike Policy Non-metal spikes required
18 Hole Yardages Par USGA/Slope
Black 7,036 yards 71 73.0 / 133
Gold 6,628 yards 71 70.3 / 129
Copper 6,232 yards 71 68.1 / 124
Silver 5,845 yards 71 64.5 / 116
Jade 5,032 yards 71 68.6 / 113

Awards, Accolades, & Recognition

Golf Magazine has rated Buffalo Ridge (formerly Branson Creek) the #1 public course in the state and Golf Digest has named it one of the Top 10 in Missouri for 11 years in a row, it is truly one of the finest courses the Midwest has to offer.


3. Holiday Hills Golf Club

Holiday Hills Golf Club and Resort is located on the east side of Branson, somewhat near the Branson Landing and downtown historic district.

Holiday Hills Golf Club and Resort is located on the east side of Branson, somewhat near the Branson Landing and downtown historic district.

One of the area’s most historic golf courses, Holiday Hills was originally opened in 1938, then undergoing a complete rebuild and remodel in 1997, ushering in a new era of golf in Branson.

Gazing out over the greens you will quickly realize that this is not just another course. With terrain that varies from flat stretches to rolling hills, it’s an ideal place to play whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned professional.

Featuring over forty bunkers, hybrid Bermuda Fairways and Tess that are wide and open, you will even find water features that challenge you on six different holes. You will find that the course offers 4 tee boxes at each hole, so any golfer can be accommodated.

Perhaps the most unique aspects of Holiday Hills Golf Course are the natural features that are apparent when playing a round. Lakes, creeks, ponds, waterfalls, and giant trees are peppered among the holes, making it not only a great place to play – but a beautiful and scenic one as well!

Course Overview
PGA Golf Professional Lance Munden, PGA
Superintendent Cary Tegtmeyer, CGCS
Course Architect Golfscapes
Course Type Resort/Public
Number of Holes 18
Open Year-round
Tee-Time Policy Recommended 30 days in advance
Rental Clubs/Shoes Available Yes
Dress Code Appropriate golf attire
Spike Policy Metal spikes not allowed
18 Hole Yardages Par USGA/Slope
Gold Tees 5,771 yards 68 69.5 / 118
Blue Tees 5.336 yards 68 69.0 / 116
White Tees 4,801 yards 68 68.5 / 114
Red Tees 4,414 yards 68 68.5 / 112


4. Ledgestone

Located at the popular Stonebridge Resort, Ledgestone is a beautiful course tucked against the Ozark Mountains and valleys.

Located at the popular Stonebridge Resort, Ledgestone is a beautiful course tucked against the Ozark Mountains and valleys.

One of the original upscale golf courses in the Branson area, Ledgestone has been heralded as a “masterpiece of mountain golf architecture” by Golf Digest.

An championship, 18-hole course literally set in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, it is a pleasure to play and a sight to behold. Surrounding the course are beautiful water features, Zoysia fairways lined with scenic trees, and breathtaking panoramic views. Impeccably manicured Bent Grass awaits your arrival to a secluded getaway for pros and amateurs alike.

The 15th hole of the course has receive renown acclaim and status as a Par 3, and the other holes on the course are just as legendary.

Part of Stonebridge Resort, the facility also offers luxury cabin rentals and vacation condos for those wanting to stay and play!

Course Overview
Head Pro Bill Hasler, PGA
Superintendent Jim Pyle
Course Architect Tom Clark
Course Type Semi-Private Resort
Number of Holes 18
Open Year-round
Tee-Time Policy Recommended 30 days in advance
Rental Clubs/Shoes Available Yes
Dress Code Appropriate golf attire
Spike Policy Metal spikes not allowed
18 Hole Yardages Par USGA/Slope
Gold Tees 6,754 yards 71 72.6 / 133
Blue Tees 6,401 yards 71 71.2 / 130
White Tees 5,794 yards 71 68.4 / 124
Red Tees 5,006 yards 73 66.9 / 121
Ladies Tees 5,006 yards 73 69.3 / 116


5. Pointe Royale

Pointe Royale is located just 5-10 minutes south of "The Strip" and is considered one of the best golf values in Branson.

Pointe Royale is located just 5-10 minutes south of “The Strip” and is considered one of the best golf values in Branson.

Featuring 8 water holes, lush bent-grass greens, Bermuda fairways, grass and sand bunkers, and tees for all skill levels – Pointe Royale Golf Course is a challenging and fun golf experience for any age.

Newly renovated and updated, challenge yourself on the 18 holes found at what is widely regarded and considered as the first true championship course in the Branson area. Twelve of the holes feature water hazards while rolling fairways are lined by large trees, posing a challenge to golfers of any experience level.

Set in the heart of Branson along the shores of Lake Taneycomo, Pointe Royale is considered one of the best places in town to play for value, location, and fun!

On-site, the property also offers 1-4 bedroom condo rentals, giving guests the chance to play and stay on-site!

Course Overview
Head Pro Jeff Walster, PGA
Superintendent Travis Hogan
Course Architect Ault-Clark & Associates
Course Type Open to the Public
Number of Holes 18
Open Year-round
Tee-Time Policy Recommended 1 week in advance
Rental Clubs/Shoes Available Yes
Dress Code Appropriate golf attire
Spike Policy Non-metal spikes required
18 Holes Yardages Par USGA Rating/Slope
Gold Tees 6,167 yards 70 69.9 / 126
Blue Tees 5,829 yards 70 63.3 / 125
White Tees 4,952 yards 70 65.4 / 113
Red Tees 4,388 yards 70 64.4 / 112


6. Thousand Hills

Perhaps the most popular golf course in Branson, Thousand Hills offers great rates, value, and a course for all skill levels.

Perhaps the most popular golf course in Branson, Thousand Hills offers great rates, value, and a course for all skill levels.

Widely recognized as the most popular golf resort in the area, Thousand Hills Golf Course was awarded a 4-star rating by Golf Digest in 2009. Amongst other recognitions it has received over the years, it was also recently voted as the “Best of the Ozarks” for Branson golf courses by the Springfield News-Leader.

Favorable rates, challenging greens and fairways, and a location that sits in the heart of Branson are some of the reasons that this course has become such a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. No matter your skill level, amateur to pro – the 3 sets of tees are guaranteed to ensure that a fun (and challenging) time is had by all players.

While its location set in the very heart of town makes it very easy to access, you will find that Thousand Hills comes complete with the natural beauty and scenery one might expect when playing in the Ozark Mountains. Streams, forests, and rock formations await your play, while theaters, shopping, and dining are just right around the corner.

Whether you’re staying on-site at one of the full-featured condos, beautiful cabins or simply visiting the area for a vacation – we invite you to come play a round at the Thousand Hills Golf Resort – a destination unlike any other in Branson!

Course Overview
Head Pro Cliff Easum, PGA
Superintendent Pat Shay, GCSAA
Course Architect Mike Riley/Robert Cupp
Course Type Open to the Public
Number of Holes 18
Open Year-round
Tee-Time Policy Recommended 60 days in advance
Rental Clubs/Shoes Available Yes
Dress Code Appropriate golf attire
Spike Policy Non-metal spikes required
18 Holes Yardages Par USGA/Slope
Blue Tees 5,111 yards 64 66.5 / 125
White Tees 4,439 yards 64 64.7 / 116
Red Tees 3,616 yards 64 64.1 / 113


7. Top of the Rock

Widely considered one of the most remarkable courses in the country, Top of the Rock features breathtaking views and an incredible setting atop the Ozark Mountains.

Widely considered one of the most remarkable courses in the country, Top of the Rock features breathtaking views and an incredible setting atop the Ozark Mountains.

For nearly a decade, Bass Pro Shops’ founder Johnny Morris excavated, developed, and created one of the United States’ most incredible golf destinations.

Alongside Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson – players can experience a truly one-of-a-kind golf experience – rivaling some of the best courses in the world.

This par 3 course is also the first to ever be included in a professional championship tournament.


8. Don Gardner Golf Course

The Don Gardner Golf Course is a city-owned and operated Par 3 course.

The Don Gardner Golf Course is a city-owned and operated Par 3 course.

The smallest of the area’s golf courses (and a perfect place for beginners), this Par 3 course is located along the banks of Lake Taneycomo near the Branson Community Center in Downtown Branson.

Owned and operated by the City of Branson, this laid-back course gives you 9 holes to practice your game. Affordable and convenient, you will find that the hole distances range from 82 to 182 yards on the course. With features that include 2 ponds, several sand traps, and a practice green – this is a great choice or alternative to the area’s other golf courses.

You will feel the relaxed atmosphere as you play, with no tee times required and the course is open from 8:00 am to an hour before sunset.

Golf Resorts in Branson

Stay and play at the same facility! The resorts listed below have golf courses located on-site (many with pro shops). Avid golf fans will love the ease-of-access not only to golf, but everything else that the area has to offer.

Golf Courses
in Branson, Missouri

Becoming quickly known throughout the world as a premiere golf destination, Branson offers courses that both amateurs and pros will love! Whether you’re planning a golf vacation by choosing one of the many stay and play packages available from area resorts, or you simply want to hit the links while staying at another one of the beautiful lodging properties around the area – you can be sure that there are plenty of options to choose from while you’re here!

Play a round on one of more than a dozen, award-winning courses located in the Branson area.

Branson is home to many world-class golf courses designed by some of the top architects in the field like Tom Fazio. No matter what your level of skill, there is sure to be a property that is both challenging, fun, and beautiful. For those that want to save money on your next round of golf in the area – when booking your tee time be sure to ask about any discounts, deals, or coupons being offered as many have specials running throughout the year.

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