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 HolesYardagesParUSGA Rating
Gold Tees7,324 yards7275.1 /135
Green Tees7,046 yards7273.9 / 132
Blue Tees6,741 yards7272.4 / 130
Silver Tees6,299 yards7270.0 / 130
Orange Tees5,323 yards7271.1 / 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 ArchitectTom Fazio
Course TypeDaily Fee
Number of Holes18
OpenYear-round
Tee-Time PolicyRecommended 30 days in advance
Rental Clubs/Shoes AvailableYes
Dress CodeNo denim allowed, collared shirts are required
Spike PolicyNon-metal spikes required
18 HoleYardagesParUSGA/Slope
Black7,036 yards7173.0 / 133
Gold6,628 yards7170.3 / 129
Copper6,232 yards7168.1 / 124
Silver5,845 yards7164.5 / 116
Jade5,032 yards7168.6 / 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 ProfessionalLance Munden, PGA
SuperintendentCary Tegtmeyer, CGCS
Course ArchitectGolfscapes
Course TypeResort/Public
Number of Holes18
OpenYear-round
Tee-Time PolicyRecommended 30 days in advance
Rental Clubs/Shoes AvailableYes
Dress CodeAppropriate golf attire
Spike PolicyMetal spikes not allowed
18 HoleYardagesParUSGA/Slope
Gold Tees5,771 yards6869.5 / 118
Blue Tees5.336 yards6869.0 / 116
White Tees4,801 yards6868.5 / 114
Red Tees4,414 yards6868.5 / 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 ProBill Hasler, PGA
SuperintendentJim Pyle
Course ArchitectTom Clark
Course TypeSemi-Private Resort
Number of Holes18
OpenYear-round
Tee-Time PolicyRecommended 30 days in advance
Rental Clubs/Shoes AvailableYes
Dress CodeAppropriate golf attire
Spike PolicyMetal spikes not allowed
18 HoleYardagesParUSGA/Slope
Gold Tees6,754 yards7172.6 / 133
Blue Tees6,401 yards7171.2 / 130
White Tees5,794 yards7168.4 / 124
Red Tees5,006 yards7366.9 / 121
Ladies Tees5,006 yards7369.3 / 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 ProJeff Walster, PGA
SuperintendentTravis Hogan
Course ArchitectAult-Clark & Associates
Course TypeOpen to the Public
Number of Holes18
OpenYear-round
Tee-Time PolicyRecommended 1 week in advance
Rental Clubs/Shoes AvailableYes
Dress CodeAppropriate golf attire
Spike PolicyNon-metal spikes required
18 HolesYardagesParUSGA Rating/Slope
Gold Tees6,167 yards7069.9 / 126
Blue Tees5,829 yards7063.3 / 125
White Tees4,952 yards7065.4 / 113
Red Tees4,388 yards7064.4 / 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 ProCliff Easum, PGA
SuperintendentPat Shay, GCSAA
Course ArchitectMike Riley/Robert Cupp
Course TypeOpen to the Public
Number of Holes18
OpenYear-round
Tee-Time PolicyRecommended 60 days in advance
Rental Clubs/Shoes AvailableYes
Dress CodeAppropriate golf attire
Spike PolicyNon-metal spikes required
18 HolesYardagesParUSGA/Slope
Blue Tees5,111 yards6466.5 / 125
White Tees4,439 yards6464.7 / 116
Red Tees3,616 yards6464.1 / 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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