Branson Golf – The Rise of a Premier Golf Destination

by | Oct 24, 2023 | Travel

Golf Meets Entertainment: Uncovering the Unique Charm of Branson’s Golf Scene

Welcome to the exciting world where golf meets entertainment – Branson, Missouri! Located in the heart of the picturesque Ozark Mountains, this destination offers more than immaculate fairways and perfectly manicured greens. With breathtaking views and thrilling live shows…swinging a club is just the beginning!

From championship layouts boasting strategic hazards and undulating greens to more relaxed options perfect for those seeking leisurely rounds with friends or family – there is a golf course for everyone in Branson!

As you traverse the meticulously manicured fairways bathed in golden sunlight or witness breathtaking views while teeing off against nature’s vibrant palette during autumnal months, it becomes evident why Branson has become one of America’s ultimate golf destinations.

Golfweek Recognition

Five courses in the Explore Branson golf destination were recently recognized by Golfweek as “Best in State” and or “Top 100 You Can Play” in America.

Nationally, Ozarks National (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw design), Buffalo Ridge (Tom Fazio and Johnny Morris), and Payne’s Valley (Tiger Woods) were ranked in the “Top 100 Public Course” list at numbers 51, 77, and 93, respectively.

According to Golfweek course raters, Ozarks National ranks first among Missouri public courses, followed by Buffalo Ridge at second, Branson Hills at third (designed by Chuck Smith and Bobby Clampett), Payne’s Valley at fourth, and LedgeStone at seventh (designed by Tom Clark).

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Branson Hills Golf Club is a masterful design that is literally carved through the Ozark Mountains.

Lynn Berry, the Director of Communications at Explore Branson, added, “We are thrilled that Golfweek has recognized five of our 10 courses as some of the best in the state and country. We hope this recognition motivates more people to come and visit our golf destination in the Branson, Missouri Ozarks.”

More than Golf

Branson offers far more than just exceptional golf courses, making it a well-rounded destination for travelers of all interests. Beyond the fairways, this city in the heart of the Ozarks presents a rich tapestry of attractions and activities. You can immerse yourself in the world of live entertainment, as Branson is often referred to as the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World.” The city hosts diverse shows featuring music, comedy, magic, and theatrical performances that cater to all tastes. These shows often incorporate humor, heartwarming storytelling, and impressive talent to create a memorable experience for all ages.

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Queen Esther – Experience one of the most riveting Bible stories of the Old Testament as it comes to life with magnificent sets, special effects, and live animals in this original stage production!

Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the breathtaking beauty of the Ozark Mountains, offering ample opportunities for hiking, biking, and exploring the great outdoors. The pristine Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo provide fantastic settings for water sports, fishing, and relaxation by the water. Additionally, Branson is home to a range of family-friendly attractions, including museums, theme parks, and interactive experiences, making it an excellent choice for travelers with children.

Shoppers can indulge in retail therapy at the Branson Landing, a picturesque waterfront shopping and dining district.

Where to Stay

In Branson, lodging accommodations cater to a wide spectrum of preferences and budgets, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay. Whether you’re a golf enthusiast seeking a golf-themed resort experience or a family of travel enthusiasts exploring the city’s attractions, Branson’s lodging options have you covered. The city is renowned for its array of charming bed and breakfast inns, cozy cabins nestled in the woods, and spacious vacation rentals, providing a sense of home away from home. Visitors can also choose from a range of well-appointed hotels and resorts, many of which offer amenities like pools, on-site dining, and easy access to popular golf courses.

The Branson Convention Center Hilton Hotel is a standout accommodation in the heart of Branson’s entertainment and convention district. This upscale hotel is known for its luxurious rooms and strategic location adjacent to the Branson Convention Center; its contemporary design and modern amenities give guests a comfortable and convenient stay.

No matter your preference, Branson’s lodging accommodations ensure a comfortable and convenient base for your exploration of this vibrant city and its surroundings.

Branson Dining

Branson’s dining options are as diverse as they are delicious, offering a delightful culinary journey for golf and travel enthusiasts. Whether you’re in the mood for down-home Southern comfort food or international flavors, Branson’s restaurant scene has you covered. From cozy family-owned eateries to upscale dining establishments, the city’s food culture is a testament to its warm hospitality and rich food traditions.

Branson’s barbecue joints and home-style Southern Cooking restaurants are a must-visit for those seeking a taste of the South. You can savor mouthwatering smoked meats, hearty sides, and classic comfort dishes that showcase the best of Southern cuisine.

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At Level 2 Steakhouse, guests who have dined five times have their names engraved on one of the Signature Knives for their personal use on future visits.

An array of fine-dining restaurants is also available if you want a more upscale dining experience. Diners can indulge in gourmet dishes prepared with precision and artistry, often featuring locally sourced ingredients. The menus showcase a range of international and regional flavors, allowing guests to savor everything from perfectly seared steaks to expertly crafted seafood dishes. Complementing the exceptional cuisine, an extensive selection of wines and expertly crafted cocktails await, enhancing the overall dining experience.

Level 2 Steakhouse, located on the 2nd Floor of the Branson Convention Center Hilton Hotel, is a culinary gem that stands out in the city’s dining scene. The menu features a selection of prime steaks and a range of delectable sides, all served in an elegant and refined atmosphere. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for an unforgettable dining experience in Branson, Level 2 Steakhouse delivers culinary excellence that is second to none.

Why Branson Should be at the Top of Your List

Branson, located in the Ozark Mountains, is a one-of-a-kind and budget-friendly vacation spot that can be reached by one-third of America’s population in less than a day’s drive. For those who wish to fly, accessing Branson has become even easier with low-cost flights to Branson Airport (BKG) and Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF). TripAdvisor has ranked it the third most popular tourist destination in America.

What truly sets this destination apart is its fantastic golf facilities and the warm hospitality extended by locals who go above and beyond to make visitors feel welcome.

So pack your clubs and get ready for an unforgettable golfing adventure unlike any other – experience why Branson has become one of America’s premier golf destinations!

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Photos Courtesy Explore Branson, Branson Hills Golf Club


About the Author

<a href="" target="_self">Alan Darty</a>

Alan Darty

Alan is the founder and publisher of Golf One Media and the former publisher of eSouthernGOLF—a second-generation Florida native who loves all things Florida. You can usually find him with his wife, watching their two daughters coaching volleyball at Oviedo (FL) High School or Mississippi State University when he's not golfing, hunting, or fishing.