Branson Golf Thriving

by | Jan 8, 2023 | News

Branson Golf Thriving; Recognized as 2022 Leading North American Destination with Sustained Momentum Forecast for 2023 and More Enhancements Set to Debut

Branson, Missouri – Branson Golf – home to 10 extremely diverse yet highly complementary courses in the Southwest Missouri Ozarks – had an exceptional 2022 season that included increased visitors, additional best-of honors, and pervasive media coverage extolling the destination’s must-visit status.

The flourishing golf travel venue now claims five of Missouri’s top-10 rated courses (and three ranked among the top 100 nationally), and five courses hold Audubon International Signature Sanctuary certification for their sustainability and environmental best practices.

Virtually every course in the destination experienced an uptick in key metrics, underscoring the increased number of players coming to play here.

For example, at LedgeStone Country Club (Tim Clark design), 2022 was the best year for rounds and revenue in the 29 years the course has been operating.

Branson Hills Golf Club (Chuck Smith and Bobby Clampett) realized a significant increase in membership and merchandise sales, and the golf course was in better shape than ever, with faster green speeds and improved rough in high-traffic areas. The club recently installed all-new wood flooring in the clubhouse, adding a revitalized look to the upscale club.

Area players and golf travelers are choosing Branson Golf for many reasons, not the least of which are the five courses under the Big Cedar Golf mantle – Payne’s Valley (Tiger Woods and Johnny Morris), Ozarks National (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw), Buffalo Ridge (Tom Fazio and Morris), Top of the Rock (Jack Nicklaus), and Mountain Top (Gary Player).


Payne’s Valley Golf Course—designed by 82-time PGA winner Tiger Woods and named for southwest Missourian and World Golf Hall of Famer Payne Stewart

Big Cedar added a caddie program in 2022, as well as a halfway house at Payne’s Valley and a tee-side bar at the bonus 19th hole there. This winter Payne’s Valley, Buffalo Ridge, and Top of the Rock remain open (weather permitting). Ozarks National and Mountain Top are closed until Friday, March 10.

The courses at Thousand Hills (Bob Cupp), The Pointe, and Holiday Hills continue to be player favorites and some of the most popular, particularly for local and regional golfers.

“We’ve entered a new era with our golf destination, and once people come here to experience it, they keep coming back due to the high quality of the courses and our after-golf activities,” said Lynn Berry, Explore Branson, Director of Communications. “We look forward to welcoming new visitors in 2023.”

The blossoming golf haven is more captivating thanks to the destination’s plethora of complementary attractions.  Three superb lakes offer boating and water sports. Astounding museums – Titanic Branson and Ancient Ozarks Natural History – showcase displays not found anywhere else. Also beckoning are hundreds of restaurants and lodging establishments, dozens of live entertainment theatres, an array of outdoor adventure options, and Silver Dollar City (award-winning theme park).

Most of Branson’s courses are open year-round. Call to confirm playing availability via the phone numbers below. For those considering booking stay-and-play packages for 2023, reach out sooner than later, as the tee times are filling fast and ahead of time due to the popularity of the golf destination. For more information about Branson Golf, visit