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Branson Area Golf Readies for its 2017 Season

Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri will unveil its third course this spring- the Gary Player designed and yet-to-be-named short course featuring 13 par-3 holes. Golfers are required to walk the course (no carts), and a round should take less than two hours to complete. The course is touted as family friendly-Player made a point that the layout lends itself to a variety of looks that can challenge all ability levels.

The Player course opening precedes an 18 hole championship course being designed and built by ASGCA member, Bill Coore, and long time partner, two time Masters Champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Ben Crenshaw. “The Ozarks” course is planned to open in the fall of 2018.

These two new courses will complement the existing Big Cedar Lodge golf amenities, Buffalo Ridge Springs designed by Tim Fazio, and Top of the Rock by Jack Nicklaus where the Fourth Annual Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf returns April 19-23. This is the 40th playing of the Legends of Golf, the PGA TOUR Champions longest running event. A stellar field is scheduled to attend including, John Daly, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and more. For more information visit

Golfers living in Taney, Stone, Green and Christian counties of Missouri can play the state’s top-rated golf course, Branson Hills, according to Golfweek Magazine’s “Best Courses You Can Play, 2012-2016.” The Chuck Smith and Bobby Clampett collaboration will be available for $69 including 18 holes, golf cart and practice range balls. That’s a saving of nearly 25% off the full rack rate, and the course is including residents of Arkansas’s Boone and Carroll counties as well.

The layout of Branson Hills, formerly known as Payne Stewart Golf Club, is a tribute honoring legendary Missouri Golfers, meshing waterfalls, natural rock outcroppings hardwoods, and undulating terrain. The clubhouse displays museum-like tributes to Stewart, Tom Watson and others who established their playing excellence in Missouri. Check it out at

Such a Deal! As Spring ushers in warmer weather and the golf season excitement grows, Point Royale Golf Course’s “Day at the Pointe” is an ideal way to enjoy the scenic 18 holes with abundant wildlife and natural beauty nestled along the banks of Lake Taneycomo for $89 for 36 holes and lunch. For other options go to

Thousand Hills Golf Resort has got an old, but new face in their golf operation. Originally from the Ozarks, Gary Nelson spent time in Kansas, Louisiana, Illinois and Minnesota perfecting his management skills, including a stint as a Regional GM for a top national golf management company, before returning to the area. Residing in Branson with wife Stephanie, they are both loyal St. Louis Cardinals fans, and enjoy spending time with their only child, a very spoiled Golden Retriever named Daisy.

Thousand Hills, a Robert Cupp designed golf course, has garnered 4 stars from Golf Digest and “Best of the Ozarks” from the readers of Springfield News-Leader for 6 years in a row. Get all the information at

Some other notable golf clubs:

Don Gardner Golf Course is a nine hole par 3 run by the cit of Branson’s Parks and Recreation department.
Holiday Hill Resort & Golf Club is an 18 hole par 68 fun golf club with lots of elevation changes to enjoy a golf match. is the place to stay and play.

Ledgestone Country Club, the “Masterpeice of Mountain Golf Architecture” by Tom Clark at 6881 yards, par 71 is a must play. to learn more.

Branson is a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination nestled in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains-and an incredible value-with dozens of live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, a Historic Downtown district, a Town Center-style shopping complex, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts, RV parks, campgrounds and meeting and conference facilities. BRANSON puts the SHOW in the Show-Me State.

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