Branson's Best 18 Holes

It's easy to see why Branson is considered one of the Midwest’s best destinations for golf. The area’s natural beauty and stunning course designs make the game fun for players of all skill levels.

From par 3 courses that test your short game to championship courses that require endurance and shot-making abilities, there’s a course for every player in Branson.

Every golfer has a "Dream 18," a fantasy course consisting of holes from favorite courses. 

After doing some dreaming of our own and visiting with Trey Pelz and Mark Strong, local golf enthusiasts at Clear Entertainment and Marketing in Branson, we came up with an 18-hole, par 72 layout that highlights several Branson courses and signature holes.

No. 1 

Par 4, 433 yards 

The first hole at Branson Hills Golf Club is an excellent place to start our Dream 18. “Number One at Branson Hills is my favorite starting hole,” Pelz said. “It’s a beautiful opening tee shot, but that soon fades as the green is challenging.”

No. 2

Par 4, 420 yards

The fourth hole at Ledgestone Country Club opens on an elevated tee box and doglegs right. A good drive is crucial, along with club selection on the approach.

No. 3

Par 3, 121 yards

Don’t let the distance fool you. The sixth hole at Top of the Rock features the course’s signature island green. And yes, it’s okay to stop for a picture of this stunning hole.

No. 4

Par 4, 419 yards

The second hole at the Buffalo Ridge Springs course includes beautiful natural features, including a cave to the left of the tee box and a rock wall at the back of the green. The hole doglegs to the left so take time to plan for a well-placed tee shot.

No. 5  

Par 5, 533 yards

You’ll get to flex your muscles on this mammoth hole, the 18th at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. There’s a good chance to birdie, but be aware of perils such as Sandpiper Lake. Your shot-making skills will be tested here.

No. 6 

Par 3, 182 yards

The ninth hole at Don Gardner Golf Course offers another great chance for a birdie. On our Dream 18, it makes a nice break after two difficult holes.

No. 7 

Par 4, 372 yards

You’ll have to cross water off the tee on the fourth hole at Pointe Royale, but a wide open approach to the green is the reward for a good first shot.

No. 8

Par 5, 532 yards

“Number Eighteen is a beautiful finishing par five at Ledgestone,” Strong said in regards to the hole known as "The Plunge." The hole is guarded on the left by water, and you might be courting trouble if you try to reach the green in two.

No. 9 

Par 4, 308 yards

A postage-stamp size green is waiting at the conclusion of the third hole at Holiday Hills Golf Resort. The fairway doglegs right, where a ball magnet … er, bunker, sits.

No. 10

Par 4, 354 yards

Start the second half of our Dream 18 with the undulating fairway of the ninth hole at Branson Hills. “The second shot requires some accuracy as the hole doglegs right, and you are shooting at a lengthy green across a creek,” Strong said.

No. 11

Par 3, 124 yards

This easy birdie opportunity comes courtesy of the second hole at Thousand Hills. While distance-wise the hole doesn’t offer much in the way of a challenge, the bunkers at left and behind the green are waiting for wayward shots.

No. 12

Par 4, 386 yards

The elevated tee at Buffalo Ridge’s fifth hole offers a beautiful view of the area. Of course, if you plunk one into the water-filled quarry – the hole’s signature feature – you may not think it’s that pretty.

No. 13

Par 4, 390 yards

There’s water everywhere on the sixth hole at Ledgestone, which is probably why it’s called “Mermaid.” A small lake lines the left side of the hole, while Roark Creek is positioned on the right. Keep it straight off the tee, or be prepared to go for a swim.

No. 14

Par 5, 498 yards

More water awaits on the fourth hole at Branson Hills. While there’s water on the right, the green is protected by both trees and a bunker on the left. This will be a great test of your shot-making skills … or luck.

No. 15

Par 3, 114 yards

The elevated tee at Top of the Rock’s second hole can be a bit deceiving, so club selection is critical. There’s about a 100-foot elevation difference between the tee box and green. Even if you shank your tee shot, take a minute to admire the view of nearby Table Rock Lake.

No. 16

Par 5, 450 yards

The ninth hole at Holiday Hills is somewhat narrow, thanks to the dogleg right layout and left-side bunkers. Those trees on the right side of the fairway aren’t super-forgiving, either!

No. 17

Par 4, 426 yards

You’ll have a chance to see buffalo roaming as you approach the green on the 12th hole at Buffalo Ridge. Don’t go too far left off the tee unless you plan on a hiking expedition as part of your round. Be mindful of the bunkers guarding the green.

No. 18

Par 4, 350 yards

According to Pelz, the first hole at Pointe Royale offers a terrific risk-reward scenario. “If you cut the corner just right, you can score,” he added. “If you miss, you will be in the flower beds at the homes nearby.”

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