Branson Golf Itinerary: Extended Weekend

This year make plans for a long golf weekend in Branson. Though you won’t be able to sample all the courses in the Branson area in a single visit, you will get a satisfying taste of golf in the Ozarks.

Day 1: Arrival

If you arrive in Branson early enough in the day, take a drive out to Table Rock Lake. You can drive over impressive Table Rock Dam and get out and stretch your legs at the Dewey Short Visitor Center, where you can view interactive exhibits about the area and take a walk along the shoreline of the lake.

Have dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants in the area. If you like the familiar, there are many chain restaurants to choose from. Or if you prefer to try something new, check out the variety of locally owned restaurants such as such as Gettin’ Basted; Wakyoto Japanese Steak & Sushi; Charlie’s Steak, Ribs & Ale; Casa Fuentes or Florentina’s.

Day 2: Big Cedar Golf (Part 1)

Begin your extended weekend of golf by playing two of the four completed Big Cedar Golf courses: Ozarks National and Mountain Top. Just south of Branson, and adjacent to one another, these courses are easy to play in one day.

Start your morning at Ozarks National (re-opens late April 2019), an 18-hole masterpiece designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw that is intended to connect golfers with the beautiful terrain of the Ozark Mountains. After your round, grab a bite to eat at Mountain Top Grille.

In the afternoon play Mountain Top, a 13-hole, par-3 course designed by Gary Player. Set atop the Ozark Mountains, this course is uniquely incorporated into the rock formations of the landscape, providing a memorable golfing experience.

In the evening, head to one of the many restaurants at Branson Landing for dinner. Don’t miss the fountain show, which runs on the hour starting at noon—a water and fire spectacle that will impress! End the evening with a stroll down the scenic boardwalk along the Lake Taneycomo waterfront.

Day 3: Big Cedar Golf (Part 2)

Play the final two Big Cedar Golf courses: Buffalo Ridge Springs and Top of the Rock. Begin the day at Buffalo Ridge Springs, designed by Tom Fazio, which has been named the #1 Public Course in Missouri by Golf Magazine. Like the other Big Cedar Courses, this course is also designed to highlight the beauty of the area. But while playing this one, you might see a herd of free-ranging buffalo!

Have lunch at either the Buffalo Bar or Arnie’s Barn at Top of the Rock. Play your second round at the pristine Top of the Rock course, a 9-hold, par-3 course designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer. This course is the first par-3 course to be included in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event. Set high above Table Rock Lake, you will appreciate the views as much as the golf.

Any non-golfers in your party can spend the day at Top of the Rock, exploring the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum and touring the Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail. After you finish your round, meet up with your party to explore the grounds at Top of the Rock, including the “End of the Trail” All-American Wine Cellar and the spectacular wedding chapel. And don’t miss the nightly Sunset Ceremony where a traditional bagpiper plays and a civil war cannon erupts as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Day 4: Branson Hills and Departure

Before you depart, get in one last round at Branson Hills, ranked the #1 Golf Course in Missouri according to Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play.” This course offers five teeing areas to challenge all skill levels. After your round, enjoy a bite to eat from the patio of Magnolia Grille before you head home . . . and start planning your next visit to Branson!

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