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.
Check out our sample golf itinerary for your extended weekend:
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 stretch your legs at the Dewey Short Visitor Center, an interactive exhibit featuring the history of the area.
Have dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants in the area. If you like familiar foods, there are many chain restaurants from which to choose. Or if you prefer to try something new, check out the variety of locally owned restaurants like Gettin’ Basted, Wakyoto Japanese Steak & Sushi, Charlie’s Steak, Ribs & Ale, Casa Fuentes or Florentina’s.
Day 2: Ledgestone
Visit StoneBridge Village to enjoy playing the beautiful, but challenging, Ledgestone. Golf Digest calls the course “a masterpiece of mountain golf architecture." It has also been voted “Best Places to Play” by Golf Magazine for multiple years.
This 18-hole course is known for its narrow Zoysia fairways, water features and bunkers that surround the greens.
In the evening, head to one of the many restaurants at Branson Landing for dinner. Don’t miss the fountain show, a water and fire spectacle that will impress! The show starts at the beginning of every hour starting at noon. End the evening with a stroll down the scenic boardwalk along the Lake Taneycomo waterfront.
Day 3: Big Cedar Golf
On day three, take your pick at one of Big Cedar Lodge's pristine Golf courses: Buffalo Ridge Springs, Top of the Rock, Ozarks National, Mountain Top or the brand new Payne's Valley. You can 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 designed to highlight the beauty of the area. While playing, you will likely see a herd of free-ranging buffalo!
Once you finish round one, head to lunch at 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 traditional, live bagpipe music plays and a civil war cannon erupts as the sun sinks below the horizon.
Day 4: Branson Hills and Departure
Before you depart, enjoy a final 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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