Branson is a golfers haven and Branson golf courses are everywhere.
Folks I will not try to pull a dirty saddle blanket over your eyes. When It comes to golf I have yet to find a "Rancher" that has time or an interest in playing golf and that includes yours truly.
Now with that said putting on my website publisher hat I will tell you that Branson Missouri and the area around it are truly a golfers haven. Even though I have never played golf I can see how important this sport is to the Branson area and to it's economy.
I will give you a review of a couple of the most popular
courses in the area and include a Google Map on golfing that you can
use to plug in any area or course you might be interested in.
Lets start off with Thousand Hills Golf Resort. It is located right in the city of Branson and is surrounded with very nice lodging units you can rent/lease/own. Everything you could want or imagine pertaining to the game of golf can be found at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Here is a recent press release that tells you all that you can expect at this great facility.
Branson, MO (PRWEB) February 28, 2010 -- With eight high quality golf courses in Branson, visitors to the Ozarks have more choices than ever for playing a round. With a limited number of vacation days available, choosing which one to play can be a difficult task for visitors and area residents alike. To assist the decision making process, the Springfield News-Leader recently surveyed their readers in a "Best of the Ozarks" poll. In the Branson golf category the clear winner was Thousand Hills Golf Course. Already a Golf Digest 4 Star course, Thousand Hills was favored by the Springfield readers for three reasons: course quality, an experienced & courteous staff well versed in Missouri golf instruction, and a convenient location easily accessible from anywhere in the Ozarks.
Course quality is always the first thing most golfers consider when choosing where to golf. Quality can be rated on difficulty, design, scenery and many other factors. Thousand Hills Excels in almost every category. The course was designed by the legendary Robert E. Cupp, designer of more than 60 courses throughout the world. Thousand Hills is unique among golf course designs by nearly living up to its name--the course was built on, around, and often-times blasted out of the Ozark hills. Despite its short length (par 64) visitors to Branson will want to practice their chip shot golf, because getting a low score is deceptively difficult. With numerous creeks & ponds to play around, tree-lined fairways and sheer rock cliffs the course is as attractive as it is challenging. Whatever the golfers' handicap, Thousand Hills is designed to offer a rewarding 18 Holes.
To help navigate the hills and valleys of the course golfers can turn to the experienced and friendly staff at Thousand Hills. From the meticulous greens maintenance crew up to Dan Davis, PGA Professional and course pro each staff member is dedicated to providing an unsurpassable golfing experience. For tips on playing the course and improving their golf game, readers highly recommended Mr. Davis. After graduating from New Mexico State University with a degree in Professional Golf Management, Mr. Davis trained under Ron Filipowicz, Robin Nigros, and Stan Thirsk--all legends in the golf world. Appointments for golf instruction can be made at the course Pro Shop or interested golfers can look into the series of free training articles available on the Thousand Hills website, starting with "Improve Your Golf Grip". These articles are intended to take a golfer step by step through all the master techniques and skills needed to beat par.
The final reason Thousand Hills was chosen as Best in The Ozarks is its location. In addition to the breathtaking scenic beauty of the Ozarks, Thousand Hills is perfectly located for practical reasons as well. Located in the heart of Branson, Missouri it is minutes from major highways and the recently completed Branson Airport. Branson's central location also makes for a prime travel location from anywhere in the country and with over 7 million visitors per year, Branson has the hospitality industry to provide a world class stay for any golfer. Branson's location also allows for a generally mild winter, so Thousand Hills Golf Course is open for play year-round for those who hope the crisp winter air will help drive a golf ball farther.
It's easy to see that Thousand Hills Golf Course earned the title "Best in the Ozarks" for a reason. From an exciting design, to a top-tier staff, to an unmatched location all the little things add up to make a one-of-a-kind golf experience. Visitors who want to start planning their summer golf vacations or who want to get golf putting tips from a pro are encouraged to call Thousand Hills Golf Course today at 1-877-262-0430 to schedule their tee-time on the greens of Thousand Hills Golf Course.
Point Royale Village and Country Club
Pointe Royale Golf Course
Designed by Ault-Clark and Associates, constructed by Carter Golf, Pointe Royale is a true "shot-maker"course. Lush bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways, with eight water holes, sand and grass bunkers, and tees for all levels of play, Pointe Royale is a world class golfing experience.
This newly renovated, challenging 18-hole, 6,501 yard par 70 course is regarded as the original championship course in the Branson area and is maintained to a high level of standards. The course has 8 water holes and in all 12 out of the 18 have some type of water hazard. Overall the rolling fairways and mature trees offer quite a challenge to the average golfer, so remember, club selection and a good golf course strategy are a must.
Jeff Walster, head PGA Golf Professional at Pointe Royale, will be happy to provide you with advice, just ask the professional at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Pro Shop is well stocked and there is a restaurant in the Pointe Royale club house where you can relax after your round and perhaps see one of the music stars who regularly play at Pointe Royale.
The natural beauty of southern
Missouri's Ozark region is the setting for Branson's new, premier
resort community, located four miles south of Branson on U.S. Highway
65. Buffalo Ridge is a first-rate, multi-use community that will span
7,500 acres of untouched natural surroundings.
Buffalo Ridge is designed to accommodate a variety of upscale establishments, including the 7,100-yard championship-level golf course at Branson Creek Golf Club. Other facilities include resort hotels and timeshares, convention centers, retail stores, restaurants, theaters, other recreational attractions, and a wide selection of housing.
Managed by Troon Golf, Buffalo Ridge Golf Club was rated #1 by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest in the "Top Public Courses In Missouri" for ten consecutive years (2000-2009). In its May 2009 issue, Golf Digest also named Buffalo Ridge Golf Club the "Top Public Golf Course in Missouri" and #93 on its list of the "Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America". In 2008 Golf Magazine named Buffalo Ridge Golf Club #76 on its list of the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play in America". Buffalo Ridge Golf Club is also holds a 4.5 out of a 5 star rating by Golf Digest. With those awards to its credit, Buffalo Ridge Golf Club is considered by many as the centerpiece for golf in the Midwest. The facility plays host to any number of corporate outings and golf groups from around the country throughout the year. Buffalo Ridge was designed by golf course architect Tom Fazio and features a challenging Par 71 championship layout, with 5 sets of tees, etched into the beautiful Ozarks landscape with a view second to none.
"Experience Troon Golf" is the slogan that defines the product and the mission of the world's premier golf management firm. Troon Golf is an international golf management company based in Scottsdale, AZ, renowned for maintaining perfect playing conditions and "world class" personal service. The Troon Golf product for the most part is intangible. Golfers can only take the Troon Golf Experience home as a memory and Buffalo Ridge creates wonderful memories.
A full range of services are
available at Buffalo Ridge Golf Club including: Golf instruction, a
large practice facility, rental clubs and shoes, beverage carts,
on-course player assistance, group arrangements, and a staff of
personnel trained in the Troon Golf tradition of premier service.
Branson's phenomenal growth began just a few years ago. What started out as a little-known vacation getaway in Southwest Missouri has now become one of the fastest growing recreational areas in the nation. With more than 7 million visitors each year (projected to grow to 10 million visitors per year by 2009) Branson features everything from shopping to live entertainment to theme parks. And now it features World-class golf!
Branson is located within 750 miles of nearly 50% of the U.S. population, making it a convenient destination for both extended stays as well as weekend getaways. A recent survey conducted by the D. K. Shifflet research firm ranked Branson in the top 20 destination cities in the United States.
Due to the mild winters in the Ozarks, Buffalo Ridge Golf Club will remain open year round. The Year 2010 basic greens fee rates will run from $48 in January to $99 on the weekend during the summer months. An advanced booking fee is required for groups of 16 players or more. Reservations may be made through the EZ Links reservation system by dialing (888)TROON.US or directly through Buffalo Ridge Golf Club by dialing (417) 339.GOLF (4653). Find us on the World Wide Web at www.troongolf.com