(Branson, MO) “A neat thing about Branson, Missouri is not just that it has so many things to do, but the quality of what it offers. From its live shows to its attractions, lakes, shopping, lodging, restaurants and other activities, Branson is known for the quality of the experience it provides,” said Levi Kurtright, Director of Marketing for Branson Tourism Center. “A recent online article by Golfweek entitled ‘Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play,’ illustrates the high quality of the golfing experience available in Branson,” he continued.
The article listed Golfweeks “best courses to play” by state. The number of courses per state varied based on course supply, population and level of play, but for the entire state of Missouri only five were listed. The Branson area has three of the five; Branson Creek, Payne Stewart and Murder Rock. Branson Creek and the Payne Stewart courses have been on the list before and Murder Rock is a new listing. All three courses have been beautifully integrated into the natural topography of the Ozarks and are as beautiful as they are challenging. In addition, each has different length tee areas providing a “championship” golfing experience for just about every level of player.
The $32 million Payne Stewart Golf Club is Branson’s newest golf course and is located within the city limits of Branson on the north end of Branson in the Branson Hills Development just off of Branson Hills Parkway. The course was designed by Chuck Smith with consultation from PGA golfer Bobby Clampett as a tribute course to the late Payne Stewart. Each hole is named and has a plaque to honor his career and memory adding even more excitement and enjoyment to the golfing experience. This championship 18 hole course plays 7,324 yards from its longest tees and 5,323 yards from its shortest tees.
The picturesque and challenging championship courses of Branson Creek and Murder Rock are located just a short 10 minute drive south of Branson near the Branson Airport in the Branson Creek Development. Branson Creek plays 7,036 yards from its longest tees and 5,032 yards from its shortest tees. The Murder Rock Golf and Country Club is 6,727 yards from its longest tees and 5,627 from its shortest.
Branson Tourism Center’s Kurtright points out that in addition to the courses mentioned in the article there are other exciting golfing opportunities in Branson including two championship courses located within the city limits of Branson, the Thousand Hills Golf Course and the newly renovated Pointe Royale Golf Course. He said, “Branson has a choice of courses offering a great golfing experience and challenge for both beginners and more advanced players.”
To avoid disappointment and ensure getting a convenient tee time Kurtright suggests making advance arrangements For additional information on any of the courses mentioned in this article, tee times or tickets for any of Branson’s shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services for “one stop service” for all that is Branson. BTC can be reached by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.
*Photo courtesy Payne Stewart Golf Club