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Golf Weekend in Branson

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An October 2005 trip to Branson by callen60

Branson Creek Golf Club Photo, Branson, Missouri More Photos
Quote: Country music mecca, yes, but there's good golf here, too--and more coming soon. Here are descriptions of 90 holes and 3 days.

Branson Airport Comes Online

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Eight decades or more into the age of commercial air travel, there aren’t many brand new airports opening these days. A new one—and a privately funded one at that—just opened in the Ozarks, and I had the opportunity to fly out of the new Branson Airport this week, en route to DC.Branson sits about 45 minutes south of Springfield, MO, the home of competitor Springfield-Branson National Airport. The hyphen showed up about 10 years ago, when the booming music show business boosted Branson’s profile as a vacation destination for middle income mid-America. That only stalled local desire to give the country music mecca its own airfield, and in early 2009 the new, privately funded airport announc...Read More

Golf Weekend in Branson

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Overview

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Yes, it's known for being Nashville west, but if the Baldknobbers, Mel Tillis, and company aren't your cup of joe, get out your clubs! There's a variety of courses here, from the highest end (Tom Fazio) to the lowest, and more are on the way. The best course in the area is Fazio and Troon Golf's Branson Creek, open for 5 years now and always ranked as Golf Digest's top course in Missouri (see my IgoUgo review). A second 18 is slated here soon. The site is beautiful, the course is fair but tough, and the experience is great. It's in season on weekends ( on week...Read More

Wilderness Club at Big Cedar

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Hotel

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The premier resort in the Branson area, Big Cedar Lodge opened this partnership with Bluegreen Vacation Club in the late 1990s. Located on the southern end of Table Rock Lake, it's just over an hour from the Springfield airport, but it feels like you've headed a lot further into the country. Having been to other Missouri destinations (such as Lake of the Ozarks), I don't think there's a place in the state that can top it. Rack rates here are pricey, but they work hard to make sure you feel it's worth it.Three large lodges are complete, with equal numbers of studio and one-bedrooms. There's also a few dozen two-bedroom stand-alone cabins, and three newly finished three-bedroom cabins. The w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2006

Wilderness Club at Big Cedar
612 Devil's Pool Rd.
Branson, Missouri 65739
(800) 225-6343

Branson Condo Rentals

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As the whole country knows, this area has exploded in the last two decades. The Ozark Mountains made this, in many ways, a rather remote area for a long time, but the construction of Table Rock Dam and the resulting lake changed all that. Coupled with Branson's emergence as a national center for country music, it's a major vacationland.In response, dozens of timeshares and condos have been built in the area. I've stayed at four, including three with a golf course. All do a lot of daily rental business, and all are reasonable places to stay.Each has a kitchen, living room, separate bedrooms, Jacuzzi, cable TV, etc. That's especially nice if you're travelling with a family. Brans...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2006

Outback Steak & Oyster Bar

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Restaurant | "Outback Steak & Oyster Bar"

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Apparently not affiliated with the national Outback chain, this restaurant/pub/hotel complex offers good steaks and seafood. One of the few places open past 10 in Branson, even on Friday, we had a good meal here. As the name says, the rough-hewn wood construction and decor, and the haphazard layout, are supposed to evoke the Australian backcountry. Who knows if it's authentic, but it didn't interfere with the food or service. We were all in the mood for a steak after golfing, and the rib-eyes and sirloins were good. There's a short list of American and Australian wines. Branson isn't teeming with terrific restaurants, and you can do a lot worse than this place. There's music in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2006

Outback Steak & Oyster Bar
1914 W 76 Country Blvd
Branson, Missouri 65616
(417) 334-6306

Branson Creek Golf Club

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Attraction

Branson Creek Golf Club Photo, Branson, Missouri
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My group doesn't play the highest-end courses very often, but I was anxious to play here. A Tom Fazio/Troon Golf facility, it opened in 2000 to rave reviews and immediately topped Golf Digest's list as the best course in Missouri, a distinction it's never lost. By the time you get here (it's more than a few miles east of US 65, south of Branson), you realize you're not going to be in the middle of a big traditional golf community. Fazio and company picked out a wonderful piece of property and have made the most of it. Several vantage points on the course are the highest around and give you fabulous views over the layout and miles and miles besides.I've never had a better c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2006

Branson Creek Golf Club
Maple St.
Branson, Missouri 65615
(417) 339 4653

Thousand Hills Golf Resosrt

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Attraction | "Thousand Hills Golf Resort"

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Right smack in the middle of Branson, this course does manage to make you forget that for a while. Laid out along a small river valley between two ridges, the course is pretty and well maintained. From many of the holes, you see nothing but the course itself--and the many rocks and trees that line its fairways.It's a par 64 layout of Zoysia fairways and bentgrass greens, with only one par 5. It's very tight throughout and values straight drives above all. If that's not a regular part of your game, you may find it frustrating and might just want to pass. If you hit the fairway regularly, your enjoyment will go up dramatically.It's well maintained and popular. The standard fee is...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 24, 2006

Thousand Hills Golf Resosrt
245 Wildwood Drive South
Branson, Missouri 65616
(877) 262-0430

Holiday Hills Resort & Golf Club

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Attraction | "Holiday Hills Resort & Golf Club"

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This is the old Branson--a course on the east side of the river built in 1938 by a pro from Chicago who fell in love with the area and the land. It has some neat history, which is showcased in the pro shop and is an enjoyable, unpretentious, and reasonably priced place to play.The terrain here is relatively flat for Branson. It was expanded to 18 holes and rebuilt about 10 years ago. With the exception of two holes (11 and 12, I believe), the course is traditional, fair, and pleasant. Some holes run through the woods, others are fairly open, and a few have water in play. It's par 68/slope 118 and very playable.We ended up here on Friday afternoon, looking for a place to pl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2006

Holiday Hills Resort & Golf Club
620 East Rockford Drive
Branson, Missouri 65616
+1 417 334 0852