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Branson (Missouri) golf continues growth and top destination trajectory in 2020

Ozarks oasis welcomes new Tiger Woods’ course, Payne’s Valley; preview play starts on March 6

BRANSON, MISSOURI, February 4, 2020 – Much beloved for its live entertainment, welcoming atmosphere, and dozens of leisure attractions, Branson is increasingly becoming known as one of America’s best golf destinations.

Located 20 minutes from the Arkansas border in southwest Missouri, Branson has added several new golf courses in the recent past, including three in the past three years. There are now 10 diverse yet complementary courses that golfers can choose from, all are open to the public and close to one another.

Tiger and Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge founder
Tiger Woods (left) and Johnny Morris

The newest course to debut may be the most exciting yet. Named Payne’s Valley, it’s an 18-hole championship course paying homage to Payne Stewart, the legendary former PGA TOUR player who grew up in nearby Springfield, Mo.

Designed by Tiger Woods and his golf architecture company, TGR Design, in tandem with Big Cedar Lodge and Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris, Payne’s Valley features an extra hole for settling bets that is called the “Big Rock at Payne’s Valley™.”

The sprawling, pristine layout will open 13 holes for play on March 6, with a $195 greens fee. To book tee times at Payne’s Valley, call 800-225-6343. The remaining holes are expected to be ready for play this summer, when a Grand Opening will herald their completion.

Based on media visitor reviews thus far (10 holes were open for preview play last fall), Payne’s Valley is an outstanding layout that caters to the best players as well as those less skilled. The course design features a wide variety of hole types, undulating terrain, Ozarks beauty, immaculate conditions, and the ability to play the ball along the ground virtually throughout (minimal forced carries).

That Payne’s Valley has garnered early critical acclaim should not come as a surprise given that most Branson Golf courses have garnered “best-in-kind” ratings by local and national media. In addition to Payne’s Valley, Branson Golf courses include Buffalo Ridge Springs (Tom Fazio/Johnny Morris), Branson Hills (Chuck Smith/Bobby Clampett), Ozarks National (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw), LedgeStone (Tom Clark), Top of the Rock (Jack Nicklaus), Mountain Top (Gary Player), Thousand Hills (Bob Cupp), The Pointe, and Holiday Hills.

“Branson offers a variety of golf courses, with layouts and price points to suit every taste,” said Lynn Berry, Branson CVB, Director of Communications. “Branson has become one of the most compelling places to play golf in the world.”

A Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw creation, 18-hole Ozarks National debuted in May 2019. Mountain Top, a walking only, 13-hole course, opened on August 31, 2018. They join Payne’s Valley and two other golf courses at remarkable Big Cedar Lodge. The award-winning resort has garnered “Best Midwest Resort” by Travel + Leisure readers several times.

Branson Golf provides a first-class collection of courses, a tailor-made place for intrepid travelers who love exploring destinations with excellent places to place, coupled with an abundance of leisure, lodging, meeting, event, family, and dining options.

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About Branson Golf
Branson Hills Golf Club, 417.337.2963
Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course, 800.225.6343
Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club, 417.334.4838
LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village, 417.335.8187
Mountain Top Course, 800.225.6343
Ozarks National, 800.225.6343
Payne’s Valley, 800.225.6343
Pointe Royale Golf Village, 417.334.4477
Thousand Hills Golf Resort, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553
Top of the Rock Golf Course, 800.225.6343

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