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July 22, 2022

Worried about the hassle of flying? Maybe the answer is Branson, Missouri

By AGN Staff
Branson Ozarks National No. 6

One day's drive puts you on any one of 10 top-ranked golf courses

Canceled flights, interminable delays,  lost luggage – hold on here, maybe there’s another way to get to that late summer or fall golf getaway. So, let’s talk about Branson, Missouri.

From Birmingham, for example, the overland route to Branson, one of the nation’s top golf destinations, is a one-day drive of less than nine hours.

Not a bad itinerary for golfers looking to experience any of the area’s 10 top-rated golf courses by top architects.

What started as a country-music destination is – thanks to a bevy of top-ranked golf architects, including Tom Fazio and Tiger Woods – a must-play for American golfers.

“The numbers don’t lie, and this is why Branson is increasingly appealing to so many people who aren’t flying currently but don’t want to sacrifice their summer vacations and golf getaways,” said Lynn Berry, Explore Branson director of communications.

Approximately 10 million visitors came into the region in 2021, a significant increase over COVID-19 impacted 2020, and more than 10 percent over 2019, the last non-COVID-19 affected year.

Branson: Pick from a menu of top designers’ work

All 10 Branson Golf courses are open to the public. They range from luxury resort to daily-fee options. Located close to one another, the courses are situated near many lodging options, restaurants, theme park, museums, and countless other attractions without losing their idyllic settings amid the Ozarks’ natural bounty.

Five of Missouri’s Top 10-rated courses are in the Branson Golf destination, including the top four. Some of those are ranked among the country’s top 100 public courses by leading magazines.

For some of our earlier coverage of Branson’s golf offerings, click here.

Course designs by Woods, Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Bob Cupp combine with first-class playing conditions, welcoming hospitality, and five courses that are certified by Audubon International for their environmental and conservation best practices.

Branson is annually voted a TripAdvisor community top U.S. destination, ranking No. 3 in 2021.

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Featured photo courtesy of Explore Branson

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