Destination’s 10 Golf Courses and Other Activities Enable Safe Recreation and Social Distancing
(RELEASE) – Both the golf industry and Explore Branson – the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the town and surrounding area in the southwest Missouri Ozarks – reported better than expected numbers in 2020, a trend that has continued into 2021. Now Forbes is doing the same.
That Branson fared so well in the Forbes’ compilation was an inspiring reinforcement, given that the study results mirrored state and regional trends and case numbers. The destination is known for its lakes, live entertainment theaters, family friendly atmosphere, and increasingly its rising-star golf destination. Golf plays a key role in Branson’s safe Forbes’ rating, given there are 10 courses, all of which provide inherently safe havens simultaneously enjoying recreation with friends whilst practicing social distancing.
“This list of best places to safely travel couldn’t come at a better time for Branson,” said Lynn Berry, Director of Communications, Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With the weather becoming more pleasant by the week, our world-class golf destination, incredible hotels, resorts, restaurants and many other attractions are well-suited to provide guests with fun, safe, and memorable experiences.”
Branson has a variety of exceptional golf courses that are close to one another, hold critical acclaim, and offer great restaurants, lodging, and after-golf diversions. The newest – Payne’s Valley by Tiger Woods – is brand new and just recently opened for its first full season. Four other Branson courses are rated among the top 10 in Missouri – Ozarks National (No. 1), Buffalo Ridge (No. 2), Branson Hills (No. 3), and LedgeStone (No. 7). Additionally, Ozarks National and Buffalo Ridge were honored as “Top 100 Courses You Can Play in America,” ranking nos. 64 and 83, respectively (out of roughly 13,500 U.S. playing venues).
Thousand Hills (Bob Cupp design), The Pointe, and Holiday Hills complete Branson Golf’s roster of 10 courses, and each has earned appreciation for their playability and value.