Branson, MO used to be a sort of undiscovered gem. Now it receives over nine million visitors annually. The vacation spot boasts having something for everyone.
While it’s famous for its many live music shows, it also has the amusement park Silver Dollar City, a large aquarium, Track Family Fun Park, Shepherd of the Hills park, and WonderWorks, a huge upside-down house, among other things.
Branson is also becoming well-known for its golf courses. It offers both short and full-sized courses. Some famous names have played here, and a few, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tiger Woods, have actually designed courses here.
They offer courses designed for every level of player. Of course, everyone has to watch their wallet these days, so it can’t hurt to investigate some less expensive courses. Here are a few of the more inexpensive places to improve your game.
Don Gardner Par 3 Golf Course
This is a nine-hole municipal course operated by the parks department of the city of Branson. It’s open from 8 a.m. until an hour before sunset daily and offers something for all levels of players. Tourists pay $15 for a nine-hole game or $18 for the full 18 holes. Tee times don’t need to be reserved.
Thousand Hills Golf Resort
This is a par 64 public golf course with 18 holes spread over 5,000 yards. This course is a bit pricier, with fees ranging from $59 before 11 a.m. and $65 after 11 in March, up to $94 during the peak season of May 1 to October 9. The fees include 18 holes plus the use of a golf cart equipped with GPS.
Pointe Royale Village Country Club
Despite being located inside the gate at Pointe Royale Golf Village, this is a public golf course. It features an 18-hole course welcoming players at any skill level. Rates are listed at $59.99 for 18 holes and $39.99 for nine holes any time of day from March 14 to April 10.
From April 11 to November 11, rates increase to $79.99 until 10:50 a.m., $69.00 from 11 a.m. til 2:50 p.m., and $55.99 from 3 p.m. until dusk. From November 6 to March 13, rates are $49.99 from opening to dusk, with nine holes being $29.99.
Can You Hire Equipment for These Courses?
You may not have planned for a round of golf during your Branson stay, but the weather can sometimes be too great a temptation. Fortunately, most courses will let you rent clubs if you didn’t bring yours, both men’s and ladies’ styles. The Don Gardner course offers club rental for $3 and pulls carts for $2.
Riding carts are not available at this course. Thousand Hills Golf Resort rents out Titleist clubs for $29. Pointe Royale rents clubs for $22 for 18 holes and $12 for nine holes.
If you want to save even more money, a free Branson coupon book offers discounts on some courses. Also, try some of the websites offering deals on the various courses. This can especially help if you just have a spur-of-the-moment itch to hit the links, as some sites have great deals on unbooked tee times on the same day.