Buffalo Ridge Golf Club, formerly Branson Creek, was purchased in 2013 by John Morris, founder of Bass Pro, with the intention of including as an additional amenity to the Big Cedar Resort in Branson. The golf course was originally designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2000, with a recent redesign by Fazio, plays well over 7,000-yards from the tips. It’s routed through the rolling Ozark mountain land with numerous elevation changes, water hazards, tree lined fairways, and plenty of strategically placed bunkers. The holes seem to provide individual isolation from other holes or golfers on the course, the fairways are somewhat open off the tee, and are aided by mounding which helps keep the ball in play. From the tips, it’s 7,000+ yards with a 133 slope, the middle tees are 6,232 yards, 68.1/124, course/slope. Buffalo Ridge Golf Club, as Branson Creek was generally regarded as one of the best courses in Branson, and one of the top courses in Missouri, now even better.
Morris also just recently announced a Champions Tour Par 3 Tournament June 2-8, 2014 at the Top of the Rock Par 3 Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson, located at the top of a ridge overlooking Table Rock Lake. It’s an unbelievably scenic layout and setting, along with an equally astounding Arnold Palmer designed practice facility with target greens, water features, and sand traps with recessed lighting for evening practice. You will also want to check out the Tom Watson Putting Green as well as the the Top of the Rock Pro Shop located in Arnie’s Barn, which was constructed by craftsman from Pennsylvania who disassembled a barn there, transported to Branson, and reassembled it at Top of the Rock.