Golf News for Thursday, January 31, 2013 | Courses

Golf Digest ranks Branson Creek among Missouri's top 10 courses

BRANSON, Mo. -- Branson Creek Golf Course, a member of the collection of premier public layouts, is the best public course in Missouri as listed by Golf Digest in its biennial Best-in-State rankings.

The Tom Fazio-designed facility was ranked tenth among all courses - both public and private - in the Midwest state, and was the only public course to make the list. The complete ranking of America's Best Courses appears in the February edition of the leading golf publication, on newsstands now.

A perpetual favorite among several regional courses, Branson Creek has topped the Missouri public courses list in both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine for 14 consecutive years, and is among the best courses in the state listed by Golfweek. It is one of eight courses in the nature-rich Ozarks that are branded collectively under the Explore Branson Golf moniker, widely known for quality playing experiences.

"Branson Creek is indicative of the exceptional golf course options and values available in Branson, from player-friendly designs to championship-caliber tests of golf," says Ross Summers, CEO and President of the Branson Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Combined with a plethora of affordable after-golf activities, we continue to draw golfers for buddy trips, couples' weekend and corporate outings from across the country."

Courses are rated by panelists based on seven criteria: shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience.

Branson Creek is managed by Troon Golf. Tee times and golf packages can be booked through via GolfNow.

All courses are open year-round in Branson and are accessible via the Branson Airport, which will welcome service by Southwest Airlines beginning on March 9, with direct flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Baltimore.

About Explore Branson Golf
Explore Branson Golf is a collection of premier golf courses in America's Heartland, located in the beautiful Ozarks Mountains of southern Missouri. Partner courses include:

Thousand Hills Golf Resort,, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553
Murder Rock Golf Club,, 417.332.3259
Payne Stewart Golf Club,, 417.337.2963
LedgeStone Country Club,, 417.335.8187
Branson Creek Golf Club,, 417.339.GOLF (4653)
Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club,, 417.334.4838
Top of the Rock Golf Course,, 417.339.5085
Pointe Royale Golf Village, 417.334.4477.

The Lodging page at includes a directory of accommodations, resorts and spas. For assistance planning a golf vacation to Branson: 800.296.0463

Branson is less than a day's drive for one-third of Americans, and with low-cost flights to the new Branson Airport served by several airlines, as well as Springfield-Branson National Airport, it has never been easier for families and groups to get to Branson.

Janeen Driscoll
Buffalo Communications, 910.690.9711

Dan Shepherd
Buffalo Communications, 703.403.5317