Branson Creek Golf Club isn't just the class of the Branson area, it's the class of Missouri, according to many golf publications.
The course plays up and down the hills of the high plateau that takes up most of southern Missouri. Those holes that play along the high, rocky ridges give off grand, misty views, and the holes that plunge down to the valleys are perhaps even more scenic, with purple-flowered hills rising gracefully above the fairways.
It is a dazzling layout in this part of the postcard-ready Ozarks, and its scenic beauty is matched only by the artistry of the Tom Fazio design.
"I've played all the nice courses in Missouri, and there aren't any that compare to this," said Cliff Easum, a local golf professional.
You won't find many public, daily-fee golf courses of this caliber. One beautiful hole flows from the next, and although there seems to be a plethora of dogleg lefts, every hole brings a separate adventure.
The scenery is everything you'd expect from a mountain course high in the Ozarks: Lakes, ponds, little mountain streams and rugged rock outcroppings to go along with the purple redbuds, white dogwood, pine and cedar trees.
The green fees here are substantially cheaper than they would be for a golf course of this standing in certain other parts of the country.