Trip Ideas: Enjoy the Drive
Great public golf courses are found across Missouri, from metropolitan areas and charming small towns to well-known destinations. Here's a primer on 10 courses to add to your Missouri to-do list.
Northwest

The layout at Stone Canyon provides a memorable golf challenge with Greg Norman’s signature design traits: closely mown green surrounds; creative bunkering; landscape accents that pay homage to some of the great courses in the world.

The site itself is dramatic, with interesting rock outcroppings, rolling topography and dramatic long views towards downtown Kansas City.

22415 East 39th St., Blue Springs MO 64015, 816-228-3333
Hours: Course Hours: Dawn-dusk.

This 6,950 yard par 71 golf property offers a unique golfing experience for players of varying skill levels. The design features breathtaking elevation changes and expansive landing areas that meander through picturesque terrain. Our 11,000 square foot clubhouse is available for private events.

8905 Shoal Creek Parkway, Kansas City MO 64157, 816-407-7242
Hours: Course Hours: Sunrise-sunset
Northeast

The Missouri Bluffs Golf Club opened in 1995 and remains the only St. Louis area golf club designed by golf course architect Tom Fazio. The par-71 course plays slightly more than 7,000 yards from the championship tees.

A pro shop offers a variety of golfing accessories and the clubhouse serves a variety of fare, including sandwiches, salads, wraps and appetizers.

Please note Missouri Bluffs has a dynamic pricing model, which means course fees vary by date and by time of day.

18 Research Park Circle, St. Charles MO 63304, 800-939-6760
Hours: Course open: Dawn-dusk, weather permitting
Southwest

The Payne Stewart Golf Club is a tribute course honoring the life and legacy of golf legend Payne Stewart.

It is difficult not to be affected by the story of Payne’s life and to feel his legacy when you play this championship golf course. Each hole is interwoven with a story of Stewart’s life and golfing career.

The clubhouse bar and lounge includes images of Stewart’s professional and personal life. Appetizers and sandwiched are available. A glassed display features items loaned by Stewart’s wife, including five Ryder Cup bags, apparel, shoes, clubs and other personal items

Named #1 Course in Missouri by Golfweek, 2012 and 2013.

100 N. Payne Stewart Drive, Branson MO 65616, 417-337-2963
Hours: Course Hours: 7 a.m.-dusk
It's easy to imagine why Buffalo Ridge is considered to be the centerpiece for golf in the midwest. The course has been rated the #1 Public Course in Missouri by Golf Magazine and been named one of the Top 10 Missouri Courses by Golf Digest for 11 consecutive years. The course holds a Golf Digest rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.

1001 Branson Creek Blvd., Hollister MO 65672, 800-225-6343
Hours: Tee times: Daily, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Top of the Rock golf course is a nine-hole, par-3 course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Theree sets of tees allow for 18 holes of play. The site, on a blufftop overlooking Table Rock Lake, is a nature-based heritage preserve created by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris.

Golf amenities include an Arnold Palmer-designed practice range, with 18 target greens and a 70,000 square-foot "Himalayan" putting-course, designed by Tom Watson.

The facility includes, among other attractions: Lost Canyon nature trail; the Ancient-Ozarks Natural History Museum; four dining and socializing venues; a spactacular wedding chapel; and a honeymoon cabin.

Top of the Rock and its sister course, Buffalo Ridge (a regulation, 18-hole course redesign by Tom Fazio) are part of the Big Cedar Lodge resort complex.

150 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale MO 65739, 800-225-6343
Hours: Course Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Ranked #1 Municipal Golf Course in Missouri by Golf Digest

The "Crown jewel of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board public golf courses." This 18-hole championship course is exceptionally designed to maximize the challenges of the game amidst a breathtaking setting.

Planned by Master Designer Ken Dye, Rivercut is the Ozarks' premier course. At 7,066 yards, with a par of 72, the course is both unique and spectacular.

Every hole brings the golfer a new adventure; fairways border the scenic James river, providing one of the most beautiful courses in the midwest. Greens are large, with significant undulations that will challenge your short game.

2350 W. Farm Road 190, Springfield MO 65810, 417-890-8468
Hours: Course Hours: Dawn-dusk.
Central

Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr., The Cove is the Lodge's signature course. This 18-hole, par-71 championship course offers undulating fairways, challenging greens, 65 bunkers and breathtaking views of the lake.

Tee times may be reserved online and by phone.

Resort facilities include, among other activities: additional golf courses; meeting space; Japanese garden; weeding facilities; rental and owned lodging; restaurants; Spa Shiki; shopping.

2733 Horseshoe Bend Parkway, Lake Ozark MO 65049, 573-365-8574
Hours: Course Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Many golfers refer to the 18-hole course's altitude drops and generous landing areas as player friendly. Golfers on this par-72 course enjoy the rolling hills, native wildflowers and beautiful views of the lake.

170 Seasons Ridge Road, Lake Ozark MO 65049, 573-365-8544
Hours: Course Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

This Tom Weiskopf Signature golf course is the crown jewel of this master-planned golf course community.

The golf course is carved out of the Ozark hills to makes the most of nature’s beauty.

Tee times may be scheduled online and by phone, 30 days in advance.

This is the centerpiece of the 700+ acre Old Kinderhook master-planned community which includes rental and owned lodging, a day-spa, restaurants and meeting facilities.

20 Eagle Ridge Road, Camdenton MO 65020, 888-346-4949
Hours: Course Hours: 7 a.m.-dusk.