Trip Ideas: Golfing in the Ozarks
There are plenty of great golf resorts in Missouri, and the Southwest Region is no exception. Golf travel in the Show Me State is fun and family-friendly. Enjoy a quick nine or a full 18; heck, you might even play 27. Grab your driver, a seven iron, maybe even a foot wedge, and your putter for an epic golf getaway.
Morning
This links-style course winds through 200-plus acres of Osage Prairie. Water is a factor on 10 holes. Large greens are among the best in the area.
Route 4, Box 345, Nevada MO 64772, 417-448-2750
Hours: 7 a.m.-dark
Start your golf expedition at this nine-hole public golf course. It features four sets of tee locations, Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens. Rolling terrain and tree-lined fairways make for an enjoyable round of golf.
509 W. Fields Blvd., El Dorado Springs MO 64744, 417-876-2551
Hours: Daily, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Evening
Deep in Southwestern Missouri's beautiful Ozarks is Lost Woods Golf Course. This scenic nine-hole, par-35 course incorporates bentgrass greens, zoysia tees and fairways, a well-stocked pro shop, lounge, driving ranges and golf carts.
131 Lost Woods Drive, Theodosia MO 65761, 417-273-4877
Hours: Daily: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Afternoon
The Payne Stewart Golf Club is a tribute course honoring the life and legacy of golf legend Payne Stewart. This is a challenging course that requires consistent shot-making skills. It was designed by Chuck Smith with design consultant and PGA Professional Bobby Clampett.
100 N. Payne Stewart Drive, Branson MO 65616, 417-337-2963
Hours: Golf Course: 7 a.m.-dusk; Restaurant: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Perfect for novice, intermediate, or highly skilled players, this course spans 6,312 yards of beautifully maintained fairways and challenging greens.
2409 S. Scenice Ave., Springfield MO 65807, 417-891-1645
Hours: Dawn-dusk.