Trip Ideas: Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail
Visit 13 of the Lake Ozark area's most beautiful and challenging golf courses over seven incredible days.
Day One
Start your golf adventure at Rolling Hills Country Club in Versailles. Some of the Lake area's best bentgrass greens are highlights of this well-maintained, challenging course. Established in 1955, Rolling Hills features a park-like setting with mature Ozarks woodlands lining zoysia fairways. A wonderful mix of lakes, mature trees, bunkers and challenging greens provides a varied and enjoyable setting for all golfers. On-site amenities include a driving range, pro shop, snack bar and lounge.
13986 Country Club Road, Versailles MO 65084, 573-378-5109
Hours: Year-round: Dawn-dusk
Just two minutes away from the golf course, treat yourself to a lunch of traditional Mennonite home cooking. Choose from the buffet or order from the menu. Bakery offers donuts, pies, cakes, cookies and breads, all prepared on-site.
15380 Hwy 5, Versailles MO 65084, 573-378-4010
Hours: Tue.-Thu. and Sat, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
It will take you just over a half-hour to your next stop, but it's worth the drive. Eldon Golf Club offers an 18-hole championship course taking full advantage of the natural terrain. Zoysia fairways and an upgraded bunker system lead to accommodating greens, surrounded by a backdrop of wooded areas, rolling hills and creeks. The layout offers four tee locations to challenge golfers of all skill levels. Course facilities include a driving range, pro shop, clubhouse, snack bar and swimming pool.
35 Golf Course Road, Eldon MO 65026, 573-392-4172
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Before you leave Eldon, treat yourself to a stop at this hometown, mom-and-pop drive-in restaurant. Everyone who visits Cree Mee comes away with a new favorite: whether it's some of the best soft serve ice cream you'll find anywhere; a marshmallow Pepsi; or their "World Famous" foot-long chili dog, with chili made fresh daily. And they don't skimp on the portions! An Eldon, Missouri tradition since 1952.
801 S. Aurora, Eldon MO 65026, 573-392-5418
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
If you choose a centrally-located headquarters hotel for your golf outing, such as the Tan-Tar-A Resort, you only have a 25 minute drive before you check in. This family resort spans 420 acres along the banks of the Lake of the Ozarks and offers everything in one place, whether you’re traveling with just your golfing buddies or if the family comes along as well. Facilities include: a fully equipped spa and health club; restaurants; bars and lounges; boutique and specialty shops; a bowling alley; Timber Falls indoor water park; Bear's Den arcade; two outdoor pools; one indoor pool; a full service marina; parasailing; excursion boat ride; and horseback riding. Many of the recreational activities are seasonal or have limited hours.
494 Tan-Tar-A Drive, Osage Beach MO 65065, 800-826-8272
Hours: Front desk: 24 hours.
Day Two
Today you're getting a light day: 27-holes of championship golf just 20 minutes from the hotel, including 18 designed by Arnold Palmer. Play all three Osage National courses and choose from five sets of tees. GPS equipped golf carts are included with greens-fees (driver’s license required to drive). Restrooms on the course are air-conditioned. The pro shop offers top-of-the-line golf merchandise and accessories, golf instructions, and club rentals; annual memberships are available. It’s going to be a long day of golf, so take a break for a leisurely lunch on-site at the Eagle View Sports Bar and Grille. Relax on their huge wrap-around porch with breathtaking views of the Osage River, and be sure to try some of their famous onion rings.
400 Osage Hills Road, Lake Ozark MO 65049, 573-365-1950
Hours: Golf: sunrise-sunset.
You've earned it, so treat yourself to a great dinner at Jake Culpepper's Cattle Company, just 13 minutes from Osage National. This family-friendly steakhouse features choice cuts of beef, as well as poultry and seafood dishes, in a comfortable, warm atmosphere, decorated with antiques, Old- West items and other memorabilia. We have a full-service bar, highlighted by a circa 1890s Rothschild back bar.
5923 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach MO 65065, 573-348-8989
Hours: Daily: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Day Four

Featuring 47 guestrooms with a balcony or patio view of the courtyard and golf course; and four four-bedroom suites which include a fully equipped kitchen, living room, and a patio with barbecue grill. The suites are situated along the 12th fairway of Dogwood Hills Golf Club.

While staying at Dogwood Hills Golf Resort, spend time enjoying numerous amenities available to you all on-site, including: an 18-hole golf course; the lake area's only lighted practice facility; a fully stocked golf pro shop; meeting and banquet facilities; Mitch & Duff's Restaurant and Bar; outdoor pool and hot tub; free parking; free boat battery charging.

A large number of packages are offered, including golf, shopping, and family-oriented activities. Shopping, miniature golf, go-kart tracks, water parks, restaurants and bars are within five miles of the property.

1252 Route KK, Osage Beach MO 65065, 573-348-1735
Hours: Front desk: 24 hours.
Sycamore Creek has been voted one of the favorite golf courses in our area for nine years, by the local community, and has been featured in Midwest Living magazine as well as many other regional publications. The distinctive 18-hole, par 72 course is built around an internationally-known fish hatchery that has been owned and operated by the Kahrs family for over 50 years. Having this much water in close proximity does add to the excitement of the course, but also adds to its uniqueness. The clubhouse features a pro shop as well as a fully stocked snack bar/lunch counter. The outdoor patio serves well to host events. Tee times may be reserved online and by phone.
1270 Nichols Road, Osage Beach MO 65065, 573-348-9593
Hours: March-Oct.: daily, 7;30 a.m.-sunset ~ Nov.-Feb.: daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
For a fun dinner and maybe a little entertainment, try Dog Days Bar and Grill, a six-minute drive from the course to just west of the Grand Glaize bridge. The menu features gourmet burgers, salads, appetizers, steaks, seafood and pasta; the bar offers a variety of drinks and specialty cocktails. They regularly feature live music on indoor and outdoor stages, including both regional and nationally known rock, blues and country bands.
1232 Jeffries Road, Osage Beach MO 65065, 573-348-9797
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Day Three
Just 25 minutes from your hotel, nestled among beautiful valleys at the Lake of the Ozarks, lies one of America's most spectacular courses. Old Kinderhook in Camdenton, a Tom Weiskopf signature course, is a 6,855-yard par 71 featuring zoysia tees and fairways with large bentgrass greens. It will challenge the most serious golfer, yet plays on the friendly side. The course is renowned for its unsurpassed drama: valleys, waterfalls, hills, trees and water hazards, plus its beautiful lake setting. The elevation changes and breathtaking views will thrill you at every hole.
20 Eagle Ridge Road, Camdenton MO 65020, 888-346-4949
Hours: Golf: 7 a.m.-dusk.
When you've finished your morning round, break for a relaxing lunch in The Hook Cafe, situated beside the 15th tee-box. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings outside on the wrap-around deck and inside the bright and spacious dining area.
20 Eagle Ridge Road, Camdenton MO 65020, 573-317-3575
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
A quick seven-minute drive brings you to your afternoon destination. Lake Valley Golf and Country Club features an unusual balance of six par threes, six par fours and six par fives with zoysia tees, lush Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens. Although not especially long (6,373-blues), the rolling hills will afford you with the opportunity to hit every club in your bag. Celebrate your best shots on the Greenside Bar deck overlooking the eighteenth green. The bar features a full offering of the finest spirits and yes, ice cold beer is available on tap, as well as a good assortment of cans and bottles.
367 Lake Valley Drive, Camdenton MO 65020, 573-346-7218
Hours: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Just 8 minutes away on Thunder Mountain, above the Bridal Cave, Der Essen Platz provides an outstanding, panoramic view of the Niangua River in The Lake of The Ozarks Choose from a full menu of German, French and American cuisine, including: schnitzel, rippchen, sausage, klopses, and fish. Our strudels, pies and cakes are baked fresh daily. We feature more than 20 German beers, as well as a large selection of German and French wines. Open March thru Mid December.
8 Bridal Cave Road, Camdenton MO 65020, 573-346-1122
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Day Five
Today, you get to sleep in, because you'll be playing just 27 holes, all on site at Tan-Tar-A. Hidden Lakes has been ranked by USA Today as one of the best nine-hole courses in the U.S. The course features lush zoysia fairways and large bentgrass greens. The course is open to the public. If you brought the family, be sure and steer them to the indoor waterpark on-site!
1600 Route KK, Osage Beach MO 65065, 573-348-8527
Hours: Dawn-dusk
After lunch at your choice of Tan-Tar-A's dining options, there's no travel time to your afternoon 18. The Oaks Course was designed by architects Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge. This championship layout, carved out of the natural Ozark hills, places a premium on accurate shots and course management. Its multiple tee boxes and Bermuda and zoysia fairways make this championship course a unique and enjoyable experience for the expert as well as the novice. The undulating bentgrass greens, elevation changes and scenic views of the lake make this course a must-play on your next visit to the Lake of the Ozarks.
1524 Route KK, Osage Beach MO 65065, 800-826-8272
Hours: Dawn-dusk.
This might be the best night for a special dinner out. From its bluff-top location less than 20 minutes from the hotel, the Blue Heron Restaurant offers spectacular views of the Lake of the Ozarks with casual, yet elegant dining. Their signature items include batter-fried lobster tail, Dover sole, and their famous onion rings. The menu includes seafood, poultry, lamb, beef, veal and pork. The restaurant is open late April thru October.
1 Blue Heron Hill, Lake Ozark MO 65049, 573-365-4646
Hours: Thu.-Sat., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Day Six
A quick 12-minute drive takes you to today's golf offering: Bear Creek Valley. This 6796-yard layout meanders along Little Bear Creek through 250 acres of colorful Ozark forest, meadows and scenic valleys. The course has zoysia fairways, bentgrass greens and multiple tee settings to ensure an enjoyable, yet challenging round of golf. Stay on-site for lunch at Bear Creek's delicious casual restaurant and lounge.
910 Route 42, Osage Beach MO 65065, 573-302-1000
Hours: Dawn-dusk.
After lunch, a short eight-minute drive brings you to The Ridge: one of the finest championship courses in the Ozarks which has been ranked by Golf Digest as a 4-star course for "Places to Play." Many golfers refer to the18-hole course's altitude drops and generous landing areas as "player-friendly." Golfers on this par-72 course enjoy rolling hills, native wildflowers, and beautiful views of the Lake. Our resort course offers zoysia fairways, moderate elevation changes, and fantastic greens. With a total yardage of 6447, this course promises a great experience for all ability levels.
170 Seasons Ridge Road, Lake Ozark MO 65049, 573-365-8544
Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Just three miles from the Lodge of Four Seasons, Baxter's Lakeside Grille is a classic American restaurant. They offer upscale yet casual dining; they use only the finest, freshest ingredients and couple it with personal service. The bluff-top view is spectacular, especially the sunsets.

2124 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Lake Ozark MO 65049, 573-365-2669
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-9 p.m.
Day Seven
About 40 minutes from Deer Chase, your final round awaits. Indian Rock's Bermuda fairways and tee boxes and bentgrass greens, cover 300-plus acres. Four tee boxes provide a choice of yardages; concrete cart paths make year-round play possible. The course's signature No. 17 hole, from which the course gets its name, is guarded at the back by a majestic rock outcropping which resembles an Indian head; and at the front by a deep, clear-water lake. Amenities include golf shop, practice facilities and Mulligan's Sports Bar and Restaurant.
100 Indian Lake Ave., Gravois Mills MO 65037, 573-372-3023
Hours: Daily: Dusk-dawn
The last day of your golf adventure starts with a 20 minute drive. Designed by Roger Null, the 18-hole golf course at The Golf Club at Deer Chase offers a challenging track through the beautiful Auglaize River valley and surrounding hills. The course features Bermuda fairways overseeded for early spring green-up, multiple zoysia tees and the largest bentgrass green settings in the area. Tee times are accepted up to one year in advance. Golf facilities include a driving range, golf shop and practice and chipping greens. Also on the premises is the friendly Chase Tower Grill for a quick lunch before heading out to your last stop.
770 Deer Chase Road, Linn Creek MO 65052, 573-346-6117
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk