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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7370 yards
Slope 132
Rating 75.6

Fully opening in the fall of 2020 after offering a 13-hole preview loop for most of the year, Payne’s Valley is the third regulation-length golf course and fifth course overall at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri’s Ozarks near Branson. It is the first domestic, publicly-accessible golf course designed by TGR Design, the firm of Tiger Woods. The course plays next to Ozarks National and a bridge connects the two facilities. At this time, Payne’s Valley has a pro shop and restaurant but no driving range, while Ozarks National has a practice facility but no onsite food. Payne’s Valley features wide fairways, broad earth shaping and over 450 feet of elevation change. The grand opening for the 19-hole golf course is the Payne’s Valley Cup, featuring Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Justin Thomas, aired live on Golf Channel and streaming on Golfpass. Payne’s Valley has a walkable course routing though shuttles will transport golfers from the 19th hole back to the clubhouse, which it shares with the Mountain Top 13-hole par-3 course.

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Course Details

Year Built 2020
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tiger Woods (2019)

Rentals/Services

Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire

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  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Missouri (2020 #23)

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4.4
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Branson, Mo - Bucket List Golf Destination

Being local, we used to play all the courses in Branson and get tee times the day before playing. Now that Branson has started blowing up on the golf scene thanks to the new TGR design course it's tough to get on so was thankful to get to play it again. The customer service has always been lacking at all the bass pro courses, but they have made a few changes and it was fantastic this time around. It rained about 2 inches right before we teed off so the course was quite soppy but drained ok. Played the course at 6900 yards from the blues. Fun course. Would compare it to Ozarks National in that it's very wide open and you can hit a bad drive and still find yourself in the fairway. A few longer par threes and a couple mammoth par fives along with a couple short risk reward par fours. Course was in great shape. The real bucket list part of the course is after the round ends on the 19th hole and the drive back up to the club house. I personally feel it's the easiest of the three courses followed by Ozarks National and then buffalo ridge. The downfall of Paynes Valley is the green fees (I believe it is $375ish), the pace of play, and one mixed drink on the course is $20!! I still believe that the best course there for a more skilled golfer from both a design & visual appeal standpoint is the original buffalo ridge which is about half the price. If you are traveling to Branson for a golf trip don't forget about some of the other courses down there besides the "big 3". Make sure and play the mountain top par three course. It's my favorite course in Branson from a fun and cost effective standpoint. Ledgestone is a fantastic course that should be added to the mix. Finally, Branson hills (formerly Payne Stewarts course) is a nice course that I Feel is one of the toughest in the state. If you haven't made plans for a golf trip to Branson, do it!!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Handicap 5-9
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Plays Once a week
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5.0
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Hot weather
Used cart

Payne's Valley - Tiger Wood's Lavish Ode to a Missouri King

The Good: Payne’s Valley, Tiger Woods TGR Design’s newest creation near Branson, MO, is one of the eight Wonders of the World. Created near the highest point of the entire resort and cascading down into the aptly named valley, it has some of the grandest views on a golf course I’ve ever seen. The design is very playable, with wide, fast fairways and huge oval shaped sand traps scattered throughout the 19 (!) hole track. The greens are absolutely huge and very difficult, which is the primary course’s defense. Excellent Par-3 variety, a couple fun “go for broke” short Par-4’s, and picturesque Par-5’s. The staff and overall service is exceptional, which is expected for such a large price tag. The 19th hole island green Par-3 built amongst a sinkhole quarry and the Cliffhanger drive up to the mountain top clubhouse is like a Disney Land ride. In much better shape than I expected for a course in such an infancy.

The Bad: While it’s an expected spectacle given the price tag of $325, it’s still overpriced for an inland golf course. The Par-4’s are mostly straightaway and tend to blend in together throughout the round. Given how new the course is, the driving range specific to Payne’s Valley is not yet completed. In order to warm up, we had to take a 10-minute detour to the Ozarks National practice facility. A 5-hour experience.

The Verdict: Tiger Woods continues to show off his design flair (which significant influence from Beau Welling, formerly of Fazio fame) with a course that is fun, awe-inspiring, and in perfect shape. One of the best golf experiences I’ve ever had, even if severely lightens the wallet.

Best Hole: The Par-5 4th hole has the most severe elevation change from tee-to-green, as well as a beautiful water feature both in-front and left of the huge, thin green. One of the better Par-5’s in all of Branson.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Handicap 5-9
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Great for Buddies Trip

Besides the round taking 6 hours.... my buddies and I had a great time. Fairways are quite wide, similar to that of Mammoth Dunes at Sand Valley. Can putt from anywhere. Marshals did a terrible job of keeping people on pace. Should not have taken 6 hours to play.... 19th hole is by far one of the coolest/if not THE coolest golf hole in the United States. Roughly 140yards out, make sure you pick the right club! Small landing pad! We did have a great time, but pace of play was atrocious. Hopefully this is something that can be fixed in the months & years to come.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Great course. Staff is clueless.

First time playing Payne’s Valley. Not another course I’ve played like it in the world. Great layout. Not a hard course from the right tees. Great shape. Pace of play ridiculously slow. Never picked up. But the staff is clueless how to run a golf course. Actually it’s easy to believe none of them play golf. The starter and the pro shop staff didn’t even know if it was cart path only or whether it was open. Our frost delay seemed like it was a sudden and unthinkable natural tragedy. No one knew how to handle it. The starter didn’t have a radio to the driving range that is almost a mile away. Couldn’t call people to the tee. And at the range they had almost a hundred yards available on the practice tee open and yet had only 8 stalls open with 40+ golfers waiting to warm up for two golf courses. Then they ran out of balls. Obviously. And no one was around to refill or direct traffic. In sum the management is awful. The course is great.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
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3.0
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Perfect weather
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The course is beautiful. Tried to make tee time online couldn't do it. Website wouldn't let me. Spent an hour on phone just to make tee time. Then got email confirmation saying I didn't have tee time. Had to call again and finally got email confirmation. The staff were not helpful. When you arrive there was nobody to help unload bags. The guy at the door told me to unload the bags over there and just pointed where to put them. Went to pay and you have to download a QR reader app to sign liability waiver. I asked if I could just sign a piece of paper and lady behind the counter told me that this was the modern era and no I could not. My friend I was playing with didn't have one on his phone so had to go through process of downloading it for him to play.. Had to park about 300 yards down hill which was where the carts were located but then had to walk back to the clubhouse only to end up waiting for a cart. Starter finally came to get us(4some). Asked if we had carts. Told him we did not. He brought one in which the batteries were dead. Then gets a cart which had been used and not cleaned and not recharged. Cart died at end of round. Restaurant closed before every one was finished playing with no other facilities close. The course was ok but service was nonexistent. Wouldn't go back. Heard multiple people with similar complaints.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 544
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
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Tiger sets a high bar at Payne's Valley

Tiger might not get a better piece of land or a better owner to work for than his first public effort in the United States. Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops who owns Big Cedar Lodge, gave Woods the budget to create an epic 19-hole experience in the Ozarks. You read that right. This is an experience, not just a round of golf.
The fairways are as wide as humanly possible, allowing golfers to swing away. It's his green complexes and elevation changes that defend par. The water features at the par-5 4th, par-3 10th, par-5 18th and par-3 19th are stunning. They don't feel like gimmicky, Trump-made waterfalls. They at least fit into the natural terrain, falling off of rocks that characterize the region.
The 19th hole, a 137-yard par 3 to an island green, will be the highlight of the round, followed by the wild cart ride along the cliffs back to the hilltop clubhouse.
Famous Dave's does a nice job serving quality food in the clubhouse. All in all, a day you won't forget.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Best Course in MO!

Quite honestly the best course in Missouri public or private and the best course I personally have played. We were fortunate enough to play here during preview play and the conditions of the course and views are simply stunning. Wide fairways make it very player friendly as well. Amazing course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/20/2020

Everyone has an opinion and my opinion is it's not even the best course on this road. Buffalo Ridge is a better layout, better scenery and better value at almost half the price.

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Used cart

Tiger's first public effort aims to please

I played the 13-hole preview loop of Payne's Valley on a gorgeous early-August morning. I must say, the setting of the clubhouse at the top of the mountain and overlooking both the Mountain Top par-3 course and Payne's Valley is absolutely mesmerizing. It is one of the best bag drop locations I've ever seen.

If you want to hit balls, you'll have to take a short cart ride to the excellent practice facility at Ozarks National, so allow a few extra minutes to get there.

The opening tee shot at Payne's Valley is similarly breathtaking: a long but straight and downhill par 4 with a beautiful valley view beyond.

Tiger's design is wide, gently shaped and has more downhill shots than up. Compared to nextdoor Ozarks National, which I played later that afternoon, there are wider landing zones and fewer elevated greens. I suspect Big Cedar's Johnny Morris and Tiger decided to build something more player-friendly that Big Cedar's other two full-length courses.

The whole layout feels rather comfortable. Views are surreal at all times. I'd recommend playing Payne's first before moving up to Buffalo Ridge and Ozarks National on your Big Cedar golf trip.

Conditions Good
Layout Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course, but only 13 holes open, so green fees are too expensive

The course only has 13 holes open and heavy construction. It does not have a driving range so you have to take golf cart across road to use Osage National driving range. Expensive green fees, but course is in great shape with great views.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 108
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Missouri Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Not Quite Finished...

Got to play this in November as "preview play" (only played the 11 holes that were finished but heard they opened up 14 holes a few weeks later. This will be Tiger Wood's first public course with TGR design. It is expected to fully open in spring/summer of 2020. Being one of the first to play the course, it was of course immaculate. Had some fun holes as well. Was very windy the day we played. Excited to get back out and try it once it's open. An added bonus will be the 19th hole "the rock" which will be a little par three built into the side of a rock ledge you play on the way back up the ledge to the clubhouse. Just from playing the 11 holes my ranking for the three 18 hole courses on the premises are in order, Buffalo Ridge, Payne's Valley, and then Ozark National.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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