190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, Missouri 65739, US
(800) 225-6343
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About Big Cedar Lodge

Set in the Ozarks near the entertainment mecca of Branson, Missouri is Big Cedar Lodge, a 4,600-acre natural playground owned by Bass Pro Shops Founder and Ozarks native Johnny Morris. Since originally opening as a small riverfront resort in the 1920s, today Big Cedar Lodge is one of the largest U.S. golf resorts with three regulation-length courses, two short courses, a remarkable driving range and putting course (as well as mini golf). Morris has amassed a legendary group of golfers to design his golf product: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, Gary Player, and Tiger Woods. Morris also acquired an 18-hole course originally designed by Tom Fazio. The resort overlooks Table Rock Lake and has a marina as well as a variety of outdoor activities to choose from including shooting, fishing, horseback riding and much more. There is a kids adventure club and plenty of things for the family to do outside, including pickleball and six swimming pools and hot tubs. Accommodations range from guest rooms and suites to cabins and glamping. New in 2021 are the remodeled Angler's Lodge and the new 1- to 4-bedroom Buffalo Ridge cottages overlooking Payne's Valley, the new course by Woods. Missouri's Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock facilities have made the Ozarks of southeast Missouri one of the country's most coveted golf escapes.

Facts

Price Range$$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres4600
Year Opened1921
Number of Units100-300

Amenities

RestaurantsBar, Fine, Casual
Room TypesRoom, Suite
Short CourseYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
MarinaYes
Beach AccessYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Big Cedar Lodge

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5.0
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Previously Played

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
Played On
Reviews 168
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Buffalo Ridge GC - Tom Fazio's Fantastic Feat is Still Branson's Best

The Good: While the newer Big Cedar courses have received a lot of the buzz, Tom Fazio’s Buffalo Ridge (formerly known as Branson Creek) is arguably the most complete golf course at the entire resort. More turbulent terrain compared to Payne’s Valley and more picturesque compared to Ozarks National, it has a playability and fun-factor that is unmatched in the Branson, Missouri area. Unfortunately, I was only able to play 9-holes due to heat stroke, but the holes I played (#1-#7 & #17-#18) were spectacular. Superb Par-5’s, excellent Par-4 variety, and multiple “grab your camera” Par-3’s. Significant elevation changes yet subtle, challenging green complexes that are in perfect shape. One of the most beautiful practice areas and driving ranges you’ll find, as well as a full-stocked clubhouse with a rustic barn feel to it. The staff was incredible in dealing with my nonsense, providing me free Gatorade, and ensuring that I still had a positive experience despite my illness. Easily the best value of the five Big Cedar courses.

The Bad: The clubhouse doesn’t have a full restaurant and bar, which is a bit of a downer compared to the other course’s excellent amenities. The course paired us up with a single (who happened to be a member) during our golf trip. The gentleman was fantastic, but we felt it was a slight infringement for our golf trip group.

The Verdict: Buffalo Ridge, to our group’s surprise, was the consensus best course at Big Cedar and a Top 10 public course that I’ve played of roughly 400 public courses in my lifetime portfolio. I only wish that I was able to play all 18 holes. An absolutely first-rate, classy experience without the “break the bank” price tag.

Best Hole: Of the holes that I played, the finale is a super Par-5 that the same design features of the Par-5 18th at Pebble Beach (obviously with no ocean view). A drive must avoid the rock cropping right of the fairway and then navigate huge bunkers and hazards left of the green. An awesome capper to a great round!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 168
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Ozarks National - Another Firm, Fast & Fun Coore & Crenshaw Masterpiece

The Good: Ozarks National, another wizardly fun design from Coore & Crenshaw, is an excellent addition to the Big Cedar golf portfolio that is quickly becoming one of the best golf resorts in not just the Midwest, but the entire country. While not as flashy as Ozarks National nor as beautiful as Buffalo Ridge, it may be the best design of any course in the area. Wide, expansive fairways jet in strategically with tons of large, rugged sand traps and the green complexes are the most severe of any at the resort. Best compilation of Par-3’s in the greater Branson area, excellent Par-4 variety, and a couple awesome Par-5’s. Superbly conditioned considering it’s just a toddler learning to walk, it also possesses a modest practice area and very nice clubhouse area with full outdoor restaurant and bar. Nice halfway house and GPS on carts is nice touch.

The Bad: A very strategic golf course, yet it lacks the pizzazz of the other Big Cedar regulation courses. Overpriced at $250 during peak season. The staff was nice but weren’t quite as on their game compared to the other Big Cedar courses.

The Verdict: Ozarks National is the third best overall experience at the resort, but it’s the best routing and natural use of the land. A Top 10 Midwest public golf course that I’ve played.

Best Hole: The mid-length Par-3 8th is one of the most understated holes of the entire Big Cedar complex. An extremely large, yet challenging green complex is guarded by deep sand traps short.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 168
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
First Time Playing
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
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course Not Designed for Cart Paths Only!

This is the second time I have played this course. The first time was 3 yrs ago when it had just opened. It rained before we played so cart path only was expected. The problem is that this course is absolutely not designed for cart paths only. The fairways are huge so the walks are LONG! And, there are many places where you cannot see over a hill, and it's too far to walk up and back to know what trouble may lie ahead. These courses overdo the cart path only thing. It wasn't that wet, but there were some bad spots. They could have had 5 or 6 holes as CPO, or use the 90 degree rule. Sure they are protecting the course, but what about the golfers who drive many miles to get to Branson and pay premium prices to play these courses. No consideration is given to the quality of the experience. I can't really rate the course because I have never played it yet under "normal" conditions. And, we were receiving messages from the clubhouse constantly advising us how far behind the pace of play we were. Give me a break! Poor golf experience...again! I honestly can't imagine going back, an I certainly couldn't recommend this course to anyone.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Mixed Bag

Course Condition was as good as public gets. Play was slow, but exactly as advertised. Greens are HUGE and fast so time on greens will take more than normal. 2 biggest disappointments were GPS in carts were very inaccurate. Consistently off by 10-20 yards. We completely stopped using them by hole 4-5 and used range finder or phone apps. Just frustrating when you spend 250 and the GPS is wrong. Our GPS watches did not synced to the course either. We did finally find a phone app that had the course registered. In the parking lot, the kid helping us even said oh yea the GPS yardage is wrong. Fix them, turn them off, or at the very least tell us. We just over paid $250 to play and you don't have the professionalism to warn us about the GPS. Ruined our first 4-5 holes. Course was beautiful and the condition was just as beautiful, but I don't think I would ever pay $250 to play it again. It isn't in that category.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best Course by Far at Big Cedar Lodge

Out of the 3 18 hole courses you can play at Big Cedar (Paynes Valley, Ozark National, Buffalo Ridge Springs)... Buffalo Ridge is THE BEST. Out of the 3 courses... I'd play Buffalo Ridge 8 times, Ozark National once and Paynes Valley once. Buffalo Ridge by far the best at Big Cedar. 110% recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

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
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens weren't the best

Greens were recently aerated so we did get a better rate than originally had thought. Coore/Crenshaw classic. Greens were only down side of playing at Ozark National.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Amazing

First time playing this course and it did not disappoint. A challenging par 3 course with fantastic views. Surprisingly there wasn’t many people playing the course so we could really soak in the views and admire the course. I highly recommend playing if you are staying at big cedar.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great par 3 Course!

First time playing at big cedar, and it didn’t disappoint. Very walkable course with some nice scenic views. The course set up was nice and the staff was friendly and helpful. Will definitely try to play again in the future. It was first weekend of it being open so the course needed a little work, but still in good shape for the time of year.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 262
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Ozark National is straight out of the Coore/Crenshaw playbook: wide playing corridors, ample slopes to funnel balls toward greens and pins, short par 4s and reachable par 5s.

Caught this place on a cold day and it rained the final five holes, which was disappointing. Would definitely like to play it in-season when it is greened up, but the place still played firm and fast.

Played the gold tees, which are ~6,600 yards. From there, the par 5s, except for No. 9 were all reachable, offering up opportunities to gain a stroke back from par.

The par 3s provide two similar length holes, one super-short one and the beastly 200+-yard 12th, which boasts the largest green on the property. Of note, the tree that provided some visual discomfort on No. 2 is no longer there.

The greens were impeccable. So pure.

I paired this course with Buffalo Ridge Springs the day before and the contrast the two courses provide are discerning. ON allows for more creativity, while BRS asks for more precise shots.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 262
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Not hard to realize post-round why this Big Cedar property has consistently been ranked as Missouri’s top-rated public course for years. That perch may be threatened by the recent emergence of Ozarks National and Payne’s Valley to the fold, but Tom Fazio has made sure Buffalo Ridge Springs will always have a seat at that table.

Fazio blends dramatic elevation change (primarily off the tee box) with stunning natural table rock formations and deceptive green complexes to make this course a formidable challenge.

The first thing you encounter walking from the parking lot is the expansive, panoramic views despite not being at the highest point of the property (Payne’s Valley’s clubhouse that it shares with Gary Player’s Mountaintop 13-hole short course lays claim to that).

The fairways were dormant and thin, so ball-striking can be an issue this time of year. The bent grass greens, however, were as pure as you can find anywhere. I mentioned the deceptive nature of them. I would highly recommend taking a look at putts, and perhaps green side chips, from behind your ball, as well as the hole. Numerous times I was unclear about break until confirming from the other side of the hole. This might keep you from looking silly on lag putts. Beware of numerous false fronts as well. The pin placements I encountered today seemed to bring all of them into play. And I paid the price. None more so than the par-5 14th, which may be the best hole on the property. It certainly is one of my favorite that I’ve played in my travels. Played a good drive and textbook layup, only to have my wedge spin off the front of the green and make bogey.

Finally, there are some nuances that make this course stand out from most. Live buffalo herd in the pasture adjoining the first fairway. And the tips tee markers are buffalo skulls. Additionally, there are several covered bridges connecting the cart path. Pretty unique.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Would Have Been Better with Better Weather

Played the course today with my wife, and I will preface that the weather was a challenge for playing golf at all. with wind gusts of 30-40 MPH it made the experience a little rough. The course was in good shape for November, the fairways were cut very short and the ground was hard.
the greens were true and fast,and the layout was good. We were a little disappointed that the first experience was that of pulling up to a tent and then driving through construction to get to the "clubhouse". The range was nice and the starter was able to get us off early which was good since the weather turned cold and rainy on 17. I would like to play the course again when the weather is nice. My advice would be if it is supposed to be windy, and or cold, I would pass on this course for the 300 dollars that we spent, there could have been a much more enjoyable experience in the area. Will try again when the weather is good. Free Hot Dogs and snacks at the turn was nice however.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

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
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Was expecting more.

Parking and cart pickup was at a temporary tent a distance from the clubhouse. Staff was friendly and the range was nice. Would have liked to have been told about the practice area for bunker shots but not a big deal. The clubhouse is quite small with only one bathroom. Unfortunately it was cart path only, although it wasn’t wet. It made for a rather lengthy round and was difficult to locate the ball occasionally.
The course design left a lot to be desired. There were too many blind shots, and many holes weren’t shaped well. I think if you played the course a few times it would be better. I was disappointed in the condition of the fairways. They were thin in many areas. Over time this will likely improve as the course matures.
I have played Buffalo Ridge and it is a much better design, and actually more picturesque. I would prefer it and Payne’s Valley.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very challenging, scenic track

This is one of the 3 destination courses at Big Cedar Lodge. Lots of construction going on in area due to proximity to Payne’s Valley, the new Woods designed course. Very long course with big elevation changes and blind shots, particularly off the tee (makes it hard on first timers). Fairways are wide and with good reason - if you are in the rough, you are dead. Pros - Staff were very friendly and very accommodating. Tee boxes and fairways were in excellent shape. From a scenery standpoint, very tough to beat this course (will be even better when construction on Payne’s Valley And surrounding area is complete). Cons - Pace of play was really bad, largely due to Course allowing 5 somes in October. You just cannot do that in October in my opinion, especially when players paying a premium to play your course. If you put a target stick in the middle of a fairway of a blind tee shot with instructions to hit at the stick, the advice needs to be solid, and it isn’t on at least two tee boxes. Greens in only fair condition, largely due to unrepaired ball marks. The driving range is great, but the clubhouse only has one bathroom which is a little odd. All in all, glad I played it and would do so again if rate was a little more reasonable. If you are asking mid to low $200s for a round in MO, should be close to a perfect course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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
Played On
Reviews 539
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

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
Played On
Reviews 539
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Tight compared to its sister courses

Tom Fazio's redesign of the old Branson Creek course set the golf boom ablaze at Big Cedar Lodge. Visitors are greeted at the clubhouse with sweeping views of the Ozarks. Real buffalo roam along the left side of the first fairway. It's quite the scene.
Buffalo Ridge Springs probably ranks as the hardest and most narrow course at the resort. It's loaded with twisting fairways guarded by scenic water features. It's a glorious cart ride from start to finish. If you can finish with one ball, you've played some stellar golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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