Golf News – February 5, 2020

Ozarks Oasis Welcomes New Tiger Woods’ Course, Payne’s Valley

BRANSON, MO – Much beloved for its live entertainment, welcoming atmosphere, and dozens of leisure attractions, Branson is increasingly becoming known as one of America’s best golf destinations.

Located 20 minutes from the Arkansas border in southwest Missouri, Branson has added several new golf courses in the recent past, including three in the past three years. There are now 10 diverse yet complementary courses that golfers can choose from, all are open to the public and close to one another.

The newest course to debut may be the most exciting yet. Named Payne’s Valley, it’s an 18-hole championship course paying homage to Payne Stewart, the legendary former PGA TOUR player who grew up in nearby Springfield, Mo.

Designed by Tiger Woods and his golf architecture company, TGR Design, in tandem with Big Cedar Lodge and Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris, Payne’s Valley features an extra hole for settling bets that is called the “Big Rock at Payne’s Valley™.”

The sprawling, pristine layout will open 13 holes for play on March 6, with a $195 greens fee. The remaining holes are expected to be ready for play this summer, when a Grand Opening will herald their completion.

Based on media visitor reviews thus far (10 holes were open for preview play last fall), Payne’s Valley is an outstanding layout that caters to the best players as well as those less skilled. The course design features a wide variety of hole types, undulating terrain, Ozarks beauty, immaculate conditions, and the ability to play the ball along the ground virtually throughout (minimal forced carries).

That Payne’s Valley has garnered early critical acclaim should not come as a surprise given that most Branson Golf courses have garnered “best-in-kind” ratings by local and national media. In addition to Payne’s Valley, Branson Golf courses include Buffalo Ridge Springs (Tom Fazio/Johnny Morris), Branson Hills (Chuck Smith/Bobby Clampett), Ozarks National (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw), LedgeStone (Tom Clark), Top of the Rock (Jack Nicklaus), Mountain Top (Gary Player), Thousand Hills (Bob Cupp), The Pointe, and Holiday Hills.

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Texas’ Hidden Gem Golf Destination: Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

BEORNE, TX – Designed by renowned golf course architect Tripp Davis, players of all levels can enjoy the challenges and views the property’s Resort Course offers. Surrounded by live oak trees, the course rolls through Texas Hill Country providing incredible views and unique design. Recently acknowledged as “#1 most improved public course in the nation” by Golf Inc. Magazine, the property also offers several lessons and clinics taught by onsite trained PGA golf professionals tailored to all levels.

Officially debuted in August 2019, the resort’s newest addition of the Clubhouse is the ideal pre and post-golf ultimate hangout, with views of the resort’s courses. Golfers can refuel with delicious fare at La Cascada Table & Bar at the Clubhouse serving up delicious Texan-inspired fare as well as custom-crafted cocktails including George Strait’s iconic Código 1530 Tequila, local brews on tap, and wines by the bottle or glass. Designed by Nunzio Marc DeSantis Architects in Dallas, the space serves as a communal gathering place and features 4,000 of meetings and corporate event space, as well as a state of the art fitness center.

For golfers looking extend their stay and enjoy the many fruits of George Strait’s rustic retreat, guests can book at Stay More Play More Golf package opting for a two-night stay with 15% off or a three-night stay with get 25% off plus a round of golf per adult.

Located on 220 acres of rolling hills, wildflowers and limestone cliffs in the heart of Hill Country, Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort, sets an inviting scene for every generation with a wide array of onsite offerings and facilities designed to appeal to both leisure and business travelers. The resort welcomes guests with 111 guestrooms and suites that boast expansive views of the surrounding hill country, an adult swimming pool and resort pool, a year-round restaurant and lounge, seasonal Pool Bar and Grill, an 18-hole championship golf course, Club membership opportunities, and a spa complete with a salt cave. Key to the resort experience is its new Clubhouse, set to open in October 2019. Designed with inspiration from the surrounding Hill Country beauty and built to replace a previous facility that was lost in a fire in November 2017, the new Clubhouse will serve as a hub for relaxation, respite and reconnection for locals and travelers alike.

Visit Tapatio Springs Resort here:

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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