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PGA Tour Champions and legendary players set to compete in the burgeoning golf destination

Back-to-back professional tournaments to be played at Ozarks National and Buffalo Ridge

BRANSON, MISSOURI, August 13, 2020 – Branson Golf continues its place at the epicenter of thriving U.S. golf destinations this month, when the PGA TOUR Champions hold two tournaments at Big Cedar Lodge. These marquee events continue Branson’s ascension as one of America’s fastest-growing and most-compelling places to play the grand game.

The 8th hole at Ozarks National Golf Course
The 8th hole at Ozarks National

The Charles Schwab Series at Bass Pro Shops’ Big Cedar Lodge will feature back-to-back 54-hole tournaments played over a nine-day period, each event carrying a $3 million purse and televised globally on GOLF Channel. The Charles Schwab Series at Buffalo Ridge will take place Aug. 19-21 at the Buffalo Ridge Course, with the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National to follow on Aug. 24-26.

Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Steve Stricker, John Daly, and Vijay Singh are some of the icons scheduled to compete in the tournaments.

The venues represent two of the five exceptional golf courses at Big Cedar Lodge, which has been “Home of the Legends” after previously hosting the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf from 2014 through 2019.

“Branson and Big Cedar Lodge are an ideal destination for the PGA Champions Tour legends to play,” said Lynn Berry, Branson CVB Director of Communications. “As the Legends of Golf showed, Big Cedar courses provide the world’s greatest players with thrilling courses worthy of testing their first-class games.”

Big Cedar’s five courses join five other Branson courses in comprising a diverse yet complementary collection of courses, all near one another, and all open to the public. Four of the 10 courses – Ozarks National, Buffalo Ridge, Branson Hills and LedgeStone – are rated in Missouri’s Top 10, including capturing the top three places. Further, Ozarks National and Buffalo Ridge were rated among America’s 100 Best Public Courses, a rare distinction considering there are roughly 13,500 public courses.

“We hope everyone watches the PGA TOUR Champions tournaments on Golf Channel, because they’ll see how spectacular the courses are,” said Berry. “They’ll be inspired to come play golf in Branson, and we’re ready to welcome them with several months of great golf weather remaining.”

See below for a complete list of Branson Golf courses, or visit or

Branson Golf
Branson Hills Golf Club, 417.337.2963
Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course, 800.225.6343
Mountain Top Course, 800.225.6343
LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village, 417.335.8187
Ozarks National, 800.225.6343
Payne’s Valley, 800.225.6343
The Pointe, 417.334.4477
Top of the Rock Golf Course, 800.225.6343
Thousand Hills Golf Resort, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553
Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club, 417.334.4838

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