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Branson (Missouri) Golf and Big Cedar Lodge enhance top destination status in 2021

New luxury cottages add superb lodging options; Bolster 10 award-winning courses

BRANSON, MISSOURI, July 8, 2021 – Long appreciated as one of the best vacation destinations in America, thanks to dozens of live entertainment theaters, three lakes, countless family-friendly attractions, and easy access for one-third of the country, Branson continues its climb to the top of the finest golf destinations in the U.S.

The Ozarks oasis in southwest Missouri near the Arkansas border has the global golf industry paying keen attention to it due to a seemingly endless parade of new and enhanced courses and amenities that have debuted in the recent past.

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The latest additions are the Cottages at Buffalo Ridge. Perched above Payne’s Valley – Tiger Woods’ only open public course design in North America (this is its first full season) – they are amenities of Big Cedar Lodge and its five acclaimed golf courses. They are sumptuously appointed in a style best defined as rustic natural luxury.

The timing is ideal for these golf cottages to open. The sport has been white-hot since the pandemic began, and no place has been hotter than Branson and Big Cedar. Both had record years in 2020, and 2021 has continued their ascent. The cottages are located by several of the destination’s acclaimed golf courses, a much-desired component that traveling golfers covet.

Running from one to four bedrooms, each bedroom has its own private bathroom. Bathrooms have large walk-in showers and often oversized soaking tubs. One-bedroom cottages have kitchenettes, while larger units have full kitchens and living rooms. All have wood burning, hand built, river rock fireplaces and expansive decks with amazing views and gas grills.

The cottages have lockers for sets of clubs near their entryways, a unique touch that adds to the golf experience. Exposed wood beams, hand-hammered copper, and handsome leather furniture abounds throughout the units. While any of them are ideal for two or more golfers, couples, or friends, the pinnacle is “John’s Cabin,” named for resort owner and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. With extremely high ceilings, the four-bedroom masterpiece has a commercial-style kitchen, large bar, immense patio, a plunge pool, and a private putting green.

Better yet, there are two more John’s Cabins opening August 1. Both are located below the other cottages, near the tee of Payne’s Valley’s signature 19th hole – “The Big Rock.” The otherworldly hole features an island green surrounded by towering limestone formations and waterfalls cascading down them.

While Payne’s Valley has astounded the golf universe, the destination’s other nine courses combine with it to make Branson a perfect location for traveling golfers given the diverse yet complementary playing options. In addition to Payne’s Valley, Branson 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.

“Branson provides a first-class collection of golf courses,” said Lynn Berry, Branson CVB Director of Communications. “Adding Big Cedar’s luxury cottages makes the golf destination instantly better.”

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

About Explore Branson
Branson is a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination nestled in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains — and an incredible value — with dozens of live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, a Historic Downtown district, a Town Center-style shopping complex, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts, RV parks, campgrounds and sports, meeting and conference facilities. Branson is less than one day's drive for one-third of America’s residents. With low-cost flights to the Branson Airport (BKG and nearby Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), it has never been easier to access Branson. Call 1-800-296-0463 for help planning your next vacation, sports event, convention or reunion. See more at:

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