Buffalo Ridge Springs Course

Buffalo Ridge Springs Course

Location: Branson/Hollister

Address: 1001 Branson Creek Blvd., Hollister, MO 65672

Phone: (417) 339-5430

Type: Public

Holes: 18

Par: 71

Quality/Cost Ratio (1 -10): 9

Course Condition: 9.5

Difficulty: 8.5

Fairway Grass: Zoysia

Green Type: Cato-Crenshaw Bentgrass

Rough: Short

Stimpmeter: 9

Club House: Think ski lodge

Walkability: n/a

Slope: 113 to 130

Yardage: 5,032 to 7,036

Overall Rating (1 to 5):


Comments: I love this course! Buffalo Ridge is my new favorite course in Missouri, public or private. This course is simply spectacular. The Ozark Mountains apparently make an excellent canvass for creating golf course masterpieces and Buffalo Ridge is the Mona Lisa of Missouri golf courses. The views are stunning and every detail was considered when designing and maintaining this course. The current owner of the course is Johnny Morris, the $4 billion founder of Bass Pro Shops. He obviously has the money to do everything first class and he spared no expense with Buffalo Ridge. Formerly Branson Creek, Buffalo Ridge is a very playable course with challenges lurking everywhere. It seems like the course is 90% sand traps, considering the amount of time I spent in the bunkers, but if you can navigate around the hundreds of these little miniature Sahara Deserts and the plethora of lakes, creeks, waterfalls, etc. you can score fairly well. The wide and lush fairways are fairly forgiving and there are not a ton of OB’s. They warned me beforehand that they had just aerated the greens but they still putted fairly true and were pretty darned fast. I actually loved the greens and can’t wait to play them again next year when they should be even faster. I have never been to Branson and broke out in a rash when driving down Main Street, but it is definitely worth the drive (even if you have to fight the Presleys' Country Jubilee and Andy Williams traffic) if you have the opportunity to play Buffalo Ridge Springs.

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