Missouri Golf Courses - Recent Reviews
Indian Tree Golf Course is a few miles east of Crane, MO, which is deep in rural Missouri, equally distanced from Springfield and Branson. Crane has a population of 1,425. So, Indian Tree doesn’t have huge population base from which to draw. Nevertheless, the course is relatively well manicured and groomed. It currently has only 15 holes but has plans for the additional 3 holes. The course is mostly open but the medium-sized greens and zoysia fairways are protected by large and, at times, deep traps. The back 6 holes are much hillier than the front and has some interesting holes. The wide concrete cart paths provide easy navigation around the course. While we rated Indian Tree as 2.5 balls out of 5, if it were a full 18 the rating would be higher. All in all, Indian Tree offers a nice golfing experience to rural residents of SW Missouri.
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Princeton Country Club in Princeton, MO is a 9-hole, par 36 sand green course. It is not a great course but it is the only game in town and for over 30 miles. There is nothing very special about the course, except the one non-sand green. I saw it from a distance and thought it was a mirage. It wasn’t until I was almost standing on it that I realized that it was green astro-turf. That was a first for me. If you do want to play the course be very careful about the address. My GPS took me to about 10 miles away down a dead-end gravel road.
Address: 1250 Golf Club Dr, Hollister, MO 65672
Phone: (417) 339-5420
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After playing Buffalo Ridge a few years ago, I thought I had played the best course in Missouri. And, at the time, I had – but things change. Johnny Morris, the billionaire visionary behind the Bass Pro Shops juggernaut (and Buffalo Ridge), has outdone himself with the creation of Payne’s Valley Golf Course. Payne’s Valley pays homage to Ozarks-native and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Payne Stewart. It is the first public-access golf course designed by Tiger Woods and his golf course design firm, TGR Design.
By itself, PV would certainly be in the top 5 courses in the state but, what sets it apart from the rest of the field are all of the extras. Payne’s Valley is a cross between a world-class golf course, the log ride at 6 Flags and the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde. PV is more than a golf course; it also offers guests a unique experience they will not find at any other course in the state or, quite possibly, the country. When you finish your round at PV, you leave with a sense of excitement; like you feel after attending the Cardinals winning game 1 of the World Series.