Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course

4.4247000000 4.4 stars from 5 (73)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7036 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 73.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate attire is required. Denim is not allowed. Gentlemen must wear shirts with collars and sleeves. Mock golf shirts are acceptable. Appropriate fashion tops for women

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 7036 yards 73.4 130
Gold 71 6628 yards 71.4 127
Bronze 71 6232 yards 69.3 125
Silver 71 5883 yards 67.5 123
Silver (W) 71 5883 yards 73.2 131
Red (W) 71 5032 yards 69.0 119
Red 71 5032 yards 63.8 113

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 73 Reviews
5 stars:
40
4 stars:
28
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

69 out of 72 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Great for wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes  

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"Watch out for Buffalos"


Mark2937239's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

This was my 1st time playing since Bass Pro/Big Cedar had taken over the course. They have turned it into a Outdoorsmans golf resort. The details are fantastic. There are numerous covered bridges blended into the rolling hills of Southwest Missouri. I didn't see them but I hear there are buffalo roaming on the range :-)

Today the wind was gusting up to 20 mph so the course [from the tips] played very difficult but I managed to post a 77 thanks to a hole out and my trusty Swing by Swing GPS app.

The daily rate during the week is going to be close to $150 but I played at the Fall rate of $65... it's well worth the play at that rate... or even at $150.

Go check it out.

Note: this is an un-walkable course :-(


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


u000004193934's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2016
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I really liked the course. Generous landing area on most holes. Greens in great shape. Keep ball in the fairway and you will enjoy this course. Didn't see any Buffalo at this time of year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Love this course"


abguffey1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The course was in fantastic shape but I had to knock the rating down a star due to the slow greens and the fact that they only the first 3 sets of tees available. Kind of disheartening to find out that you just drove 250 miles and paid $100 to play a course that only gives you the option to play a 7000 yd course at 6200 yds or shorter. Either way we still enjoyed the course and it was very challenging even at that short length. The course views are spectacular and the condition of the course was great. Next time I will ask about the course set up when making the tee time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging Golf Course"


Handicapman88's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2016
First time playing Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

If you are in the Branson Mo, area, you have to stop by and play the Buffalo Ridge. The staff at Buffalo Ridge are some of the friendlies staff I have meet.

Our starter, Mike, was so helpful by giving us tips on each of the holes.

Hole 7 par 3 call the Intimidator maybe one of the hardest I have played.

The Scene is beautiful, nice covered bridges , water ways,etc

I am looking forward to coming back in the fall to play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course, challenging & great value"


u5563298's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

First off, I played the course twice, these last two afternoons in a row, wow what a value, $100. Super practice facility, great quality range balls, not a muni bone in its body. The course, reminded me of a really cool well designed inland California course, tracking along creeks, across drop offs and mind blowing down hill open vista type par 4 & 5's, especially on the back nine.

Typical of a Fazio course, Some of the holes have false fronts on the greens, especially the elevated greens. I'm not a fan of this design feature, in my opinion. But Fazio gets the max best routing for the layout as a rule from a a property tract, he did it here too!

Maybe a few of the fairways on the front nine need some aeration and sanding, turf seems sparse and ground hard. Having said that, there was no roll, played the fairly back tees, fairways grass was cut a longer length and conditions were really wet from recent heavy rains . I thought the bent grass greens were super nice! All the staff I met was very pleasant and friendly.

The rough & off the fairway on most very hole was ferocious, heavy, high and really very unforgiving, lost ball peril. Must be impossible for a local charity scramble. Beginners & folks who spray the ball will be forever looking for lost balls.

I'm a ardent walker and always carry my own walking bag, only 12 clubs. No way you can walk this course. Distance between holes will eat your lunch. Get a cart!

I'm coming back , loved it overall !!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"beautiful course"


francosky's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape, views were unbelievable, and it was absolutely a joy to play this course. Will definitely come back to play here if I am in this area again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fazio design receiving the Big Cedar, Morris golden touch"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2015
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

You can tell work is still underway at Buffalo Ridge Springs (formerly Branson Creek). While this Tom Fazio design has always been considered one of the best courses in the Branson area, Johnny Morris, owner of Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock, has been busy squeezing every ounce of potential out of the property. New facilities and some enhancements to the course have been ongoing, and there's currently one temporary hole as the par-4 4th is re-graded and grassed.

I have little doubt that when the enhancements are complete, this will be a five-star facility through and through. For now, it's a four-star with a lot of five-star touches, from covered bridges and a wonderful comfort station on the front nine to a smattering of waterfalls, roaming buffalo and some really exciting downhill tee shots with fabulous, expansive views.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Under Repair"


fromthisdesk's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The course has the opportunity to be a four or even five star course but it is in the midst of a major renovation. We were told that the course was open so we played it expecting the renovations to be complete. Nope. Full price @ $100 each for a course under repair. Not a word from the staff prior to playing so it was disappointing to see construction personnel on every hole and playing from temporary tees.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Excellent layout in the beautiful Ozark mountains."


u000008000973's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Ozarks were in near full bloom with fall foliage making the course one of the most picturesque I've played. The course was challenging yet forgiving, if your ball didn't stray too far from the fairway. The bent grass greens were very fast and well maintained adding to the challenge. I would recommend this course to all regardless of skill set.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very nice course, but with some challenges"


Gareldb's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was our first time playing this course and we were very pleased with the conditions considering the time of year. The variety of tees made it possible to find something to match most any handicap. The greens were a bit tough to read and hard but the fairways were pretty open which made for an interesting round. The pace of play was quite good until midway through the back nine when slow play by a group several foursomes ahead of us had things pretty well backed up. No course marshall to help speed up play. They say you can walk this course but I can't imagine why. It is pretty spread out and walkers couldn't possibly maintain a reasonable pace of play. We will definitely be back as this was the nicest course we have played so far in the Branson area.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Outstanding layout! Beautiful scenery! Good, true greens."


Jackal22's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We thoroughly enjoyed the layout and scenery. The greens were nicely fast enough and true. Some tee areas were shoddy. The rough is too difficult--first cut needs to be shorter. We lost balls in the first cut twice. Yardages were difficult-- you need either more distance markers or, preferably, GPS on the carts. Standard 100, 150 and 200 yd markers were not evident; however, although courses of this caliber do not have to have them, they would be very helpful to the average visiting golfer.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Beautiful, yet challenging course."


lnlandersjr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/9/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This Ozark Mountain course was a joy to play. As long as the ball was in the fairway, the zoysia grass allowed absolutely no bad lies. However, if the ball strayed into the bermuda rough, it would sink to the bottom and could be lost within a few feet of the fairway. The bent grass greens were large with nice contours. They were quick, yet incoming shots checked up nicely.

Playing the course was like playing in a marketing guide. The vistas were breath-taking. The greens were well-framed. I only experienced two blind tee shots while playing from the "copper" tees (the middle of five sets of tees).

The course felt almost empty even though there were quite a few folks, both male and female, on the course.

This was, without a doubt, one of the finest courses I've ever played.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Enjoyed the day here, it is a great golf course."


JeffreyMBill's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the blue tee's here at 6600 yards, seemed shorter due to the downhill shots. This course is wider than Payne Stewart but still very challenging. Many places to enjoy the view while you play. Greens were soft and fairways semi soft the day we played. Watch out for the wildlife, lots of deer and a few large spiders!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Physically Challenging"


Randall3311493's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/18/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is absolutely beautiful, and will challenge your golf ability, as well as your overall physical athletic condition. There's a lot of up and down walking from cart to tee boxes, and from cart to greens, so if you are not in such great shape... I wouldn't suggest this course. Other than that, this course is excellent. Greens are fast and fairways are near perfect.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A very well managed course and in great shape."


5646thiel's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/10/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great experience and the price was good. A very efficient way of finding a game.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great golf course --- no clubhouse"


tomdawes's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/8/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This golf course is beautiful and challenging. I have not played here for a few years and thought they would have a club house built by now. The golf shop is still in the original trailer. I would play here again because it is a nice course. But a real clubhouse would be nice.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Thoroughly Enjoyed"


rstepanek's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/1/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Don't normally spend this much on a round but this is a special course and I will be back.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great vistas"


MaxLee's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/1/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens and rough needs attention. It is showing it's age! Still a great layout and fun to play, just don't lose your focus.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"great views"


sgilmor's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/22/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

excellent condition. fairways soysia great lies, rough -Bermuda but cut so you can get out of them; greens in great shape but I still can't putt. Would recommend to anyone especially with the price golfnow.com provides for you.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The course requires good placement of your shots."


Syl1950's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/20/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I liked the course really well. It is fair but requires good shot selection and placement. Any golfer would find a good challenge on this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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