Osage Beach Golf CoursesDotting the surrounding countryside at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks are some 15 golf courses and more than three dozen resort properties that offer up some excellent stay-and-play packages. That helps make the Lake of the Ozarks -- the largest man-made lake in the Midwest -– one of America's great, unheralded golf meccas, Kiel Christianson writes.Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri is famous among anglers and boaters as an almost year-round mecca of aquatic fun. But golfers, especially in the Midwest, should consider it as an almost year-round golf destination, too. With some 15 courses dotting the countryside, there are as many golf holes to explore as there are fishing holes. And if non-golfing family members tag along, they'll have just as many off-course attractions to explore, Kiel Christianson writes.This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Oaks course at Tan-Tar-A Resort, making the Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge design one of the most mature golf courses near the Lake of the Ozarks. It's also one of the best. Dense woods, multiple water hazards and a near-complete lack of flat lies demand precision from tee to green. A par-71 layout, it measures only 6,432 yards from the back tees, writes Kiel Christianson, but The Oaks plays longer than it appears.