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Explore Missouri’s beautiful scenery on the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail

Follow this weeklong itinerary to play more than a dozen of the Lake Ozark area’s most beautiful and challenging golf courses.

Golfing in the Ozarks
Credit: Missouri Division of Tourism

Day 1

Rolling Hills Country Club

Start your golf adventure at Rolling Hills Country Club in Versailles. Some of the Lake area’s best bentgrass greens are highlights of this well-maintained, challenging course. Established in 1955, Rolling Hills features a park-like setting with mature Ozarks woodlands lining zoysia fairways. A wonderful mix of lakes, mature trees, bunkers and challenging greens provides a varied and enjoyable setting for all golfers. On-site amenities include a driving range, pro shop, snack bar and lounge.

Eldon Golf Club

It will take you just over a half-hour to your next stop, but it’s worth the drive. Eldon Golf Club offers an 18-hole championship course taking full advantage of the natural terrain. Zoysia fairways and an upgraded bunker system lead to accommodating greens, surrounded by a backdrop of wooded areas, rolling hills and creeks. The layout offers four tee locations to challenge golfers of all skill levels. Course facilities include a driving range, pro shop, clubhouse, snack bar and swimming pool.

Cree Mee Drive In

Before you leave Eldon, treat yourself to a stop at this hometown, mom-and-pop drive-in restaurant. Everyone who visits Cree Mee comes away with a new favorite: whether it’s some of the best soft serve ice cream you’ll find anywhere; a marshmallow Pepsi; or their “World Famous” foot-long chili dog, with chili made fresh daily. And they don’t skimp on the portions! An Eldon, Missouri tradition since 1952.

Margaritaville Lake Resort

A family resort spanning 420 acres along the banks of the Lake of the Ozarks. Facilities include: Jolly Mon Indoor Waterpark; Fin City Arcade; three outdoor pools; one indoor pool; a full service marina; excursion boat ride; horseback riding; a fully equipped spa and salon; restaurants; bars and lounges; boutique and specialty shops; 18 holes of championship golf; horseback riding; a bowling alley; meeting and banquet spaces.

Osage National Golf Resort

Today you’re getting a light day: 27-holes of championship golf just 20 minutes from the hotel, including 18 designed by Arnold Palmer. Play all three Osage National courses and choose from five sets of tees. GPS equipped golf carts are included with greens-fees (driver’s license required to drive). Restrooms on the course are air-conditioned. The pro shop offers top-of-the-line golf merchandise and accessories, golf instructions, and club rentals; annual memberships are available. It’s going to be a long day of golf, so take a break for a leisurely lunch on-site at the Eagle View Sports Bar and Grille. Relax on their huge wrap-around porch with breathtaking views of the Osage River, and be sure to try some of their famous onion rings.

Day 3

Old Kinderhook Golf Course

Just 25 minutes from your hotel, nestled among beautiful valleys at the Lake of the Ozarks, lies one of America’s most spectacular courses. Old Kinderhook in Camdenton, a Tom Weiskopf signature course, is a 6,855-yard par 71 featuring zoysia tees and fairways with large bentgrass greens. It will challenge the most serious golfer, yet plays on the friendly side. The course is renowned for its unsurpassed drama: valleys, waterfalls, hills, trees and water hazards, plus its beautiful lake setting. The elevation changes and breathtaking views will thrill you at every hole.

The Hook Cafe at Old Kinderhook

When you’ve finished your morning round, break for a relaxing lunch in The Hook Cafe, situated beside the 15th tee box. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings outside on the wrap-around deck and inside the bright and spacious dining area.

Lake Valley Golf and Country Club

A quick seven-minute drive brings you to your afternoon destination. Lake Valley Golf and Country Club features an unusual balance of six par threes, six par fours and six par fives with zoysia tees, lush Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens. Although not especially long (6,373 yards at the blues), the rolling hills will afford you with the opportunity to hit every club in your bag. Celebrate your best shots on the Greenside Bar deck overlooking the 18th green. The bar features a full offering of the finest spirits and yes, ice cold beer is available on tap, as well as a good assortment of cans and bottles.

Day 4

Dog Days Bar & Grill

For a fun dinner and maybe a little entertainment, try Dog Days Bar and Grill, a six-minute drive from the course to just west of the Grand Glaize bridge. The menu features gourmet burgers, salads, appetizers, steaks, seafood and pasta; the bar offers a variety of drinks and specialty cocktails. They regularly feature live music on indoor and outdoor stages, including both regional and nationally known rock, blues and country bands.

Day 5

The 9 Hole at Margaritaville Lake Resort

Today, you get to sleep in, because you’ll be playing just 27 holes, all on site at Margaritaville. The 9 Hole has been ranked by USA Today as one of the best nine-hole courses in the U.S. The course features lush zoysia fairways and large bentgrass greens. The course is open to the public. If you brought the family, be sure and steer them to the on-site indoor waterpark!

The Oaks Course at Margaritaville Lake Resort

After lunch at your choice of Margaritaville’s dining options, there’s no travel time to your afternoon 18. The Oaks Course was designed by architects Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge. This championship layout, carved out of the natural Ozark hills, places a premium on accurate shots and course management. Its multiple tee boxes and Bermuda and zoysia fairways make this championship course a unique and enjoyable experience for the expert as well as the novice. The undulating bentgrass greens, elevation changes and scenic views of the lake make this course a must-play on your next visit to the Lake of the Ozarks.

Day 6

Bear Creek Valley Golf Club – Osage Beach

A quick 12-minute drive takes you to today’s golf offering: Bear Creek Valley. This 6796-yard layout meanders along Little Bear Creek through 250 acres (101 acres) of colorful Ozark forest, meadows and scenic valleys. The course has zoysia fairways, bentgrass greens and multiple tee settings to ensure an enjoyable, yet challenging round of golf. Stay on-site for lunch at Bear Creek’s delicious casual restaurant and lounge.

The Ridge Course at The Lodge of Four Seasons

After lunch, a short eight-minute drive brings you to The Ridge: one of the finest championship courses in the Ozarks, which has been ranked by Golf Digest as a 4-star course for “Places to Play.” Many golfers refer to the18-hole course’s altitude drops and generous landing areas as “player-friendly.” Golfers on this par-72 course enjoy rolling hills, native wildflowers, and beautiful views of the Lake. The resort course offers zoysia fairways, moderate elevation changes, and fantastic greens. With a total yardage of 6447, this course promises a great experience for all ability levels.

Baxter’s Lakeside Grille

Just a short drive from the Lodge of Four Seasons, Baxter’s Lakeside Grille is a classic American restaurant. They offer upscale yet casual dining; they use only the finest, freshest ingredients and couple it with personal service. The bluff-top view is spectacular, especially the sunsets.

Day 7

The Golf Club at Deer Chase

The last day of your golf adventure starts with a 20 minute drive. Designed by Roger Null, the 18-hole golf course at The Golf Club at Deer Chase offers a challenging track through the beautiful Auglaize River valley and surrounding hills. The course features Bermuda fairways overseeded for early spring green-up, multiple zoysia tees and the largest bentgrass green settings in the area. Tee times are accepted up to one year in advance. Golf facilities include a driving range, golf shop and practice and chipping greens. Also on the premises is the friendly Chase Tower Grill for a quick lunch before heading out to your last stop.

Indian Rock Golf Club

About 40 minutes from Deer Chase, your final round awaits. Indian Rock’s Bermuda fairways and tee boxes and bentgrass greens, cover 300-plus acres (120 hectares). Four tee boxes provide a choice of yardages; concrete cart paths make year-round play possible. The course’s signature No. 17 hole, from which the course gets its name, is guarded at the back by a majestic rock outcropping which resembles an Indian head; and at the front by a deep, clearwater lake. Amenities include golf shop, practice facilities and Mulligan’s Sports Bar and Restaurant.