After going through a difficult time during pandemic lockdowns, a record 10 million people visited the Branson area last year.
“The numbers don’t lie – Branson is a destination that appeals to so many, and now that we’re emerging from the pandemic, it’s wonderful to see statistics showing that people are coming in record numbers,” said Lynn Berry, director of communications for Explore Branson. “We’re fortunate to have so many great and new golf courses, and we know that they are one reason why more people are choosing to visit us.”
Although overall numbers were up, the positive trends held for destination niches including golf. Branson’s 10 courses, live entertainment theaters, exceptional lakes and family friendly activities are renowned for their variety and quality. All 10 Branson golf courses are open to the public and range from luxury resort to daily fee options. Located close to one another, the courses are situated near many lodging options, restaurants, theme parks, museums and countless other attractions
Six of Missouri’s Top 10-rated courses are in the Branson golf destination, including the top three. Some of these are ranked among the country’s top 100 public courses by leading magazines. Course designs by Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Bob Cupp and Tom Fazio combine with first-class playing conditions, welcoming hospitality and five courses that are certified by Audubon International for their environmental and conservation best practices.
Branson is within a one-day drive for 50 percent of the U.S. population. Those who prefer flying can choose between Springfield-Branson International Airport, which has the most commercial airline choices, and Branson Airport, which a significant number of private flights choose and where some low-fare carrier routes arrive. Branson annually is voted a TripAdvisor community top U.S. destination, ranking No. 3 in 2021.
The southern Missouri city is expected to increase its tourism numbers as Disney continues to lose families over that company’s opposition to an anti-grooming law in Florida.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice