The state of Missouri is found in the Midwest region of the United States and it was the 24th to be admitted into the Union in 1821. Starting point for both the Pony Express Trail and the Oregon Trail in the 19th century, Missouri is certainly one of the trail-blazing states that helped shape the modern nation that’s now called the United States of America.

Founded in 1905, the Missouri Golf Association organises competitive golf for members of 170 clubs within the state. Interestingly, a glance at the association’s Hall of Fame shows entries as state Amateur Champion for Tom Watson (four times between 1967 and 1971) and Payne Stewart in 1979. The Gateway Section of the PGA covers professional golf matters in east/central Missouri as well as southern Illinois.

A couple of Robert Trent Jones Snr layouts to the west of St Louis are amongst the best offerings in the state: Old Warson debuted in 1954, hosting the 1971 Ryder Cup and Bellerive first opened for play in 1960, holding the US Open in 1965 and the USPGA Championship in 1992. C.B. Macdonald’s seminal St Louis Country Club course is a fine example of Golden Age architecture from before the First World War and fully deserves its position towards the top of the Missouri rankings.

Our Missouri Best In State Rankings were last updated in June 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Missouri

St Louis

1st Missouri - Best in Area

Opened in 1914, the course at Saint Louis Country Club sits on a tight parcel of land in the suburb of Ladue, ten miles west of St Louis city centre...


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2nd Missouri - Best in Area

The golf course at Bellerive Country Club is routed round a winding creek, which is a feature on nine holes. With large undulating greens and bold bunkering this is certainly a firm tournament favourite...


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3rd Missouri - Best in Area

Featuring attractive Alister MacKenzie-style bunkers, the Gary Nicklaus-designed course at The Dalhousie Golf Club is quite a departure from what many would consider a typical Nicklaus Design layout.


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Boone Valley

4th Missouri - Best in Area

Venue for the US Junior Amateur Championship in 2007, the course at Boone Valley Golf Club is a PB Dye layout that also hosted the Boone Valley Classic event on the PGA Senior Tour from 1996 to 2000.


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Old Warson

5th Missouri - Best in Area

Old Warson Country Club opened for play in 1954 and it’s one of Missouri’s finest layouts. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., this undulating, tree-lined layout is a classic...


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Buffalo Ridge Springs

6th Missouri - Best in Area

Located in the picturesque Ozark region of Missouri, the tree-lined layout at Buffalo Ridge Springs (formerly Branson Creek Golf Club) is a Tom Fazio design that’s rated as one of the best public access courses in the United States.

Branson Hills

7th Missouri - Best in Area

With every hole telling its own story about one of golf’s greatest gladiators, the course at Branson Hills (formerly Payne Stewart Golf Club) is a fitting tribute to famous Missouri golfers.

St Albans (Lewis & Clark)

8th Missouri - Best in Area

Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish established the Lewis & Clark course at the Country Club of St Albans in 1992 and it’s one of two highly rated 18-hole layouts to be found at the best 36-hole facility in Missouri.

Porto Cima

9th Missouri - Best in Area

The Nicklaus Signature course at the Club at Porto Cima on the Lake of the Ozarks is the centerpiece of a private residential development.


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St Albans (Tavern Creek)

10th Missouri - Best in Area

The 36-hole golf complex at the Country Club of St Albans lies inside an enormous 5,400-acre residential property with fairways set out along scenic mountain valleys. The Tavern Creek course arrived in 1997, five years after the 18-hole Lewis & Clark layout.