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A Harvest of Entertainment and Excitement at the Silver Dollar City

Powder Keg LogoIf you want to experience a perfect vacation this autumn season in Branson, visit the Silver Dollar City where you will find many exciting attractions, festivals, and great entertainments. Since 1960, Silver Dollar City has been entertaining visitors where it features 40 entertaining shows, 60 outlet shops, and an array of fine restaurants. All these make Silver Dollar City a favorite vacation destination for every family. The wholesome fun of great entertainments and exciting attractions at Silver Dollar City are what people of all ages want to experience during autumn season in Branson.

Families spending a wonderful vacation time at Silver Dollar City will surely enjoy a variety of non-stop exciting attractions and entertaining activities. A wonderful autumn vacation in Silver Dollar City is such a great time to spend where you and family can enjoy the peaceful surroundings with a refreshing atmosphere and delightful colors of foliage around the Ozark Mountain. With the park’s various exciting attractions and fun-packed activities, everyone will surely enjoy every moment around the place.

The 1880s-style theme park of Silver Dollar City features 100 craftsmen and women that include basket weavers, glassblowers, potters, knife smiths, blacksmiths, quilters, and many more. Visitors at the park can watch glassblowers at work turning a glass into a beautiful flower vase. Inside the park, you can also enjoy live music entertainment and a variety of fine restaurants that serve delicious foods from home favorites to festival specialties.

Silver Dollar City offers visitors lots of exciting and enjoyable activities to experience from mid-March to end of December. Silver Dollar City features a fun-packed theme park with dozens of attractions and 30 thrill rides that include world class roller coasters, Powder Keg, Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train, steam engine train rides, giant swing, and water-shoot-out rides. If you want to experience a very exciting and entertaining ride of your life, try a exhilarating and thrilling Powder Keg ride with a launching speed of 53mph in just 2.8 seconds. In the park, you can also find six entertainment venues that feature 40 shows daily which usually last up to 25 minutes. The Silver Dollar City theme park was voted as one of the top ten Best Parks in the world.

Silver Dollar City is hosting about six world class festivals annually that give complete fun and entertainment to visitors of all ages. These festivals include the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival (a combination of traditional music and great foods) and the World-feast (a celebration of diverse international events) are both held in May. The Southern Gospel Picnic is celebrated from late August to early September. From middle of September to late October, the city celebrates the National Harvest Festival. Old Time Christmas is celebrated at Silver Dollar City from November to December.  

If you want to experience a great entertainment including stimulating rides in the Silver Dollar City theme park, come to Branson this autumn season and stay at one of the best accommodations of Thousand Hills Golf Resort.


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The Best Real Estate Choices in Branson


Branson is one place that is known for its breathtaking attractions, endless string of activities, and a relaxing city vibe. It has become a popular tourist destination in the Midwest, and it has also became known worldwide as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. Living in Branson may just be one of the best choices you will ever make. Branson also has the best real estate options for you to choose from.

The real estate choices in Branson are known to be the newest and most luxurious projects. One of the leaders in Branson real estate is Thousand Hills Sales Company, which is a part of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort . Thousand Hills Sales Company is certainly the place where you can find the perfect vacation home in the Ozark Mountains. It has long been the leader in bringing the best Branson real estate projects to the market. Thousand Hills also houses one of the best golf courses in Branson Missouri to give you the best experience of living in Branson.

Why choose Thousand Hills for your vacation home or your second home? For one, its location is the most strategic in Branson. Thousand Hills is located near the entertainment district in Branson. This will let you catch any show in Branson that you want. There are also nearby shopping districts, restaurants, and theme parks to make the whole Branson experience more approachable for you. Despite being near the city, Thousand Hills is also a peaceful place to be in because it is situated in the Ozark mountains. The community is in a secluded and breathtaking location with the perfect proximity to nature and the city. How good can that be, staying near the city but also staying away from the city noise.

Thousand Hills gives you a wide variety of Branson real estate options, which includes golf front condos, lakefront condos, and log cabins. Apart from guaranteeing you the best home in Branson, it also gives you the opportunity to make a living out of it. You have the choice to participate in a nightly rental program of Thousand Hills. Not only do you get to have the best home in Branson, but you also get to make a living out of it when you are not around.

The Branson golf condos in Thousand Hills is located just within the golf greens of the place. This option is perfect for golf enthusiasts and for those who wants to learn more about the sport. The Table Rock lake condos in Branson are situated near Table Rock Lake, which assures you of a fresh breeze from the lake and a very relaxing view of nature. The log cabins in Branson gives you the rustic ambiance from the woods of the Ozarks. Choose from these real estate choices in Thousand Hills now.

For more information on Branson Missouri real estate, call 1-800-495-4653.

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Get in a Historic Ride That You will Surely Enjoy!

Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater LogoShepherd of the Hills Homestead Historical Tour is one of the many exciting attractions happening at the Shepherd of the Hills in Branson. Other exciting attraction at the Shepherd of the Hills is the Inspiration Tower that rises above the city of Branson to a height of 230 feet. If you are on top of the Inspiration Tower you have the chance to see a very inspiring 360 degree view of the Ozark Mountain. Another popular attraction at the Shepherd of the Hills is the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider which is open year-round. The starting launch of this thrilling ride is from the open air deck of the Inspiration Tower.

Shepherd of the Hills Homestead Historical Tour features a 60-minute tour on a jeep-drawn tram around the homestead. The tram tour first stop will be at the original structure of Old Matt’s Cabin which served as the home of Ross family for approximately 30 years. Inside the Old Matt’s Cabin, you will find historical items and numerous antiques including clothing worn by John and Anna Ross, some of their photographs, furniture, cooking utensils, tools, and many more.

The next stop of this Homestead Historical Tour will be at a quaint church where it relocated to the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead from Morgan Country, Missouri. The church was built in 1901 and resembles one where Harold Bell Wright preached during his time as pastor. The next phase of the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead Historical Tour is the Outdoor Drama. The guide tour will take you down on set, where you will be up close with Old Matt’s grist mill and steam engine. You will learn everything what it takes to put the drama and the action filled production. Homestead Tour at the Shepherd of the Hills from May through October runs every hour on the hour beginning at 12 pm up to 4 pm.

The Homestead Historical Tour also includes a travel to the second highest peak in Missouri, the beautiful Inspiration Point. In this Inspiration Point, there is a monument marked in the spot where the popular best selling author Harold Bell Wright camped while he compiled the notes for The Shepherd of the Hills. The fantastic and panoramic view from his campsite spans across Mutton Hollow and into the valleys of Northern Arkansas.

The carved statues of the six main characters are displayed at the Inspiration Point. These characters are The Shepherd, Old Matt, Aunt Mollie, Sammy Lane, Young Matt, and Little Pete. Rising high above these statues, you can view an exciting sight of the Inspiration Tower that sits atop the point. When the tour leaves the Inspiration Point, you will travel down the mountain to the site of Old Matt’s grist mill.

Your historical homestead tour wouldn’t be complete without visiting Jenning’s Still for an authentic look of the lost art of making moonshine. Your visit to the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead is an interesting and informative way to learn more about American history in the Midwest.


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Take Home the Memories of a Safari Adventure

Wolf Creek Preserve is home to one of the most visited eco-adventures in the world: Branson Zipline & Canopy Tours. Wolf Creek Reserve is not just about zip lining, it also offers Wolfe Creek Photo Safari Guided Walking Tour that allows guests to take photos. Here you will be met by the ecologically-knowledgeable guide who will help you go to the top of Wolfe Mountain to get into one of the Pinzgauer Swiss Army Troop Carriers. You will be travelling with the carrier through the meandering trails. During a refreshing mid-mountain stop, you will get the opportunity to take photos of the wildlife.Safari Guided Walking Tour Logo

Once you set foot onto the trail you will know you are in a unique place where you can experience the most thrilling and exhilarating trek of your life. In the area, you will see 100-foot tall, 200-year old white oaks, clusters of ash, and dogwood trees. Red and gray squirrels cling from branch to branch while armadillos, deer, and raccoons peep through the brush below, searching for food. Beautiful changing of colors of the foliage will delight you alongside the trail.

After traversing to the mid-point of the trail, you and your fellow hikers, and your guide as well will take a mid-mountain snack break. It’s great to enjoy this time a refreshing snack, refreshing water, and the sounds of nature during this relaxing break. Taking the trail with your guide and fellow hikers, you will have the chance to meet up with other hikers who have chosen to take the Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour as they also take a break at the same spot as you. This wonderful meeting midway through zip lining tours and hiking is a feature of a world class facility of the Wolfe Creek Preserve that enables visitors of all ages to share the beauty of the wildlife together.

After you have rested mid-way and enjoyed the company of your guide and fellow hikers, you go down the mountain to finish the other half of the hike. Your guide will continue to relate fascinating facts about the land, landmarks that pertain to the history and other interesting information you need to know.  Aside from pointing out species like box turtles or winged elm trees, your guide points on the trail where the zip line tour traverses. You can watch your friends flying above the trees, take some photos, or just enjoy viewing them soaring above the sky.

The hiking tour lasts approximately one and a half hours and we always make sure that every hiking tour participant had the opportunity to emulate nature and enjoy the hike. Time spans of hiking tours can vary depending on whether or not you opt to follow a zip lining tour to watch friends as they soar above the trees. No matter what your goal for the hiking trail is, our guides always want to provide a great adventure experience that suits you.

If you want to experience a great eco-adventure in Wolfe Creek Preserve, come to Branson and join the Wolfe Creek Photo Safari Guided Walking Tour.


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Have Fun Catching Some Gangsters!

Branson in September is a great time to spend a wonderful vacation where colorful autumn leaves decorate the hillsides of the Ozark Mountain. Branson in September is best known also of its world famous live entertainment and festivals where everybody enjoys ultimate fun and excitement. One exciting festival that is celebrated in the Branson area is the Bonnie and Clyde Festival.Bonnie and Clyde Festival Logo

This festival which is always celebrated near the end of September allows everyone a chance to hear tales of the 1930’s historical events in the Ozarks. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were outlaws of the 1930s who became infamous with their mischievious behaviors. After their brief acts of stealing cars, robbing gas stations, and killing policemen, they were ambushed by angry sheriffs south of Gibsland, Lousiana.

This year marks the 4th Annual Bonnie And Clyde Days scheduled on September 27th for a great show of vintage cars with many exciting events for the entire family. The event will feature the largest Pre-WWII Car Show in the area. The parade of vintage automobiles will arrive in Reed Springs with a Greet Car Show Event with lots of awards, games, and prizes for participants.

In Reeds Spring at the Community Center grounds there will be entertainment throughout the day that includes schedulde reenactments about “Public Enemies of 1934”. The period clothing of the cast of characters incorporates with the vintage automobiles and weaponry on that period allowing everyone to step back in time to this truly infamous yet exciting part of history. Gospel, jazz and more local entertainers will be providing stage shows throughout the day. This free event is organized to recall the time of the infamous outlaws kidnapped a local man and had a shootout with law enforcement.

This wonderful event will not be complete without the participations of crafters and artists, kids’ activities, great foods, and vendors displaying different kinds of unique handcrafted products. The event is expected to include games and rides for children, antique shopping, historical presentations, and antique cars and aircraft.

If you want to feel and experience the resilience and the courage of the Ozark Mountain people during the Great Depression Era, watch the reenactments, historical speakers, entertainers, and vintage automobile enthusiasts during Bonnie and Clyde Festival historical gathering.


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Antiques Shopping Galore at Branson Shopping

Father Time Clock and Collectibles LogoBranson Shopping offers great shopping opportunity that features a number of shopping malls and outlets where antiques, novelty items, ladies’ and men’s accessories, and souvenir items can easily be found. Some of the most popular shopping destinations in Branson are the Tanger Outlet Mall and the Branson Landing.  Aside from these two great shopping destinations, you can also find many retail outlets, local and regional boutiques and specialty shops in other areas in Branson that offer rare and collectible items.

In historic downtown Branson, you can find old-fashioned store, Dick’s Five and Dime that features over 50,000 items from toys to World War II artifacts. At the Art of Glynda Turley Shop, you can find unique art for sale by its own artists. On Highway 76, at the Alaska Down South, you can find collectible items and some one-of-a-kind art works with a wildlife theme. At Engler Block, aside from having the opportunity to purchase a variety of arts and crafts, you can also watch the artists create the art works right before your eyes.

At the Tanger Outlet Mall, there are nearly 100 shops that cover a variety of shopping items and many other unique works of art at this ever popular outlet mall. This mall which is conveniently located in Highway 76 West, is a fully stocked mall that offers discounts on favorite name brands like Levi’s, J. Crew, Gap, and Polo Ralph Lauren and many more. Retail shops inside the Tanger Mall offer various kinds of shopping items such as cosmetics, jewelries, clothings for all ages and styles, gourmet pastries, grocery items, and even bathroom accessories from soap to cleaning materials. Hungry shoppers can enjoy excellent burgers and sandwiches at the A&W Restaurant inside the mall.

In Branson Landing, you can find a Bass Pro Shop and in nearby Springfield that features outdoor products for sports enthusiasts. The ever popular Belk Department Store also features great shopping in Branson Landing. You can also find in Branson Landing the Father Time Clock and Collectibles that feature a full selection of modern and traditional clocks and other unique timepieces. Five and Dime General Store in Branson Landing offers modern gifts and souvenirs in a traditional setting. You can also create your own custom garment from among 20,000 designs of Integrity Design and Embroidery at Branson Landing. If you want to buy one-of-a-kind candles, jewelry, or potpourri, you can have it at Stonesmith Jewelry.

In Branson, you can also shop at the Battlefield Mall that features over 150 national retail stores, department stores, and restaurants. The Branson 76 Mall located in the entertainment area features a large number of retailers and offer free live entertainment. Branson Mill Craft Village that covers an area of 60,000 square feet features fine arts, crafts, food, and even entertainment. Another shopping outlet in Branson is the Factory Merchants Branson Outlet that features over 90 name brand stores offering their products with discounts.  

If you want to spend a wonderful autumn vacation with ultimate shopping experience, visit Branson and enjoy great shopping opportunities, fine dining, and wholesome entertainment.


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Be Tough Enough for Branson Ironman Triathlon Competition

Ironman Triathlon LogoFall season is the best time to enjoy the extreme athletic experience held in Branson during September. Branson has hosted Ironman Triathlon Competition since 2010. With the many interesting festivals and events happening in the month of September, Branson has become one of the best vacation destinations in the Ozark Mountains. Branson in September features many exciting attractions, shows, festivals, and special events. Many of Branson interesting attractions can be enjoyed year-round. However, there are many exciting annual events in Branson held during September that you don’t want to miss.

Branson in September features America’s finest crafts made by professional craftsmen and artisans from the Ozarks region. This fall season, Branson is turned into a haven for craftsmen that include glassblowers, quilters, sculptors, soap makers, artists, and many more. In this event, they display their true methods of handcraftsmanship. Branson is the only place in the Midwest that successfully encouraged gathering of craftsmen and artisans.  

Silver Dollar City is the epicenter of craftsmanship during the month of September. The National Harvest Festival is held the same month in this 19th century theme park. Visitors can have the chance to see first hand  100 professional craftsmen show their skills in handcraftsmanship.  Another major event this fall season in Branson is the Southern Gospel Picnic also at Silver Dollar City. This picnic is popular for its delicious fried chicken with different flavors from Southern Fried to Chiptole.

Ironman Triathlon Competition held during the month September is a great time for athletes who want to join the race. Whether competing in the race or just watching, this will give you a chance to explore many interesting sites in Branson including the historic district. Branson in September features several festivals that include the Autumn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, Shepherd of the Hills Festival, and grape festival. In Branson, you can have the chance to enjoy many exciting attractions such as world famous live entertainment, theater shows, and live performances. You can also get the chance to play golf in Branson with the most popular 18-hole golf course at Thousand Hills Golf Resort.  

Athletes participating in Branson Ironman Triathlon Competition will begin with triangular swim of 1.2-mile in the water of Table Rock Lake from Moonshine Beach. After a swim in the lake, athletes take a 56-mile challenging bike route that takes them through a scenic ride on the hillsides of the mountain with long ascents and descents. This long challenging bike leg will end at the shopping district of Branson Landing which is just located around the Table Rock Lake. The third leg of this Ironman Triathlon Competition in Branson is a 13.1-mile run on a flat, three-loop run course. This exciting run course is lined with spectators and will end with a spectacular fountain show in Branson Landing which is synchronized with fire, light, and music.

If you have extreme athletic experience who wants to take a challenging race this fall season, be tough to participate for Branson Ironman Triathlon Competition that is held every September in Branson.


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Light Up the Fire and Have Some S’mores at the Lake Taneycomo this Fall Season

Lake Taneycomo is a perfect place to spend a fantastic vacation this fall season as it offers many exciting outdoor activities, great water sports adventures and an autumn night out with bon fire, some marshmallows and spooky tales! Lake Taneycomo is one of the most visited lakes in the Midwest where its crystal clear gives a perfect shine as the bright moonshine reflects at night. The abundance of brown trout and rainbow trout in the lake provides anglers a great night fishing experience all through the Bonfire and S'mores Logoyears.

After the completion of Power Site Dam in Forsyth, Missouri in 1913, it created over 2,080 acres of surface that eventually became what is now called the Lake Taneycomo. The Power Site Dam is owned by the Empire Electric Company, a private corporation licensed to operate and produce hydroelectric power. When the dam is not generating power, it has the characteristics of a pristine lake and a clean river. The temperature of the lake is warmer when it is 50 feet deep. The shallow cold water of the lake averages a temperature of 48 degrees F which is perfect for anglers for trout fishing. When the dam is generating power, the current becomes strong and the temperature will become cold and will result to a fast running river.

The clear cold water of Lake Taneycomo produces an annual stock of ten to twelve inches of 750,000 of rainbow and brown trout that makes the lake the most popular fishing destination. The downstream area of the lake to Power Site Dam in Forsyth has warmer water that features many different kinds of species, making the lake the most exciting and challenging area for fishing enthusiasts.

Lake Taneycomo features full service marinas, resorts, campgrounds and RV parks that offer canoeing, kayaking, fishing, boating, motors, tackle, guides, and pontoons boats. Anglers in the reserved area on the uppermost portion of the lake can have the chance to fish using artificial baits. While you enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, or wading near the Table Rock Dam, a continuous blowing of the horn may be heard. This means that the dam is starting to generate power. When the dam starts to generate power, there will be a sudden increase of speed of the current in the lake. The water level may rise suddenly in a matter of a few minutes.

After you have enjoyed many exciting water sports adventures in Lake Taneycomo, you may like to go shopping or try to taste delectable foods. In the historic downtown Branson, you can find Branson Landing that offers great shopping experience and fine dining. This shopping paradise features hundreds of retail outlets, specialty stores, and souvenir shops.

If you want to experience a great outdoor adventure in a clear cold water this fall season, visit the Lake Taneycomo in Branson and stay at one of the best accommodations of Thousand Hills Golf Resort.


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Start Your Early Christmas Shopping!

Early Christamas Shopping LogoShopping in Branson is always great and full of shopping surprises in any time of year. With just a few minutes drive from Thousand Hills Golf Resort, you can find many shopping malls that include one of the most popular shopping outlets The Branson Landing near Lake Taneycomo.  If you have a long list of shopping items this coming holiday season, it is best to shop early during fall season where you can have great savings of buying items at lower prices.

Shopping during autumn season in Branson will not only give you more savings on items but also allow you to shop easily and conveniently where there is not much crowd during this season. Shopping in Branson has become popular for many visitors because of the availability of many unique and state-of-the-art items not found in urban areas. If you are searching for one-of-a-kind jewelry, a unique work of art, handcrafted treasures, unique souvenirs, musical instruments, and a hunt for fantastic bargains, you can have it all in Branson.  

While staying in Branson, you can enjoy your entire day shopping from store to store and take the pleasure of admiring many unique shopping items that Branson city has to offer. On your first day of shopping, it is good to shop right at Branson Landing in the downtown area of the city. Branson Landing is considered by many as one of the best shopping destinations in the Midwest. It is also one of the most visited shopping malls in Branson that offers a wide variety of attractions, shopping outlets, and restaurants. This great shopping destination has the largest shopping areas in Branson which also features a spectacular fountain show.

Branson Landing covers an area of over 60,000 square feet where you can enjoy a wide selection of unique shopping items for you and family. For some sports enthusiasts, feel free to look around at the Bass Pro Shop while your women companion can dive into the luxury items found at Belk and other retail shops along the lakeside. You can also have the opportunity to try equipment testing or boat rental at the marina or shop items from a wide array of fishing accessories.

After spending hours of shopping in Branson Landing, it’s time for you and family to look for a fine dining restaurant that offers delicious cuisines. Since the opening of the Branson Landing, it has become a haven for many fine restaurants that offer delectable foods from casual choices to home favorites. While inside the restaurant of your choice, you always have the chance to view the beautiful Lake Taneycomo and the 1.5 mile boardwalk in the landing. Some of the most notable restaurants featured in Branson Landing include The White River Fish House, Liberty Tavern, Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar, the Cantina Laredo, and Waxy O’Sheas’ Irish Pub.

So, if you want to take the advantages of shopping with ease along small crowd and saving more on lower prices, start your Christmas shopping early this autumn season in Branson and shop till you drop.



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Love Sports? Try the Thousand Hill Sport Trip this Fall Season!

Baseball LogoThousand Hills Golf & Conference Resort offers excellent service to clients who are looking for a perfect place to hold meeting and events. The goal of the resort is to provide guests a successful planning of the event whether it is a wedding reception, family reunion, business meeting, church retreat, golf tournament and other sports, or get-together party. The staff of Thousand Hills Golf Resort is always ready to assist you with all your meeting requirements so that you can have a very enjoyable and memorable meeting and events this fall season in Branson.

Thousand Hills Golf & Conference Resort has a banquet facilities that can provide all guests an array of delectable food choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner. All facilities needed for meeting and events in this golf and conference resort are equipped with a full conference phones, latest audio-visual equipments, and high-speed internet access. The board rooms and the conference rooms of the resort are all equipped with high-end amenities that can surely help make the event fulfilling and memorable.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort which is located in the heart of Branson features a beautiful eighteen-hole golf course that is overlooking the majestic lakes. Amenities of the golf resort include indoor and outdoor pools, exercise facility, basketball court, hot tubs, and children’s playground area. The beautiful location of the resort is near the place with so many exciting attractions, world famous live entertainment shows, and hundreds of theaters. Thousand Hills Golf Resort has three lodging options to choose from: secluded cabins, golf view condominiums, and Table Rock Lakefront luxury condominiums.

Most of Branson meetings and events that are held at the Thousand Hills Golf Resort always include fun activities such as hiking, biking, or golf playing. In Branson, only Thousand Hills Golf Resort can provide your group with a beautiful golfing experience and offers old Ozarks hospitality to back it up. That’s the reason why Thousand Hills Golf Resort is recognized as the most popular golf course for family outings and tournaments in Branson. Whether it is a charity event involving 100 players or just 16 guys on golf outing, Thousand Hills Golf Resort is the perfect place. Thousand Hills Golf Resort & Convention Center has been chosen by hundreds of corporations, associations, and private groups to host their events and many always decide to come back.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort have found some reasons why many guests want to host again their next event at Thousand Hills. The resort offers personalized package to meet your group needs. It is also Branson’s most popular golf course that features beautiful scenery, large greens, and a calm environment. It also offers excellent playing conditions where it strives to maintain a tournament level golf course. The perfect location of the resort near the heart of Branson also makes the golf course a wonderful place to play.

If you are looking for a perfect place to host a sports event in a relaxing atmosphere, visit the Thousand Hills Golf & Conference Resort in Branson.


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