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- Published on Wednesday, April 10 2013 1:45 PM
Written by Nichole Russell
Posted by Mark Ruda
Thousand Hills Has Branson's Best Condo Location
When choosing a place to stay in Branson, location is key. You want to be off the beaten path, but still close to all of the fun! One of the only places in town where you can find these two things is Branson’s Thousand Hills! Thousand Hill’s Branson condo locations are perfect for providing you with peace and quiet and are close enough to the Branson city center to still be within minutes of your favorite shows and attractions.
If you are looking for something which requires a little more skill than a mini golf course, then Thousand Hills’ golf course is just what you are looking for. This 4 star, 18-hole, par 64 golf course, is open to the public and is staffed with golf professional and PGA professional, Matthew Dillman. Meeting facilities overlook the golf course, and the clubhouse features Mulligan’s Snack Bar & Grill, which is open April through November. All fairways are wide and immaculately manicured Zoysia Grass, adding to the beautiful Ozark scenery. Thousand Hills’ golf course is like having a little slice of pro-golf heaven at your disposal while staying in Branson. You can catch your favorite show, and then send a relaxing afternoon at the tee. Check out Thousand Hill’s Branson Golf Course Layout, which includes pictures and descriptions of each hole.
With Thousand Hills’ being conveniently located just within 2 minutes of 76 Country Blvd., you can get to all of your favorite attractions and beat the traffic! Closely located to Thousand Hills is attraction like Pirates Cove Mini Golf, both Mount Pleasant Winery and Stone Hill Winery, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and Titanic Museum and Attractions. The possibilities are endless when choosing a fun activity for the family to do on a beautiful afternoon when staying at Thousand Hills. Also, around Thousand Hills there are many convenient stores, grocery stores, and a Wal-Mart available to you for all of your basic necessities.
Just within several minutes’ drive, you can be at many different restaurants ready to meet your hungry needs. Lone Star, Panera Bread, Dana’s BBQ, Cosmopolitan Bar and Grill, Fall Creek Steak House, and Shogun’s Japanese Restaurant. Being so close to 76 Country Blvd., almost any option for dinner is available to you. You can take a right onto Green Mountain Drive, and easily access Shepherd of the Hills and 76 Country Blvd. where restaurants like Olive Garden, Little Hacienda, Red Lobster, and Golden Corral are located. Other restaurants very close to Thousand Hills include Grand Country Buffet, Outback Steak House, and Montana Mike’s as well as a director route to the Branson Landing where restaurants like Black Oak Grill, Famous Dave’s, Cantina Laredo, and Texas Land and Cattle are located.
Staying at Thousand Hills is sure to not only prove for a very enjoyable time, but a convenient one as well. With all of the different restaurants and attractions close by the options are endless for you to create your own unique experience at a Thousand Hills Branson condo.Read More ...
- Published on Sunday, April 07 2013 6:23 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
The World Comes to Branson - Silver Dollar City's WorldFest
Silver Dollar City has long been known for being the “home of American craftsmanship” and a favorite attraction for families. Silver Dollar City has something for everyone, and each year, the best of the best are brought to Branson for Silver Dollar City’s many festivals. One of those festivals is World-Fest, where guests can get a taste of world travel without being too far from home.
World-Fest is the first festival of the season at Silver Dollar City. From April 17 to May 5, some of the world’s best performers make Branson their home as they bring pieces of their cultures to park guests. This year, World-Fest promises to be thrilling with acts originating from Argentina, Ireland, and the South Pacific Islands.
In 2013, there are a number of new acts that are coming to Silver Dollar City. One of those is Amamos Argentina. This talented group of dancers and drummers called Los Pampas Gauchos was put together by Andres Sosa, Argentina’s national folk dancing champion. Los Pampas Gauchos are joined onstage by dancers who are taking the tango to new heights – literally. Aerial choreography and high energy is a highlight of their performance.
Another new show for World-Fest in 2013 is Island Fire. World Fire Knife Champion Anelu Iakopo joins the cast of Island Fire to combine traditional song and dance from the South Pacific Islands (Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii) with the fire knife talents of Iakopo.
Not all of World-Fest’s entertainment is new though. Dearbhail Finnegan is Ireland’s premier harpist and is also a favorite with visitors to World-Fest. She was a member of the Belfast Harp Orchestra and has also played for names that include former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Finnegan and her husband Robin Slater appear at Silver Dollar City’s World-Fest together. Slater plays the silver flute and Irish drum, and the two of them have played for audiences that have included royalty.
Ecuador Manta will also be returning to World-Fest in 2013. This group of musicians preserves the music of the Andes Mountains in South America through use of Latin rhythms and traditional instruments that originate from the Andes region, including the zampona (a bamboo wood flute), the quena (similar to a recorder), the charango (small 10 string guitar made from armadillo shell), and the bombo (a goat skinned drum).
While visiting the performers of World-Fest, you can also visit the Frisco Barn for Tastes of the World. Specialties from all over the world are served, such as Caribbean Nachos, Mediterranean Chicken Gyros, Scotch Eggs, and Dessert Crepes. Make sure to stop by to escape your everyday flavors and experience the world through its cuisine. Make sure to visit Silver Dollar City April 17 – May 5 for the annual World-Fest. Season passes are now available for $79 for adults (12-61), $69 for children (4-11), and $73 for seniors (62+). Single day admission is $58 for adults, $48 for childen, and $56 for seniors. Season pass holders have access to added value benefits, so purchase your season passes today!
Visit World-Fest 2013 to experience the world without ever having to be very far from home. Enjoy the music of Ecuador, the drums of Argentina, and the exquisite harp music of Ireland all in the same day.Read More ...
- Published on Friday, April 05 2013 2:59 PM
Written by Nichole Russell
Posted by Mark Ruda
Top Country Shows in Branson
With over 100 different shows in Branson, making a decision as to what shows to see may be a little difficult. But a sure way to get a good laugh and some extremely enjoyable entertainment is to checkout some of Branson’s famous country music shows. Branson did not get its title of live music show capital of the world for nothing, and you and the family will definitely be missing out on a great Branson tradition if you don’t take in at least one of these country music celebrations.
Baldknobber’s Jamboree Show
How could a tour through Branson’s top country shows begin without a stop at Baldknobber’s Jamboree Show? The Baldknobber’s website boasts that “the Baldknobber’s Jamboree Show is brand new every year, always featuring a variety of soul-stirring gospel, country favorites, and sidesplitting comedy.” When the Baldknobber’s famous big red curtain pulls back to reveal any of the original skits and number performed by 2nd and 3rd generation Baldknobbers. The Baldknobber family performs a number of instruments including: fiddle, mandolin, guitar, drums, steel guitar, dobro, piano, banjo, and bass. Of course, besides instruments, the Baldknobber’s utilize their amazing vocals and hilarious comedy to give you a night of entertainment you won’t forget.
Presley’s Country Jubilee
While the Baldknobber’s claim to be Branson’s first show, the Presley family claims to be Branson’s first family of entertainment. “The Presleys’ blend of country, gospel, bluegrass, and hilarious comedy has become a family tradition,” the Presleys’ website claims. The Springfield News-leader said the Presleys’ Country Jubilee is “the standard by which other shows are judged.” The Presleys’ show tickets sell out fast, so make sure to reserve your tickets today!
RFD TV Theater
What better way to get a variety of country music experiences than taking in a show at the RFD TV Theater. RFD houses the Haygoods, Marty Stuart, Mollie B, Roy Rogers Jr., Buck Trent, as well as other variety shows. RFD has been a force in the country music industry for many years and has made a commitment to provide rural America with a reliable network service. The shows at RFD are top-of-the-line quality country music shows, and switch out on a yearly bases to make sure you are always receiving a new and great experience when coming to RFD TV Theater.
The Oak Ridge Boys
Looking for some southern fun with a twist? Go out and see The Oak Ridge Boys. “Theirs is one of the most recognizable sounds in the music industry,” says The Oak Ridge Boys website. “The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a # 1 Pop Smash - Elvira.” The Oak Ridge Boys bring with them three-decades of singles and music, as well as 50 years of tradition, which is sure to keep you coming back for more.
Clay Cooper began his Branson career at age 16 when performing with the kid’s band Texas Goldminors. Clay is celebrating his 26th season in Branson performing at his Clay Cooper Country Music Express on Hwy. 76 across from the Titanic Museum. “Clay shares the stage with 20 veteran cast members I a high energy, country music variety show guaranteed to make you tap your toes, stomp your feet, and even let out a holler or two!” says Clay Cooper’s official website. As well as some country styling’s from Cooper, the Clay Cooper show also features “New York’s number one cowboy, trick roper, and gunslinger” Johnny Lonestar, ten amazing dancers lead by Clay’s multi-talented wife, a six-piece band, Matt Gumm - “Branson’s funnier than funny comedian,” as well as comedian Joey Riley. Also accompanying Cooper is his 9-year-old son Colt Cooper and Ezrah Cheek, “Oklahoma’s little sweetheart.”
Without a doubt, Branson is the worlds leading country music destination. And whatever country music show you take in during your stay at Branson is sure to be an experience you won’t ever forget!Read More ...
- Published on Friday, April 05 2013 1:30 AM
Written by Nichole Russell
Posted by Mark Ruda
Make Thousand Hills the Center of Your Branson Vacation
At Thousand Hills, you are encouraged to stay, play, and have it your way! There are so many options at Thousand Hills for lodging, as well as great packages to make your stay one you won’t soon forget.
Thousand Hills is a Branson lodging expert. Whatever you are looking for, Thousand Hills has it! Not only do they have lodging in the heart of Branson, with their centrally located condos which are only 2 blocks from 76 Country Blvd., but they also offer cabins located at Grand Mountain with beautiful rustic views and a romantic setting, as well as condos located at Table Rock Lake for an experience like no other. You can rent a cabin or condo having one bedroom, up to 4 bedrooms giving you the ability to houses as many or as few family and friends as you would like. Not only will you be able to experience the vacation you always wanted with Thousand Hills lodging, but your room will come with amenities like access to a swimming pool, Jacuzzi tub, premium channels like ESPN and HBO, and free Wi-Fi Internet, etc. All of this and more are sure to make you feel right at home at Thousand Hills during your Branson Vacation.
Thousand Hills offers the only 18-hole golf course in town. It was given 4-Start by Golf Digest magazine and “was voted Best of the Ozarks for Branson Golf Courses by readers of the Springfield News-Leader for the past two years in a row,” says the Thousand Hills official website. “As your Branson golf journey takes you through beautiful hardwood forests, past unique rock formations, and over Ozark streams you would never guess that you were within a long iron from the 76 strip and Branson’s world-famous live music shows.” Thousand Hills golf course provides you with a retreat from your vacation filled with the crazy adventures which are sure to await you in Branson. The golf course is designed with novice and professional golfers in mind.
...and have the Platinum Experience!
Thousand Hills offers you and your family an amazing opportunity with the Branson Platinum Experience. This is not a timeshare tour gimmick, says the Thousand Hill official website. “No tours, no tricks, it’s just our gift to you for staying with us at Thousand Hills. And the best part is, unlike percentage off coupons and buy one get ones, the Platinum Experience Booklet gives you tickets, admissions and meals, valued at over $750, compliments of Thousand Hills!!” As a guest of Thousand Hills, the only requirement to receive a Platinum Experience Booklet is making a reservation for any Thousand Hills 2 bedroom or larger golf condo, lake condo, or log cabin unit. A sampling of the things you will find in the Platinum Experience Booklet include one complimentary adult ticket to the Shoji Tabuchi Show, Sight and Sound Theater, Pierce Arrow, and SIX to name just a few of the shows. You will receive you booklet whenever you check-in. There is no requirement as to how many coupons you use, or the order in which you use them in.Read More ...
- Published on Wednesday, April 03 2013 8:24 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
Branson Condos in an Unmatched Location
When searching for lodging, you and your family have plenty of options that don’t include your standard hotel. Branson offers a number of different lodging options that include condos and cabins that can accommodate larger families with ease. Thousand Hills Golf Resort has numerous condo and cabin units that are perfect for your family, and in an ideal location in the heart of Branson.
Branson Condos at Thousand Hills range from smaller suite style rooms to larger 5 bedroom townhouses. Prices start at $74 per night for queen sized suites and go as high as $524 for 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom townhouses. Guests at Thousand Hills also receive great amenities. Free Wi-Fi internet is available, and most condos include a fully-equipped kitchen and spacious living room. Other amenities include a swimming pool, private patio, televisions and DVD players, and washers and dryers. Condos are also available in the Table Rock Lake area. These 2 and 3 bedroom condos are located close to all of the shows and attractions on Highway 76, but overlooking the scenic Table Rock Lake. These condos are just minutes from all that Table Rock Lake has to offer in boating, fishing, and swimming. A private boat dock is available for guest convenience. These condos range in price from $169 per night to $387 per night. Cabins at Thousand Hills include many of these same amenities, and are large enough to accommodate up to sixteen people. Cabins start at $129 per night for 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom cabins and range to $618 per night for larger 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom cabins large enough to sleep 16 guests.
Thousand Hills Golf Resort is located just off of Highway 76 in the heart of Branson’s hustle and bustle. The condos and cabins at Thousand Hills are in a premier location because they are close to some of the best shows in the Live Music Capital. The Andy Williams Moon River Theater, the Presley’s, SIX, and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater are all minutes away from Thousand Hills’ central location in town.
Additionally, Thousand Hills condos and cabins are located along Branson’s yellow route. This is an alternative route to navigating the city, avoiding the traffic along Highway 76. This alternative gives travelers access to all of the shows and attractions that are close by without as many traffic headaches.
Thousand Hills Branson condos are also close to one of Branson’s favorite golf courses. Thousand Hills golf course is frequently a visitor favorite, and people come back to play it again and again. The golf course has had some improvements in 2013, including extended cart paths and a reroute that shortens the average golf game by about an hour. Your perfect game of golf is just minutes away and it is easy to reserve your tee time online or by phone.
Whether you’re planning a getaway for two or a family reunion for twenty, Thousand Hills condos are a great alternative to other hotel rooms in the area. You have the privacy, amenities, and luxury of a five star hotel without all the inconveniences. Make sure to check out Thousand Hills for your next vacation. For more information about Thousand Hills premier condos and cabins in the Branson area and their championship golf course, visit thousandhills.com or call 1-877-262-0430.Read More ...
- Published on Tuesday, April 02 2013 8:51 PM
Written by Nichole Russell
Posted by Mark Ruda
April in Branson Brings the Shows Back to Life
Winter sends the tourists packing, but the April spring weather brings Branson back to life! Most shows close down at the end of November or December for a small hiatus, as well as most of the attractions, restaurants, and hotels. The NAIA national tournament kicks off Branson’s Spring Season.
A good thing about coming to Branson in April is that even though there will definitely be more tourists in town, the full crowds aren’t here yet. You will have to wait in line at Silver Dollar City, or you might have a small wait at a restaurant, but it will be nothing like if you travel to Branson during June or July.
Most shows in Branson changes their shows up each year, and if you visit Branson during April you will be one of the first to see what new acts and skits the wonderful entertainers of Branson have in store for you! Show times ticket prices are also less expensive during this time of year, because shows are practicing their new shows and not as many tourists are in town. During April 15 through the 24, Branson hosts a Springtastic Show Spree where tourists can come and enjoy ten different Branson shows for one low price. This is a great opportunity to save some money and get in as much of a Branson experience as you can during your stay.
In April Branson also puts on many fun and unique events you could participate in! Silver Dollar City’s World Fest begins on April 17 and runs through May 5 and is one of the most anticipated festivals. SDC brings in international performers and acts for you to enjoy. Also during April Branson hosts the U.S. Open Bow Fishing Championship on April 6, and the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce Spring Gold Tournament on April 19 for a little outside fun. On April 12 through 14 Branson will host an Elvis festival, so be on the look out for an Elvis look-a-like. You can check with the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce for a full list of activities with dates and times.
Not only will you be able to experience all that Branson has to offer during the month of April, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful Ozark Mountain weather. Temperature usually sits between a comfortable 45 to 68 degrees. This is the perfect time to take in some outdoor adventures and enjoy the beautiful Table Rock and Taneycomo lakes. Besides the beautiful weather, every attraction and restaurant should be in full swing and ready for your visit! All of the fun festivals and special attractions are sure to make your Branson experience so much more enjoyable and memorable. During April, you can get the best of both worlds in Branson - every option for family fun and entertainment in open and ready to be experienced, without the long lines and crazy traffic of May, June, and July. April brings the shows back to life, and can bring some joy into your life by booking your Branson vacation today!Read More ...
- Published on Friday, March 29 2013 12:10 PM
Written by Neil Sawford
Posted by Mark Ruda
The Thousand Hills Golf Resort Redesign Completion Grand Opening
2020 Golf Experience Today
In 2009 we obtained a master plan from our architect.
In 2010 we asked our customers, “What would enhance your golf experience?”
In 2011 and 2012 we combined the architects plans with your comments and made the changes
In 2013 we are unveiling the finished product, the “2020 Golf Experience”
So, what is the 2020 golf experience? As we collected and analyzed information from all of the sources we reached out to, it became quite evident what the most important factor that we needed to address was our customer’s most valuable asset--their time. And as we began to dig deeper into the equation not only did we need to take time into consideration but we also needed to look at the quality of our customer’s time on the course. The golf course is always in great condition and the level of customer service that we provided was second to none so how did we implement a plan that was directed by the customer’s quality of time? We thought about what we were doing and it did not take us long to figure out that although we were not terribly far off of our goal of increasing quality of time, there were definite areas that we could improve on and certain processes we could change to align ourselves with the golfer of today and tomorrow, the 2020 golfer. From that came our final implementation plan that centered on our interpretation of where our customer’s values would lie by the year 2020. The final product, the “2020 Golf Experience Today.”
What was changed at Thousand Hills to enhance the customers time and quality? Thousand Hills is located in the center of the theater district in Branson Missouri and has a unique layout that incorporates golf with the beauty of the Ozarks Mountains so no changes were needed there. Changes were addressed in most other areas of the golf operation. Some of the changes were subtle but some involved major construction or equipment purchases to obtain the final goal of providing the “2020 Golf Experience.” Here’s a list of the main changes that were made at Thousand Hills, broken down into three categories, maintenance, accessibility and speed of play.
--A specialized mower was purchased with a contour deck to allow lowering the height of rough by close to an inch to aid ball locating and increase the percentage of quality shots.
--The same mower was found to be significantly faster than initial mowing methods and allow for the rough to be cut twice as often keeping the rough at the desired height longer.
--An innovative new flag accessibility system was implemented to allow greater access to the golf course for senior players. Instead of a single handicap flag, an additional flag, “senior flag,” was added to allow seniors to drive on fairways at times when normal traffic is prohibited.
--A cart path was rerouted on an intensely hilly green approach to allow a shorter walking distance and close to zero degree entrance to the twelfth green.
--With the same project the distance was also shortened and a near zero degree entrance to the thirteenth tee was created.
--A round about was added behind the sixth green to shorten the length of walking travel to the green and add a nearly level access point.
Speed of Play:
--The final leg of the process was to reroute the course. This change stems from several factors. First, the easiest (2) and hardest (3) holes occurred back to back and very early in the round. It was decided to change the routing of the course to move the hardest hole later in the round when the golfer is warmed up and more able to attack one of the toughest par 4’s in Missouri. Second, the course will flow better with shorter distances between holes and a more intuitive route.
A fourth category called fluff could be added to the list. A new fleet of Yamaha golf cars was added in 2011 and with all of the changes that were made it didn't make much sense to use carts that were not new. Over the winter Thousand Hills Golf Resort staff negotiated intensively with Yamaha and was able to put a fleet of new 2013 golf cars in place to be the “icing on the cake” of the 2020 Golf Experience.
When totaled, Thousand Hills Golf Resort ownership committed more than $250,000 above normal yearly operating expenses to complete the project. Over the first week of April 2013 Thousand Hills will be introducing the finished project with a huge event. There will be golf specials that have never been offered before to thank customers for their patience and to celebrate the dawning of a new golf age.
Celebrate and experience the future of golf today with these specials the first week of April 2013
--4/2 Tuesday: 2 for 1 all day
--4/3 Wednesday: Ladies play for cart fee +tax ($18.00 +tax) after 11:00 A.M.
--4/4 Thursday: Seniors (over 55) pay only cart fee +tax for 18 holes of golf ($18.00 +tax)
--4/5 Friday: Four for the price of three
--4/6 Saturday: Everyone pays only cart Fee +tax for 18 holes of golf ($18.00 +tax)
Play with Shoji foursome event
$2,500 hole in one on 17
Pancake breakfast with your tee time before 8:00A.M.
Closest to the hole prizes
--4/7 Sunday: $25.00 includes 18 holes of golf and power cart + tax
- Published on Wednesday, March 27 2013 8:24 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
Branson Family Reunions - Fun For the Whole Family
Your family is trying to plan a reunion. But… not every single one of your many aunts, uncles, and cousins will fit in your house. Plus… there’s not really anything particularly entertaining about your hometown. You’re getting the feeling that this reunion is going to be more stressful than you had hoped. Before you get a headache, take a look at what Branson has to offer your family.
Branson is a premier location for family fun. Its proximity to Table Rock Lake makes it an excellent destination for family fun on the water. Boating, fishing, and other water sports are great means of family entertainment. Midwest Living magazine has named Branson its top pick for lakeside family reunions. Branson is also home to over 100 shows that includes the incredible Acrobats of China, The Haygoods, the Hamner Barber Variety Show, and Joseph at Sight and Sound Theaters. Many of Branson’s shows offer discounted ticket prices to large groups. Booking early can help you get the best price on your tickets. Silver Dollar City is another option for family fun during your reunion. Depending on when your family is planning on being in town, you may be able to plan to take in one of Silver Dollar City’s many festivals including the upcoming Bluegrass and BBQ Festival in May.
Branson is also home to some first class lodging-and you're not just limited to hotels! Thousand Hills Golf Resort gives families different options for their Branson vacation or reunion. Thousand Hills offers condo and cabin rentals to larger groups. These condos and cabins are located just minutes away from Highway 76 and downtown Branson. Condos range in size from smaller suites to 5 bedroom townhouses, and cabins can comfortably sleep up to 16 people. Your family could easily stay in a single condo or cabin, and you will be able to enjoy your time with your family in the privacy of a condo or cabin. Thousand Hills offers many amenities to guests. Cabin amenities include jetted tubs, fireplaces, fully-equipped kitchens, free wireless internet, and screened in back porches. Cabins at Thousand Hills start at only $129 per night. Condos offer access to many swimming pools and a 24 hour fitness center. These units start at $74 per night. Thousand Hills also boasts one of Branson’s favorite golf courses, so your family can enjoy a day on the fairways during your reunion. With so many options, your family can easily find a place to stay and play.
To make the job of planning all of these details even easier, there are numerous handy Reunion Planner Kits available to help you make decisions about where to stay, what shows to take in, and what restaurants to choose while staying in Branson. These guides include a current Branson Vacation Guide, a Show and Attraction Guide, and a specialized guide for planning reunions in Branson. Professional travel planners in Branson can also be a big help in planning your trip to Branson. Other resources are available to help you plan the best family reunion.
So before you give yourself a headache, look toward Branson, Missouri for family entertainment that will provide your family with memories that will last a lifetime.Read More ...
- Published on Tuesday, March 26 2013 8:54 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
365 Days to Honor Veterans in Branson
Most of Branson's residents and tourists recognize the sacrifice our armed forces have made to keep our country free and prosperous. The city of Branson celebrates those sacrifices each year with the Branson Veterans Homecoming, an event that welcomes veterans and their families for a week of entertainment and festivity especially to honor them. Scheduled for November 5 – 11, 2013, shows like 3 Redneck Tenors, the Acrobats of China, the Baldknobbers, and Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express will be participating in the Branson Veterans Homecoming. The Veterans Village will return to the Red Roof Mall shopping center, and Welk Resort will host the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall again in 2013. Other great events are planned throughout the week of celebration.
However, throughout the year many Branson businesses honor these men and women. Many of Branson’s shows also include a tribute to veterans during their performances. During the Branson Veterans Homecoming celebration and throughout the month of November, businesses will seek to honor this nation’s veterans with special offers and discounts. In 2012, Branson was named a “Purple Heart City”, the first in Missouri, and is known for being one of the most veteran friendly cities in America on a day to day basis. Branson welcomes veterans and are inspired by how much these men and women do for our country and our freedoms.
Additionally, multiple organizations reach out to veterans and families. An organization called Branson Veterans Events and Reunions coordinates events throughout the year to honor veterans. This not-for-profit organization helps organize Color Guards, Honor Guards, and even buglers for special events. Branson Veterans Events and Reunions wants to help groups of veterans and their families plan their vacations and reunions in the Branson area. The people at Branson Veterans Events and Reunions want to help say “Welcome Home, Thank You for your Service, and we’re glad you’re here.” On April 7, 2013, Branson Veterans Events and Reunions will be hosting a free event for veterans and their families at the Clay Cooper Theater. For more information about this organization, visit www.bransonveteransevents.com or visit their Facebook page.
Another of these organizations is the Branson Veterans Task Force. This veteran-to-veteran organization hopes to bring veterans together, and to honor them in a significant way. One way the Branson Veterans Task Force does this is by providing individuals and businesses with the opportunity to sponsor a flag on Branson’s Avenue of Freedom for a veteran, active military member, police officer, firefighter, or first responder. Each flag flies for 90 days; when that period is over, the flag will be shipped with a certificate to the recipient, and the recipient’s name will appear on the Avenue of Freedom Wall of Honor page located on the Branson Veterans Task Force website. For additional information, please visit bransonveteranswebsite.com
Whether you’re in Branson in November or June, please remember to thank our veterans, our active military personnel, our police officers, our firefighters, and our first responders who work day in and day out to keep our families, our homes, and our freedoms safe. If you meet a veteran, thank them for the time they spent upholding the ideals of this nation, and pray for those who are still fighting for the same reasons. Remember those who won’t be coming home, honor those that did, and honor those who are on their way back.Read More ...
- Published on Thursday, March 21 2013 1:53 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
Thousand Hills Branson Golf Course Gets a Makeover for 2013
For twenty years, Thousand Hills Golf Resort has provided their guests with the best golf experience and condo and cabin rentals in Branson. This 18-hole golf course is nestled in the heart of Branson, just off of Highway 76. Over 25,000 golfers visit the course each year, and many guests return to Thousand Hills time and time again.
According to a press release, Thousand Hills Golf Resort has been making some changes to its course over the past year. In 2012, the resort began offering senior flags to guests who are 55 years old or older. This allows them to drive in the fairways when others cannot. The response to the change was a positive one. Guests liked the convenience of taking fewer steps to get to their ball.
New golf carts and cart paths have also been part of the changes Thousand Hills has made. Because the golf course is situated in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, the terrain can be tricky to navigate. Some holes on the course play downhill, and cart paths were previously situated at the top of these hills. Now the cart paths extend right down to the hole, and golfers no longer have to walk down a flight of stairs during their game. An interview with Chad Hamlet revealed that he and his son Gabe find their golf game much more convenient with the new cart paths in place. Thousand Hills hopes to continue to make their guests’ golf games even better with the newly re-routed course. Hamlet said that a game of golf (18 holes) typically takes 4 to 5 hours. With the route changes, Thousand Hills hopes that a game of golf will now take 4 hours or less.
Additionally, Thousand Hills has given guests options when reserving tee times. Hamlet said that the Thousand Hills website has made reserving a tee time online especially easy, and that their system is user friendly and easy to navigate. While at thousandhillsgolf.com, Hamlet recommends signing up for Thousand Hills e-mails. He said that there are great specials available just by signing up. Guests can also call to reserve their tee time.
Finally, Thousand Hills is having a party April 1 – 6 to celebrate the changes that have been made to the golf course. This will be the first time that guests will have the opportunity to play with all of the new changes in place. Great deals will be available on food, merchandise, and golf throughout that week. Thousand Hills appreciates their guests’ patience as they have worked on these changes for the last couple of years.
Thousand Hills Golf Resort is located just 2 blocks south of the Grand Palace and the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre off Highway 76 in Branson. To reserve a tee time, call 1-877-262-0430 or go online to thousandhills.com/branson-golf.Read More ...