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- Published on Friday, April 12 2013 7:09 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
The Many Faces of Table Rock Lake
Approximately 2 million visitors come to the Branson area every year. Some are even return visitors who are looking for something new and exciting to do. One of Branson’s treasures for vacationers is the pristine Table Rock Lake. From boating to swimming, you can easily find a way to spend an exciting day on the lake water skiing or relaxing on a pontoon boat. Whatever your preference, Table Rock Lake is the perfect playground for your summer fun.
For boating and water sport enthusiasts, there are numerous marinas located around the lake for your convenience. If you’re staying in Branson, What’s Up Dock, Port of Kimberling Marina, and Baxter’s Boat Dock are within an hour’s drive. Water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing are just some of the options that are available to vacationers enjoying Table Rock Lake’s pristine waters. Boat operators on Table Rock Lake are required to take a boating safety course and carry a Water Patrol issued card that proves that the course was taken and passed. For vacationers, a temporary 30 day permit can be obtained without the boating safety course. To take an online course, visit www.boat-ed.com/mo.
Fishermen also flock to Table Rock Lake for the abundant numbers of bass and lunkers. There is a large variety of species that live in the lake though, including crappie, blue gill, flat head catfish, walleye, and sun fish. In the springtime, the fish spend a majority of their time near the bases of old cedar trees. Catches at this time of year are especially plentiful if you fish Table Rock Lake.
Dining options are also available on Table Rock Lake in addition to the many restaurant options in Branson. Coyote’s Dockside Café and Pub is located at What’s Up Dock Marina in Kimberling City. After some time on the boat, Coyote’s is a great place to grab lunch. Coyote’s has whatever you’re hungry for – burgers, pasta, ribs, chicken, sandwiches, wraps, and other specialties. Lakeside Resort, Restaurant, and General Store is another great option, offering pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and sweet treats for the sweet tooth. Lakeside Restaurant is located in Branson West, right on Table Rock Lake’s banks.
To make the lake area even more appealing, all of the boating, fishing, watersports, and lakefront lodgings are just minutes from all that Branson has to offer. Shopping, shows, dining, and other attractions are easily accessible to visitors staying in one of Table Rock Lake’s luxurious condos, vacation homes, or other lodgings. You can easily get to what you need when staying on the lake.
Your vacation is sure to be relaxing when you stay in one of Table Rock Lakes many condos, cabins, or cottages. Make sure to check out Table Rock Lake when planning your vacation, where boating, fishing, swimming, and other watersports are within your reach. For more information about Table Rock Lake, its lodging, restaurants, and outdoor activities, go to visittablerocklake.org.Read More ...
- Published on Thursday, April 11 2013 9:41 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
Branson Condo Rentals Give You Bang For the Buck
Not only does Branson boast some of the best entertainment experiences in the nation, it also boasts some of the greatest lodging in the area. When you’re planning your next vacation to the area, don’t settle for a hotel. Instead, take a close look at Branson’s variety of condominiums and cabins to get the most for your money.
Branson condo rentals give you much more than a hotel offers. While many of the amenities offered by condos are also offered by hotels, a condo rental gives you what a hotel simply can’t. In hotels, the bedrooms and bathrooms are practically in the same room. Condos offer guests privacy. Many condos offer private bed and bathrooms so your family can better enjoy your vacation. Branson condo rentals can also accommodate more people than a typical hotel room. Some condo rentals give you the space to sleep up to 16 people. Others are smaller for those romantic weekends with your spouse.
Another option that condos offer is a dining and kitchen area that enables guests to cook their own meals if they wish. This can save guests money on eating out during their vacation. When staying in a hotel, you have no other options other than eating out. You can still have a great vacation without having to spend tons of money on meals as well as your lodging. Condo rentals also give you the option of watching TV with your family in a family living space. In hotel rooms, the only place for you to enjoy TV is from the bed. Make the experience much more enjoyable by having your own condo to call “home” while you’re staying in Branson.
Branson condos also give you access to a number of recreational activities. Swimming pools are common in hotels, but you have options when staying in a condo. Swimming, fishing, jogging, golf, and tennis are just some of the things that you can enjoy when staying in Branson’s many condos. You also get the beautiful scenery of the Ozark Mountains rather than the traffic and noise of the streets. Your condo rental gives you the peace and quiet you’re looking for in a relaxing atmosphere.
However, if you’re worried about having a long drive into town to catch your show, don’t sweat it! Many Branson condo rentals are far enough from the hustle and bustle to give you a comfortable vacation, but close enough that you can enjoy the shows and attractions that Branson has to offer. You’re also minutes away from championship golf courses and some of the best dining experiences in town.
In addition, condo rentals are a cost effective lodging option for your vacation. Many condo rentals range in price from $74 per night to $600 per night, depending on the size of the unit and the season in which you’re visiting. Weekly rates are also available for some condos. You will be getting many more amenities and features for your money.
So before you decide on a hotel, take a look at the many condo rentals that Branson has to offer. Condos offer guests privacy, access to all of the Branson shows, multiple recreational opportunities, and the welcoming environment of having a kitchen and living space – things that a hotel simply can’t offer. Branson condo rentals can definitely get you more bang for the buck.Read More ...
- Published on Thursday, April 11 2013 2:10 PM
Written by Nichole Russell
Posted by Mark Ruda
Free Branson Vacation Guide Updated for 2013
Thousand Hills has recently updated their free Branson Missouri 2013 Vacation Guide. The guide takes you through why you should stay in Branson, what there is to do, where to eat, and where to stay. Great pictures complete this guide which is sure to help you when planning your next Branson vacation.
The first question that could pop into your mind when thinking about Branson is, would should you go there? In the Why Visit Branson? section Thousand Hills does a great job of breaking down all of the great shows, attractions, and restaurants in Branson. Also, they give you feel for what is happening in Branson during different seasons.
Since you will, most likely be traveling to Branson in the summer, the What is happening in Branson this Summer? section is very important. Here, Thousand Hills gives you a break down of exciting events such as the Silver Dollar City’s National Kids’ Fest, tells you about some fun Lake Activities, reminds you about Branson’s Memorial Day Weekend to honor veterans, and many more fun activities!
After deciding to head to Branson this year, you will have to decide Where to stay while in Branson. This section will help you decide whether or not you want to go the traditional route of a cramped hotel room, or take a chance and stay at one of Thousand Hills beautiful and luxurious cabins or condos in the Branson area. Whatever you are looking for, Thousand Hills is sure to have it.
In the Shows/Attractions section, Thousand Hills break down some of the most popular shows in town, as well as the little known shows which should get more attention. Shows such as the 3 Redneck Tenors, The Acrobats of China, the Adventures of Marco Polo, and the Baldknobbers. Pick up the Branson 2013 Vacation Guide to see the other shows Thousand Hills recommends.
Besides shows and attractions, there are some great Restaurants in Branson. Thousand Hills gives you a complete list of the great restaurants in town, complete with the address, phone numbers, and a great summary of the feeling of the restaurant.
While on vacation why not take in some Golfing in Branson? Thousand Hills gives you a list of all the great places to golf while staying in the Ozarks, and a break down of the award winning 18-hole Thousand Hills golf course.
During your stay, make sure to take in some of the Lake & Nature Activities in Branson. The Ozarks are known for the beautiful nature and fun lake activities during the summer, and in the Branson Vacation Guide you will find all three lakes, Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake, broken down for you so you can make sure to get the outdoor experience you are looking for. Along with your lake adventure, the Thousand Hills’ Branson Vacation Guide gives you Natural Attractions to do in the Branson Area. Whether you want to take a trek into the Ozarks’ Marvel Cave, or take a ride through nature at Dogwood Canyon, the Guide has your break down.
And don’t forget Shopping in Branson! You can get some get deals, and not only does Branson have your favorite high scale shopping, but also outlets and specialty shops.
Thousand Hills has also taken the time to plan out sample Branson itineraries for you and your family. These sample itineraries include one for a family weekend trip, a golfer’s weekend trip, a nature lover’s weekend trip, and a Branson 5 day vacation. The Thousand Hills’ Branson Missouri 2013 Vacation Guide also tells you how you can go from just staying in Branson to living in Branson or making Branson a permanent vacation get away, in their Real Estate & Living in Branson section.
For more information about Thousand Hills or how to get your own copy or .pdf file of the Thousand Hills’ 2013 Branson Missouri Vacation Guide, go to thousandhills.com.Read More ...
- 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