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Branson Golf Year Round!

The weather may be getting cooler, but that just means that Branson golf rates are getting discounted for the season. Just because winter is coming doesn't mean there won't be good days to get out and get some fresh air. Thousand Hills Branson golf course is open year round!

Branson Golf Course in the FallThousand Hills Golf Resort is located just off the famous Country Music Boulevard, in the heart of Branson, Missouri. This beautiful 1995 Robert Cupp design is as unique as the town ofBranson.  Nestled in the middle of pristine land, Thousand Hills Golf Resort is frequently cited as one of the Branson’s most outstanding golf courses. This 18-hole course, equipped with challenging tees and fairways, is played each season by more than 30,000 golfers.

Playing to a Par 64, this course has 9 par 3’s, 8 par 4’s and one par 5. Don’t be fooled, this layout can be demanding off the tee and require precise shots into the undulating greens. Elevation changes and strategic bunkering throughout this beautiful masterpiece adds to not only the aesthetic value but also to the overall experience. Thousand Hills offers a spectacular combination of scenic surroundings and challenging holes.

Course Notes

  • Meyers Zoysia Fairways
  • Bent Grass Greens
  • BlueTees-5111yards
  • White Tees-, 4439 yards
  • Red Tees- 3616 yards
  • Rated 4-Stars by Golf Digest's "Places to Play"
  • 2009 & 2010 Award Winner Best Branson Golf Course
  • Bets In The Ozarks 2010 by News-Leader

Features

  • Fully Stocked Golf Shop
  • Mulligan’s Snack Bar
  • Locker Rooms
  • On –Site Accommodations
  • Stay and Play Packages available
  • Conference rooms

 You can reserve your tee-time on our Branson golf course today!

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Stay in Branson Cabins this Christmas

The holidays are always a great time to relax and celebrate with friends and family.  This year make Christmas time extra special by renting one of the Branson cabins, cozily tucked away in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. 

Branson Cabins WinterAny season is lovely in these Missouri woods, but the brisk winter air gives an added thrill to the exquisite rusticity, especially when experienced from the covered porch of one of the cabins.  The interior of each cabin is decorated to reflect the flow of the thick woods and rolling hills around it, and comes complete with free wireless internet, fully equipped kitchens, cable and jacuzzi tubs. 

Just minutes away from this sublime getaway is Branson's Ozark Christmas and its mix of world-class entertainment and holiday spirit.  Play a few rounds of golf at the nearby Thousand Hills Golf Resort, or visit the historic homestead of The Shepherd of the Hills to take a trip down the thrilling zip-line.  In downtown Branson experience the Adoration Parade, marching since 1948, or see the city aglow for the Festival of Lights.  Experience the best of holiday shopping at the Branson waterfront, where the new "Winter Wonder Landing" combines the beauty of the water and city lights with specialty shopping and dining. 

Numerous Christmas shows are featured every year, from November to New Year's, for an unique adventure every time.  Branson cabins can host intimate nights for two or an entire party of 16, and provide the perfect setting for celebration both in and out of the cabin's walls.  Early registration often comes with complementary vouchers for last minute shopping opportunities, and the Branson Platinum Experience strives to make each guest's stay perfect for their individual needs.  Make this a Christmas in the mountains that will be the best celebration yet. 

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Branson Christmas Lights Map!

Branson Christmas Lights MapNow that Branson Christmas is in full swing, you're going to want to plan a trip down to see the lights. Of course, to see the lights you've got to know where to find them!

Go ahead & download our free Branson Christmas Lights map and print it off so you'll be able to find your way to all the best light shows in Branson, Missouri. If you're needing a place to stay during the holiday season, consider staying in one of our Branson cabins for an unforgettable holiday experience. 

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Branson Cabins are Great for End of October Fun!

Branson Fall near the cabinsThis weekend would be the perfect weekend to rent one of our Branson Cabins and enjoy the last weekend of October. The Ozarks are in full Fall colors and the harvest is in.

If you haven't celebrated the harvest already, Silver Dollar City is hosting the National Harvest Festival for one more day! Through Saturday, this festival "celebrates the beauty and bounty of the great outdoors." Some of the attractions you’ll experience at the festival include a look at craftsmen and their work, artists, wildlife,Missouri’s largest barn dance, and of course all things related to nature’s bounty. Don't miss your last chance this year!

Of course, if you're in the Branson cabins then maybe getting out into nature is more to your liking. If so, the weather looks great this weekend to make the Branson outdoors shine. Hiking, camping or fishing in and around one of the areas many scenic lakes and streams is a visual treat at this time of year. Canoes, kayaks and boats can be rented if you want to enjoy the colors from off shore. For something a little different you may also enjoy experiencing the surroundings by horseback or touring one of several local caverns and caves.

This weekend also features some local, family-friendly Halloween celebrations. The whole family can have fun trick-or-treating in one of two safe and friendly events held at Branson’s Landing and Factory Merchant’s Branson. No matter what your age or interests, Branson has much to offer and there’s no better time to experience the Ozarks in their Autumn glory than the last weekend in October.

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Wonder Why Lake Taneycomo is down?

Branson lakes are famous, and have been one of the leading tourist attractions in the area since the Powersite dam was completed in 1913, creating Lake Taneycomo. However since the 23rd, you might have noticed that Lake Taneycomo was much lower than usual. Wonder why?

The reason is simple - maintenance on the Powersite dam and an upgrade of the system that controls the level of Lake Taneycomo. Previously, the water level was controlled through a system of "flash boards" that are easily damaged in flood conditions (such as those we saw in 2008 & 2011), and that have to be removed periodically for maintenance.

To remedy this, on October 23rd, the Empire Electric Company began drawing down the level of the lake to an ultimate goal of having the lake be at a level of 696.50, which is 3.6 feet below the normal level experienced when the upstream Table Rock Dam is not generating power. Once the water hit this level on the 24th, work could begin on a new system.

First, crews will remove the old flashboards and support system, then grout and level the top of the existing dam. Once the dam itself is prepared, a new control system called an "Obermeyer Spillway Gate system" will be installed. This new system consists of curved steel panels supported on the back side by inflated air bladders. The pressure in the air bladders can be adjusted incrementally and on-the-fly to raise or lower the panels which in turn raises or lowers the lake level. Empire Electric expects the new system to lead to much finer control of lake levels while also being more flood and damage resistant.

Empire Electric officials have coordinated with the Army Corps of Engineers which runs Table Rock Dam, and plan to keep Lake Taneycomo at a below normal level for 2-3 weeks until construction is complete. During that time they say the lake's primary activities of boating fishing will not be impaired, except for cautioning boaters to exercise caution near shorelines and to keep in mind that many boat ramps aren't designed to accomodate such low levels.

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Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson Missouri

branson missouri christmas resized 600If you have never driven around Branson Missouri at night during November or December, you are missing out on an extravagant display of lights, one often rated the best in the country. It is fittingly called the Festival of Lights and it hosts a drive along path that is lined with Branson Christmas displays and lights a mile long. This path is located off Shepherd of Hills Expressway and Roark Valley Road. But that’s not all Branson Missouri has to offer in the spirit of Christmas.

If you have been around Branson much at all, you know that the shows are well known and people come from all over to see them. But don’t forget to come back at Christmas time because many of shows in town do a Christmas special that is different from their regular performances and you don’t want to miss that.  

Not to mention the many options available for finishing up that last minute Christmas shopping. There are outlet malls, name brand stores, and specialty stores where you can find hand made items. Also, a fairly new addition to Branson, the Branson Landing, where you can shop and stroll on the lake and enjoy Christmas music with a water and fire show.

Come and bring the family to see how Branson celebrates Christmas and take part in all there is to do in Branson Missouri.

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Branson Christmas Decorations

Did you know that upon request you can stay in a cabin or condo that has been decorated for Christmas? Yes, at Thousand Hills many of the owners take so much pride in their cabins and condos on the nightly rental program that they personally decorate their unit for Christmas.

Branson goes all out when it comes to celebrating Christmas. One of the top cities in the nation when it comes to Christmas lights and festivities. To accommodate all that wish to come, Christmas celebrations start early in Branson. Generally lights are out and the theaters start their new and different Christmas shows the first week of November. Branson, with its central location, makes the ideal spot for families across the nation to easily gather and celebrate an old fashioned Branson Chrismas together.

Cabins and condos range in size from the private one bedroom to the family-sized five bedroom units. Many/most of the restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving and some on Christmas day. As the holidays approach, you can contact us for a list of local restaurants that will be available for dine in or catered services.

It may be October, but the Christmas season in Branson is fast approaching. Make sure you begin making you Branson Christmas plans today!

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From Branson Lodging to Fall Colors - The Best Scenic Routes

Branson lodging fall colorsIf you're staying in Branson cabins then you're already thinking about nature and the fall colors on display around you. But what about loading the family up and taking a drive to observe the fall colors and enjoy the wonderful fall weather around Branson?

With the summer months over, the traffic is much lighter and the roads are perfect for a leisurely drive. In fact, the Missouri Department of Conservation includes highways 76, 86 and 65 in their Fall Colors Brochure which has a map with routes to take for a view.

Highway 76 will take you through the heart of Branson where the fall color will be scattered along town with trees here and there. It will also take you out of town towards Silver Dollar City where there will be plenty of vibrant trees lining the highway.

If you take Highway 86, which is just south of Branson, you are sure to find lots of winding curves and beautiful scenery, including Table Rock Lake when you cross over it.

If you are looking for a more fast paced trip, but still want to observe the color and Ozark Hills, Highway 65 will let you do that. It is also the main highway that almost all traveleres take to get in & out of Branson, so it will be hard to miss the fall color here.

 However you do it, be sure to take some time to wind in around the hills of the Branson area and witness the breathtaking lakes, bluffs and colorful trees.

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Natural Branson Shows - Why Do Leaves Change Color?

One of the most breathtaking Branson shows takes place in the fall months of September and October, when the leaves of many of our trees change color from green to many shades of yellow, orange, purple and red. Driving down the road to and from work everyday, have you ever wondered why the leaves change colors? There are couple different reasons and it is not as simple as because the weather is cooling off, in fact if it gets too cold to quickly the leaves will just fall before they have time to be colorful.

The yellow and orange colors occur in the fall months because the leaves are getting less sun each day, as the days get shorter. Which results in them being unable to make as much food, and as this happens, the green color breaks down and the yellows and oranges, which have been there all summer, can be seen. The trees that bring us these beautiful colors are the hickory, ash, birch, maple, sycamore, cottonwood and sassafras.

Ozarks Branson Fall ColorsHowever, a chemical change in the leaf is what creates the reds and purples in the maple, sweetgum, oak and dogwood trees. The leaf makes new sugars during warm days and it is then trapped there during the cool nights and the chemical change appears red or purple. The leaves will appear more red if the days are warmer and if they are not shaded from the sun.

But if the trees don’t get the needed rainfall throughout the year and especially during this turning period, the leaves will sadly just turn brown and fall to the ground without displaying their beauty.

Now that you know a bit about why leaves change colors, you can plan your visits to Branson shows around when you're most likely to see the best color. Check back in a couple days when we give you our recommendations for the best scenic fall drives in Southwest Missouri!

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Branson Show Highlight: Clay Cooper Country Music Express

Clay Cooper Branson ShowCountry music veteran Clay Cooper has been entertaining audiences since the age of 16, and loves nothing better than sharing his talents with an audience. He originally performed with a band known as the Texas Goldminors, and decided that Branson was the place he wanted to be. Now he has the Clay Cooper Theater on Highway 76 in Branson, where the Clay Cooper Country Music Express performs from March through December with a stable of twenty spectacularly gifted artists for your entertainment.

Clay Cooper's Branson show features a high-energy roster of toe-tapping talents -- Johnny Lonestar, trick roper and gunslinger, Clay's equally talented wife Tina Cooper and her dancers, their son, 6-year-old Colt, and rhythm duo Buckets n' Boards, whose dynamic musical comedy will have you laughing until you cry. It's an evening of down-home music, family tradition and rib-tickling humor that welcomes country music fans of all ages.

Of course, that's not all the Clay Cooper Country Music Express has to offer -- a dozen other stellar performers, all veterans of country music, are there to make this show the best two hours you ever spent. If country music is what you live for, you won't certainly won't regret the experience. Guitar, fiddle, dancing, comedy, classics and gospel favorites - you'll get to hear them all, because Clay Cooper and his co-performers are just that good.

Clay Cooper's Country Music Express is located on Hwy. 76, directly across from the Titanic Museum. When you're in Branson, Missouri, make sure you have your tickets and bring the whole family to one of the classiest shows in Branson.

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