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If you are looking for the perfect area to observe the beauty, history and excitement of the Ozarks, then Branson, Missouri is your ideal destination. Once a sleepy, little, fishing town along the White River, Branson, Missouri has quickly become a favorite getaway for the weekender, business traveler or family interactive vacation. You will find that in Branson there is always something very old, very new, and just down right entertaining. Branson offers renowned entertainment, Branson condo rentals, quality shopping with discount malls to designer stores, fine dining and accommodations plus.

branson condo rentalsWith so many things to do and see in Branson, try for an extended stay. Kick back and take your time visiting the many museums, natural areas, and local lakes. Where you stay will become one of the most important decisions of your trip. Spacious Branson condominium rentals are available for small or large parties. You may choose to stay in the heart of the entertainment district or on the outskirts of town on Table Rock Lake. Whether you are traveling with loved ones or coming for a business conference, Branson condominium rentals will fit your needs. You will be surprised to find how affordable a two bedroom, fully equipped condominium is compared to the mundane hotel room. Branson condo rentals are equipped with all the essentials of home, plus whirlpool tubs, a bathroom for every bedroom, a television for every bedroom and A+ bedding.

If you are looking to make your vacation unique, memorable and still cost effective, then a comfortable, stylish Branson condo rental is the right choice. A major benefit of our Branson condo rentals is their location; close to dining, shopping, golf courses, the lakes and more. No longer is the Branson traffic an issue. Branson condominium rentals are adjacent to the new routes that will quickly skirt you around the city. Your destination, whether the excitement of downtown or a thrilling ride on a zipline, will be only minutes away.

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Branson Vacation Plan - 4 Perfect Days

Have you entered our Summer Giveaway yet? If not, like us on Facebook and enter to win 2 nights free in Branson! Until you win, here's a sample itinerary to help you plan your next Branson vacation!

11:00am You arrive in at the Branson Airport, on time and only 20 minutes from Thousand Hills Golf Resort in the heart of Branson, MO. The sounds of your children clamoring excitedly as you passed over Branson and Table Rock Lake still resonating in your ears. Your spouse’s warm assuring smile reminds you why you’re here and the glorious long weekend ahead. And you smile to yourself knowing your kids will cherish the time with you.

At 11:30 you make a detour to State Park Marina – and only now do you share the secret with the family! You’re spending the afternoon on Table Rock Lake and have reserved a big tri-troon with a slide and upper deck for the afternoon

12:00 you are pulling out of the cove, gassed, and lunch from Danna’s BBQ (best bbq in town) ready to enjoy a great afternoon, after a quick wave to the folks on the Showboat Branson Belle, you are off. A picnic lunch on the boat and then a dip and your enjoying the clear waters of Table Rock.

4:00 you come off the lake grab a shaved ice from the marina and drive to Thousand Hills Golf Resort for check-in and a quick cat nap but no rest for the weary. The kids want to try dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack at the Branson Landing, but not before stopping by the concierge desk at Thousand Hills Clubhouse to pick up some Silver Dollar City tickets for the next morning. Oh, you don’t really mind because the pancakes at Billye Gayle’s are on call for breakfast.

9:00 Wow. And that’s day 1. Dreaming of Day 2 and your heart hasn’t even stopped thumping!

6:00am Open curtains. Golf. A quick 9-holes before the kids wake up. Still Thousand Hills. Pat yourself on the back. A great day is ahead, and this condo location makes you want to come back. Courtesy of the cool new Platinum Experience program at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. What a deal!

9:30 Drop the kids at Geyser Gulch. And now you and your wife can spend some alone time strolling thru the 60 Unique & Inspirational Shops within the city.

10:30 And now the dividend. You see the biggest smile ever on your sons face. Wet, wild, and a big day ahead. And only Day 2. Man, SDC is dependable. Check out the video on beforehand. You can almost taste it!

12:30 Still lots of the park to see, but lunch beckons. The kids are in good hands on the City's Square at Wagon Works Grill enjoying their own lunch. Going to try the grilled turkey leg, have an epic appetite!

1:45 Ready for some world class entertainment. It’s Kidsfest at the city and it all begins with spectacular shows designed with your family in mind. From breathtaking feats of skill and courage to lighthearted laughter, National KidsFest entertainment is not to be missed! First off its Discovery Channel superstar and Guinness World-Record high-wire walker, Nik Wallenda returns with The Fabulous Wallenda Family Circus! then • SpongeBob & Patrick, Dexter & DeeDee, Tom & Jerry, George Jetson & Astro, Backyardigans, Fred, Barney & Dino, Scooby Doo & Shaggy, Yogi Bear & Boo Boo, and Dora & Diego, there all here and can’t wait to meant your kids.

5:00 Just enough energy left for a cool down in what started Branson “Marvel Cave” a constant 60 degrees and a great end to this day.

7:00 because the condo you booked has a full kitchen you give the wife a night off and prepare dinner.

7:30am Open curtains. Thousand Hills. Close curtains, open again. Still Thousand Hills. Yikes. Feeling the quads a little. Stop by the workout room its free and much needed.

8:15 the kids loved their day yesterday, and are already talking about how great is to have you with them. Think we’re going to stay inside today. Open your Platinum Experience booklet and check out all the savings. Call the concierge

8:30 Done. That was easy. The children are ecstatic. The Titanic?, the Ralph foster museum at School of the Ozarks, Ripleys Believe It or Not, Hollywood Wax Museum and some indoor mini golf. Stop by the clubhouse to pick up your tickets and here you go again.

12:30 lunch, in keeping with tradition, Dobyn’s at School of the Ozarks serves only the finest, freshest ingredients available, many of which are grown locally. Our tomatoes, green beans, and some other vegetables are grown in campus gardens in season, by students. And it’s awesome.

3:30 Now the wife and I both need the masseuse. What a day. Where’s that Spa number when we need it! The only number you need is the concierge as she arranges an inroom massage for us both all while the kids catch up with the antics of Tom and Jerry on the big 47” plasma in the condo of course, it is Thousand Hills remember. Twist our arms!

6:00 So it’s our last night. And it’s a beautiful night. And we are headed to Sight and Sound theatres for Joseph the kids love it, and so are we. But it’s back to the real world tomorrow. Wow. Stylish, but friendly enough for the kids. Life is getting pretty good right now.

7:30am Open curtains. Thousand Hills. Close curtains, open again. Still Thousand Hills. Pretend we’re not flying back this afternoon! Hmmmm. Not working. Maybe get on the lap top and take a look at Thousand Hills Golf Resort Reservations for weekend last minute deals next month! Good idea. Getting here is less expensive and easier than we thought!
8:15 Half day at White Water for the kids, remember that free ticket you got with the Platinum Experience booklet.

8:30 Note to self. Treat aching thighs and rest of body to the best Breakfast in Branson at McFarlains and you get one free with your Platinum Experience booklet . Mmmmm. That worked. Should have been a doctor!

9:30 Alas, the sun has subsided but at White Water is sunny every day. Best of both worlds if you ask us! Lazy river here we come!

1:30 Collect the children, mind you, unwillingly. Late check out. luggage safely stored by the hotel, Yellow Cab dutifully waiting, and we, begrudgingly head back on the too short ride to Branson Airport. We remind ourselves that the kids once again are the reason, and that we’ll be home in time for dinner.

Life can be really good if you make it so.

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Summer Giveaway 2012 - Win a Branson Vacation!

Want to win a Branson Vacation? Who doesn't? Simply follow this link, Like us on Facebook, and fill out the entry form to be eligible to win your own Branson vacation this summer!

Thousand Hills Summer GiveawayEligible entries will be entered into the contest with the Grand Prize being 2 nights in a two bedroom condo or log cabin (winner's choice!) any time from August 6th to September 15th, 2012. Included in this stay is the Platinum Experience Book that includes over $750 in complimentary tickets, gifts, meal vouchers and more! 

Entering is simple, follow the link:, like us on Facebook, and fill out the form. The winner will be announced July 2nd, 2012.

Good luck to all who are entered, and tell your friends--maybe they'll invite you along on their free Branson vacation!

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Thousand Hills Awarded Certificate of Excellence

We're proud to announce that Thousand Hills Resort has recently been awarded the 2012 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence. Thanks to all of our guests who have rated us so highly!

The Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence is given to qualified accommodations who receive an average review of at least 4 out of 5 stars. Each year only about 10% of accommodations are eligible to receive this award.

Thanks to our staff and guests for helping others on Tripadvisor know what we already know--that we have one of the best places to stay in Branson, Missouri! If you've recently stayed at Thousand Hills and haven't left a review on TripAdvisor, we welcome you to go there and share your Thousand Hills experience with others. 

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The New Branson Missouri Webcam!

See Branson Missouri live at Thousand Hills! If you visit our website at you can see a live view of Thousand Hills Golf Course in beautiful Branson, Missouri.

Towards the right side of the picture in the distance you can see the Tee Box of Hole #1. In the foreground is the putting and chipping green where you can practice your shots while you wait for your turn to hit the course. Towards the left, middle distance you can see the Green of Hole #13.

Golf isn't the only thing in view--Our Fairways Branson condos are on the left side of the frame. These condos obviously have a great view of the course! And while they're not shown, don't forget that we also have extremely popular log cabins at the Cabins at Grand Mountain and lakeview condos at The Majestic on Table Rock. 

In addition to the live webcam, we've also inlcuded live weather conditions to help you plan your visit to Thousand Hills. See the current temperature, wind, weather forecast and more. 

Any time you miss Branson, Missouri or want to see what things are currently like at Thousand Hills be sure and visit our live branson webcam.

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Branson Lodging Lets You Save More the Longer You Stay!

Did you know that the longer you stay at Thousand Hills, the more you save? It's called the Progressive Discount at Thousand Hills! The best deal in Branson lodging is available online at or by calling 1-877-262-0430 where you can save up to 35% per night.

How does the progressive discount work? Easy, just stay in one of our famous log cabins, golf front condos, lake view condos or heart of Branson townhomes for 2 or more nights! The more nights you stay, the more you save! 

  • Stay 2 Nights - Save 10% off each night
  • Stay 3 Nights - Save 15% off each night
  • Stay 4 Nights - Save 20% off each night
  • Stay 5 Nights - Save 25% off each night
  • Stay 6 Nights - Save 30% off each night
  • Stay 7 or more nights & save 35% each night of your stay--that's like getting more than 2 nights free!
Just make your reservations online now at using our handy reservation system and you'll see the discount applied immediately and see just how much you'll save!
No catch, no hoops to jump through, just make any reservation for 2 nights or more for now through the end of 2012 and you'll automatically receive the progressive discount. This is our way of saying thanks to our loyal customers who stay with us year after year.
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Free Branson Show Tickets

You may be pleasantly surprised to find there are free Branson show tickets available for your personal pleasure on your next trip to Branson, Missouri. This may seem like a fantasy, but when you book an individual reservation, in a two bedroom or larger condo or cabin, at any of the Thousand Hills Properties, you will receive our Platinum Experience set of free Branson show and attraction tickets.

This is not a buy one get one free promotion. You will receive one free ticket to many of the best of Branson’s shows and attractions to use during your stay. For instance, you might choose to see Joseph at the new, majestic Sight and Sound Theater. That one complimentary adult ticket has a value/saving of $52.45.

If you choose to purchase additional tickets, our concierge is on hand to help you make those plans. Hopefully, you will be staying for a few days in Branson and will have time to utilize other free Branson tickets found in our Platinum Experience Program. Try Presleys’ Country Jubilee for a rip roaring good time. If you are more into museums that are not only fun but educational, take advantage of the one adult free ticket to the Titanic Museum. And for the truly brave at heart, you will want to take a zipline tour at Adventure Ziplines.

Are you a golfer but didn’t bring your clubs? The 27th free ticket will get rental clubs for four people at the Thousand Hills Golf Course. This is the third year that Thousand Hills has been able to make such a worthwhile program available to our guests. Just use a few of the available tickets and you could easily say over $200.00. Use several of the free tickets and saving amount to well over $700.00. There are a few restrictions like “can not combine with other discounts” and “not available with group discount pricing” that may apply. Thousand Hills Properties include: Thousand Hills Golf Resort, The Cabins at Grand Mountain, and The Majestic at Table Rock. The Platinum Experience, free Branson ticket program, is exclusively offered by Thousand Hills Resorts.

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Branson Homes at Thousand Hills

Looking for a Reason to purchase a second home in Branson, Missouri?

So you have decided now is the time to purchase a second home and are wondering where would be a perfect getaway for the whole family. Branson should be at the top on the list when considering a second home. What all started back in 1907 with Harold Bell Wright's book “The Shepherd of the Hills” Branson has become known as the live country and music capital of the world; but that’s just the tip of the iceberg (and I don’t mean the Titanic, but that’s here also!).

There are many reasons why Branson is a great place from the great climate, 4 pristine lakes, and the abundance of shopping and with eight million visitors a year Branson homes continue as a great investment. In 1999, more than $150 million dollars have been invested in the development of more than 50 new and reconstructed roads allowing visitors to travel from show to attraction and malls to restaurants in a fraction of the time it would taken along Highway 76 in the early 90’s. Branson, Missouri, is ranked as the 18th most visited overnight leisure destination in the country. Branson now has its own airport which opened in 2009. The Airport is the first privately financed and operated commercial airport in the United States.

After you have made the decision on Branson, now its time to look at just where in Branson you would like your vacation home. Thousand Hills is like a village within the city of Branson. Located in what is known as “center city” or “the entertainment district” many love the location. What started in 1990 with the Silver Dollar City partners purchasing 330 acres is now a thriving district with restaurants, mini-golf, shopping centers, banks and many activities for every age group. Thousand Hills Golf Course is the gem in the middle of Thousand Hills consisting of 106 acres this golf course is the most popular. Did you know that 120,000 yards of rocks where moved and the owner purchased $720,000.00 worth of topsoil. Andy Williams hit the first golf ball in 1995 opening play to one of the most picturesque course you will ever play.

Our Developers Mark and Dan Ruda are from a  farming family from western Kansas and have brought their expertise to the hills of the Ozarks and built mountains.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort offers a second home to fit anyone’s needs, wither a small 1000 square foot one bedroom is all you need all the way up to a 5 bedroom cabin, on the golf course, at the lake or in the woods we have it all.

While you're not here you can even have your vacation home make money and pay its way. Want to find out more? Call Doug at 417-243-2210 to get more Branson homes info today.

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Branson Missouri History - 100 Years

We've often been asked what our history was, and about Branson Missouri history facts. Here is a quick reference timeline of some of the highlights from Branson's 100 Year history in honor of it's centennial.

A little time lapse history of Thousand Hills in Branson and how it came to be:


Timeline 1990 to present

1990 Silver Dollar City Partners purchased 330 acres for $2.85 million dollars and named  it Thousand Hills.

1991Grand Palace opens with Glen Campbell and Louise Mandrell as headliners.

1991 Silver Dollar City's Partners then sold Andy Williams 13 acres for $3 million for his Moon River theatre.

1992 Andy Williams sold 6 acres to the Crown Plaza Partners for $2.5 million and The Radisson hotel was built.

1992 Planning begins for Thousand Hills Golf Course on 106 acres

1992 Silver Dollar City Partners bought additional 130 acres for $1 million.

1992 Announced the Greens Condominiums, sold 80 condos in 11 wks.

1992 November, announced The Foothills Condominiums, sold 138 condos in 11 mos.

1993 October, construction on the Thousand Hills Golf Course began with 120,000 yards of rocks moved and the partners purchased $720,000.00 worth of topsoil.

1994 Construction begins for Thousand Hills clubhouse.

1994 March announced The Club Condominiums, 41 condos sold 14 days.

1994 The group announced the Champions condos  on 18th fairway and went up for sale

1994 The group announced the Fairways condos on 13th fairway and were put up for sale.

1995 Thousand Hills Golf Course and the Clubhouse completed at a cost of $8 million.

1995 April 1st. Andy Williams’s tees up the first golf ball to be driven off the number one tee and history is made.

1995 The Champions condos sells out 69 units.

1997 The Fairways condos sells out 72 units.

1998 Branson visitor counts hits 6.8 Million           

1998 State Highway 65 fromSpringfieldto Branson is undergoing a major construction project widening the two lane road to four lanes. The approximately $60 million project is set for completion late 2001.

1999 Construction begins on the Legacy with 77 condos.   

1999 Visitor Count Tops Seven Million

1999 More than $37 million has been invested in the development of more than 50 new and reconstructed roads allowing visitors to travel from show to attraction and mall to restaurant in a fraction of the time it would take along Highway 76

2000 Branson, Missouri, ranked as the 18th most visited overnight leisure destination in the country

2000 The Legacy sells out 77 units.

2000 Construction begins on The Tower on Table Rock lake with 40 units condos. 

2001 Construction begins on The Grande Legacy.

2001 100% of the condominiums at the Towers on Table Rock lake are sold.

2002 The Grande Legacy (38 units) sells out

2001 October-Sales open at The Cabins at Grand Mountain.

2002 Silver Dollar City groups unveils plans a $40 million dollar development, Celebration City

2002 City announces plan to develop 95 acres on the Taneycomo lakefront called “Branson Landing”

2002 Visitor counts tops Eight Million

2003  Cabins at Grand Mountainhave 80% under contract.

2003  Roy Rogers museum completed at a cost of $3,000,000.00

2003  HCW provides master plan for the Branson Landing estimated cost is $420 million dollars.

2003  Announced The Links at Thousand Hills.  84 unit development.

2003  The Missouri Department of Transportation plans for a $32 million project to build a new bridge over   Lake Taneycomo and widen U.S. 65 to four lanes from the lake to Missouri 165

2003 Highway 465 “Ozark Highroad” opens

2004 Ground work begins for The Residence at Thousand Hills

2004 Ground work completed on the Branson Landing project

2004 The Cabins at Grand Mountain sells out.

2005 Ground breaking for the $50 million dollar Branson Mill craft mall off Gretna Road.

2005 SDC is building a 10 million dollar roller coaster ‘Powder Keg” 0-50 in 5.3 seconds

2005 City of Branson will complete the recreation center

2005 The Dick Clark American Bandstand theatre will be complete across from Dixie Stampede in early 2006.

2005 Sight and Sound theatre announces opening date of 2008, Biblical musical theme

2005 The New Shangai Theatre opens this summer

2005 City starts five lane bridge across Roark creek for the $420 million dollar Branson Landing project.

2005 Branson Missouri Named number #1 for motorcaoch travel.

2006 The Majestic at table rock is opened for sell and 32 units are sold within the first 72 hours

2007 The Sight and Sound group announce they will break ground on a new theatre in Branson Missouri.  The cost of the theatre is $70,000,000.

2007 Patch group announces first privately funded airport to be built in Hollister.  The first plan to land in Spring 2009. The cost of the new airport is $115 Million.

2007 Branson Landing Grand Opening

2009 Branson Missouri's Airport first commercial flight, Sun Country Airlines flight SY509 from Minneapolis/St. Paul, touched down at 9:00 AM followed at 11:55 AM by AirTran Airway’s flight 1582 from Milwaukee.

2009 Gary Snadon announces a one of a kind Zip Line that starts at the top of Inspiration Tower

2010 A group from China announced it'll be taking up residency in the White House Theatre next spring.  Heaven Creation bought the theatre and will debut the show called The Legend of Kung Fu.

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Branson Golf Maintenance Team Gets National Recognition

The Branson Golf Course Maintenance Team was recently awarded national recognition for their customer service that goes above & beyond simply maintaining the grounds. An article in GolfBusiness magazine, the official publication of the National Golf Course Owners Association highlighted a program being pioneered by Thousand Hills to engage the staff and customers to make a better experience for everyone at the course.

Branson Golf CourseOur director of golf and superintendant Pat Shay was interviewed on the details of the program. "We’ve engaged our maintenance crew to hand out logo balls, shake hands with players, and ask them how their rounds are going. It’s worked out better than we could have hoped." Encouraging the maintenance staff to get involved not only makes for good customer relations, it also speeds up play on the course because the complimentary logo balls can be used in place of lost balls that might otherwise slow down play.

In addition, the staff rewards guests for filling out surveys about the course and how Thousand Hills can improve the guest experience. These golf ball giveaway encourages our guests to give us feedback that we can in turn use to continue being the premier Branson golf destination.

The article goes on to suggest this as a tactic that other national golf courses may want to emulate to improve the guest experience at every phase of play. Congratulations maintenance team! Keep up the good work!

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