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Branson Groups Highlight

We love our Branson groups, and from time to time we'd like to highlight some of the hundreds of groups that choose Thousand Hills and Branson year after year. We just finished visiting with the Connect Communication Conference, and here's what they said about their Branson groups visit:

Branson Groups Connect Conference"Thousand Hills Resort was the host hotel for Connect Communication Conference held at the Branson United Methodist Church November 15,16 & 17th.  There were national speakers and outstanding resources in church communications, evangelism and preaching.

Dr. Bob Pierson is the founder and Executive Director of Leadership Nexus the presenters. As Senior Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Ok, he and his wife, Delia, served for 37 years, growing it from an attendance of 200 to over 1600. He also helped found the Large Church Initiative of the United Methodist Church and served as its chairperson for 14 years.

As Mr. Pierson survey the Church and ask what their needs are, several things that were most often mentioned were: help in effectively reaching new people, technology of communications, and improve in our preaching. Those were the topics put together, so they could be addressed in one location beautiful Branson, MO.

We’re anxious to review the evaluations from the event. Branson was a great destination for a significant learning opportunity and a little vacation to enjoy the Christmas festival of lights. "

If you're looking into a Branson groups event, be sure to contact Wanda Nicol, our Groups Director for help in planning an event as successful as the Connect Communication Conference.

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Branson Golf Course Tour - Learn How to Play Thousand Hills!

Last time you played a Branson Golf Course, didn't you wish you had a professional along to tell you the best way to play each hole? Or did you ever wonder what the Golf Course looks like before you play it for the first time? The Head Golf Professional at Thousand Hills, Matt Dillman can now show you the course from the eyes of the players. He has put together a series of videos showcasing the beautiful Par 64 located in the Heart of Branson Missouri, The Live Music Capital of the World.

Branson Golf Course LayoutIn these videos, you will not only see the beauty of the Ozarks and Thousand Hills Golf Resort, you will also see and hear Matt describe the hole and break down his strategy to make the best score. You will see him hit every club in his bag and explain the shot he’s planning on hitting all the way down to the last putt.

 

Throughout the series, he also describes how to hit different shots from different lies because, as you guessed it, the Ozarks are not flat. He will describe how to hit shots from side hill, uphill and downhill lies with long and short irons. The elevation change on several holes and the severe slope in the greens is what makes Thousand Hills Branson Golf Resort a must to play while you are staying in Branson.

 

These videos can be found, along with a course layout and hole descriptions at http://www.thousandhills.com/branson-golf/golf-course-layout or watch them on Youtube. We hope everyone enjoys this video series. Please let us know what you think.

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Branson Real Estate Selling Out!

Branson Real Estate - Royal LinksBranson Missouri Real Estate News - The Royal Links at Thousand Hills - the developer of this popular Branson Real Estate property is announcing they are down to the last two bedrooms for sale in the project. Started in early 2009, this real estate located in the Heart of Branson just two blocks off the famous Country Music Blvd offered just 84 families this opportunity. 

Building three Unit seven is on penthouse level. This 2 bedroom 2 bath 1,294 square foot Branson condominium is your perfect getaway. The unit is priced at $149,900 with monthly association dues of $138 per month which takes care of outside insurance, maintenance and long-term maintenance.  The property offers an outdoor pool, hot tub, sports court and playground. 

Call Doug Fast at (417) 243-2210 for details on this unit or any other Branson Real Estate needs.

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Happy Veteran's Day From Your Home For Branson Lodging

Happy Veteran's Day to all of our Branson Missouri visitors!

As you already know, Branson prides itself on being one of the most welcoming cities to Veterans of any in America. If you're coming this weekend, why not plan to stay in a Branson Cabin at Thousand Hills Resort? From there you'll have great access to the parades, shows and shopping discounts offered to veterans of all service branches.

Every day is veteran's day in Branson, but we really pull out the stops in November!

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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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