Branson/Lakes Area is already into “shoulder season,” but the 2016 season runs from early spring through late fall, and that’s when all sorts of value-laden deals are on offer: the resorts want your business. Branson and its surrounds is America’s “Ozark Mountain oasis,” and one of the nation’s most compelling golfing destinations, due in no small part to new courses being developed, already established award-winning venues, a “legendary” pro tournament, and a selection of stay-and-play packages that provide a wide range of options.
In addition to brand new courses under construction and designed by the likes of Gary Player and Coore & Crenshaw, golf course managers and resort operators have during the past several months enhanced their operations and playing opportunities via a selection of enticing packages, a small sample of which is listed below:
Big Cedar Lodge is renowned for the overall excellence of the resort. In fact, it holds the coveted Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence” Big Cedar Lodge, with two new courses under construction, and two more already open for play: Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock. These two grand layouts are both are played during the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, a PGA Champions Tour event held each April. But there’s more, the miniature golf course rated one of the “10 most unusual in America” by USA TODAY.
Yep, Big Cedar offers something for just about everyone. But what about those stay-and-play packages” Big C offers packages that pair a wide range of activities with the golf. These include the spa, boating, fishing, shooting and much more. In fact, the “Ultimate Guys Getaway Package” offers not only golf, but a wide range onsite and outdoor activities and is an indication of what you might expect from their other offerings. The Big Cedar packages and includes:
- Round of golf at Top of the Rock
- Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail Tour
- $100 voucher for Cedar Creek Spa
- One-half day guided fishing at Bent Hook Marina
- Shooting Sports at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Academy (includes firearm, 100 rounds ammunition, safety equipment and shooting guide)
- A $100 credit for the End of the Trail All American Wine Cellar, Whiskey Bar and Humidor he package requires a two-night minimum stay.
Would you like to know? Okay, then call Big Cedar Lodge today at 800-225-6343 and mention code EXBR16 when making reservations.
Pristine and on Pace:
Moving on to the Thousand Hills Golf Resort, we find that the owner has made a substantial investment to improve the look and playability of the already-popular layout located in the heart of Branson itself. One of the ongoing projects included “de-brushing” the area between around and between its creeks, and across the course; nearly $100,000 was invested in new maintenance equipment to ensure immaculate playing conditions. That’s a big plus.
Thousand Hills is re-grassing several teeing areas this spring, leveling and changing them to Zoysia in order to promote the best playing surfaces. “Also, we have a much better handle on pace of play for 2016,” said course superintendent Pat Shay. “We are striving for players to enjoy sub-4-hour rounds.”
Enhancements on and off course:
After a particularly busy winter season, Pointe Royale Golf Village has also been busy improving playing conditions, including adding a new bridge on Hole No. 3, “re-routing or improving paths on holes 3, 5 and 15, building a new teeing area for senior men on No. 9, and improving drainage on No. 16. A golf car fleet and refreshed course restrooms are also new this year.”
Player-friendly youth golf program:
The 2016 Ozarks Junior Golf League is designed to draw youngsters of all levels of skill. Designed for young folk under the age 13, the six-week program, includes practices, events, and instruction from professionals. Participants receive a team jersey and two dozen golf balls. The events are a “scramble” format and played at the Don Gardner Golf Course.
If you’re interested in enrolling your youngster, you should a a check for $100 to the Sticks & Stones Foundation, 1600 Ledgestone Way, Branson West, MO 65737. For more information about the program, email Bill Hasler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Branson/Lakes Area Golf, visit their website and “Like” Branson Golf on Facebook.
About Branson/Lakes Area Golf
- Pointe Royale Golf Village, 417-334-4477
- Thousand Hills Golf Resort, 800-487-0769
- Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course, 417-339-5430
- LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village, 417-335-8187
- Top of the Rock Golf Course, 417-339-5343
- Branson Hills Golf Club, 417-337-2963
- Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club, 417-334-4838
- Don Gardner Golf Course, 417-337-8510
About Explore Branson:
I can’t believe anyone in the United States has not heard of Branson, MO, but if you haven’t, this section is for you. Branson is a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination set in area of great natural beauty among the Ozark Mountains. It’s destination that offer “an incredible value.” With dozens of live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, a Historic Downtown district, shopping to die for (sorry guys), a full range of dining options, and a whole host of hotels, motels, resorts, RV parks, campgrounds and meeting and conference facilities, as they say, there ain’t nowhere else like it anywhere else in the world.
And they’re right.
Better yet, “Branson is less than one day's drive for one-third of America’s residents,” and with low-cost flights to the Branson Airport (BKG) and nearby Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), it’s never been easier to visit Branson.
Call 800-296-0463 for help planning your next vacation, convention or reunion. See more at the Explore Branson website.