Friday, August 30, 2019

Branson Golf Destination Thrives with Player Friendly Rates, Events, Infrastructure Upgrades, New Courses

(Branson, Missouri) – No place is adding new courses faster than Branson, where enhanced infrastructure at golf clubs, unique player friendly events, special rates, and tech additions this season makes 2019 another year of golf destination growth and proactivity.

Branson Hills Golf Club – the No. 2-rated course in Missouri – recently announced an all-day rate of $130, meaning golfers can play the acclaimed course twice in one day for $65 per round. Perfect timing in a destination where golf weather and autumn colors are ideal through fall. For those who don’t wish to play 36 holes in one day, the golf club offers 18-hole rates of $99 after 10 am, $79 after 2 pm, both a significant value at the acclaimed course.

Regarding value, Thousand Hills Golf Resort is embracing the concept in multiple ways. It’s adding new, large-group lodging units overlooking the Bob Cupp designed golf course. These come on the heels of new, on-course bridges and a fleet of Yamaha golf carts with updated technology and USB charging ports. Other 2019 highlights are Very Important Golfer (VIG) rates for locals, and more playing events like the monthly Golf Scramble Tournaments that offer on-course contests, games, and prizes.

“Scrambles are a crowd favorite, but they’ve traditionally been too expensive to play in,” said Gary Nelson, Golf Shop Manager. “We simply run our own events and don’t charge a premium for players to join the fun. We even put on a Hole-In-One contest, where players have the opportunity to win $10,000 and several golf-trip packages, depending on the hole.”

Holiday Hills introduced its VIP Booking Experience this season, which allows players to quickly and conveniently reserve and pay for rounds, among other things. By texting “Book” to (417) 374-2220, players can secure tee times. Texting “VIP” opts players in for special offers, and they can even learn about the state of Holiday Hills by texting “Course Conditions.”

“Our guests can book in less than two minutes if they want to pay ahead of time,” said Josh Bowlin, Holiday Hills Head Professional. “It’s worked really well because it allows golfers to save time and easily get the details they need.”

LedgeStone Country Club is home to the exceptionally well-regarded Tom Clark-designed course that is rated No. 6 in Missouri by Golfweek. It will hold its Outlaw Tournament Oct. 12-13. The 2-day, 2-player Scramble format competition includes an optional alternate-shot “Horserace” on Oct. 11 at 3 pm. In addition to two rounds, The Outlaw includes breakfast buffet and lunch each both days. Over $5,000 in Pro Shop Certificates will be handed out to 1st – 4th places in each flight. Tournament participants may reserve practice round tee times at a special rate. To learn more details, call (417) 335-8187, or visit

As Holiday Hills, Thousand Hills, and Branson Hills proactively unfurl new enticements at their courses, Big Cedar Lodge continues to evolve with its seemingly unending addition of new courses. Ozarks National – designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw – opened in May 2019. Payne’s Valley, by Tiger Woods and his golf architecture company TGR Design, is nearing completion and will be announcing opening plans soon. When it does, Big Cedar will be home to five course options, including Buffalo Ridges Springs (Tom Fazio) – ranked No. 1 in Missouri – Mountain Top (Gary Player), and Top of the Rock (Jack Nicklaus).

The Pointe has also added a new golf cart fleet this season. The popular 18-hole venue – where several performers from Branson’s famous live entertainment theaters live and play – has introduced 2020 Club Car Tempo EFI golf cars with GPS.

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