Branson Golf Ushers in Newsworthy 2019 Season; Southwest Missouri Ozark Mountains Continues Ascent as Must-Visit Travel Destination
Providing something for everyone who appreciates golf, the Branson-area destination has many reasons to visit this season, starting with a professional tournament, a new course, and a variety of spring events and specials.
Bass Pro Legends of Golf
Big Cedar Lodge will host the PGA TOUR Champions Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, April 24-28, 2019. In addition to seeing some of the greatest golfers ever compete for three rounds (April 26-28), spectators can enjoy other scheduled activities including the Legends Competition, April 27. In it, teams comprised of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, Lee Trevino and David Graham, and Ben Crenshaw and Jerry Pate – all Major Championship winners – will play for a winner-take-all $50,000 purse. Tee time is approximately 12:30 pm CST. Kirk Triplett and Paul Broadhurst defeated Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman in a playoff at last year’s Bass Pro Legends of Golf. For more information on the event, including volunteer opportunities, tickets, and scheduled events, visit BassProLegends.com or call 1.888.347.4426.
New Course Opening
One of the biggest highlights of the Bass Pro Legends of Golf this season is the official debut of brand-new Ozarks National, an 18-hole championship coursed designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The fourth golf course at Big Cedar Lodge, Ozarks National will be played as part of the Legends of Golf. Thereafter, the course will be open to the public, increasing the number of Branson-area golf courses to nine. A 10th area course (and Big Cedar’s fifth) – Payne’s Valley by Tiger Woods’ golf architecture firm, TGR Design – is currently under construction. For more information about Payne’s Valley, including a video of Woods talking about what the course means to him, visit https://golfbigcedar.com/golf-courses/paynes-valley-course/
LedgeStone Hosts Season-Opening Tourney
One of the area’s most popular courses, public access LedgeStone Country Club, will host the 2nd Annual Get the Season Going Tournament (GTSGT), March 23-24. The two-player Scramble format event includes two 18-hole rounds, lunch both days, and payouts awarded to teams with the lowest combined two-day totals in their flights. Teams will be flighted based on their first-round score. 2-player Scramble format. The cost is $280 per team and includes green fees, golf carts, range balls, and lunches. Tournament participants can play practice rounds after 12 pm on Thursday and Friday, March 21-22, for $44 including cart. For more information and the registration form, go to http://www.ledgestonegolf.com/tournaments.
Specially Priced Green Fees at The Pointe
The Pointe at Pointe Royale Golf Village is aerating its greens in late March. To offset that annual course-improvement maintenance practice, The Pointe is offering $10 off green fees from March 25-April 4. Players teeing off prior to 9:50 am during March 25-31 pay only $29, while those who play from 10 am to dusk pay $39. From April 1-4, the price is $39 until 9:50 am, $49 from 10 am to dusk, with the discount applied. Peak season prices begin on April 15 – topping out at $75 – so there’s substantial savings before then. For golfers whose mantra is more golf is better golf, consider “Day at The Pointe.” This season-long special provides 36 holes in one day for $99 plus tax.
Enhancements at Branson Hills
A recent remodeling at Branson Hills has revitalized the top-rated golf course’s clubhouse with new carpets, new paint, new light fixtures, and more. The golf club has also added a new E-Z-GO golf cart fleet with lithium batteries. “There are several benefits to using carts with lithium batteries,” according to Dan Davis, Branson Hills Director of Golf. “They go two rounds without losing their charge, they provide a cost savings through taking less time to charge and holding their charge longer, and they weigh about 200 pounds less than carts with lead cell batteries. That means less of a footprint, less wear and tear on the golf course.”
Thousand Hills “Foursome Special”
The more is merrier according to Thousand Hills Golf Resort, which is offering is Foursome Special for $199 plus tax. To receive the special rate, golfers must go to https://www.thousandhills.com/branson-golf/specials-coupons/ and print and turn in the coupon at check-in. Players can also show the coupon on their phones to receive the discounted price. Those not playing in a foursome can also receive reduced price green fees by booking online. A tee time prior to 1 pm daily that is booked online drops from $69 to $59, and tee times after 1 pm from $59 to $49. Thousand Hills offers a variety of lodging options, and is particularly popular with golf groups who appreciate staying in the multi-room condos with living rooms and kitchens across from the course.
About Branson/Lakes Area Golf
- Ozarks National, 800.225.6343
- Payne’s Valley, 800.225.6343
- Mountain Top Course, 800.225.6343
- Pointe Royale Golf Village, 417.334.4477
- Thousand Hills Golf Resort, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553
- Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course, 800.225.6343
- LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village, 417.335.8187
- Top of the Rock Golf Course, 800.225.6343
- 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
Branson is a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination nestled in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains — and an incredible value — with dozens of live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, a Historic Downtown district, a Town Center-style shopping complex, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts, RV parks, campgrounds and meeting and conference facilities. Branson is less than one day’s drive for one-third of America’s residents. With low-cost flights to the Branson Airport (BKG www.flybranson.com) and nearby Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), it has never been easier to access Branson. Call 1-800-296-0463 for help planning your next vacation, convention or reunion. See more at: http://www.explorebranson.com
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