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Golfing in Branson: Perfecting Your Game On Four Courses With PGA Pros

Program Number: 19413RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2014 - 6/27/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Branson, Missouri
Price starting at: $875.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Golf
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt    

Against a backdrop of natural beauty, Branson has become the top golf destination in the Midwest and one of the Top Ten in the country. Take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to play 72 holes on four distinct master-designed courses perfect for a seasoned beginner to advanced player. Learn in a group setting with five different PGA pros to improve your existing game in time for your next tournament!




Highlights

• Play 72 holes on four distinct and beautiful golf courses that are master-planned and featured in several golfing magazines.
• Group lessons with five different PGA pros designed to improve your existing game and enjoyment.
• Attend two fantastic Branson shows and enjoy a wine tasting of Missouri wine.



Activity Particulars

Carts are provided on every course, but can walk up to two miles during play depending on the weather.



Suitable for intermediate to advanced golfers. Limited club rentals available.



Coordinated by Ozark Adventures.




Branson

Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains on the shores of Lake Taneycomo, Branson is a popular tourist destination, famous for its many live music theaters, clubs and other entertainment venues, as well as its historic downtown and surrounding natural beauty.



Accommodations
Centrally located hotel with free WIFI, indoor swimming pool and hot tub.
Meals and Lodgings
   Grand Plaza Hotel
  Branson 5 nights
 Grand Plaza Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: One of the finest hotels in Branson The Grand Plaza Hotel and conference center is located in the heart of the Branson Missouri just off the world famous Highway 76 Country Music Boulevard. Within walking distance to some of Branson's biggest stars and attractions as well as some of the greatest outlet shopping. They offer a breakfast buffet to our guests to help you start your day out right. The Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge offers fine cuisine and a wonderful view of the Ozark Mountains to the North or the Strip to the South. Specialties of the house are Prime Rib and Catfish. All of the rooms include free WiFi and a computer terminal is available in the lobby 24/7. The gift shop can help you with your show reservations, attraction tickets or local transportation needs.
  Contact info: 245 North Wildwood
Branson, Missouri
Branson, MO 65616 USA
phone: 417-336-6646
web: www.bransongrandplaza.com
  Room amenities: All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.
  Facility amenities: Hotel Amenities Include: •Complimentary breakfast buffet •Free WiFi •Indoor pool & hot tub •Fitness center •Game room All Rooms & Suites Include: •Refrigerators •In-room coffee makers with courtesy coffee •Full-size ironing boards with irons •Radio alarm clocks •Hairdryers •Also on-site are the Plaza View Restaurant & Lounge, as well as a Gift Shop/ Ticket Office that can help you with show reservations, attraction tickets, or local transportation needs All rooms are Non-Smoking. Handicap accessible Standard King and Standard Queen rooms are available. Sorry, no pets allowed.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact (417) 336-6646 Participants wishing additional nights should contact the hotel at (417) 336-6646. Please let the hotel know you are part of the Road Scholar program for the best possible rates.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact (417) 336-6646 Participants wishing additional nights should contact the hotel at (417) 336-6646. Please let the hotel know you are part of the Road Scholar program for the best possible rates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30pm You will be staying at Grand Plaza Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11am You will be staying at Grand Plaza Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Health & Safety Information Form that must be mailed to Ozark Adventures no later than three weeks prior to program commencement.
  Parking availability:
Plenty of space available. .
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Branson
  Nearest city or town:  Branson, Missouri
  Nearest highway: Highway 65
  Nearest airport:  Branson, Missouri
  From End of Program
  Location: Branson
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Branson

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
phone: 417-332-CABS x2227
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10-15 per car on average
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 Miles

   

Please visit flybranson.com for information on this very close airport. While it is not required, we advise renting a car to help with travel during free time opportunities. Unfortunately the hotel does not offer a shuttle service for the airport.

 

Springfield, Missouri

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Branson Coach
phone: 417-339-4888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Check with shuttle service.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour from Springfield 

   

PLEASE CHECK WITH LOCAL BRANSON AIRPORT FOR TICKETS BEFORE CONSIDERING THE SPRINGFIELD-BRANSON AIRPORT! They can be found at flybranson.com. In addition, while not required, we recommend to rent a car for your time here. This will assist you in getting around to other locations during free time. Normally, participants call when they make airline reservations, then confirm a day or two before flight.

 
Driving Directions
  To the Grand Plaza Regardless of your direction of arrival, (from the north if from Springfield, or the south if from Arkansas) exit onto MO Highway 76 at Branson. To get to the Grand Plaza, proceed west for about two and a half (2.5) miles then turn north at the King's Castle Theater (this is just across from the Grand Palace) and proceed down the hill approximately one/fourth mile. The Grand Plaza can be easily seen once you make this turn. The Grand Plaza is located at 245 North Wildwood. It is easy to find.
Equipment Requirements: Limited club rentals are available. Please call 417-239-0203 early if you will require this service
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Opening Dinner, Getting to Know Your Fellow Participants
(Sunday, June 22)
   
 Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION at 4:30pm: After you have your room assignment, come over to the conference room to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain an updated schedule we'll review during orientation.
 Dinner: Orientation time for the program is 4:30 p.m. The first evening includes an introduction of the sponsoring personnel, an orientation to the program, dinner, and get-acquainted activities
 Evening: ORIENTATION: Following introductions, we’ll have an informative overview of the program and review the updated schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. We'll also have some fun get-acquainted activities.
Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.
You're about to begin a great learning experience on some of Branson's best golf courses as you work with PGA pros to perfect your game. You'll see first hand why Branson has become a golfing hot spot. Get a good night's rest to be ready for a full day of activity tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Grand Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Golf at Thousand Hills, Group Instruction, Golf Fitness Lecture
(Monday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast - constant but filling with eggs, waffle, cereals, sausage, etc. We will also have fruit and yogurt in the room to supplement.
 Morning: Lecture on the history of Branson Discover the shows that have made Branson the 'Live Entertainment Capitol' of the world. Look at how this sleepy little town is now host to over 100 shows, more theater seats than Broadway, and over 7 million visitors a year. The history will also include how Branson holds on to its roots while moving into the future.
Lecture / Hands On Class on GOLF FITNESS and STROKE MECHANICS PART I - Sean Saunders is a PGA Teaching Professional and ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Sean specializes in teaching the average (recreational level) golfer. The golfer who shoots scores in the low 80's to 100 depending on the day but can't seem to consistently break 80. He enjoys teaching and helping every level (beginners, recreational, intermediate, advanced) of golfer improve, but he has a proven track record of getting the average, every day golfer (man or woman) the long term results they are looking for.
 Lunch: Lunch on the course
 Afternoon: GROUP GOLF INSTRUCTION: Work in a group setting with the course of the day PGA pro. This class is designed to shave off strokes from your game and improve your overall enjoyment. Not ideal for a beginner player.
GOLF PLAY: Play 18 holes at the Thousand Hills golf course, rated 4-Stars by Golf Digest magazine in 2009 and recently voted Best of the Ozarks for Branson Golf Courses by readers of the Springfield News-Leader. Thousand Hills also has gained popularity from its ability to cater to all different golf skill levels. From novice to professional, three separate sets of tees will ensure that the course in Branson remains challenging yet fair for all golfers regardless of age or experience. As your Branson golf journey takes you through beautiful hardwood forests, past unique rock formations, and over Ozark streams, you would never guess that you are within a long iron from the 76 strip and Branson's world-famous live music shows.
 Dinner: Chinese / American buffet with enough selections for those with specific diets
 Evening: Performance: Acrobats of China - Incredible! Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus celebrates the exotic wonders of China while showcasing dramatic interpretation of classic Chinese dance and physical performance art. Featuring spectacular backdrops, beautiful costuming, and state-of-the-art lighting this show is a thrill a minute! The New Shanghai Circus presents a revolving line-up of favorite acts including Diablo (Chinese Yo-Yo), Bicycle Tricks, Pole Climbing, Russian Bar, Aerial Fish Ballet, Adagio, Plates Spinning, Magic Clock, Roller Skating, Handstand Art, Human Top, Chair Stack and more. Each year the troupe adds new performers who have won national and international competitions. The show combines extraordinary and inventive feats of strength and skill, control and balance. Considered to be China's most celebrated acrobatic company, the performers of the New Shanghai Circus have stunned audiences all over the world. This year's entourage from China includes a full-time cook, several coaches/teachers, technicians, propmaster, carpenter, costume designer and other staff members. They've joined their talents to create a fast-paced production that brings the Orient to Branson! The New Shanghai Theatre was specially designed to accommodate this unusual and elaborate production, as well as to integrate the ancient history of China with modern Chinese architectural style. The new theatre features elements cascading waterfalls, Chinese gardens, rare chiming stones, and a sculpture of Chinese Bronze Ware that is approximately 3,500 years old.
   
Accommodations: Grand Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Golf at Murder Rock, Group Instruction, Attend a performance of Baldknobbers
(Tuesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast - constant but filling with eggs, waffle, cereals, sausage, etc. We will also have fruit and yogurt in the room to supplement.
 Morning: Lecture / Hands On Class on GOLF FITNESS and STROKE MECHANICS PART II - Sean Saunders is a PGA Teaching Professional and ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Sean specializes in teaching the average (recreational level) golfer. The golfer who shoots scores in the low 80's to 100 depending on the day but can't seem to consistently break 80. He enjoys teaching and helping every level (beginners, recreational, intermediate, advanced) of golfer improve, but he has a proven track record of getting the average, every day golfer (man or woman) the long term results they are looking for.
GROUP GOLF INSTRUCTION: Work in a group setting with the course of the day PGA pro. This class is designed to shave off strokes from your game and improve your overall enjoyment. Not ideal for a beginner player.
 Lunch: Lunch on the course
 Afternoon: GOLF PLAY: Play 18 holes at one of the most intriguingly named courses: Murder Rock. There's a legend heard around the hollows of Branson Creek about Murder Rock, a place where Civil War bushwhacker Alfred Bolin and his gang were known to ambush travelers. Designed by Landmark Land Company Inc., the 18-hole Championship Golf Course at John Daly's Murder Rock Golf and Country Club enhances the magnificent landscape of the Ozark Mountains, incorporating the natural beauty of the land with lush fairways and pristine greens. The course plays to a Par 71, and ranges in length of 6,600 yards from the Tournament Tees to 5,000 yards from the Forward Tees. You’ll be treated to a wonderful variety of golf holes by design, exciting Par 5's, challenging Par 4's and dramatic Par 3's.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel with entrée, sides, dessert, and beverage.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Your opportunity to take in a show or other event in Branson on your own. For great ideas, visit www.explorebranson.com.
   
Accommodations: Grand Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Golf at Pointe Royale, Group instruction, MO wine tasting, free time in the evening
(Wednesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast - constant but filling with eggs, waffle, cereals, sausage, etc. We will also have fruit and yogurt in the room to supplement.
 Morning: GROUP GOLF INSTRUCTION: Work in a group setting with the course of the day PGA pro. This class is designed to shave off strokes from your game and improve your overall enjoyment. Not ideal for a beginner player.
 Lunch: Lunch on the course
 Afternoon: GOLF PLAY: Pointe Royale is a true "shot-maker"course, lush bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways, with eight water holes, sand and grass bunkers, and tees for all levels of play, Pointe Royale is a world class golfing experience. This challenging 18-hole, 6,501 yard par 70 course is regarded as the original championship course in the Branson area and is maintained to a high level of standards. The course has 8 water holes and in all 12 out of the 18 have some type of water hazard. Overall the rolling fairways and mature trees offer quite a challenge to the average golfer, so remember, club selection and a good golf course strategy are a must. A large number of famous Branson stars live and play on the course so you never know who you will be teeing off next to!
MO WINE TASTING - Newcomers to Branson may be surprised to find Missouri's oldest and most awarded winery as one of the town's most popular attractions. With 12,000 square feet of space, Stone Hill Winery's Branson location has been receiving and entertaining visitors since 1986. The tour ends in one of six tasting rooms where visitors sample their way through an array of Stone Hill's award-winning wines and juices. The wines range from the dry, full-bodied Norton, a red wine that has captured international recognition, to the sweet and fruity Pink Catawba and Concord. Whether you are a serious connoisseur or just an occasional wine sipper, you are bound to find your perfect wine in the broad spectrum of Reds, Whites, Rosés, Spumantes and Dessert Wines.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own. A listing will be provided.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Your opportunity to take in a show or other event in Branson on your own. For great ideas, visit www.explorebranson.com.
   
Accommodations: Grand Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Golf at the Ledgestone course, Group instruction, Attend the Famous Grand Jubilee Show
(Thursday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast - constant but filling with eggs, waffle, cereals, sausage, etc. We will also have fruit and yogurt in the room to supplement.
 Morning: GROUP GOLF INSTRUCTION: Work in a group setting with the course of the day PGA pro. This class is designed to shave off strokes from your game and improve your overall enjoyment. Not ideal for a beginner player.
 Lunch: Caterd lunch with entrée, sides, dessert, and beverage.
 Afternoon: GOLF PLAY: Play 18 holes at Ledgestone golf course. A Branson Golf Course unlike any other. Described by Golf Digest as a "masterpiece of mountain golf architecture," LedgeStone's 18-hole championship layout offers the kind of golfing experience where "players don't want the round to end." With panoramic vistas of the ancient Ozark Mountains and the spectacular natural beauty of serene water, faultless Bent Grass greens and tree-lined Zoysia fairways, LedgeStone inspires Branson golfers and non-golfers alike. LedgeStone's 15th hole has achieved signature status as a renowned Par 3.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at Grand Country. This is down home, Midwest cooking but enough selections for those with specific diets.
 Evening: Performance: Grand Jubilee - Audiences fall in love with the tight harmonies and dynamic performance of Branson’s BEST Quartet, New South! Mark, Trey, Jason & David sing today’s country hits as well as quartet classics from the Oak Ridge Boys to the Eagles. From Country and hand-clapping Gospel, to decades of Rock & Roll favorites, the Grand Jubilee will surpass expectations of any age. Comedy is abundant! Jamie Haage, as Jim Dandy and Emcee, Mike Patrick, will keep you absolutely doubled over in laughter. Along with the power vocals of Jackie Brown, this show is a bomb with the fuse lit! Having won “Branson’s Best Variety Show”, “Quartet of the Year”, “Band of the Year”, “Comedian of the Year”, “Emcee of the Year”, “Piano Player of the Year”, “Fiddle Player of the Year”, “Bass Guitar Player of the Year”, “Guitar Player of the Year”, “Drummer of the Year” and “Steel Guitar Player of the Year”, it’s not hard to see why Grand Jubilee is the one show that will stay with you long after your vacation is over.
   
Accommodations: Grand Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap-up, Program Concludes, Farewells
(Friday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast - constant but filling with eggs, waffle, cereals, sausage, etc. We will also have fruit and yogurt in the room to supplement.
 Morning: If you would like to take in another round of golf, let us know and we can arrange it at a significant discount!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Insiders' Guide to Branson and the Ozark Mountains


Author: Dr. Fred Pfister


Description: For more than twenty years, the Insiders' Guide® series has been the essential source for in-depth travel and relocation information—from true insiders whose personal, practical perspective gives you everything you need to know. With more than forty theaters on and around its famous Strip, Branson is proudly called the Live Music Capital of the World. But there's more to this year-round vacation destination than its shows and stars: World-class golf, theme parks, and historic sites are all within easy reach. This authoritative guide shows you how to navigate the glitz and glitter of Branson as well as the natural beauty of the scenic Ozark Mountain country. • Countless details on how to live and thrive in the area, from the best fishing holes to the lowdown on real estate • The inside scoop on the top shopping, seasonal festivals, and live entertainment offerings • Comprehensive listings of restaurants and accommodations • Sections dedicated to children and retirement





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