·In 2009 we obtained a master plan from our
·In 2010 we asked our customers, “What would
enhance your golf experience?”
·In 2011 and 2012 we combined the architects
plans with your comments and made the changes
·In 2013 we are unveiling the finished product,
the “2020 Golf Experience”
So, what is the 2020 golf experience?As we collected and analyzed information from all of the sources we
reached out to it became quite evident what the most important factor that we
needed to address, was our customer’s most valuable asset, their time.And, as we began to dig deeper into the
equation not only did we need to take time into consideration but we also
needed to look at the quality of our customer’s time. The golf course is always in great condition
and the level of customer service that we provided was second to none so how
did we implement a plan that was directed by the customer’s quality of time.We thought about what we were doing and it
did not take us long to figure out that, although we were not terribly far off
of our goal of increasing quality of time, there were definite areas that we
could improve on and certain processes we could change to align ourselves with
the golfer of today and tomorrow, the 2020 golfer. From that came our final implementation plan
that centered on our interpretation of where our customer’s values would lie by
the year 2020.The final product, the
“2020 Golf Experience Today.”
What was changed at Thousand Hills to enhance the customers time and
quality?Thousand Hills is located in
the center of the theater district in Branson Missouri
and has a unique layout that incorporates golf with the beauty of the Ozarks Mountains
so no changes were needed there.Changes
were addressed in most other areas of the golf operation.Some of the changes were subtle but some
involved major construction or equipment purchases to obtain the final goal of
providing the “2020 Golf Experience.” Here’s a list of the main changes that
were made at Thousand Hills, broken down into three categories, maintenance,
accessibility and speed of play.
·A specialized mower was purchased with a contour
deck to allow lowering the height of rough by close to an inch to aid ball
locating and increase the percentage of quality shots.
·The same mower was found to be significantly
faster than initial mowing methods and allow for the rough to be cut twice as
often keeping the rough at the desired height longer.
·An innovative new flag accessibility system was
implemented to allow greater access to the golf course for senior players.
Instead of a single handicap flag, an additional flag, “senior flag,” was added
to allow seniors to drive on fairways at times when normal traffic is
·A cart path was rerouted on an intensely hilly
green approach to allow a shorter walking distance and close to zero degree
entrance to the twelfth green.
·With the same project the distance was also
shortened and a near zero degree entrance to the thirteenth tee was created.
·A round about was added behind the sixth green
to shorten the length of walking travel to the green and add a nearly level
Speed of Play:
·The final leg of the process was to reroute the
course.This change stems from several
factors.First, the easiest (2) and
hardest (3) holes occurred back to back and very early in the round.It was decided to change the routing of the course
to move the hardest hole later in the round when the golfer is warmed up and
more able to attack one of the toughest par 4’s in Missouri.Second, the course will flow better with shorter distances between holes
and a more intuitive route.
A fourth category called fluff could be added to the list.A new fleet of Yamaha golf cars was added in
2011 and with all of the changes that were made it didn’t make much sense to
use carts that were not new.Over the
winter Thousand Hills Golf Resort staff negotiated intensively with Yamaha and
was able to put a fleet of new 2013 golf cars in place to be the “icing on the
cake,” of the 2020 Golf Experience.
When totaled, Thousand Hills Golf Resort ownership committed more than
$250,000 above normal yearly operating expenses to complete the project.Over the first week of April 2013 Thousand
Hills will be introducing the finished project with a huge event.There will be golf specials that have never
been offered before to thank customers for their patience and to celebrate the
dawning of a new golf age.
Celebrate and experience the future of golf today with
these specials the first week of April 2013
·4/2Tuesday: 2 for 1 all day
·4/3Wednesday: Ladies play for cart fee
+tax ($18.00 +tax) after 11:00 A.M.
·4/4Thursday: Seniors (over 55) pay only cart
fee +tax for 18 holes of golf ($18.00 +tax)
·4/5Friday: Four for the price of three
Sausage biscuit breakfast
·4/6Saturday: Everyone pays only cart Fee +tax
for 18 holes of golf ($18.00 +tax)
oPlay with Shoji foursome event
o$2,500 hole in one on 17
oClosest to the hole prizes
·4/7Sunday: $25.00 includes 18 holes of golf
and power cart + tax
Thousand Hills Golf
Resort is located just off the famous 76
Country Music Boulevard in the heart of Branson Missouri. This beautiful
Robert Cupp design is 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 25,000 golfers. Playing to a Par 64, this
course has 9 par 3’s, 8 par 4’s and one par 5. 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.
thousands of golfers have played Thousand Hills Golf Resort and many come back
year after year to play their favorite. Thousand Hills Golf Resort is dedicated
to always keeping the golf course fun and enjoyable. This year, we are making
numerous additions to the course to improve on an already great experience.
Thousand Hills Golf Resort understands that the accessibility to the golf
course is important.Thousand Hills
offers senior flags allowing seniors over the age of 55 to drive in the
fairways on days that others can’t (conditions permitting). The senior flags were
implemented in the fall of 2012 with great response. Everyone enjoyed the convenience
of driving on the fairways and shorten their steps to get to their ball. In
addition to the senior flags, we have had new cart paths built so that the walk
to the greens is much less severe. Previously, hole number 12, a short par
three that plays severely downhill; with the cartpath staying up on the hill.
This year, we brought the cartpath to the green. This is a huge improvement keeping
the golfers from having to walk up and down a flight of stairs during their
round. We hope the senior flag system and the new cartpaths will encourage our
seniors to get out and play more.
Thousand Hills Golf
Resort is now working to re-route the golf course for a better flow and
speedier round of golf. Thousand Hills Golf Resort has one of the toughest par
4’s in the state, hole number 3. The re-routing of the golf course will put
this difficult par 4 later in the round and not directly after the easiest hole
on the golf course. In the new layout, hole number three becomes number nine.
When you play hole number one and two and go through the tunnel under Golf View Dr., instead of staying straight you will turn
right and head to what was hole number six. This change will help reduce the
typical round to four hours or less. You’re still getting the same great 18
holes but just in a little less time. The new layout will be ready to play in
March of 2013.
Thousand Hills has
also changed some of the maintenance practices to expedite your round.We have lowered the height of rough by nearly
an inch to aid in the recovery of your ball should it find its way into the
rough.We accomplished this by
purchasing specialized equipment to allow the lower height of cut and as a side
benefit increase the frequency of cutting.Ball finding should be a snap now.
To further enhance
your round for the 2013 season we have a new fleet of golf cars.We worked diligently in the off-season with
Yamaha to trade out our relatively new 2011 golf cars so we could keep you
rolling on the course with that new car smell.
Thousand Hills Golf
Resort is a fun, fair and challenging golf course that golfers of all ages can
enjoy. If you have played Thousand Hills Golf Resort before, please come out
and enjoy our new re-routing of the course. If you have not played here, I do encourage
you to try this gem that is as beautiful as the Ozarks scenery itself.
On Tuesday December 18th 2012 Jo Aulwes scored
a one on the 127yd 15th at Thousand Hills Golf Resort with her 9-wood. This was her second hole in
one and instead of going the traditional route of buying everyone drinks she indulged and let her
husband buy her a new pair of shoes. Congratulations Jo, we hope you have many more.
There's holes in them thar Branson Missouri hills. Holes in one that is. Thousand Hills has really been building up its Hole in One Club this year. The latest entrant into the club is Gary Immekus, who on November 2nd, was able to find the hole off the tee on 151 yard #15. Congratulations Gary we hope that you are able to renew your membership sometime.
On November 1st, at Thousand Hills Golf Resort, Ashley Page was to sink his tee shot in the hole on the par three 17th. The hole played to 168yds and Ashley used his 4-iron to get the job done. Congratulations and we hope you have many more.