Tim McDonaldThis Week at TravelGolf.com: April 17, 2008

Country music legends AND great golf: Branson, Missouri's got 'em both

I just shot Roy Rogers. Between the eyes. About 10 times. I gut-shot him once, too, for good measure.

I didn't get any points for it because I realized too late I was supposed to be shooting the low-life varmints sitting around the jailhouse with their six-shooters. I felt a little guilty. Who wouldn't feel guilty after shooting the Great American Cowboy, even in a shooting gallery and especially right before hearing his son, Roy Jr., crooning those great songs by the Sons of the Pioneers?

Shooting Roy Rogers at the Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum and listening to his affable son sing "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" are only two of the fun things you can do in Branson, Missouri. Branson, of course, is the live country music capital of the world, where you can hear musical legends both alive and dead - and some you thought were dead.

But you can also play golf here. There are now more than a dozen golf courses in Branson, and some of them are open year-round, with serious discounts from November through March. It gets hot here in southern Missouri during the summer months, so they also give discounts for afternoon play in the summer.

It's a nice play, to hit the links in the high beauty of the Ozarks. The Ozarks aren't technically a mountain range; the area is more of a high plateau that covers much of the southern half of Missouri. But there are spots where the views seem to go on forever, and you'd swear you can see Arkansas and Hillary bad-mouthing Obama.

John Daly's Murder Rock Golf and Country Club is the newest to open, and it's a beauty. Golf Digest named it to its "Top 100 in America" list. It's a very scenic layout with the front nine playing through a valley and the back playing high on a rocky spine, a ridge that affords some of those aforementioned views.

But maybe the best golf course hasn't even opened yet. The Payne Stewart Golf Course is scheduled to open in the fall and after touring it during construction, it's apparent it will be one of the best golf courses in Missouri. They're building it with an eye toward attracting major tour events.

Also, you'll never know who you'll see out on the course. Andy Williams and Moe Bandy love to play. So does Hank Williams Sr. Wait, he's dead, isn't he?

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5 days Hawaii Golf Packages at Holiday Inn Waikiki

Hawaii Golf Special Dates: March 1, 2008 - June 22, 2008

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The Makai CourseKauai: Hawaii's "Garden Isle" an Eden of island golf courses and luxury resorts

For having only nine golf courses, Kauai greatly overachieves in quality; its top courses can hold their own with any on the Hawaiian Islands. A bonus: it's so small you can see each of Kauai's courses on one trip, Brandon Tucker writes. And that's a good thing, because no single course is a supreme favorite here. Each member of your group may come home with his or her own darling.

Also: Kauai golf vacation FAQ


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Golf enthusiasts: have you considered purchasing a new home near a prime golfing destination in beautiful, sunny Florida? If so, this is a perfect opportunity for you! The Freedom Realty Exchange (www.FRE.com) has just announced the launch of an online auction campaign to sell brand-new, grand estate homes at Amelia RiverWalk in Fernandina Beach.

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Arizona Biltmore ResortAt posh Scottsdale and Phoenix golf resorts, increasing business meeting space is a major mission

The Phoenix-Scottsdale area is arguably the high-end resort capital of the West. Because of its growing popularity, the area's resorts and hotels are focusing more and more on increasing meeting space to accommodate corporate conferences/golf outings and bringing in celebrity chefs to generate some much-coveted buzz. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hired Michael Mina to open its Bourbon Steak restaurant, and The Phoenician has also brought in a mega chef to launch a new fine dining spot.

Review: Arizona Biltmore Links


Pointe Hilton Resort at Tapatio Cliffs

Pointe Hilton Resort at Tapatio Cliffs Dates: April 1, 2008 - May 31, 2008

Enjoy a 2 night stay at the Pointe Hilton Resort at Tapatio Cliffs and play 2 rounds of golf at any 2 courses from Lookout Mountain, Rancho Manana, Stonecreek and Estrella, starting from $315.

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Tidewater Golf Club - MarshTidewater: One of Myrtle Beach's most recognizable - and toughest - courses

With some of the area's most photogenic holes along the Intracoastal Waterway, Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation is a favorite pick for most glossy Myrtle Beach advertisements. You're in for one of Myrtle Beach's prettiest rounds at Tidewater but also one of its most challenging, with a slope/rating of 74.8/144 from the championship tees, Brandon Tucker writes.

Also: Tidewater Golf Club photo gallery


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Lake Ridge at Joe Pool LakeLake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake: Luxury living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area

When it comes to living the ultimate Texas lifestyle, Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake - a stunning master-planned community - offers an incomparable combo of lakeside living to go along with an impressive golf course lifestyle. With a location that leaves residents in awe of its scenic splendor, Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake is truly one of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex's most desirable homesite communities. For more information, call (888) 635-2422.

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