Airline Service Launched to Branson-Area Golf Destination; Big Cedar No. 1 in “World’s Best”

bransonAirline Service Launched to Branson-Area Golf Destination; Big Cedar No. 1 in “World’s Best”

(BRANSON/LAKES AREA, MISSOURI) Branson is convenient to two-thirds of the country’s population by car, but those who prefer flying can now reach the rising-star golf destination by newly launched airline service at Branson Airport (BKG).

 “This is great news for golf travelers who wish to play at our award-winning courses and enjoy our many off-course leisure choices,” says Branson/Lakes Area CVB Director of Communications Lynn Berry. “Our golf destination has never been more popular than ever, and with two new courses under construction we’re growing in quantity and quality.”

 Elite Airways began daily non-stop service July 15 from Branson to Denver (DEN) and Houston (IAH) with connections to over 100 markets nationwide tomorrow.  The Branson Airport, Elite Airways and Great Lakes Airlines have teamed up to launch this new program.

 Customers can book non-stop flights between Branson and Denver or Houston at, or connecting ones through those cities.  The full range of flight options is also available on your favorite travel websites such as, Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz.  The new Elite Airways’ service will deliver more than 100 connections to major U.S. cities with multiple flight options.  Flights are available now at

 Elite Airways and Great Lakes Airlines have entered into a codeshare agreement permitting the use of interline e-ticket and baggage agreements with legacy airlines including United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Airlines making the connections seamless for the customer.  This arrangement will enable customers to purchase a single ticket from over 100 cities to Branson on or on their favorite on-line travel website such as Expedia, Travelocity or Orbitz.  For details visit   

Big Cedar Lodge Ranked No. 1

The Branson area golf destination has something for virtually everyone — short courses (Don Gardner and Holiday Hills), championship courses (Branson Hills), new courses (Top of the Rock), popular courses (LedgeStone and Pointe Royale), courses with no surrounding development (Buffalo Ridge Springs) and courses in the heart of Branson (Thousand Hills).  It can now offer a new distinction to discerning players – courses that are amenities of the top-rated resort hotel in the Midwest, as determined by Travel + Leisure magazine readers.

More than 200,000 survey respondents weighed in and thrust Big Cedar Lodge to the top spot of the travel publication’s “World’s Best Awards” issue (August 2016).

“We have hotels, motels, condos, timeshare units, villas, cabins and resorts in our beautiful Ozark Mountain oasis,” says Branson/Lakes Area CVB’s Lynn Berry. “But Big Cedar Lodge is an eclectic, one-of-a-kind place – from its family friendly marina, world-class destination spa and new shooting sports outpost to its restaurants, the newly reopened Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and two golf courses that host the Legends of Golf PGA TOUR Champions event each spring.  Visit Big Cedar Lodge and you’ll see why Travel + Leisure readers bestowed this wonderful honor on it.”

In addition to existing Big Cedar Lodge golf courses – Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Springs – two more courses are being built, a 12-hole, family-friendly course designed by World Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Player and an 18-hole course by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.  The courses Coore and Crenshaw have designed read like an “America’s Best Courses” list: Bandon Preserve, Streamsong Resort, Barton Creek, Bandon Trails, Kapalua’s Plantation Course and many more.


About Branson/Lakes Area Golf

The golf destination is home to several esteemed courses with two more currently under construction. Existing courses include the following.

·        Pointe Royale Golf Village,, 417.334.4477

·        Thousand Hills Golf Resort,, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553

·        LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village,, 417.335.8187

·        Top of the Rock Golf Course,, 417.339.5343

·        Branson Hills Golf Club,, 417.337.2963

·        Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club,, 417.334.4838

·        Don Gardner Golf Course,, 417.337.8510

·        Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course,,  417.339.5430

For more information about Branson/Lakes Area Golf, visit or

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, championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, a Historic Downtown district, shopping galore, 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 – 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:


Casa de Campo Resort & Villas To Host Golf Tournament From August 16-20, 2016

LA ROMANA, D.R. (July 21, 2016) – Casa de Campo Resort & Villas has announced that it will be hosting its 2nd annual Latin American Pro Am golf tournament on its legendary Teeth of the Dog golf course from August 16-20, 2016. The tournament has become one of the most highly anticipated summer events in the Caribbean with teams of both professionals and amateurs teaming up to take on the #1 golf course in Latin America.

“We are very excited to once again host this extraordinary event at Teeth of the Dog,” said Robert Birtel, Director of Golf at Casa de Campo. “Playing on such a challenging and well-regarded course is sure to provide a special experience for professionals and amateurs alike.”

Following a practice round on August 16th, the Latin American Pro Am will consist of three rounds that will be played from August 17th-19th. The tournament is format consists of 1 Best Ball (1st Day), 1 Best Ball Net and 1 Best Ball Gross (2nd Day), and 2 Best Ball Net (3rd Day). Professionals will be competing in the professional flight using Stableford Scoring as well as helping their team in the main team tournament competition.

Amateurs will be competing for prizes for the overall winners, as well as 1st and 2nd place winners in each flight, while professionals will be awarded prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place with gift certificates to the Golf Shop. The low professional will win an exemption into the Casa de Campo Dominican Republic Open in 2017*.

The 2016 Latin American Pro Am package includes complimentary accommodations at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in a Pete Dye Lodge or Elite accommodation for four nights plus daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner; one golf cart per room; unlimited drinks at all hotel bars and restaurants; oasis bars and carts on the golf courses; unlimited green fees, carts, range balls and club storage; an invitation to the tournament welcome dinner and awards banquet; tournament entry fee, favors and prizes; taxes and service charges; and complimentary transfer from La Romana, Santo Domingo or Punta Cana airports. Rates start at $2,164 USD per person in a Pete Dye Golf Lodge double room or $2,267 USD in an Elite double room.

To register for the tournament or to learn more about the 2nd Annual Latin American Pro Am Tournament, please call 809-523-8115; toll free 1-888-212-5073; or email

Meticulously hand-carved from the rugged rock and coral of the Dominican coastline, Teeth of the Dog has earned its reputation as a hard-fought and challenging course. A Pete Dye signature course, Teeth of the Dog is the #1 ranked golf course in Latin America and #39 in the world by Golf Magazine. The course was also named “The Caribbean’s Best Golf Course” by World Golf Awards as well as the #1 golf resort in the world by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) for its collection of golf courses, professional facilities, luxury amenities, as well as its executive team’s commitment to service and exceeding guest expectations.

*Only if the event takes place and if the professional is eligible.


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About Casa de Campo Resort & Villas
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – a member of The Leading Hotels of the World – attracts affluent travelers with the offering of spacious hotel rooms, suites and luxury villas. Expect gourmet cuisine and fine wines and spirits throughout the destination’s restaurants and bars, a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, Polo & Equestrian Club, La Terraza Tennis Center and 245-acre Shooting Club. Spanning 7,000 tropical acres on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, this luxury Caribbean destination is also home to three of the game’s most difficult courses all designed by Pete Dye, including Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and Links. Casa de Campo is also home to Altos de Chavón – an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city with boutique shops, museums and a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater inaugurated by Frank Sinatra in August of 1982.

For ease of arrival, La Romana International Airport (LRM) is five minutes from check-in and serviced by JetBlue Airways (now with direct flights from JFK three times a week) and seasonally by American Airlines (non-stop service from MIA). A short drive away, Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Punta Cana (PUJ) operate daily direct flights from all major U.S. airports. For more information, please call 1-800-877-3643, or visit

About Teeth of the Dog
Opened in 1971 and renovated in 2005, Teeth of the Dog is one of four Pete Dye’s designs at the Casa de Campo resort at La Romana on the southeast coast, and was the first Dominican Republic course to use the sea to dramatic effect, putting it on the global golfing map. Its name derives from the jagged rock formations jutting into the Caribbean on which Dye placed tees and greens. Three of its four par-3 holes play over waves to the greens. In total, it has seven holes next to the sea and 11 with ocean views.

84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Partner with LPGA Golfer Rachel Rohanna to Support West Virginia Flood Relief Efforts

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84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Partner with LPGA Golfer Rachel Rohanna to Support West Virginia Flood Relief Efforts

For every birdie Rohanna makes through 2016, 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort will match donations benefiting those affected by the West Virginia flood.

84 lumberEighty Four, Pennsylvania – July 15, 2016 – 84 Lumber, the nation’s leading privately held building materials and services supplier, and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, one of North America’s premier luxury resort destinations, are partnering with professional golfer Rachel Rohanna to aid in the southern West Virginia flood relief efforts.

A Pennsylvania native, Rohanna is sponsored on the LPGA tour by 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort founder, Joe Hardy.

Starting with this weekend’s Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I, Rohanna has committed to a $100 donation for every birdie (a score of one stroke under par) through the end of the 2016 professional season. 84 Lumber and Nemacolin will match Rohanna’s donation, thus tripling the initial pledge for a grand total of $300 per birdie.

The funds will be donated to the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster’s (WV-VOAD) general flood relief fund.

“In a time of devastation, Rachel has taken it upon herself to help our West Virginia neighbors in any way she can,” said Maggie Hardy Magerko, President and Owner, 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. “As part of the 84 and Nemacolin family, we are excited to cheer Rachel on and to match her donation efforts.”

In addition to matching Rohanna’s monetary commitment, 84 Lumber also recently donated over $20,000 worth of the most-needed personal items to the WV-VOAD in support of the flood relief efforts.

Those wishing to contribute to the WV-VOAD can make a one time or recurring donation here.

For more information on 84 Lumber, visit For more information on Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, visit

About 84 Lumber

Founded in 1956, 84 Lumber Company is the nation’s leading privately held supplier of building materials, manufactured components, and industry-leading services for single- and multi-family residences and commercial buildings. 84 Lumber operates more than 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops, and engineered wood product (EWP) centers in 30 states, representing the top 130 markets in the country. 84 Lumber also offers professional residential and commercial contractors turn-key installed services for a variety of products including framing, insulation, siding, windows, roofing, decking, and drywall. A certified women’s business enterprise owned by Maggie Hardy Magerko, 84 Lumber was named as one of Forbes Best Midsize Employers in America 2016. For more information, please visit

About Nemacolin Woodlands Resort   

Nemacolin is one of North America’s premier luxury resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania, Nemacolin features 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes. The resort offers championship golf including the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock golf course, as well as an internationally acclaimed spa collection. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy our Shooting Academy; Wildlife Academy that features everything from safari tours to dog sledding; Adventure Center complete with ziplines and climbing wall; and Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy. Nemacolin boasts 15 restaurants and lounges, including Lautrec, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant experience. For meetings and events Nemacolin’s 32,000 sq. ft. of conference space includes three ballrooms, a lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms.