March 8, 2013

Golfing Excellence Recognized at the 
Lake of the Ozarks
An aerial view of Old Kinderhook
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO. - Few golf destinations in the Midwest can match the all-around, award-winning excellence of Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. Most experts, critics and golfers agree the Lake has most, if not all, of the boxes checked when it comes to great golfing vacations - challenging courses, excellent value, scenic landscapes, luxury lodging and a fun setting with plenty of entertainment and activities after the round is over.

Recently, the Lake of the Ozarks area was named "Best Golf Weekend" by AAA's Midwest Traveler magazine in its Best of the Midwest poll. Also, Golf Magazine listed two of the Lake's courses - Old Kinderhook and The Ridge at The Lodge of Four Seasons - among the top five in Missouri for its "Best Courses Near You" rankings. Old Kinderhook, a Tom Weiskopf Signature course in Camdenton, was ranked second among all public courses in Missouri. "It's an honor to receive this recognition from Golf Magazine and it's a true credit to the dedicated ownership and top-notch staff here at Old Kinderhook for keeping the course in such impeccable condition," said Old Kinderhook Executive Director Bob Renken. "It's also an acknowledgment of the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Council for attracting so many high-quality golfers from across the Midwest to experience all of the great golf facilities here at the Lake."

The Ridge Course at The Lodge of Four Seasons


The Ridge, designed by Ken Kavanaugh in Lake Ozark, received Golf Magazine's No. 5 "Best Course Near You" ranking. "We are honored to be recognized by Golf Magazine as one of the top five courses in Missouri," said Matt Tausig, The Lodge of Four Seasons Director of Golf. "The Ridge is so unique for the Midwest because of all the elevation changes and hills. Ken Kavanaugh really captured the natural beauty associated with the Lake area. The Lake of the Ozarks area was one of only two destinations in Missouri to have two courses named in the top five by a panel of Golf Magazine experts.

Three Course Scramble
Dogwood Hills Golf Resort

Fifteen courses dot the scenic landscape of the Lake area, including several crafted by world-class designers and golf pros such as Weiskopf; Kavanaugh; Jack Nicklaus; Arnold Palmer; Roger Null; Floyd Farley; Robert Trent Jones, Sr.; Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge. Nine courses at the Lake - Old Kinderhook, The Oaks at Tan-Tar-A Resort, The Cove at The Lodge of Four Seasons, The Ridge at The Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Valley Country Club, Dogwood Hills Golf Club and all three courses at Osage National Golf Resort (The Mountain, River and Links courses) - have been rated four stars or higher by Golf Digest in its annual "Places to Play" readers' poll of public courses in the country. The Ridge was the highest rated course at the Lake with four-and-a-half stars, while the other eight received four-star ratings. A rating of four or more stars out of five means that the readers of Golf Digest consider these to be among the country's "must play" public courses.
The Club at Porto Cima at The Lodge of Four Seasons


The Lake area is also home to one of the nation's most decorated private courses, The Club at Porto Cima at The Lodge of Four Seasons. Golf Digest ranked the Jack Nicklaus-designed course as the No. 4 Best New Private Course in the country in 2002. Since it opened in 2000, The Club has consistently been rated among the top 10 courses in Missouri by Golf Digest and in 2010 was named by the members of the Missouri Golf Association as the best course in the state.

Osage National Golf Resort


Some of the Lake's courses also have been the site of historic PGA and amateur golf battles. Osage National was the site of the 1994 Skins Game between golfing legends Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Missouri native Payne Stewart. Also in 1994, The Oaks at Tan-Tar-A and The Cove at The Lodge of Four Seasons were hosts of the PGA Club Pro Championship, the largest professional tournament of its kind. This year, Old Kinderhook will have the honor of hosting the landmark 75th anniversary of the Missouri Women's Golf Association Amateur Championship on July 9-11.

The Golf Club at Deer Chase
The Golf Club at Deer Chase


Thirteen of the 15 Lake area courses - Bear Creek Valley Golf Club, The Golf Club at Deer Chase, Dogwood Hills Golf Club, Eldon Golf Club, Indian Rock Golf Club, Lake Valley Country Club, Old Kinderhook, Osage National, The Ridge, Rolling Hills Country Club, Sycamore Creek Golf Club and Hidden Lakes and The Oaks at Tan-Tar-A - are members of the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail.

Hidden Lakes Golf Course
Hidden Lakes Course at Tan-Tar-A Resort


"The Golf Trail is an alliance of courses partnering together with 11 lodging properties at the Lake of the Ozarks to give golfers discounted prices on everything from budget-friendly golf getaways to luxury golf vacations," said Paul Leahy, Director of Golf at Tan-Tar-A Resort and Lake of the Ozarks Golf Council President.


For more information about all 15 fun and challenging courses at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit FunLake.com or call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253). If you would like more information about the courses and accommodations on Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail, including details about money-saving golf packages, visit GolfingMissouri.com.

The spring season is loaded with fun fairs, festivals and events at the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information about spring getaway packages, lodging, dining, shopping, events and attractions throughout the Lake area, contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the Bureau's website, FunLake.com.


MARCH 23 & 24


Fishermen interested in participating in the Buddy Bass Tournament on March 23 and 24 at Alhonna Resort (677 Outer Dr. on land or the 8 Mile Marker on the Lake of the Ozarks) should register now to qualify for an early entry fee. The entry fee is $100 per each two-person team. An additional $10 fee can be paid to participate in the Big Bass Pot for the largest bass caught. This two-day tournament includes a hot breakfast and a 100 percent payout of entry fees. The tournament starts at 7 a.m. each day. Weigh-in times are at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about tournament registration and lodging, call 573-365-2634 or visit Alhonna.com.   


APRIL 4-6        


The Great Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing commemorates its 15th year with seven nationally-recognized American Gospel music acts, April 4-6, at The Landing on Main Street in Osage Beach. Triumphant Quartet, Union Street, The Booth Brothers, Higher Power Quartet, The Ball Brothers, The Lesters and the Mark Trammell Quartet all are scheduled to perform at this year's event. The concerts start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5. Two performances are scheduled for Saturday: one at 1 p.m. and an evening finale at 7 p.m. Reserved seat ticket packages range from $65 to $80 for all concerts. All other tickets are general admission and are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. Children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information on the Great Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing, including available money-saving lodging packages, visit GreatLakeoftheOzarksGospelSing.com, call 888-285-7464 or email lakegospelsing@gmail.com.


APRIL 18-21   



The Dogwood Festival returns for its 63rd annual celebration of Missouri's state tree, the Flowering Dogwood, on April 18-21. This fun festival features food, rides, and entertainment for the entire family. Visitors can enjoy a carnival, live music, arts, crafts, beauty pageants, a hog roast, a fish fry, a parade, garage sales, a shoebox float contest for kids, a golf tournament, a 5K fun run and much more. For more information about the Dogwood Festival, call the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce at 573-346-2227. For a full schedule of events, entry forms or details, visit the festival's website at



APRIL 20-21


A $150,000 payout awaits amateur anglers to the Lake of the Ozarks on April 20-21 for the Spring Big Bass Bash, sponsored by the Anglers in Action Tournament Trail. First place in the Big Bass competition earns $40,000, second place nets a cool $20,000 and third place wins $10,000. Two-day entry fees are $165 per person and one-day entry fees are $115 per person. The Kids Division registration is $10 per day. If you register before the Early-Bird Entry Deadline of April 8, you're entered to win one of 10 $500 prizes. To find out more about this tournament, including complete registration information and rules, visit BigBassBash.com or call 866-515-0102.


MAY 3-4

The Magic Dragon Street Nationals celebrates its silver anniversary this year on May 3-4 at the Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark. The 25th Annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals, a nationally known celebration of automotive excellence, is an open-class car show featuring all makes, models and years of cars, trucks and motorcycles that attracts thousands to the Lake area each year. The Magic Dragon Street Meet's other attraction, the Generation NEXT Magic Dragon (located at the Prewitt's Point Shopping Center in Osage Beach) is a car display geared specifically to the next generation of car enthusiasts, showcasing tuner cars (featuring Scion and other imports) and other highly customized foreign and domestic rides. Each Magic Dragon location features vendor villages, music, DJs and plenty of family fun. Admission is free to all ages. For more information on this event, call 800-451-4117 or visit the Magic Dragon website at MagicDragonCarShow.com.

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The spring season is full of exciting travel stories at the Lake of the Ozarks!  For more information, media assistance or high-resolution photography, please call The Beenders-Walker Group toll-free at 800-544-8474 or email Marjorie, Jo, Gene or Kyle.


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Phone: 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) Fax: 573-348-4292 

P.O. Box 1498  Osage Beach, MO 65065

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Quick Links





Old Kinderhook


The Ridge Course at The Lodge of Four Seasons


Osage National Golf Resort


The Oaks and Hidden Lakes at Tan-Tar-A Resort


Lake Valley Country Club


Dogwood Hills Golf Resort


Sycamore Creek Golf Club


Bear Creek Valley Golf Club


Rolling Hills Country Club


The Golf Club at Deer Chase


Eldon Golf Club


Porta Cima at The Lodge of Four Seasons


The Cove at The Lodge of Four Seasons


Buddy Bass Tournament



Camdenton Dogwood Festival


Big Bass Bash


Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals



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