Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Planning Your Spring Golf Trip to the Lake of the Ozarks

Spring is just around the corner, and with the warm weather we've been experiencing here lately, now's the time to start planning your golf trip to the Lake of the Ozarks. With a variety of amazing courses to choose from, the Lake of the Ozarks is the golf destination of the Midwest. The central location of the Lake area also makes for a great meeting place for you and all your golf buddies to get together for a weekend. Keep reading to learn more about how Your Lake Vacation can help you plan an awesome golf getaway!

Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail 

At the Lake of the Ozarks, you'll find one great golf course after another. Lake area courses challenge golfers at every skill level. Elevation changes, water features, rock outcrops and more have been built into the champoinship courses by famed designers including Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf, Ken Kavanaugh and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Which courses will you try during your next Lake of the Ozarks golf getaway?

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Bear Creek Valley
Located down Highway 42 in Osage Beach, the Bear Creek Valley Golf Club meanders through 250 acres of colorful Ozark forest, meadows and scenic valleys along "Little Bear Creek." The course offers an enjoyable, yet challenging round of golf.

The Cove
Located in the Four Seasons area of Lake Ozark, this challenging course features 72 bunkers, rolling hills and water on 9 of the holes. Breathtaking views of the Lake of the Ozarks and a classic design leave golfers wanting another shot at this legendary golf course. 

Deer Chase 
Located in Linn Creek, The Golf Club at Deer Chase offers a challenging track through the beautiful Auglaize River valley and surrounding hills. The course features Bermuda fairways overseeded for early spring green-up, multiple zoysia tees and the largest bentgrass green settings in the area.  

Eldon Golf Club
The Eldon Golf Club was recently voted the "Best Public Golf Course" at the Lake of the Ozarks by Lake Sun newspaper readers. Set amid a backdrop of wooded areas, rolling hills and creeks, this course is sure to provide a pleasurable experience for golfers. The exceptional layout offers four tee locations to challenge golfers of all skill levels. 

Hidden Lakes
Located at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach, this course has been ranked by USA Today as one of the best 9-hole courses in the U.S. This championship golf course features lush zoysia fairways and large bentgrass greens.

Indian Rock
Located in Gravois Mills, majestic rock formations guard Indian Rock Golf Club's signature 17th hole, while a deep clear lake guards the front. Golfers will experience Bermuda fairways and tee boxes and bent grass greens on this expansive, 300-plus acre course. 

Lake Valley 
Located in Camdenton and voted #1 course at the Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Valley features generous fairways, but the large greens are slick and demanding, with considerable back to front slop. Lake Valley is a "must play" course, providing a well-maintained, uniquely challenging course.

Old Kinderhook 
Also located in Camdenton, this Tom Weiskopf designed course offers spectacular vistas, elevations and a championship layout that meanders through the Ozark hills. The rolling topography, rock waterfalls and flowering trees make it one of the Midwest's finest courses. Currently ranked the 2nd best course in Missouri by GOLF magazine, each hole at Old Kinderhook captures a special aspect of the terrain and offers an experience to delight golfers of all skill levels.

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Osage National
Osage National Golf Course offers three, 18-hole combinations featuring zoysia fairways and bentgrass greens. The course is laid out on beautifully forested, rolling terrain and is surrounded by lakes, creeks and the imposing bluffs of the Osage River. The tranquil setting provides the backdrop for a challenging, enjoyable golf experience.  

The Ridge
Located at the Lodge of Four Seasons, The Ridge offers a resort style course that all players can enjoy. Many golfers refer to the course's altitude drops and generous landing areas as "player-friendly." The course offers rolling hills, natural rock outcroppings, native wildflowers and beautiful views of the Lake.  

Rolling Hills Country Club
Located in Versailles, Rolling Hills offers some of the Lake area's best bentgrass greens on a well-maintained, challenging course. It features a park-like setting with mature Ozarks woodlands lining bermuda fairways. Hills and strategically-placed bunkers provide a varied and fun-to-play setting for all golfers. 

The Oaks
Located in Osage Beach near Tan-Tar-A, The Oaks offers a championship layout, carved out of the natural Ozark hills. The multiple tee boxes and beautiful Bermuda and Zoysia fairways make this championship course a unique and enjoyable experience for the expert and the novice. Its undulating bentgrass greens, breathtaking elevation changes and scenic views of the Lake make this course a must play! 

Golf Packages with Your Lake Vacation

When you choose our premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we'll take care of everything from your accommodations to scheduling your tee times. Just let us know how many golfers you'll have, which course you're wanting to play and we will customize a package just for you! Call 877-284-0267 to start planning your golf getaway in one of our waterfront homes or condos at the Lake of the Ozarks today!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

5 Valentine's Day Traditions from Around the World

When you think of Valentine's Day, what comes to mind? Flowers and chocolate are often a part of Valentine's Day here in the United States. However, every country celebrates this holiday of love differently. Keep reading to learn how Valentine's Day is celebrated around the world.

1. Jack Valentine in Norfolk, England

In Norfolk, a county in England, Jack Valentine acts like Santa for Valentine's Day. Children anxiously await to hear Jack Valentine knock at their doors. While they don't ever actually see him, children enjoy the candles and small gifts left on their porches by Jack Valentine. For the single women in England, on the eve of Valentine's Day, they would place five bay leaves on their pillows, one at each corner and one in the center. This was said to bring dreams of their future husbands.

2. Gift-Giving in South Korea

In South Korea, the gift-giving works a little differently than in the United States. Rather than men getting their lovers chocolates and flowers, on February 14, it's up to the women to woo their men with chocolates, candies and flowers. Then on March 14, a holiday known as White Day, the men not only shower the women with chocolates and flowers, but also include a gift. For those single people who don't have anything to celebrate on these holidays take part in Black Day on April 14. On this day, it's customary for singles to mourn their solitary status by eating dark bowls of black bean-paste noodles.

3. Saint Dwynwen in Wales

Instead of Saint Valentine, the Welsh celebrate Saint Dwynwen, the Welsh patron of lovers. Rather than February 14, this Welsh holiday is celebrated on January 25. The traditional romantic Welsh gift is a love spoon. Men carve intricate wooden spoons as a token of affection for the women they love. Patterns and symbols, each signifying a different meaning, are carved into the spoons. Horseshoes symbolize good luck and keys symbolize the keys to a man's heart. Today, love spoons are also exchanged for celebrations such as weddings, anniversaries and births.

4. The Spring Festival in Italy

Today Italians celebrate Valentine's Day with romantic dinners and a gift exchange between lovers. One of the most popular gifts to give in Italy is Baci Perugina, which are small, chocolate covered hazelnuts wrapped with a romantic quote printed in four languages. However, originally the holiday was celebrated as the Spring Festival. The young and amorous gathered outside in the gardens to enjoy poetry readings and music before taking a stroll with their beloved. Another tradition was for the young, unmarried girls to wake before dawn to spot their future husbands. It was believed that the first man a woman saw on Valentine's Day was the man, or at least resembled the man, she would marry within a year.

5. Qixi or The Seventh Night Festival in China

According to Chinese lore, Zhinu, a heavenly king's daughter, and Niulang, a poor cowherd, fell in love, married and had twins. When the king learned of the marriage, he sent his wife to bring Zhinu back to the stars. Upon hearing the cries of Niulang and the children, the king allowed the couple to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Today, during this holiday, single women prepare offerings of melon and other fruits to Zhinu in hopes of finding a good husband. Couples also head to temples to pray for happiness and prosperity. At night, people look to the heavens to watch the stars Vega and Altair come close during the star-crossed pair's annual reunion.

Happy Valentine's Day from Your Lake Vacation! If you're looking for a place to take someone special this year, consider a trip to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. There are a variety of romantic things to do in a weekend, such as touring bridal cave, hiking around the castle ruins at Ha-Ha-Tonka or enjoying a gourmet dinner over looking the water. To book your romantic getaway in one of our waterfront condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 877-284-0267!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Rumors About Banning Vacation Rentals at Lake of the Ozarks

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about various groups that are trying to ban vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. I have read articles, attended meetings and have spoken with various people who are concerned that our state legislature, along with Expedia, Inc. (one of the world's largest online travel companies) are out to either outright ban rentals or do so through over regulation.

Legislation on Vacation Rentals

Last year, Expedia, through the Missouri legislature and along with various state representatives, introduced legislation that would seek to prohibit municipalities within Missouri from banning vacation rentals or from over regulating them in order to in essence ban them. That bill ultimately failed.

There were a few issues with that legislation that were not friendly to vacation rentals. My opinion is that occurred because our representatives and Expedia do not own or manage vacation rental properties. Therefore, they didn't understand that some of the items in the legislation would actually harm Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals. This was not the intent of the legislation and thankfully it did not pass.

Educating About Vacation Rentals

After it failed, I met with Diane Franklin (Representative for the Lake Area's 123rd District) in an attempt to educate her on the various aspects of how legislation could affect our rental community. We had a great conversation and she was very receptive to the information that I provided. I left that meeting knowing that she wanted to do what was best for vacation rentals in general and for the Lake of the Ozarks area specifically.

Afterwards, I, along with other rental property managers at the Lake of the Ozarks, Realtors, local authorities and others associated with the vacation rental industry, were invited to sit on the committee that would seek to get the legislation correct (as we knew that it would be reintroduced in 2017).

We have had two meetings with our representatives and the Expedia lobbyist. Those meetings have resulted in getting everyone educated and seeking to protect the vacation rental industry, and by association the real estate market here at the Lake of the Ozarks. The reality is that a large number of vacationers turn into real estate buyers, fueling our economy first as a visitor and later as a resident. Hurting the rental market would also hurt the real estate market.

Vacation Rentals Moving Forward

Those opposed to the legislation think that the intention is to ban or regulate vacation rentals out of existence. Logically, if that were true, then Expedia would not have anything to advertise on their platforms, thus cutting off their source of income. The new legislation, currently HB608 specifically states, "A political subdivision shall not enforce an ordinance or law enacted after January 1, 2018, that prohibits or that has the express or practical effect of prohibiting residential dwelling rentals."

Diane Franklin has introduced a separate bill (HB632), "which will make sure all homes, regardless of how they are used, are assessed at a residential rate" (instead of commercial). So as you can see, (and look the bills up and read for yourself) that our legislators, far from trying to ban rentals, are working to protect the Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental industry.

Russell Burdette is the owner/broker of Your Lake Vacation, a professional vacation rental management company at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1986. Whether you own a home that you're looking to rent out to vacationers or you are a vacationer looking for a place to stay, give us a call at 877-284-0267.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

3 Waterfront Homes in the Popular Horseshoe Bend Area

Teak Village Homes - Each with 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths

Located at the 8.5 mile marker of the Lake of the Ozarks, our Teak Village homes offer a great location for your vacation. Walk across the street to H. Toad's Bar and Grill or shuffle further down the street to Shady Gators for dinner and drinks! Rent just one house, or for larger groups, rent all three! Keep reading to learn more about these Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental homes

Teak Village 1

This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks offers 2 queen size beds, 2 twin size beds and 1 sleeper sofa. Therefore, the home will sleep up to 8 people. Enjoy the beautiful view of the water from the deck. This home includes a gas grill, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and a wood burning fireplace. Also included with the rental is a 10x24 boat dock with a swim platform. 

Teak Village 2 

You will enjoy a great view from the large deck overlooking the cove just off the main channel. The home features a master suite with a king bed, private bath and private deck. The guest room offers a queen bed and the third bedroom offers 2 twin beds. There is also a loft area featuring a double futon. With 2 queen sleeper sofas, this home will sleep a total of 12 people. There is a full kitchen, 2 dining areas, a breakfast bar and large deck with gas grill. This home also comes with a private dock featuring two boat slips, a 12x34 and a 10x34, and a swim platform.

Teak Village 3

This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath waterfront home features an extra large deck with plenty of seating including a martini area and gas grill. Bring your boat because this home comes with a 2-well dock, with a large swim platform. The master bedroom features a queen size bed and a private bath. The other two bedrooms feature queen size beds as well. Enjoy a nice meal at one of the two 6-top tables or the 4 bar stools at the breakfast bar area. The large living room features 2 full size couches, a loveseat, TV and fireplace.  

Together, these 3 Lake of the Ozarks waterfront homes allow sleeping for a total of 30 people! They are conveniently located near restaurants, marinas and golf. Just a short drive into Osage Beach, you'll find the 110 store outlet mall, attractions and more fine dining. Give Your Lake Vacation a call at 877-284-0267 to book your reservations in one of these great homes today! Having a family reunion or other large get-together? Rent all three homes!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

5 Tips for Planning a Family Reunion

Family reunions are a great way to re-connect with people in your family that you rarely get to see. There's no better place to hold your family reunion than the #1 recreational Lake in the country. Not only are there a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy, but the central location makes it the perfect gathering place for families spread out across the country. In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental company offers some tips for planning a great family reunion.

1. Start Early. 

Planning a family reunion is a big undertaking, so be sure to give yourself enough time. Attendees may need to request vacation time from work and some may need to save money to afford the trip. You also need time to research accommodations, caterers, etc. The earlier you start, the better off you'll be.

2. Enlist Help.  

Don't try planning the entire event yourself. There's a lot of upfront work involved to plan the perfect get-together. Involve people from different areas of the family. Survey your family members and ask for volunteers to help you with the planning process. Delegate your planning tasks to several family members and the stress of planning such a big event will be lessened.

3. Stick to Your Date. 

Choosing the date to host your family reunion could be the most difficult decision you have to make. Before choosing the date, check for any conflicts already set such as weddings, graduations and milestone birthdays or anniversaries. Once you pick a date, you need to stick to it. You're going to have some people that can't attend, but that's okay. If you are continuously trying to change the date to please everyone, you aren't going to get anything else done.

4. Get a Head Count. 

Once your date and location have been chosen, it's time to start looking into accommodations. Many resorts and condos offer group discounts for these types of events. You'll need to get a head count to determine availability and pricing. Choose several possible locations, get the pricing and availability, and then present it to the group. Keep a budget in mind as some members of your family could be tight on money and you want everyone to have the opportunity to attend. You'll also need a head count if you choose to cater any meals or do any group activities.

5. Plan Activities & Downtime. 

While it's good to plan some group activities that everyone can enjoy, it's also good to include some downtime. Spending too much time around family you don't see that often can get exhausting and a break could be nice. For many, this family reunion could be the only vacation they take this year. Possibly have a list of optional activities you've researched and let each individual family do a few things on their own if they wish. Make sure you include activities for every age.

Now is the time to get your Lake of the Ozarks accommodations locked in, and take advantage of those group rates before availability is slim. In addition to helping you choose the perfect waterfront homes or condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can recommend the best activities and restaurants in the area. Since 1986 we've helped thousands of guests with their vacation planning. To get started planning the perfect family reunion at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 877-284-0267.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Now for 2017 Lake of the Ozarks Summer Events

Thinking about joining us at the Lake of the Ozarks this summer? In order to get the property you want, you have to book early! During the busy holiday weekends and those weekends of the major annual summer events, we're often sold out. Now's the time to get your reservations on the books - call 877-284-0267! Here are some of the best annual events to consider for your Lake of the Ozarks vacation:

Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals - May 4-7

The 28th Annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals is a unique show for all makes, models, and years of show vehicles, trucks and motorcycles. We bring over 28 years of show experience to the historic Bagnell Dam Strip at the Lake of the Ozarks.

20th Annual Spring Harbor Hop - May 6

One of the Lake of the Ozarks largest events of the year! Kick off the boating season by participating in the 20th Annual Spring Harbor Hop. Dozens of the Lake's best restaurants and marinas will be set up as checkpoints for participants to draw a card and try to win the best and worst hands. Prizes are awarded to winners, and anyone can play!

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Lake Race 2017 - June 1-4

Enjoy 4 days of huge powerboat racing events at the Lake of the Ozarks, starting June 1st 2017. Thursday is the Festival of Speed on Osage Beach Parkway, West of the Grand Glaize Bridge. Friday is the Lake Race Meet & Greet Street Party on the Bagnell Dam Strip. The official races will be on Saturday, with the awards ceremony to follow. Sunday is the 5K run, as well as the Props & Hoses Poker Run, which starts at Beaver's at the Dam and ends on Redhead Yacht Club.

39th Annual HK's Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament - June 2-4

The 3-day premier tournament event at the Lake of the Ozarks kicks off Friday, June 2, at The Lodge with a VIP Party for major sponsors. A highlight of the weekend is the Pairing Party and Silent/Live Auction, taking place 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3, in the Lodge’s Campana Hall. There will be an auction of memorabilia, golfing packages, fine jewelry, trips and more. The tournament, a four-person scramble, is Sunday, June 4, at The Cove Golf Course. More than $100,000 in prizes will be available for participants, including pro shop certificates awarded to the top four teams in each flight, sponsored by Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks, and a $10,000 putting contest, sponsored by Bank Star.

The Canine Cannonball - June 8-11

How far can your dog jump? The annual Dock Dogs jumping contest is held at Dog Days again this year. Canine athletes compete in Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve at this family friendly event. Free admission.

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Aquapalooza 2017 - July 15

The Lake's Largest FAMILY Boating event will be held July 15th. The Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers invites ALL BOATERS to join them for a great day on the water. Live music and activities will keep you having fun all day long. On the Water Party at Dog Days Restaurant at the 19mm, just west of the Grand Glaize Bridge.

Lake of the Ozarks Shootout - August 26-27

The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, held at Captain Ron's Bar & Grill and the 33MM-34.5MM, will bring top powerboat racers and off shore racing power boats from across the country, topping 200 MPH. The largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest with over 100 racers and 100,000 spectators. Proceeds will benefit the Lake Area Rescue Teams, and other charitable organizations! Make a whole week of it! Enjoy Shootout events happening all week leading up to the main event. Events include: R/C Mini Powerboats Shootout, Golf Tournament, Treasure Hunt, PWC Dam Run, Shootout Strip Street Party, Vendor Villages, Poker Runs, Live Entertainment and much more.

From large 5 bedroom homes to cozy 1 bedroom condos, we have Lake of the Ozarks accommodations options for any size group! Visit our website at or give us a call at 877-284-0267 to check out availability for the dates you want to join us at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

7 Useful Items Your Vacation Rental NEEDS To Have

What sort of items should you have available to make your vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks stand apart from the rest? The local market offers over a thousand vacation properties, so there's plenty of competition when it comes to finding renters for yours. In today's blog, we offer a few suggestions to property owners to help attract more renters.

1. Wireless Internet

The first thing should be obvious in today's environment, you must have Wi-Fi. If your home or condo at the Lake of the Ozarks doesn't have it, you will miss out on a large number of potential renters. Everyone wants to feel connected; they want to check their email, scroll through Facebook and not have to use all their data up while on vacation.

2. Flat Screen TVs

You should also have a large (40 inches or more) flat screen TV in the living room, family room or entertainment room. Other TV's throughout the home or condo should also all be flat screens and the appropriate size for the room. If you have any box TVs, you should get rid of them. They make your property look dated in your pictures and potential renters will move on to the properties that have flat screen TVs.

3. Blu-ray & DVD Players

Along those same lines, be sure to get rid of your old VHS player. The only reason you might keep a VHS player in your rental home is if you have a large library of VHS tapes available for your guests. Otherwise, all it does is date your property. You might as well install an 8 track or cassette player to go with it! If you have a VHS/DVD combo, that is acceptable. However, your main TV should have a Blu-ray DVD player, which plays regular and Blu-ray discs. Having only a regular DVD player limits what your guests can watch.

4. USB Ports 

Another item you should have is USB ports around the condo or home at the Lake of the Ozarks. The kitchen is a good spot or some owners have them attached to the lamps in the bedrooms, which is another great idea. This is a great convenience for your guests, as most charger cords attach to USB ports.

5. Kitchen Equipment

In the kitchen, you should have at least a four-hole toaster and a coffee maker that makes enough cups of coffee compared to the number of guests your property sleeps. Also make sure you have items such as a pizza pan, a blender, a mixer, etc. so that your guests can cook a variety of things during their stay. The advantage of having a well-equipped kitchen is so that your guests can save money by not eating out for every meal.

6. King Beds

In the master bedroom, you should always have a king bed. If guests have one at home, they want one on vacation, and if they don't well, they want one on vacation. You would not believe how many of our guests demand a king bed.

7. Keyless Entry 

Finally, if you don't have keyless entry, you are behind the times. Get with the program and updated your property to prepare for the 21st century! Happy Renting!

For more information on renting your home or condo as a Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental, give us a call at 877-284-0267. Your Lake Vacation is a professional property management company at the Lake since 1986. We're here to assist both guests looking to go on vacation and owners who would like to generate a little extra income from their second home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
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Osage Beach, MO 65065
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