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.

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
 
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076