Whether it's golf or entertainment, boredom in Branson isn't an option
After spending a few days in Branson, Mo., I offer these observations:
First, Branson offers top-notch Ozark Mountain golf. The new Payne Stewart Golf Club has terrific views and is plenty challenging. Tom Fazio’s Branson Creek Golf Club is as good or better than advertised. And next door, Murder Rock, which has a John Daly design endorsement, is plenty fun and picturesque as well.
But more than that, Branson is a fun place to hang out. There is no shortage of things to do, and the entertainment here is, well, entertaining.
Last night, I got to check out the Liverpool Legends at the Starlite Theatre. This Beatles tribute band did more than just play Beatles standards; they delivered a Beatles experience, morphing into several manifestations of the legendary rock band through costume and set changes.
The highlight of the night was when the group, outfitted in Sgt. Pepper garb at the time, performed “A Day in the Life,” complete with fog and psychedelic effects. To say the band members, who played their own instruments as well, nailed it, would be an understatement.
An added bonus came during intermission when Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison, conducted a Q&A with the audience.
Kudos also to the Legends in Concert at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater. I went to that show on Tuesday night. The Blues Brothers were better singers than the originals, and the Temptations impersonators sent chills down my spine they were so spot on – not only with their vocals but their choreography as well.
The restaurant scene here is pretty special as well. With that said, though, be sure to check out the local Steak ‘N Shake here. (Yeah, I know it’s a franchise.) They really take a lot of pride in their work, and the shakes are second to none, of course.
In my previous blog post, I talked about how Branson was as country as it gets, and it is. But there really is something for everyone here. On any given night, there are probably better than 50 shows. You’ll also find great fishing and water sports, quality shopping and a cool fountain and fire display at Branson Landing as well as hotel accommodations to fit every budget.
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