X

GARY PLAYER DESIGN TO ADD SHORT COURSE TO BIG CEDAR LODGE, BEST NEW GOLF DESTINATION IN AMERICA

A native son is creating one of the country’s best golf destinations in the heart of the Ozarks.

Johnny Morris grew up exploring the forests and fishing the rivers of the Ozark Mountains outside of Branson, Mo. Over the past three decades, the 68-year-old founder of Bass Pro Shops has dedicated himself to creating a reason for outsiders to discover the land he holds so dear. Big Cedar Lodge (bigcedar.com), which he opened about 10 miles south of Branson in 1988, is an outdoor playground of a resort, with a roster of recreational activities that includes fishing, clay shooting, and horseback riding. First and foremost, however, Big Cedar is a golf resort—and one of the most underrated ones in the country.

Bigcedarlodge

Morris is currently working with Gary Player on the design of a short course, this one 13 holes, that is scheduled to open at Big Cedar later this year. He has also enlisted Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to design a second championship course, set to debut in 2018. “Those are our next big stepping stones,” he says. “If we just make those the best they can be, we’ll see what happens from there. Time will tell.”

“This area is still, in many respects, undiscovered by many people,” says Morris, who started hosting a PGA Champions Tour event at Big Cedar in 2014. “The tournament is a way to showcase the area and create excitement.”

The Legends of Golf tournament, which includes a 2-day pro-am event, is held each spring (April 17–23 this year) on Big Cedar’s Buffalo Ridge Springs Course—an 18-hole championship layout redesigned by Morris and Tom Fazio in 2014—and one-of-a-kind Top of the Rock. Renovated by Jack Nicklaus (also in collaboration with Morris) in 2014, Top of the Rock comprises nine par-3s that could each be a signature hole at other courses. If there is a standout, it is the second: a 114-yarder with a stunning vista, punctuated by Table Rock Lake in the distance, that requires only a flip of a wedge to a kidney-shaped green about 100 feet below.

To have such a dramatic setting and high-profile designer for a par-3 course is almost unprecedented. But Morris says he built Top of the Rock for children and families to enjoy, so they could connect with nature the way he did decades ago. “Golf is another way to utilize that land,” he says, “to get people to walk over it and to appreciate it.”

Article courtesy of Robb Report.

 

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

↓
X
NEWS & SOCIAL

NEWS

TWITTER

Congratulations on your #zimopen2017 @Sunshine_Tour victory JC Ritchie. Intense playoff battle to take the title. M… https://t.co/syikH8QvkP

Congratulations @floryparker on your @MeditLadiesOpen @LETgolf victory. Exciting three-way playoff battle for the w… https://t.co/OR6nm8lEkk

D.H. Lee, many congratulations on your 1st @WebDotComTour. Proving you can win in those tough conditions is career… https://t.co/RxHjipdbpZ

Friendship knows no age. Photos of the Week: https://t.co/847xsCM1DE https://t.co/E6XKMLr52t

FACEBOOK

Hats off to Jack Nicklaus & Kid Rock edging Lee & me in the Skins Game. Was Kid's handicap accuarte? He may be Chairman of the committee 😉 ... See MoreSee Less

Many congratulations on your maiden PGA TOUR victory Kevin Chappell. The wait is over & time to enjoy! GP ... See MoreSee Less

Outstanding European Tour playoff win Bernd Wiesberger. Congrats on another title! Impressive composure to hold off the charging pack. Meine beset. GP ... See MoreSee Less

Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh super win Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. You did it in style with a course-record 12-under par. Now to get the trophy home! ... See MoreSee Less

INSTAGRAM