Big Cedar Lodge is becoming known as America’s next great golf destination.
Located in the heart of the United States is an unexpected hideaway for golf enthusiasts, nature lovers and relaxation seekers alike. Situated on 4,600 acres surrounding the pristine Table Rock Lake, Big Cedar Lodge is a remote haven of natural beauty.
This sprawling resort features countless outdoor activities for all types. One of the grandest encounters with the beauty of the Ozarks is through the game of golf. Inspired by a commitment to conservation, Johnny Morris, Founder of Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge, set out to create one-of-a-kind golf experiences designed to highlight the magnificence of the region.
Big Cedar is now home to three remarkably unique courses. Buffalo Ridge Springs is an 18-hole course ranked by GOLF Magazine as the #1 Best Public Golf Course in Missouri. The course has been artfully reimagined by Johnny Morris and renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio. Designed to pay tribute to the area’s early settlers, roaming buffalo can be found grazing on native prairie grasses that surround the course’s boundaries.
Top of the Rock, designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Johnny Morris, offers some of the most breathtaking views in the Ozarks and is the first and only 9-hole, par-3 course to be included in official PGA TOUR tournament play. In the words of PGA TOUR Commissioner, Tim Finchem, “If there was ever a par-3 course worthy of PGA TOUR tournament play, Top of the Rock is it.”
Adding to the extraordinary game of golf at Big Cedar, the new Mountain Top course designed by Gary Player just opened to the public on August 31st. This new facility offers spectacular views from the 13-hole course and the restaurant perched high in the Ozark hills.
Two new golf courses are currently being constructed – an 18- hole course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw that is set to open in 2018 and the first ever public golf course designed by Tiger Woods that will open in 2019. With these developments, Big Cedar Lodge is quickly becoming known as America’s next great golf destination.
Building on these sporting traditions, every April the world’s most distinguished golfers and sportsmen descend upon the Ozark Mountains to compete in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament at Big Cedar Lodge. Unlike other PGA TOUR Champions events, when these remarkable players come to Missouri, they do a lot more than just golf. The tournament poses a unique pro-am format where golfers also bass fish on Table Rock Lake, compete in shotgun sports at Bass Pro Shops’ Shooting Academy, and fly fish for rainbow trout at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. It’s quite a spectacle. So much so that a photo of Jack Nicklaus netting a rainbow trout was the most popular photo on the PGA TOUR’s Facebook page last year.
Beyond golf, the world-class attractions at Big Cedar Lodge offer countless opportunities to explore the great outdoors. One of these magnificent destinations is a 10,000 acre nature park, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. You can do everything from horseback riding to fly fishing while marveling at views of captivating waterfalls and canyon walls. For the shooting enthusiast, the Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy is a 1,200 acre-hilltop facility that allows you to engage in a variety of shooting disciplines.
Amidst the rolling hills, rugged terrain and spectacular lake views lay secluded accommodations with inviting details like real-wood burning fireplaces and private balconies. Guests can also enjoy luxury experiences like a day at Cedar Creek Spa, an 18,000 square foot spa complete with indoor grotto pool and ice room.
Whether you are looking for a golf getaway or just an opportunity to unplug, unwind and reconnect with nature, look no further than Big Cedar Lodge. Escape to the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and discover why this world-class destination has been named the Number 1 Resort in the Midwest by Travel + Leisure Magazine for two consecutive years. You can call 800-BCLODGE or visit www.bigcedar.com today to start planning your stay.