Tiger Woods’ TGR Design Teams with Johnny Morris, and The Payne Stewart Family
“FOR IMMEDIATE INTERNATIONAL RELEASE April 18, 2017
Johnny Morris, Tiger Woods and the Payne Stewart family partner to create the first TGR Design public access golf course in America
New “Payne’s Valley” Course will honor legacy of Payne Stewart in the beautiful Ozark Mountains
Project includes commitment to expand youth engagement in golf and the outdoors
RIDGEDALE, MISSOURI – Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris today announced a collaborative partnership with 79-time PGA TOUR winner Tiger Woods and the Payne Stewart family that includes plans to create the first-ever public access golf courses designed by TGR Design, a world-class championship golf course and a family friendly short course at Big Cedar Lodge, further establishing the resort as “America’s Next Great Golf Destination.”
The partnership grew from a vision to connect more people to nature by growing the game of golf and outdoor recreation with premier golf, angling and shooting experiences unlike anywhere else in the world. Beyond the championship course, the expansive partnership includes plans for a future Woods-designed par-3 “short course” on Big Cedar property.
World-renowned golf in the center of America
Scheduled to open in 2019 and named in honor of the late Payne Stewart, the new “Payne’s Valley” Golf Course will be
the first completed fully public-access course in the world designed by Tiger Woods’ design firm TGR Design. Being built to showcase the region’s natural beauty, the championship course will feature an extraordinarly dramatic 19th hole, “The Rock,” that can be used to settle unfinished wagers. The hole was envisioned by nature-loving Morris, and is set in one of the most dramatic geological features imaginable. The challenging but player-friendly walkable course will have an unforgettable finish where golfers will actually traverse through a breathtaking natural cavern system to return to the clubhouse after completing the 19th hole.
“I couldn’t be more proud to partner with Johnny Morris to debut my first public-access courses at Big Cedar Lodge,” said Tiger Woods. “Johnny’s incredible passion for connecting people of all ages and walks of life to nature is truly inspiring. Together we’re tremendously excited to create a publicly accessible world-class golf experience in the center of America.”
SHOWCASING THE HERITAGE OF THE OZARKS THROUGH THE BEAUTY OF GOLF
Big Cedar Lodge is building one of the premier golf destinations in the United States. Two new courses are currently being constructed at Big Cedar Lodge by two of the best golf architects in the industry – an 18-hole course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and a 13-hole family-friendly course designed by Gary Player. With these developments, Big Cedar Lodge more than doubles its golf offering and confirms Johnny Morris’ vision to create a rich golf experience in Missouri to attract visitors from across the nation.
These additions to the golf experience at Big Cedar Lodge will complement the two existing and top-rated courses, Buffalo Ridge Springs and Top of the Rock, creating an unmatched golf getaway in the Ozarks.
The Mountain Top
Course by Gary Player
Expected opening: Spring 2017
The 13-hole Mountain Top Course designed by Gary Player was created to bring a more accessible experience to families, juniors and golfers who are learning the game. The course routes through unforgettable rock formations and includes some of the best vistas in the region, while delivering a rewarding experience for all skill levels. Combining the Gary Player course with the top-rated Buffalo Ridge Springs course, the 9-hole Jack Nicklaus-Signature designed course at Top of the Rock and the new Coore & Crenshaw course; Big Cedar Lodge delivers an unparalleled golf getaway experience and new national destination for golf.
Bill Coore & Ben
Expected opening: Spring 2018
The world-renowned golf course architect team of Coore & Crenshaw shares Johnny Morris’ passion and appreciation for nature and conservation. The design of the new course will be a striking display for the senses and a fitting tribute to the Ozarks region. It will test avid players and golf travelers from around the country and provide the perfect complement to the existing 18-hole layout at Buffalo Ridge Springs, designed by Tom Fazio.
Course re-opened: June 2014
Buffalo Ridge Springs Course is an 18-hole public golf course ranked by GOLF Magazine as the No. 1 Public Golf Course You Can Play in Missouri 2016-2017. Following Big Cedar Lodge’s acquisition of the course in 2013, renowned course architect Tom Fazio and visionary conservationist Johnny Morris worked side-by-side to complete a major course renovation project. The new layout brings players in close contact with nature and features pristine playing conditions.
Herds of roaming bison graze on the native prairie grasses that surround the golf course boundaries. The renovation unveiled natural rock formations that have been incorporated into the routing of the course. Other improvements include the beautification and enhancement of all water features, the creation of new water features, and completely rebuilt bunkers with new white sand.
Buffalo Ridge covers approximately 450 acres and the course measures 7,036 yards from the back tees.
Top of the Rock
Course Re-opened: June 2014
Top of the Rock is a true celebration of nature and Ozarks heritage, sitting at the highest elevation in Taney County, Missouri, overlooking the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake. The components of Top of the Rock include: Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail; Top of the Rock Golf Course, Practice Facilities, and Pro Shop; Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum; Arnie’s Barn Restaurant & General Store; Osage Restaurant; Buffalo Bar; “End of the Trail” All-American Wine Cellar; the Chapel of the Ozarks and the Top of the Rock Civil War-Era Cabin.
Top of the Rock Golf Course offers an unrivaled golf experience with unparalleled panoramic views that highlight the work of the legends of the game who collectively designed it:
– Jack Nicklaus – designed the 9-hole, par-3 golf course atop Table Rock Lake that plays co-host to the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, an annual event on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule.
– Arnold Palmer – created a practice facility that features 15 target greens with synthetic and natural grass and water features that simulate a full round of golf.
The 9-hole, par-3 golf course at Top of the Rock co-hosted the first annual Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf tournament in June 2014.This two-man team competition from the PGA TOUR Champions was conducted over 54 holes and was the first and only PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to use a par-3 course in official competition. The tournament, now called the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, returned in April 2015 and 2016 with the fourth installment scheduled for April 2017.