Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri is home to the Top of the Rock golf course and a family friendly golf resort. Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, bought the lodge in 1987 and created it into a majestic golf resort. With the help of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer, Johnny Morris developed a truly unique golf and relaxation experience.
Big Cedar Lodge is home to 260 accommodations spread out into cozy lodges, warm cottages, and private log cabins. The lodge overlooks Table Rock Lake and all of its natural beauty. There are several restaurants on site and access to Dogwood Canyon, a 10,000 acre slice of heaven including places to fish, hike, horseback ride, and even to hold a big event such as a wedding. Big Cedar Lodge has a spa, boat rentals, and tours. Johnny Morris incorporated all of the lodging and activities into the beautiful nature that was already present when he purchased it. It is truly one of a kind with two courses and the unique forestry and wildlife of Missouri.
Top of the Rock
The main golf course at Big Cedar Lodge is named the Top of the Rock. This golf course is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course and an Arnold Palmer designed Practice Facility. Its beautiful scenery includes waterfalls, ponds filled with bass, and overviews of the lake. What is so special about this course is that it is known as the first ever par-3 course that has been included in a professional championship. This course is also known for the annual PGA Champions Tour Legends of Golf Tournament. Top of the Rock has been named “America’s Next Great Golf Destination” by Shaun Tolson and is once in a lifetime experience.
Buffalo Ridge Springs Course
The second golf course at Big Cedar Lodge was designed by Tom Fazio and is named the Buffalo Ridge Springs Course. Tom Fazio and Johnny Morris turned this course into a nature experience for players by opening up contact with the native landscape and the wild buffalos ranging in the nearby park. The bunkers add a complex strategy to the course but the scenery makes up for it.
Big Cedar Lodge: Your Next Golf Vacation
Big Cedar Lodge is one golf resort that you do not want to pass up. Just as all of his Bass Pro Shops locations are a unique experience, so is Johnny Morris’s golf resort. The lodge is made for relaxation and to get in touch with nature. It also has a feeling of luxury with its restaurants and golf courses designed by world-known designers. The activity list is never ending and it is guaranteed that you will be refreshed by the beauty of the golf courses and the cabins. Take a trip to the heart of the United States to this unique golf resort.