The Bass Pro Legends people, including Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge owner Johnny Morris, recently held their “media day”—and we were there! (See pics and video)
The “big” announcement, made by the Golf Channel’s travel guru Matt Ginella, was that the renowned golf architecture firm of Crenshaw-Coore has been hired by Morris to execute a makeover of the old Murder Rock course to be part of Johnny’s Buffalo Ridge courses. The Legends event is contested at the renamed Buffalo Ridge, Springs course (the “old’ Branson Creek) that has been given a facelift by the original designer, Tom Fazio.
Ben Crenshaw, a two-time Masters champion, and his design partner Bill Coore, attended the media day and spoke to the attendants.
“..and you want to put holes together where you don’t want to alter the land that much. The more dirt that people move on golf courses, the less natural it becomes,” said Crenshaw, talking about the plan for the new course he and his partner will execute at Buffalo Ridge.
Crenshaw recently announced that he will be playing in his 44th and final Masters Championship at the famed Augusta National Golf Club. He first played there in 1971 as an amateur and won the event twice as a professional.
It is anticipated that the new course will someday be a part of the Legends event that currently is played on the Buffalo Ridge, Springs course and The Top of the Rock par-three course located near Big Cedar Lodge. The Champions Tour field, playing as two-man teams, is split to play one day at the Springs course and one day at Top of the Rock. The entire field plays the final day of the 54-hole best ball event at the spectacular Top of the Rock course.
See the video of the introduction of the new design team here.
Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore talk with Gov. and Mrs. Nixon after the media day presentations
The media day at Buffalo Ridge