RIDGEDALE, MO- A seven-year collaboration between one of the nation’s most passionate conservationists, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, and three of the most successful golfers in the history of the sport has resulted in the creation of a spectacular new golf course that will now host one of golf’s most beloved events.
The Champions Tour newly-named Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops, a two-man team competition conducted over 54 holes, will be played June 2-8,2014 on the resort’s par-3 Top of the Rock course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the 18-hole Buffalo Ridge Course (formerly Branson Creek GC), freshly redesigned by renowned golf architect Tom Fazio. The tournament, which debuted in 1978, was held in Savannah, GA the past 11 years. This will be the first PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to use a par-3 course in official competition.
Top of the Rock, a nature-based heritage preserve created by Morris, also features an Arnold Palmer-designed practice facility with 18 target greens and a remarkable 70,000 square-foot “Himalayan” putting course designed by Tom Watson.
The announcement was made February 25th during a press conference at Big Cedar Lodge that featured Missouri Governor Jay Nixon; PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem; Morris, Founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops and owner of Big Cedar Lodge; and Watson, a World Golf Hall of Fame member and Missouri native. In addition to Big Cedar Lodge, the State of Missouri, Bass Pro Shops and MasterCard will be tournament sponsors.
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