From ExploreBranson.com; Photos provided by the Missouri Division of Tourism.
The Missouri Ozarks and Table Rock Lake combine to provide a beautiful backdrop for one of the sporting world’s truly unique events: The Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.
The third-year Branson area event runs April 20-24, 2016, and features two exciting courses, the jaw-dropping Top of the Rock, the only par 3 course used in an official PGA event, and the redesigned Buffalo Ridge Springs Course (the former Branson Creek).
Tickets for the Legends of Golf event are on sale now and information is available by calling 888-347-4426.
This tournament event, played over 54 holes, includes team play and gives golfers from the PGA Champions Tour the opportunity to showcase their skills in areas other than golf: Fishing and shooting sports (archery and sporting clays) are featured in the pro-am portion of the tournament on Wednesday and Thursday.
Friday through Sunday, two-man teams compete for the Legends crown, alternating play between the Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock courses. During its first two years, the event has drawn the likes of Jack Nicklaus (who designed the Top of the Rock course), Gary Player and Tom Watson – all of whom are expected to return in 2016.
Here’s a quick look at the courses:
- Top of the Rock Golf Course is a 9-hole, par-3 course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Two sets of tees allow for 18 holes of play, with different challenges. The facility includes an Arnold Palmer-designed practice facility with 18 target greens, plus a 70,000 square-foot “Himalayan” putting course designed by Tom Watson. Top of the Rock is home to Arnie’s Barn, a classic 150-year-old barn which was moved to the site from Latrobe, Pennsylvania; it serves as a stunning restaurant, bar and golf pro shop.
- Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course is an 18-hole course which has undergone extensive redesign by Tom Fazio. Winding through rolling hills, the course contains an abundance of natural as well as man-made water hazards and free-ranging buffalo. Buffalo Ridge has been rated the Number One Public Golf Course in Missouri by Golf Magazine and named one of the Top 10 Missouri Courses by Golf Digest for 11 consecutive years.
The full field for 2016 has not yet been announced, but many of the greatest players in golf’s history are expected to be a part of the event. Information for spectators is found on the tournament’s website.
Along with golf and the pro-am activities, Legends of Golf gives spectators the opportunity to tour the Top of the Rock facility and admire the stunning views of Table Rock Lake. The on-site Chapel of the Ozarks is a favorite photo location for many, as is the sixth hole – an island-green layout that includes a boat ride from tee box to green.
Spectators also delight at the opportunity to see free-roaming buffalo at the Buffalo Ridge Springs Course.
After watching the Legends event, you’ll likely have a little golf fever. Extend your stay and find a cure for that fever at one of the Branson area’s many fantastic courses, several of which are connected to resorts. Pair a long weekend with great golf, Branson’s live shows, outstanding dining options, fun attractions and shopping, and you’ll consider yourself the real winner.
Learn more about a golf-focused Branson adventure today at ExploreBranson.com.