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Mountain Top Course

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Gary Player and Johnny Morris combined to create a world-class short course at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri.

Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops founder and noted conservationist, and golf icon Gary Player share a similar passion for nature and golf. Through a joined pioneering spirit they created a renowned golf experience, seeking to deliver a special offering for the guests of Big Cedar Lodge, which is ranked as one of the top resorts for families in America.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Johnny Morris and Big Cedar Lodge to create something truly spectacular,” said Player. “Growing the game continues to be of the utmost importance and we are thrilled to be able to work alongside Johnny to implement a number of new ideas to help grow golf in a location of such natural beauty.”

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The resort’s family appeal inspired Morris to create a golf experience that caters to all skill levels, and helps introduce guests to the sport in a welcoming environment. The new Gary Player-designed golf course adds to the already impressive variety of golf offerings at Big Cedar Lodge. In recent years, Big Cedar Lodge opened Buffalo Ridge, an 18-hole championship golf course, and Top of the Rock, a striking homage to pure golf that includes the remarkable Jack Nicklaus Signature Design par-3 golf course, recently ranked among the Top 10 most searched golf destinations on Yahoo Search and Arnold Palmer Practice Facility. 

At the heart of the Morris and Player project, which opens August 31st 2017, is creating enjoyment in the game of golf for all ages and skill levels.

“Gary Player Design used creative, unique, and untraditional concepts to help all members of the family enjoy the game,” said Scott Ferrell, Gary Player Design President.

Known as the Black Knight, Player is one of the original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame and is the International Ambassador of Golf. He has been a longtime promoter of growing golf around the world, and, as such, his Gary Player Design projects have consistently emphasized playability for all levels to enjoy the game.

“All of us at Big Cedar Lodge are honored to have Gary Player help us create a special golf experience in the Ozarks. My son and I had the opportunity to visit Gary at his ranch in South Africa, where his brother Ian is a renowned conservationist.  Gary and I share many things in common and it did not take long for me to realize that we are both nuts about rocks and nature.  It quickly became apparent to me that I had just met one of the nicest and most enthusiastic men on earth. That is what is going to make this project so fun—our shared passion to get young people outside spending more time in outdoor sports,” Morris said.  

Mountain Top Course Tee Times & Rates

September 2017 Tee Times
Starting at 8:00 AM

Public Rates
13 Holes Preview Rate | $75*

Junior Rates (age 17 and under)
13 Holes Preview Rate | $30*

Golf Rates Include Pull Cart

Callaway rental clubs are available for $65, including one sleeve of Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls.
Dress Policy: Appropriate golf attire.

*Please note - Mountain Top is a walking only golf course.

Combo Rates

Short Stop*
13 Holes at Mountain Top, and 9 Holes at Top of the Rock

Public Rate
 | $168

*Both rounds must be played in the same day.
*Golf Cart for Top of the Rock, Pull Cart for Mountain Top, Range Balls (at Top of the Rock only), and Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail Voucher included.


Double Play*
18 Holes at Buffalo Ridge Springs, and 13 Holes at Mountain Top

Public Rate | $168

*Both rounds must be played in the same day.
*Golf Cart for Buffalo Ridge Springs, Pull Cart for Mountain Top, and Range Balls (at Buffalo Ridge Springs only) included.


Triple Play**
18 Holes at Buffalo Ridge Springs, 13 Holes at Mountain Top, and 9 Holes at Top of the Rock

Public Rate | $276

**Available through the end of October.
*All rounds must be played in the same day.
*Golf Cart for Buffalo Ridge Springs and Top of the Rock, Pull Cart for Mountain Top, Range Balls (at Buffalo Ridge Springs and Top of the Rock only), and Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail Voucher included.



Call Big Cedar Lodge (1-800-225-6343), Buffalo Ridge Springs Pro Shop (417-339-5430), or Top of the Rock Pro Shop (417-339-5343) to reserve your tee time. 

Tournaments & Outings

For information regarding groups, tournaments, and outings, please contact our PGA Head Golf Professional, Greg Thomas at 417-339-5430 or gjthomas@big-cedar.com.

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