New Gary Player Course


Gary Player and Johnny Morris are pleased to announce a partnership 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 to create a renowned golf experience, Morris and Player seek 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.”


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 will add 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 is set to open in 2017, is creating enjoyment in the game of golf for all ages and skill levels.

“Gary Player Design will use 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.  

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