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Top of the Rock

A Truly Exquisite Golfing Experience

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Johnny Morris, along with Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer have spent seven and a half years creating Top of the Rock, one of the most amazing golf experiences ever developed.

Top of the Rock Golf Course, known as the first-ever Par-3 course to be included in a professional championship, features nature and golf at its finest. Perched high above Table Rock Lake, the peaceful waterfalls, wandering creeks, bass filled ponds and pristine lakes of Top of the Rock complete a true celebration of nature, the Ozarks and the game of golf. The experience includes Top of the Rock, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, an Arnold Palmer-designed Practice Facility, and Arnie’s Barn, a magnificent 150 year old barn re-located from Arnold Palmer’s backyard in Latrobe, Penn., complete with historic photos and memorabilia from Palmer’s career achievements – and houses the Top of the Rock pro shop which features the latest in top-of-the-line logo golf apparel and goods.

Big Cedar Lodge's Top of the Rock, Buffalo Ridge Springs and Mountain Top golf courses are home to the annual PGA TOUR Champions Bass Pro Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge tournament.

In the words of PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, “If there was ever a Par-3 course worthy of PGA TOUR tournament play, Top of the Rock is it."

Remebering the King: Thanks Arnie

View Course Hole-by-Hole Descriptions
Top of the Rock Score Card
Top of the Rock Course Layout

The Seven Wonders of the Ozarks

Top of the Rock Golf - Hours & Rates

Top of the Rock Golf Course will be closed April 9-22

Arnold Palmer Practice Facility will be closed April 15-22

Hours of Operation

Top of the Rock Hours

Public Rates

Top of the Rock Rates

Golf Rates Include:

  • Golf Cart
  • Range Balls
  • Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail Tour Voucher

Callaway rental clubs are available for $65, including one sleeve of Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls.

  • Dress Policy: Appropriate golf attire.

Call Big Cedar Lodge at 1-800-225-6343 for Tee Time availability.
Top of the Rock Pro Shop: 417-339-5344

Combo Rates

Triple Play

Triple Play (April - October)*
18 Holes at Buffalo Ridge Springs, 9 Holes at Top of the Rock, and 13 Holes at Mountain Top

Public Rate | $288

*Rate only available April through October.
*All rounds must be played on the same day.
*Golf cart and range balls included.

Double Play

Double Play (April - October)*
18 Holes at Buffalo Ridge Springs, and 9 Holes at Top of the Rock

Public Rate | $216

*Rate only available April through October.
*Both rounds must be played on the same day.
*Golf cart and range balls included.


Double Play (March & November)*
18 Holes at Buffalo Ridge Springs, and 9 Holes at Top of the Rock

Public Rate | $172

*Rate only available March and November.
*Both rounds must be played on the same day.
*Golf cart and range balls included.

Short Stop

Short Stop (April - October)*
13 Holes at Mountain Top, and 9 Holes at Top of the Rock

Public Rate | $180

*Rate only available April through October.
*Both rounds must be played on the same day.
*Golf cart and range balls included.


Short Stop (March & November)*
13 Holes at Mountain Top, and 9 Holes at Top of the Rock

Public Rate | $146

*Rate only available March and November.
*Both rounds must be played on the same day.
*Golf cart and range balls included.

Top Of The Rock Practice Facility

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The Arnold Palmer Driving Range is a breathtaking practice facility featuring 16 target greens, recessed lighting and multiple teeing decks that offer a one-of-a-kind experience. Guests can practice at night with in-ground lighting. Like everything else at Top of the Rock, nature played a key role in the development of the practice facility. From an environmental standpoint, the synthetic turf is easier on the delicate natural balance at Top of the Rock, with no need to water, mow or use chemicals on the practice course. Golfers have nicknamed the signature green at the practice facility the “Cliffhanger Green” for good reason. It is perched on the side of the bluff with a cascading waterfall. This green captures the heart of all golfers who cross Top of the Rock.

After dark, the Arnold Palmer Driving Range takes on a whole new light! Sixteen fully lit target greens and three tee decks with recessed lighting allow for a one-of-a-kind golf experience after hours, only at Top of the Rock. Grab a bag of balls and spend an unforgettable evening on the range.

$17+tax per bag of balls.

Includes access to the Arnold Palmer Practice Range and complimentary rental clubs.

Dress Policy: Appropriate golf attire.

Top Of The Rock Pro Shop

The Top of the Rock Pro Shop at Arnie’s Barn has everything the discerning golfer needs for a day on the course. Featuring top brands such as Callaway, Titleist, Peter Milar, Foot-Joy, Under Armour, Nike, JoFit and Arnold Palmer, golfers can pick up logo’d apparel, accessories, hats, towels, tees, golf balls, and equipment.

Top Of The Rock Golf Course Facts

  • Top of the Rock is the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design 9-Hole, Par 3 course and the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course in the state of Missouri.
  • The golf course ranges from 1,420 yards from the back tees to 945 yards from the forward tees.
  • Tees and greens are lush Bentgrass surrounded by Bluegrass roughs.
  • Top of the Rock covers approximately 47 acres with 38 percent being kept in its natural state or planted in native species. Every effort has been made to allow this course to live in harmony with its environment of lush landscapes, meandering streams, waterfalls, lakes, stone bridges, and unparalleled vistas.

Tournaments & Outings

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For information regarding groups, tournaments, and outings, please contact our PGA Head Golf Professional, Theo Atchison at teatchison@big-cedar.com.

Lessons

For beginning and advanced golfers, Top of the Rock is staffed with seasoned golf professionals, recruited especially to facilitate development of the modernized Top of the Rock golf course. They provide professional one-on-one instruction for players of all ages and skill levels. Call the golf shop at 417-225-6343 to schedule a lesson with one of our PGA professionals today.

Private Events

How about an event unlike any other? Rent the Arnold Palmer Driving Range for your next private event and treat your guests to a one-of-a-kind experience. Call the Big Cedar Lodge Groups department for more information on reserving half or the whole range at 417-339-5159.

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf

The Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf event returns April 17–22, 2018!

Join us this spring for the fifth playing of the Bass Pro Shops® Legends of Golf® at Big Cedar® Lodge. The greatest field yet is scheduled to attend this PGA TOUR® Champions event, and with the NEW Mountain Top Course designed by Gary Player making its debut, the excitement for our 2018 tournament is at an all-time high! 

Tickets on sale now at basspro.com!
Legends of Golf Schedule

Low ticket prices start at $25 per day and weekly passes go for $125—get yours today!

NOTE: After April 15, tickets will no longer be sold at basspro.com or by phone. Starting April 16, tickets will only be available for purchase at the gates for Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge, and at Will Call.

Daily Pass: For $25 (or $20 when you use your Mastercard®), you may purchase a Daily Pass that provides admission for one day of golf action on any course where golf is being played on that specific date. Refer to the table above, decide which day you want to attend, then make your purchase accordingly. To attend more than one day, buy a Daily Pass for each day you want to attend. Or, purchase a Gold Ticket that's good for the entire week.

Gold Ticket: For $125 (or $100 when you use your Mastercard), you may purchase a Gold Ticket for admission to any course where golf is being played, every day from Tuesday, April 17, through Sunday, April 22. It's the perfect pass for serious golf fans and provides access to all the action, from the Pro-Am to Championship Sunday!

Taxes: Ticket purchase price includes all applicable Missouri state and local sales tax.

FREE Parking: Parking is free for all spectators, and shuttles run constantly to take spectators from the parking lots to the course. To watch golf at the Mountain Top Course, park at Buffalo Ridge and catch a shuttle to the new venue. More at Parking and Directions.

Military Discount: Current/former armed forces members and spouses can get FREE tickets to Mountain Top and/or Buffalo Ridge for play Tuesday through Saturday. They may also purchase a Daily Pass for Sunday or an all-week Gold Ticket at a 20% discount. Daily Passes may be picked up by military personnel at the Admissions Gate at the Main Spectator Entrance with the presentation of Military ID (spouses must present Dependent ID).

Family Assistance: Kids 17 and under get in FREE at Mountain Top and/or Buffalo Ridge (Tues.–Sat.) with a paid adult. Pick up your tickets at the gate.

NOTE: On Championship Sunday, play occurs only at Top of the Rock. To attend, you must have a Sunday Daily Pass or a Gold Ticket.

Other ways to purchase tickets:

  • Call toll-free at 1-888-347-4426 (until 11:59pm on 4/15)
  • Visit Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO to order tickets (will be mailed in early April)
  • Visit Bass Pro Shops Outpost in Branson, MO to order tickets (will be mailed in early April)
  • Visit Big Cedar Lodge's registration building
  • Visit the gate at Top of the Rock or Buffalo Ridge (tickets available for purchase 1 hour before tee times begin)
  • Visit the Will Call center at College of the Ozarks® Alumni Center in Point Lookout, MO (tickets only sold here April 17–22; click Will Call for hours of operation)

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