Top of the Rock

A Truly Exquisite Golfing Experience


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 and Buffalo Ridge Springs  (formerly Branson Creek Golf Club) golf courses are now home to the annual PGA Champions Tour Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf 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

  • Top of the Rock Tee Times

    Tee Times

    4/24 - 5/31
    Daily | 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM

    (weather permitting)

    Public Rates: April 1 - October 31
    9 Holes | $135
    9-Hole Replay | Monday – Thursday $65
    9-Hole Replay | Friday – Sunday $90

    Public Rates: November 1 - April 11
    9 Holes | $115
    9-Hole Replay | $65

    *All replay rounds must be played the same day as the first round

    Golf Fees Include:

    • Cart
    • Range Balls
    • And a Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail Tour!

    Rental Clubs are available through the pro shop.

    Dress Policy: Collared Shirts required and soft spikes only.


    Play both courses!

    9 Holes at Top of the Rock & 18-Holes at Buffalo Ridge

    Combo Rate
    Monday - Thursday | $195
    Friday - Sunday | $210

    *Both rounds must be played in the same day. Valid April - October. Cart, Range Balls & Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail Tour included.

    Call Big Cedar Lodge at 1-800-225-6343 for Tee Time availability.

  • Top of the Rock Practice Facility

    The new Arnold Palmer Driving Range is a breathtaking practice facility featuring 16 target greens, recessed lighting and three teeing decks – one grass tee and two synthetic tees for an all-weather experience. Guests can practice at night with in ground lighting. Like everything else at Top of the Rock, nature played a key role in 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.


    4/24 - 5/31
    Daily  | 7:00AM - 10:00PM

    (weather permitting)

    $15+tax per bag of balls.

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

    Dress Policy: Collared Shirts required and soft spikes only.

  • 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, golfers can pick up hats, towels, tees, golf balls, clothing and playing equipment.

    Pro Shop Hours

    4/24 - 5/31
    Daily | 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

  • 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

    For information regarding groups, tournaments, and outings, please contact our PGA Professional, Eric Smith at

  • 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.

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