The success of Top of the Rock, the first Par-3 course to be incorporated into a PGA Tour event, has inspired Gary Player and Johnny Morris to create another world-class short course at Big Cedar Lodge. Unlike any other course in the world, the Mountain Top Course features 13 holes—all par 3's—that deliver a special golfing opportunity for guests of Big Cedar Lodge and participants in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament (April 16–22, 2018).
"We've built hundreds of courses over the years, but never one as drastically stunning as this," said Player. "The transitions between wonderful rock formations and magnificent views make this a true national treasure. Mountain Top reveals 300 million years of nature's hidden talents. Like Augusta when you come to hole 11 and can see 12 and then 13, the course unfolds to present a story of golf and the Ozarks that is truly amazing."
The heart of the Morris and Player project 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," Morris said. "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 [and] our shared passion to get young people outside spending more time in outdoor sports."