Add Top of the Rock to Your Must-See List


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outdoors , wine tasting , golf , Food and Drink , Restaurants , Table Rock Lake , Branson , Ridgedale
Golf is just one aspect of this Branson-area attraction
Author: Stephen Foutes
You're about 10 minutes south of downtown Branson on Highway 65 when your eyes drift slightly upward as massive, neatly-stacked rocks draw your attention.

Get your eyes back on the road. Take the turn west on Highway 86. Top of the Rock is waiting. You don't want to miss it.

While a par-3 course designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus is perhaps Top of the Rock's signature attraction, the entire area is a playground of sorts, catering to those who enjoy natural beauty, history, great food and outstanding views.

Situated high above Table Rock Lake, Top of the Rock offers several distinct experiences for guests. They include:

Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail - Hop on a golf cart for a riding tour showcasing some of the area's natural beauty, including many table rock formations for which the nearby lake is named. Enjoy your stop in the Lost Canyon Cave and have a drink at the Bat Bar before continuing your tour.
Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum - The only word to describe this museum is amazing. You will be wowed by the vast collection of American Indian artifacts on display. Other galleries and exhibits focus on prehistoric animals that roamed the Ozarks (see picture of the short-faced bear, above) and the American Civil War.
Arnie's Barn - The barn was moved from golf great Arnold Palmer's hometown of Latrobe, Pa., and relocated to Missouri, where it was reassembled by Amish craftsmen. The menu at Arnie's Barn features Mexican cuisine, along with choices such as grilled salmon and mahi-mahi.
Osage Restaurant - About two minute's walk from Arnie's Barn is Osage Restaurant, which offers a fine-dining menu and provides stunning views of Table Rock Lake. Choices at Osage Restaurant range from scallops to lamb to a 16-ounce ribeye. The restaurant's lower level houses the Buffalo Bar, where patio seating offers different, but equally beautiful views, of Table Rock Lake.
"End of the Trail" All-American Wine Cellar - Just a few steps from Buffalo Bar, the wine cellar is a premier spot for sipping wine and other drinks (whiskeys, cognacs) and for enjoying cigars.

Also at Top of the Rock is the Chapel of the Ozarks, which might be the most-photographed building on site. Table Rock Lake forms a beautiful backdrop for the chapel, which can be rented for weddings.

Of course, the golf course is a major draw for guests and gives players the chance to say they've literally walked in the footsteps of legends. Top of the Rock is used by the PGA's Champions Tour for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament, which has drawn the likes of Nicklaus and Gary Player, along with Missourians Tom Watson and Hale Irwin. The sixth hole's island green is a signature feature.

Restaurant, museum and cave tour hours vary by season and you'll want to call ahead to book a tee time for the course.

Top of the Rock offers a unique Missouri experience and it's one you won't soon forget.

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