PGA Champions Tour - Legends of Golf Tournament


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PGA Champions Tour Event Played in Branson
Author: Scott McCullough

The PGA Champions Tour event known as The Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar, is played on two of Missouri’s top golf venues: Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Springs, both part of the Big Cedar Lodge complex in the Branson area. (The 2014 tournament was the first PGA Tour event ever played on a par-3 course.)

This is a two-man team competition, divided into two divisions: PGA tour players age 50-65 and those 65 and older. The total purse exceeds $2 million. The tournament is broadcasted to more than 200 countries on The Golf Channel, the official cable-TV source of the Champions Tour.

Throughout the tournament, members of the military and their spouses are admitted free of charge at the Buffalo Ridge course.

The courses themselves are world-famous. When not hosting this tournament, both courses are open to the public.

  • Top of the Rock Golf Course is a 9-hole, par-3 course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Two sets of tees allow for 18 holes of play, with different challenges. The site is a nature-based heritage preserve created by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. The facility includes an Arnold Palmer-designed practice facility with 18 target greens, plus a 70,000 square-foot "Himalayan" putting course designed by Tom Watson. Top of the Rock is home to Arnie’s Barn, a classic 150-year-old barn which was moved to the site from Latrobe, Pennsylvania; it serves as a stunning restaurant, bar and golf pro shop.
  • Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course is an 18-hole course which has undergone extensive redesign by renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio. Winding through rolling hills, the course contains an abundance of natural as well as man-made water hazards and free-ranging buffalo. Buffalo Ridge has been rated the Number One Public Golf Course in Missouri by Golf Magazine and named one of the Top 10 Missouri Courses by Golf Digest for 11 consecutive years. "This has been one of the most rewarding projects that I have ever worked on," said Fazio. "The natural surroundings and undulating terrain are very unique to deliver an extraordinary golf playing experience. On top of it all, its location, in the middle of the Missouri Ozarks, is unprecedented."

On-site displays and attractions include, among other sporting subjectss: the latest innovations in golf and outdoors equipment; the World Record King of Bucks Trailer; NASCAR star Tony Stewart's #14 Sprint Cup Car; a Nationwide Series race car; a Tracker Boat Show; Kid's BB Gun Shooting Range; Kid's Casting Pond.

Legendary participants have included World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Gary Player and Lee Trevino. They are joined by a large field of regular Champions Tour players. Other Hall of Fame members who regularly play on the Champions Tour include: Fred Couples; Ben Crenshaw; Nick Faldo; Tom Kite; Sandy Lyle; Colin Montgomerie; Larry Nelson; Nick Price; Vijay Singh and Curtis Strange.

Big Cedar Lodge is a 244-room luxury resort covering 800 acres in the rugged Ozark Mountains on the shores of Table Rock Lake. In addition to golf, the resort's facilities include a day spa, several restaurants, a marina, five swimming pools, stables, walking and hiking trails.

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