RIDGEDALE, MO – Plans for a new Gary-Player designed golf course geared to children and families were unveiled at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament media day. The new course is the latest gem in the Big Cedar Lodge collection on Table Rock Lake
Its designer, “Mr. Fitness”Gary Player, has built ideas of health and wellness into the 300-million-year-old limestone cave-like formations that make up the 13-hole, par-three short course.
“We are very excited to have designed the golf course here with a different concept of making it where people can walk,” said Player. “And what we’ve done here, this is for a family: Father, Mother, Child can come out. Some holes are only 50 yards long for the children to play. They can do things together which made America this great country is the family life! Have a breakfast or a lunch, hour-and-a-half, gone, back home.”
Player was on-hand to reveal the new course and to promote the 2017 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament, which takes place at Big Cedar Lodge April 19-23. It’s the 40th edition of the tournament and the fourth consecutive year the Big Cedar Lodge family has hosted it.
“This is one of the most remarkable resorts in the world,” said Player. “What Johnny Morris has done here is quite remarkable and I’ve always said he deserves a medal from a president for contribution to this state. It’s remarkable!”
The new Player-designed short course offers breathtaking views of the natural beauty of the region in Missouri and is a shared vision of Player and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris.
“Through this golf we can get people connected to the beautiful nature in this part of the world,” said Morris. “And we’re very blessed to have some great art techs that are really taking a lot of time and passion to create the best golf that can be created here.”
The new short course is set to open later this year.
“What (Johnny Morris is) doing here with hunting and fishing, the museum of the West, the clubhouse and two short golf courses and all these golf courses and facilities I don’t know of a better place for a family to come along and enjoy it,” said Player.
One month from today, Player will be competing in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament. “The nice thing for us, to come out and see these guys and their wives after not seeing them for a year is wonderful because friendship-building is a very important thing,” said Player.
For ticket information visit BassProLegends.com.
About Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, MO, today there are 102 retail and marine centers hosting 120 million people annually.
About Big Cedar Lodge
Located in the heart of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge is America’s premier wilderness resort. The 4,600-acre lakeside retreat connects families to the outdoors with a variety of nature-based experiences, including fishing, boating, hiking, spa and wellness offerings, hosting over 1.5 million guests annually.