Stars On The Greens at Legends Tournament
- April 16-22, 2018
- Big Cedar’s Top of the Rock
My thinking: Johnny Morris would invite Mark since he is a friend who not only golfs at Big Cedar’s Walnut Ridge, 2017, but swam with the fish at Johnny’s red-carpet, grand opening of Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.
Also, star golfer Kid Rock will play in the Skins Game again this year. Other notables to hit the greens — Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Larry Nelson ….
And legendary pros will play in teams for a trophy in the main tournament event, preceded by a pro-am competition.
… and Tiger Woods will give lessons to student golfers.
Playground of Three Golf Courses for Tournament Play
I was happy to hear Gary Player’s Mountain Top designed course was slated for tournament play this year. Opened in 2017, this Big Cedar course gained instant success. A Scottish type course with a near continuous fairway that links greens to tee boxes, located on the top of a mountain. A perfect course and club house for friendly golfing and business outings.
A second spectacular venue of three is Buffalo Ridge Springs, an 18-hole course named for Buffalo roaming its ridges. Ride a golf cart for this extensive, spectacular course.
And the mecca for final tournament play and trophy presentation is Top of the Rock. This fashionable, 3-par, PGA-approved course is mostly rough with fairways here and there. It’s a challenging course, adorned with swans and jaw-dropping natural beauty.
Top of the Rock is also the site of the now famous Johnny Morris Cathedral of Nature. His mantra. A sink hole? Don’t fill it in. I wonder where it goes? Dig baby dig.
There will be ample parking and luxurious shuttle service between the courses. Three different views and three unique experiences, all in close proximity.
Here’s my phone video of the first time I rode the shuttle to Top of the Rock when it hosted the first Legends of Golf Tournament 2014. Much has changed.
Did I Say, Extravaganza
Golfers compete as teams. A lucky golfer to sink a hole-in-one during a Johnny Morris Legends of Golf Tournament may end up with a Bass Tracker Boat. Several of the holes have prizes attached to players scoring a hole-in-one.
For the second year, Dude Perfect will host a Family Fun Day at Top of the Rock on Saturday of tournament play.
Eats at the Tourney
And Chic Filet Branson will serve 3,000 complimentary chicken sandwiches at the Family Fun Day on Saturday.
Popular Famous Dave’s Barbecue will be there again to cater the flavor of the Ozarks.
Golf Money Donated to College of the Ozarks
Johnny Morris donates proceeds from Legends of Golf Tournament to College of the Ozarks. C of O President Jerry C. Davis announced the monies would fund a wall honoring Missouri Veterans of the Korean War.
Missouri is a patriotic state of courage and principal, and has sacrificed its citizens for freedom and honor throughout history. Branson, Mo., hosts thousands of Veterans each year to its Veteran’s Day Celebrations.
C of O is three miles south of Branson at Lookout Point, west of Hwy 65. In 2017, the college dedicated the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
The College of the Ozarks, a.k.a. Hard Work U, is a puddle jump from Top of the Rock and the Legends of Golf Tournament.
The golf team, faculty, and students at C of O are among the volunteers during the tournament each year.
College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks invites you to tour their campus and see the W. Alton Jones Campus Dairy, mill, and kitchen (for fruitcake and jelly making); also, the beautiful Williams Memorial Chapel. At the front desk of the Keeter Center, pick up an audio CD to guide you around the campus.
Also at the Keeter Center, the College Creamery of yummy ice creams and the Dobyns Dining Room with a pastry chef and foods produced with the husbandry of the students.
See the Beverly Hillbillies car at the Ralph Foster Museum at the college and a memorial wall near the college entrance in honor of the Missouri Veterans of the Vietnam War. Spend the night to see it all at their award winning Mabee Lodge.
As I said, the Legends of Golf Tournament 2018 is an extravaganza, nestled in the unforgettable Ozark mountain range, nearby Table Rock Lake and award winning Big Cedar Resort.
And if you need a break from golf while at Top of the Rock, tour the cave on a golf cart or take in the world-class natural history museum and art gallery beneath the Top of the Rock Club House. Just look for the Mastodon.
As always, Johnny Morris tops himself and adds extra, extra, sprinkles to all he does!