Big Cedar Legends Golf Tourney Plans 2018

End of Trails bronze in infinity pool at Top of the Rock
Welcome to Top of the Rock

Stars On The Greens at Legends Tournament

YES! I win the prize. In my 2017/Legends Blog, I amused myself with the idea Mark Wahlberg would play this year in the Celebrity Skins Shootout at Legends of Golf. Now it’s news.

A friend of Johnny Morris, Mark has golfed Big Cedar Buffalo Ridge and dove with the fish at the red-carpet grand opening of Johnny Morris’s Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Now he can add to his Ozark travels, playing in the Legends of Golf Tournament.

For the Legends Celebrity Shoot Out, Wahlberg teams up with Gary Player. Kid Rock teams up with Jack Nicklaus, a winning duo in 2017. Other celebrities to grace the greens, Johnny Miller (1973 U.S. Open Champion) and Larry the Cable Guy; golfer Larry Nelson/Austin Dillon (race car driver)/Richard Childress (NASCAR team owner); golfer David Graham/sportsman John Paul Morris; Lee Trevino/Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame.

Update on April 2018 Legends of Golf: Paul Broadhurst and Kirk Triplett won the 2018 Legends of Golf Tournament.


On Wednesday,  Tiger Woods demonstrates golf techniques to student golfers at Buffalo Ridge Springs and pro fisherman Bill Dance shows off his casting skills.

And Dude Perfect is center stage at Saturday’s Family Fun Day, along with pro golfer Bernhard Langer, recent winner of the 2018 Masters Par-3!

Golf Extravaganza

The Pro-Am competition launches tournament play, followed with Champion golfers ages 50 and over competing as two-man teams for the top prize of $171,000 each. The total purse is $1.8 million.  And a Bass Tracker Boat is awarded to a golfer sinking a hole-in-one on 9/18.

For golf central info at Johnny Morris properties in the Ozarks, follow golfbigcedar on Instagram for great photos, videos, and event news.

Three Courses Create a Playground for Legends Of Golf Tourney

Three different golf courses with three unique skill demands, all in close proximity, will host the tournament.

  1. Mountain Top, a Johnny Morris and Gary Player designed course, with an Ozark  mountain top location. A Scottish style course and a near continuous fairway with links to greens and tees. A 13-hole, par-3 course and club house popular for social golfing and business-on-the-greens.
  2. Buffalo Ridge Springs, a spectacular 18-hole course (voted Top Resort Course by  Golf Week for 2019 ) named for Buffalo roaming its ridges. The golf path is a seven mile walk for viewers. You will want to ride a golf cart to play this extensive, sculpted course.
  3. Top of the Rock, the mecca for tourney events, final tournament play, and trophy presentation. A fashionable, 3-par, PGA approved, 9-hole course with mostly rough greens and directional fairways. It’s a challenging course, adorned with swans and jaw-dropping natural beauty. Grounds include three restaurants, a wine cellar, a chapel, historical cottage, a natural history museum, and the Johnny Morris Cathedral of Nature™ sink hole, or for short, the Cathedral™.

There will be ample parking and luxurious shuttle service between the courses.

Eats at the Tourney

portrait of Arnold Palmer hangs in Arnie's Barn
Palmer’s portrait at Arnie’s Barn

Food is covered at the tournament. Dining at Top of the Rock includes Arnie’s Barn, Osage Restaurant, Buffalo Bar, and End of the Trail Wine Cellar.

And Chic Filet Branson will serve 3,000 complimentary chicken sandwiches at the Family Fun Day on Saturday again this year.

Also, find Famous Dave’s Barbecue in the grandstand on the north side of the club house, TOTR, or in the shuttle lot at MT.

Break time at the Rock

Top of the Rock lies atop an unforgettable Ozark mountain ridge, nearby Table Rock Lake and award-winning Big Cedar Resort.

Should you need a break at Top of the Rock, gather at a fireplace on the stone mezzanine or along the pathway, enjoy the bronze art, browse the gift shop,  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.

Mastodon stands at entrance to Top of the Rock Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum
Welcome to the museum and art gallery at Top of the Rock, the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum

As always, at all Big Cedar events, Johnny Morris tops himself and adds extra, extra, sprinkles to all he does!

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Golf Money For 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.

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 volunteer each year during the tournament.

Enjoy ice-cream from the student dairy, farm-to-table meals, music, arts, sports, and entrepreneurial products crafted by students at College of the Ozarks.

ice cream sundae with sprinklesCollege 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, serving foods produced from the husbandry of the students. The tag line for the restaurant is “From Farm to Table.”

Order up an “Arnie Palmer” when you dine at Dobyns.

Spend the night to see it all at their award winning Mabee Lodge with their famous “Turn-Down” cookie.

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Patricia Wiskur

My love for art comes from years in the studio of Wiskur Productions, with my husband, Darrell Wiskur, a designer and photographer. Also, I was an editor and photographer in the real world for 17 years ... all the while, thankful for an artful life and cherished memories. Photos are ©2018 Darrell D. Wiskur