HOLLISTER, Mo. – This week, as PGA Tour Champions players contest in a Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, viewers examination on TV competence locate a glance of a Midwest’s subsequent must-visit golf destination.
If Golf Channel’s cameras indicate behind a 13th tee of Mountain Top, a 13-hole par-3 march that is partial of a contest rota, they competence locate a glance of Payne’s Valley, a Tiger Woods pattern that is solemnly holding shape. Woods is visiting Tuesday for a hospital and to check in on a swell of a course.
The initial hole, a standard 4, swoops downhill usually over Mountain Top’s 13th tee. That hole and a subsequent dual are made and grassed. Down in a valley, several hundred feet next a Mountain Top clubhouse, complicated apparatus is grading a rest of a layout. Payne’s Valley is approaching to open someday in 2019.
You won’t have to wait that prolonged to see Ozarks National, that sits on a other side of Mountain Top. Ozarks National is a latest Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw collaboration, and a opening is set for Sept. 1.
All of this construction is being driven by Johnny Morris, a entrepreneurial owners of Bass Pro Shops and owners of Big Cedar Lodge, a sprawling review usually down Interstate-65 South.
Morris is a spare-no-expenses visionary, and that’s clear in all of his business – his sell stores, review and his golf courses.
It is usually within a past 6 years that Morris started shopping courses, including Buffalo Ridge Springs, located about a mile from Mountain Top. Now it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to contend that he is reshaping a golf landscape in this partial of a country.
Branson Airport – yes, Morris built that, too – is dual miles from Mountain Top. While there’s small blurb use into that airport, one could simply suppose private planes filled with golf transport bags alighting during a airfield in a entrance years to play a newest designs from Woods, Coore-Crenshaw and Tom Fazio (who designed Buffalo Ridge Springs, before famous as Branson Ridge).
Ozarks National is routed along windswept ridges as a array of out-and-back loops. As such, players substantially will find that many of a difficulty is on a left. But Coore and Crenshaw have given a routing an surprising volume of breadth to raise playability.
There’s no H2O to pronounce of on Ozarks National, though there are some forced carries – many particularly on a par-3 eighth, and a expostulate on a par-4 13th. The latter includes one of those architectural flourishes for that Morris is famous: a 400-foot-long wooden overpass over a stream to strech a fairway.
Ozarks National eventually is approaching to be used in a Legends of Golf tournament, according to Steve Friedlander, a attention maestro who was brought in to conduct Morris’ fast-growing golf operations. It positively will have a kind of use trickery a pros would expect: a 15-acre range, 33,000-square-foot Himalayas-style putting course, and dual some-more use greens totaling 17,000 block feet. Though Ozarks National is usually a brief transport float from Mountain Top, Morris is expected to build a new hall usually to use that course.