If you will be anywhere near the Branson area of southwestern Missouri the first weekend of June, do not miss the opportunity to attend the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops. This Champions Tour newly-named event of the PGA TOUR is a two-man team golf competition conducted over 54 holes. The competition will be played on both the resort's Par-3 Top of the Rock course, designed by Jack Nicklaus and the 18-hole Buffalo Ridge Course (formerly Branson Creek Golf Course), freshly redesigned by Tom Fazio. This will be the first PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to use a Par-3 Course in official competition.
This tournament, held the past 11 years in Savannah, Georgia, is the result of a seven-year collaboration between one of the nation's most passionate conservationists, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, and three of the most successful golfers in the history of golf, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnie Palmer. Other World Golf Hall of Fame members who have already indicated they will play in this event include Hale Irwin, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.
Top of the Rock, the nature-based heritage preserve created by Johnny Morris, also features an Arnold Palmer-designed practice facility with 18 target greens and and the remarkable 70,000 square-foot "Himalayan" putting course designed by Tom Watson.
For the tournament, the field will feature two divisions for players age 50-65 and 65 and older. Following Friday and Saturday rounds at Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock, all contestants will play at Top of the Rock in the final round. The total purse will be $2.75 million. College of the Ozarks will be among the charities benefiting from this Champions Tour event.