Tiger Woods designs his first public-access golf course in America, at Big Cedar Lodge
THIS COURSE IS CHALLENGING BUT PLAYER-FRIENDLY, AS WELL AS WALKABLE.
GOLF events are a great way to break up your meeting or event. Avid golfers love the diverse courses found in the Midwest, and now they will be adding a new course to their bucket list, with Big Cedar Lodge’s addition of the Payne’s Valley golf course.
The collaboration between Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, Tiger Woods, 79-time PGA TOUR winner, and the Payne Stewart family will create the first-ever public golf courses by TGR Design. A world-class championship golf course and a family-friendly, par-3 ‘short course’ will make their home on Big Cedar Lodge property, with the championship course scheduled to open in 2019.
The course is challenging but player-friendly, as well as walkable, and designed to showcase the region’s natural beauty. Golfers will marvel at the dramatic 19th hole, “The Rock,” and journey through a natural cavern system to return to the clubhouse.
The Payne’s Valley course will pay tribute to the late Payne Stewart, a friend of both Morris and Woods, an Ozarks native, and winner of 11 PGA TOUR events. The new course will continue Stewart’s legacy as the future home for the American Junior Golf Association, Bass Pro Shops Payne Stewart Junior Championship event. Both the Morris and Stewart families are long-time supporters of Kids Across America Leadership Initiative (KAA), a nonprofit sports and outdoor youth camp based in the Ozarks. The new course will be made available for KAA campers, free of charge, as part of their camp experience.
For your next golf event, look to the great courses of the Midwest. Links, parkland, and dunes courses with amazing views await, providing your group a memorable experience.