Buffalo Ridge

The 14th hole at the Buffalo Ridge Springs course, honored by Golfweek as the “Best You Can Play in Missouri” in the magazine’s “2019 Best” issue.

The honors keep rolling in for properties associated with the Big Cedar Golf name.

Golfweek, the premier golf publication known for its in-depth coverage and rankings of golf courses nationally, has named the Buffalo Ridge Springs course as the “Best You Can Play in Missouri” in the magazine’s “2019 Best” issue.

The Springs course also made its first appearance in the publication’s listing of “Top Courses You Can Play in America,” ranking No. 89.

The national rankings are based on evaluations from more than 850 Golfweek course raters who survey more than 3,600 golf courses annually.

“We are incredibly honored for Buffalo Ridge Springs to be named by such an esteemed group of experts as the top public golf course in Missouri,” Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge, said in a news release.

“Our goal with nature-based golf and everything we do at Big Cedar Lodge is to help families connect with nature and each other while showcasing the natural beauty of the Ozarks for guests from all around the world.”

The Buffalo Ridge Springs course is an 18-hole design by renowned golf architect Tom Fazio, in collaboration with Morris.

It winds through the Missouri Ozarks, complemented by the area’s natural terrain and beauty. It’s layout brings players in close contact with nature and features pristine playing conditions.

Herds of roaming bison graze on the native prairie grasses that surround the boundaries of the course. 

The Springs course covers about 450 acres and measures 7,036 yards from the back tees.

The Springs course is part of the ever-expanding stable of golf offerings under the Big Cedar Golf umbrella. 

It is near the newest course – Ozarks National, designed by the Coore and Crenshaw design firm that opened for public play this year – and is adjacent to the Mountain Top Course, a 13-hole short course designed by Gary Player.

It also is near Payne’s Valley, an 18-hole course designed by Tiger Woods and his TGR Design firm, set to open in phases beginning later this year.

In nearby Ridgedale, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Top of the Rock nine-hole, par-3 course is a staple annually in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, an event on the PGA Tour Champions circuit.

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