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benoit_BayouBengals
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Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri
Anyone ever made the trip and played those courses on property at Big Cedar Lodge. Some buddies and I are thinking about going in June or July.

Any tips? Is it worth it?


CoachChappy
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re: Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri
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Is it worth it?


It's awesome. We had a thread on here about it. I posted some pictures. Great courses. Everything is top notch.


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bopper50
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re: Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri
Big Cedar is on my bucket list.


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notsince98
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re: Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri
i'd pick a cooler time of year.


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oilandgasman09
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re: Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri
I played all of the courses at Big Cedar Lodge last summer. My review.

All the courses were in perfect shape. Bent grass greens and Zoysia fairways.

Top of the Rock- 9 hole Par 3 course. Range was closed and may be closed for good from what I was told. They were doing some work next to it. Formally the course where the Champions Tour played its Par 3 tournament. Played the back tees and used all of my irons. Fun course to play with some very beautiful holes. I would play this one first. I would bring the wife and kids out on this one. Play the course then go eat at the Top of the Rock. The museum is there along with some great views of Table Rock Lake. Afterwards you can go take the golf cart tour through the woods and canyons which was fun.

Buffalo Ridge- This course has the most elevation changes of all the courses. Its tree lined with most tee shots downhill. I found it hard to see the ball from the tee box. Use the GPS in the cart for distances to the hazards off the tee. Of the three 18 hole courses its the tightest off the tee. As all the courses, the greens are tricky. Most of the putts do not break as much as you think an faltten out at the hole. I would say this is the most picturesque course on the property and the hardest.

Ozark Trail- I like this course the most of the three 18 hole courses. Its a Coore/Crenshaw design. Phil won the Champions Tour event there last summer. Course is wide open off the tee. Uses the GPS before you tee off to locate the hazards and where the hole is going. There are a few blind tee shots. Course is wide open off the tee. Greens are large with quite a few uphill approaches. This was my favorite course of the three 18 hole courses.

Payne's Valley- Tiger's Course. Easiest of the three. Wide open fairways. Big Greens. Course was in perfect shape. Least undulated course. I like the par 3's. Island green on the front nine. Greens are a bit tricky to read. Not a lot of break and balls tend to flatten out at the hole. Mixture of short holes and long holes. Drivable par 4 and reachable par 5's except one. Many good views. No shade on this course. Be prepared for a 5 plus hour round. The walk from the green complexes to the cart is over 50 yds. on some holes and undulating. Its worth playing, but its my least favorite of the 3.

Mountain Top- Gary Player par 3 course. Its a walking course. No carts. You use a pull cart which they will provide. Much better course than Top of the Rock. Great shot value. You will use all of your irons and maybe a hybrid depending on the wind. Great views. It is undulating. Walking up and down the hills. Bring some extra beverages. No cart person to buy drinks. It's a must play and about $60 cheaper than Top of the Rock.

Notes: Ozark Trail, Payne's Valley and Mountain Top are all together. You will use the range at Ozark Trail for all of these. Buffalo Ridge is at the top of the hill. It has its own range. Top of the Rock is at Big Cedar Lodge. The other 4 course are 5 minutes from there.

I would rank the courses as follows:

1. Ozark Trail
2. Buffalo Ridge
3. Mountain View
4. Payne's Valley
5. Top of the Rock

Hope this helps.


CoachChappy
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re: Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri
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Range was closed and may be closed for good from what I was told


This would be an absolute shame! That range is the best range I have ever seen. I could and did bash balls out there all day. We played horse out these aiming at different greens and objects.


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Bawpaw
Member since May 2021
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re: Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri
This is the perfect review and insight. I have played all of them but Mountain Top and your sentiments mirror mine.


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icegator337
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Lafayette
Member since Jan 2013
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re: Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri
I went on a buddies golf trip there this June and agree with everything oilandgasman said. We didn't play Mountain Top, but I enjoyed the four courses we played. I thought Ozarks National was a really interesting golf course. Really enjoyed playing it. Buffalo Ridge was kind of your classic Tom Fazio design with narrow fairways and fairly difficult. Payne's Valley was meh to me, its a must play since it's Tiger's first public access course, but I'd have it as a distant third in my rankings...

1. Ozarks National
2. Buffalo Ridge
3. Payne's Valley

Top of the Rock was a great 9 hole par 3 course in excellent condition. Idk how to compare that to a standard 18 hole course.

The range at Top of the Rock is closed for good,. It's a giant sink hole now. The practice facility at Ozarks National is really good. Buffalo Ridge has a range, but an unplayable short game area.

Also, it was hot in June. I figured we'd be fine coming from LA and we were, but it was just as hot there as it was in LA
This post was edited on 9/20 at 9:16 am


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Kato
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re: Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri
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oilandgasman09


Bookmarked, thanks!


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