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3.7
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About

Holes 9
Par 27
Length 1420
Slope 0
Rating 27.7
Type Resort
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 27 1420 yards 27.7
Bronze 27 1284 yards 27.3
Red (W) 27 945 yards 27.2
Scorecard for Top of the Rock Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out Total
Black M: 27.7/69 171 114 202 191 123 121 152 183 163 1420 1420
Bronze M: 27.3/67 162 103 185 178 111 101 131 166 147 1284 1284
Red W: 27.2/68 123 75 118 83 91 84 120 145 106 945 945
Handicap 8 9 1 3 2 5 7 4 6
Par 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 27 27

Course Details

Year Built 1996
Fairways Bentgrass
Greens Bentgrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared Shirts required

Reviews

4.0
7

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 2
Amazing Food 2
Brunch 2
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 2
Water Hazards 2
Elevation Changes 1
This course/club is great for:
9-Hole Rounds 2
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 1
Beginners 1
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 2
Near Local Attractions 1
Near the Airport 1
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Played On
1.0
First Time Playing

Poor Value Poor Service

For the price of a 18 hole professional golf course, don't expect much more than a glorified putt putt course. The layout and views are spectacular, the pace of play is fast (due to no one being on the course) but the staff is rude and and will nickel and dime you if you want to play. The 1 1/2 hours that it takes to play should be included in a one nights stay at Big Cedar or at least the $25 "riders fee" for a 10 year old to join you on your round. Don't waist your time or money on this course.
Staff Friendliness Poor
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
First Time Playing

Did Jack Really Design This Course?

If this is the future of golf, include me out. It is Too perfect. It is Too manufactured. It is not a design of man made and nature. It is 90% man made carved into the Ozark mountains. It is not Golf. It is an enlarged version of miniture golf. The only thing missing are the dinosaurs. I can't believe that Jack desinged this thing. Now, the question is, is it worth the price. Only if the trail ride is included. Don't think you'll be missing something if you never play this 9 hole, all par 3 layout that doesn't have a weed on the entire course.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Among the top par 3s in the world

Some people call it "over the Top of the Rock," but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I mean, I like Disney World, and that's manufactured, and much of Top of the Rock, with its waterfalls, etc.., is, too. But who cares? It's beautiful, and in incredible shape with views of the Ozarks that go on for miles and miles. Each hole is memorable (as is the driving range), making it one of the best, and possibly the most unique, par 3 courses in the country. Great short courses is a trend I'd like to see continue.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

This course is awesome!!! The grounds crew are JERKS!!!!

I hate to have to give a negative review of this place. But the grounds crew is horrible. The course looks amazing! Be sure to ask about the $10 just to get to the clubhouse. Be sure and ask if all the tee boxes are available. I showed up and no one was ready. There driving range is outstanding but no one was there to tell me where the balls are or what markers to hit from. It is spring break in Branson right now and there is not a full parking lot. I would advise to play the other course. This 9 joker is not for me. $100+ for nine holes and this is what I had to put up with. Hope this helps.
Staff Friendliness Poor
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Birthday Outing

My twin brother and I had our 68 birthday at the Top of the Rock . Excellent golf course and best practice range I have been on especially at night. The pro shop is great and the staff very friendly and helpful. Looking forward to coming back later this year.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Tough and great par 3

Great course. It was in pristine condition. Scenery is awesome. All the trees are elevated which made my shots a little harder to judge, I over shot most of the greens. Water comes in to play on three or four holes.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Among the world's most exciting short courses

There's a reason Top of the Rock is a rare par 3 course with the ability to host a professional event: it's scenic, exciting and challenging at every turn. One of two host courses for the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, this 9-holer is complete with downhill holes with surreal Ozarks views, an island green and many more unique looks. Magnificent landscaping accentuates a great variety of shot values. You'll hit some short wedges up to mid or long-irons. Be sure to come early to hit balls at the one-of-a-kind driving range, and stay late for a meal or drink in the clubhouse. They've spared no expense at Top of the Rock, and the finished product (at least for now), is one of the game's great modern marvels.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Fair

Stay & Play Offers

$110 Starting price
Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
The Penn Ohio Golf Trail consists of courses mainly in Western PA and Northeast Ohio. What sets us apart is that we offer 29 different courses; including 4 private, members-only country clubs, 2 former LPGA courses, and many of the top courses in Ohio and Pennsylvania (including Pennsylvania’s #1 public course – Olde Stonewall). We offer 4 Mansions (for groups of 2 to 36), 10 hotels and customer service beyond any major resort. Our Mansions feature large common areas, pool tables, poker tables, big screen TV’s with the luxury of the entire group together in a large home setting.
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