Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top Course - sign
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Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top Course - sign
The Gary Player-designed Mountain Top Course at Big Cedar Lodge is expected to open sometime in 2017. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top Course - no. 1
The first hole at the soon-to-be-opened Mountain Top Course at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozarks of Missouri. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top Course - no. 2
The second hole on Gary Player's new Mountain Top Course at Big Cedar Lodge can play over 200 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top - no. 3
There are plenty of bunkers on no. 3 on the Mountain Top Course at Big Cedar Lodge. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top - no. 7
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Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top - no. 7
The seventh hole on the Mountain Top is actually a replica of the famous seventh at Pebble Beach, minus the ocean, of course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top - no. 8
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Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top - no. 8
Another potentially long par 3 is the eighth hole at the Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The limestone is a striking feature on the ninth hole on the Mountain Top Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top - no. 11
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Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top - no. 11
The views go on for miles and miles from the green on the 11th hole on the Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top - no. 12
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The 12th hole on the Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top Course plays uphill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top - no. 13
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It's back to the new clubhouse on the final hole of the Big Cedar Lodge Mountain Top Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

New Player course, Mountain Top, will give Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri two outstanding par 3 courses

HOLLISTER, Mo. -- In the wake of the announcement of the new Tiger Woods course being planned for Johnny Morris' Big Cedar Lodge Ozarks Mountain resort, two more courses will open before then. One of them -- the new 13-hole par 3 course by Gary Player -- is pretty much complete and will open some time in 2017.

The new course, which will be called Mountain Top and located on Buffalo Ridge near the Buffalo Ridge Springs Course, will give the resort 22 holes of par 3 golf. It'll contrast the already established Jack Nicklaus/Johnny Morris designed Top of the Rock, the only par 3 course to play host to a PGA Tour or PGA Tour Champions event -- the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Like Top of the Rock, the new Player course has plenty of great vistas and dramatic greens and bunkering. It's about 2,000 yards total with holes ranging from abut 80 yards to 200 yards. Most of the greens are fairly big and undulating, but the most dramatic feature is the limestone outcroppings throughout the course.

By the time the new Woods course (which will be called Payne's Valley in honor of Springfield, Mo. native Payne Stewart) and a new Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw design, Ozarks National (2018) open, this mega outdoors resort will have 76 holes of golf. In addition, Woods is also planning to design a family-friendly par 3 course after Payne's Valley is constructed.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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