Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains - driving range
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Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains - driving range
The driving range at Top of the Rock features many greens perched on cliffs with waterfalls. Courtesy of Top of the Rock
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Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains
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Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains
Top of the Rock overlooks the Ozarks and Table Rock Lake. Courtesy of Top of the Rock
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Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains
The view from behind the island green 6th hole. Courtesy of Top of the Rock
Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains - range
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Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains - range
The driving range is lit up at night and is a spectacular view from the clubhouse. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains - No. 5
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Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains - No. 5
The 5th hole was inspired by the bunker shaping of Augusta National. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains
A chapel sits next to the tee box of the first hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains - No. 2
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Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains - No. 2
It's a steep drop from tee to green on the 2nd hole of Top of the Rock. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains
One of the world's most spectacular par 3 courses: Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains
A panoramic of the driving range taken before the 2015 sinkhole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains
Johnny Morris, owner of Top of the Rock, has made a big splash in the world of golf in recent years. Getty Images

Tour the spectacular Top of the Rock Par 3 course at Big Cedar Lodge

Best par-3 course in the U.S.? 9-hole Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge is certainly in the conversation. The course has the distinguished pleasure of hosting a yearly pro golf tournament, the PGA Tour Champions Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, which features one round here and the rest on the Tom Fazio-designed Buffalo Ridge Springs course.

Top of the Rock's facility is one of the more unique in the world of golf. Not only is there the Jack Nicklaus-designed, showy par-3 course, but the driving range, full of bunkers, waterfalls and greens perched over cliffs, is a marvel as well. There is also a wonderful putting course designed by Tom Watson. Simply put, if you were ever going to introduce a beginner or youngster to the game, there probably isn't a better place in the world to get them excited.

The perch high in the Ozarks overlooks Table Rock Lake. The 2nd hole has the best view of the lake and features a 100-foot drop from tee to green. There are water carries, including the island-green 6th hole.

A freak sinkhole following heavy rains in 2015 left a permanent mark on the driving range. Crews have been excavating this new site ever since, but operations are back to normal.

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Tour the spectacular Top of the Rock Par 3 course at Big Cedar Lodge
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