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Booking tee times

Big Cedar Lodge Guests

For resort guests staying at Big Cedar Lodge, tee times can be booked once your room reservation is made. Click here or call 1-800-225-6343 to book your room. Tee-times can be booked by phone or online.

Off-Property Guests

For guests that are not staying at Big Cedar Lodge, tee times can only be booked 30 days in advance of the day of play. During September and October, off-property guests can only book 14 days in advance.* For your convenience, you can reserve your tee-time with our self-service tee-time booking system.

*Booking window subject to change

To help manage demand, you may be placed into a virtual queue before having access to online tee-time bookings.

PLANNING A GROUP GOLF OUTING?

Fill out the form below, and our reservations team will contact you to arrange the details.

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2021 Golf Rates

Peak Season (April - October)

AdultJuniorReplay / Twilight* / 9 hole* / AerationLocal
Payne’s Valley$325$85$180$225
Ozarks National$250$75$150$185
Buffalo Ridge$175$65$105$145
Top of the Rock$150$75$100$135
Mountain Top$95$30$65$60

Shoulder Season (March & November)

AdultJuniorReplay / Twilight* / 9 hole* / AerationLocal
Payne’s Valley$235$85$155$190
Ozarks National$190$75$125$155
Buffalo Ridge$135$65$90$125
Top of the Rock$130$75$85$115
Mountain Top$80$30$55$50

Off-Season (December - February)

AdultJuniorReplay / Twilight* / 9 hole* / AerationLocal
Payne’s Valley$180$75$120$150
Ozarks National$150$65$100$125
Buffalo Ridge$105$55$70$95
Top of the Rock$100$65$65$90
Mountain Top$65$30$45$40

*Only available at Payne’s Valley, Ozarks National and Buffalo Ridge.

Junior Rates – Junior rates apply to any player 17 or younger.

Replay Rates - Replay rates only apply to the same course in the same dayReplay rates do not apply to different courses.

Twilight Rates - Twilight rates are only offered at Payne’s Valley, Ozarks National, and Buffalo Ridge. Twilight rates are not offered at Top of the Rock or Mountain Top. Please note: Twilight rounds are not guaranteed to finish all holes due to sunset and pace of play. Below are the times/months that twilight rates start:

  • 2:00PM – March, September & October
  • 2:30PM – April & August
  • 3:00PM – May, June & July

9-Hole Rates – 9-Hole rates are only offered at Payne’s Valley, Ozarks National, and Buffalo Ridge. Please note: Ozarks National and Payne’s Valley are not “Returning 9’s” meaning that the 9th hole does not end at the clubhouse.

Aeration Rates - Recovery rates are offered the 10 days following aeration. See our aeration schedule below for more information.

Local Rates - Seasonal local rates are offered to current residents of the below counties. ID & proof of residence required at check-in.

  • Missouri – Barry, Christian, Douglas, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Stone, Taney, Webster, Wright
  • Arkansas – Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, Washington

Forecaddies at Payne's Valley

Forecaddies, or “group caddies”, help golfers enjoy the course even more by creating a unique and guided service experience on the golf course. Each foursome at Payne’s Valley is able to book a single forecaddie for their round to assist players with yardages, reading putts, target lines, divot & ball mark repair, club cleaning, and more. These services help our golfers focus on their game and enjoy the beautiful setting of Payne’s Valley in the Ozark Mountains.

Caddie Payment & Gratuity: Payment for service is made by the golfer directly to the caddie in cash following the end of the round. A $40 caddie fee per bag is suggested with a recommend gratuity of $30 per bag, and please adjust gratuity at your discretion based on experience. Cash payment required.

How to Book: Guests are able to reserve caddies on a first-come-first-serve basis, and we take all necessary steps to assign caddies to groups as requested when available. To book your forecaddie, please email our Caddie Manager at caddiereservations@big-cedar.com with the date, time, number of players, and name of the tee time reservation. Our caddie manager will assign your group a caddie and send a confirmation email that your reservation was received. Please submit all caddie reservation requests at least 3 days in advance of the date of play.

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Course Conditions

COURSE MAINTENANCE

Big Cedar Golf is known for its pristine and beautiful golf courses. In order to keep them in top shape, we perform regular aeration practices during March and September. This important maintenance effort helps keep our greens healthy all year long. We offer golfers a reduced rate during the recovery period over the 10 days following aerification. Click the link to see our full maintenance schedule for 2021 on our website. (link to “plan your trip” web page.)

PARDON OUR PROGRESS

As Big Cedar Golf grows with new amenities and accommodations, you will notice several construction projects around the golf courses. These new and exciting projects will help us expand on our already world-glass golf offering. Please be aware that during this time we are dedicated to making the impact of these projects on your experience as minimal as possible. And we look forward to continuing to offer our golfers a new and amazing golf experience for years to come.

ZOYSIA FAIRWAYS DURING SPRING AND FALL

Our golf courses feature zoysia fairways. This grass type is known for its excellent playing surface and ability to stand up to heat, drought, heavy foot traffic and a variety of other challenges during the golf season. During the winter, the grass goes dormant in cold weather. Our fairway grass typically returns to its lush, green look during the month of April. And in the fall, the grass begins to go dormant towards the end of October with the cooler fall weather. The exact time of the seasonal changes depends on the temperature during that time of year and can vary by weeks, but our golf turf remains playable all year long.

Please be aware of our aeration dates below. The aeration recovery rate is automatically applied on these dates when you book online:

Top of the Rock aeration Closure DatesBuffalo Ridge aeration Closure DatesMountain Top aeration Closure DatesOzarks National aeration Closure DatesPayne's Valley aeration Closure Dates
March 22 - April 18March 8 & 9March 8 & 9March 22 & 23September 20 & 21
September 7 & 8September 13 & 14September 13 & 14September 7 & 8
Top of the Rock aeration Recovery DatesBuffalo Ridge aeration Recovery DatesMountain Top aeration Recovery DatesOzarks National aeration Recovery DatesPayne's Valley aeration Recovery Dates
September 9 - 17March 10 - 18March 10 - 18March 24 - April 1September 22 - 30
September 15 - 23September 15 - 23September 9 - 17

Groups & Corporate Outings

Group Golf Outings

For groups of 20 or more, please visit our Group Golf Outings page and fill out the form to receive more information for large groups. Groups must be staying at Big Cedar Lodge to book tee times more than 30 days in advance (14 days in advance in September and October).

 

Getting Around & Logistics

Our world-class courses are set in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. The terrain of the region created the opportunity to utilize multiple clubhouses. Please be aware there are four different facilities & parking lots, and the golf courses are not all connected. Golfers playing multiple rounds in the same day may be required to drive from one course location to another. While there are separate parking lots for Ozarks National clubhouse and the Payne's Valley/Mountain Top clubhouse, golfers can take a golf cart between those three courses.

Big Cedar Guests staying on property are offered complimentary shuttle service between the golf courses and their rooms. Scheduled pick-up times with our shuttle department should be made at least 48 hours in advance. Shuttle service may be booked by calling 417-339-5105.

Below is a travel time chart. We recommend that guests arrive 45 minutes in advance and account for the potential of slow traffic.

Ship your golf clubs

Looking to ship your golf clubs? Follow the link below to have Ship Sticks deliver your clubs to the course for you! When scheduling your shipment, please have your clubs scheduled to be delivered to our facilities two-days before your first date of play.

Complimentary Golf Course Shuttles

Take advantage of our complimentary shuttle system between the golf courses and your accommodations. Save some gas and have our friendly staff of drivers take you directly to your golf destination so you can focus on your game. To book your complimentary shuttle ride, please contact our shuttle department at least 24 hours in advance of your pick-up time at 417-339-5105 or use the button below to schedule your shuttle.

LOCATIONBig Cedar RegistrationTop of the RockBuffalo RidgeMountain TopOzarks NationalPayne’s ValleyAnglers Lodge
Big Cedar RegistrationX12 Mins19 Mins22 Mins22 Mins22 Mins15 mins
Top of the Rock12 MinsX16 Mins19 Mins19 Mins19 Mins15 Mins
Buffalo Ridge19 Mins16 MinsX3 Mins3 Mins3 Mins9 Mins
Mountain Top22 Mins19 Mins3 MinsX0 Mins0 Mins12 Mins
Ozarks National22 Mins19 Mins3 Mins0 MinsX0 Mins12 Mins
Payne’s Valley22 Mins19 Mins3 Mins0 Mins0 MinsX12 Mins
Angler’s Lodge15 mins15 Mins9 Mins12 Mins12 Mins12 MinsX

Food & Beverage

Convenient Dining For Every Golfer

Osage Restaurant


Enjoy upscale regional cuisine with a sweeping view of the Ozark Mountains at Osage Restaurant. Featuring unique artwork and Native American Artifacts, you’ll experience much more than just a meal here.

$10 ENTRY FEE APPLIES – CARD ONLY

Guests entering before 4:00 pm will receive a $5 voucher redeemable at all Top of the Rock outlets.

HOURS

NOW OPEN

  • Saturday & Sunday A la carte Brunch | 10:00AM – 3:00PM
    (No buffet offerings)

  • Daily Dinner | 4:00PM – 9:00PM

Dinner Menu ›
Kids Menu ›
Dessert Menu ›
Drink Menu ›
Wine Menu ›
Brunch Menu ›
Celebration Menu ›
Father's Day Brunch Menu ›

Directions to Osage Restaurant ›

Reservations Recommended. Make reservations here ›

Buffalo Bar


This cozy spot located on the lower level of Osage Restaurant is the perfect place to relax after a game of golf, celebrate a special event or simply enjoy dinner. Step out onto the stone patio for breathtaking views and watch the sunset ceremony, complete with bagpipe performance and the firing of a Civil War cannon.

$10 ENTRY FEE APPLIES – CARD ONLY

Guests entering before 4:00 pm will receive a $5 voucher redeemable at all Top of the Rock outlets.

HOURS

NOW OPEN

  • Daily | 4:00PM – 9:00PM
Dinner Menu ›
Dessert Menu ›
Drink Menu ›
Wine Menu ›
Celebration Menu ›

Directions to Buffalo Bar ›

Reservations Recommended. Make reservations here ›

Mountain Top Grill


Perched high in the hills, overlooking the Mountain Top Course and Payne’s Valley Course, Mountain Top Grill is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or small plates after a round on the links.

HOURS

NOW OPEN

  • Daily | 6:30AM – 9:00PM
Breakfast Menu ›
Lunch Menu ›
Dinner Menu ›
Drink Menu ›

Directions to Mountain Top Grill ›

Johnny’s Hot Dog Stand


A round at Buffalo Ridge Springs can work up an appetite. Pull up to Johnny’s Hot Dog Stand on Hole No. 5 and purchase a ‘dog and some snacks-to-go. Overlooking the lake between holes 5 and 6, the rustic, log cabin structure also features an expansive deck and chairs overlooking the water.

Additional Golfer Friendly Dining Options

Buffalo Ridge Bar at Buffalo Ridge - Conveniently located in the Buffalo Ridge Pro Shop, the Buffalo Ridge Bar offers golfers grab-n-go BBQ, sandwiches, snacks and drinks inside a reclaimed Civil War-era barn.

Turn Stations at Payne's Valley & Ozarks National - Included with every round at Payne's Valley and Ozarks National is access to compliment snacks at the turn stations. Each course features a turn station at the halfway point of the course allowing golfers to grab a hot dog, snacks, candy, and more. All complementary! Golf balls and drinks are also available for purchase inside the turn stations.

Practice Facilities

Big Cedar Golf offers multiple practice facilities with access for golfers included in their greens fees. If guests wish to use the range without playing a round of golf, Buffalo Ridge offers daily access to the practice facilities for $40 per player. Below is a list of each practice amenity located at the different courses.

Payne's Valley - Driving Range (Ozarks National), Short Game Area (Ozarks National), Putting Green

Ozarks National - Driving Range, Short Game Area, Putting Green

Buffalo Ridge - Driving Range, Short Game Area, Putting Green

Top of the Rock - Putting Green. Guests playing Top of the Rock are able to use the Buffalo Ridge Driving Range if they wish to warm up before their round. Please note, Buffalo Ridge is 16 minutes away from Top of the Rock by car.

Mountain Top - Driving Range (Ozarks National), Short Game Area (Ozarks National), Putting Green

Getting Here

Many of our guests drive to Big Cedar Lodge because we are less than a day's drive from the hometowns of more than one-third of all Americans. However, more and more low-cost flight options are arriving on a daily basis through the Branson Airport, Springfield-Branson National Airport, and other airports offering private flights. Please note, our resort does not provide airport transportation.

Weather in the Ozarks

Average HighAverage LowAverage Precipitation
January44°28°1.7”
February47°31°1.4”
March58°39°3.1”
April68°48°3.2”
May77°56°4.6”
June88°65°2.9”
July90°68°2.8”
August89°66°2.9”
September82°60°2.0”
October69°49°2.6”
November57°39°1.9”
December47°32°1.3”

FAQs

What is the average pace of play?

  • Payne's Valley: 5hrs
  • Ozarks National: 4hrs 30mins
  • Buffalo Ridge: 4hrs 30mins
  • Top of the Rock: 1hr 45mins
  • Mountain Top: 2hrs

Do you have a caddie program?
We currently offer forecaddies at Payne's Valley by request. To request your forecaddie, please contact our caddie manager at caddiereservations@big-cedar.com.

What is your dress code for men?
Proper golf attire, including collared shirts, is required for men over 12 years old.

What is your dress code for women?
Proper golf attire, no bathing suits, or tank tops.

Do the carts have built-in GPS monitors?
Yes, all golf carts have built-in GPS units. Please note: Mountain Top is a walking-only course and does not offer golf carts. Digital range finders are provided, at no charge, in the respective pro shop. Players may check out range finders in exchange for their I.D.

I'm playing golf but I have someone coming with me who just wants to ride along, is that ok?
Riders are allowed for a $45 rider fee for anyone not playing golf. At Mountain Top, they may walk with you at no charge. At Top of the Rock, non-golfing riders do not get a cave trail ticket included in this fee. Tickets for the Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail are available for purchase separately at the Welcome Center. We ask that anyone who will be hitting shots on the course pay a greens fee to limit any confusion there may be with someone who has not paid playing golf on the course.

Is Mountain Top hilly and difficult to walk?
The course is mostly along a ridgeline, and there are a couple of uphill walks at the beginning and end of the round. However, the majority of the course is relatively flat or downhill with less than 2 miles of total walking.

Are there carts or special accommodations for players with disabilities at Mountain Top?
Mountain Top does not allow carts on the course, other than walking pushcarts. We are happy to offer carts and accommodations for individuals with disabilities at our other courses (Payne's Valley, Ozarks National, Buffalo Ridge, and Top of the Rock) when weather and course conditions allow.

How fast are your greens? What is Stimp speed?
Our green speeds average between 9.5 and 11 on the Stimpmeter depending on the day and weather conditions.

Can multiple people use the same golf clubs?
For pace of play purposes and standard course etiquette, all players must play out of their own bag. Rental clubs are available for purchase in the pro shop.

What kind of grass do you have on the course?
Payne's Valley, Buffalo Ridge, Mountain Top, and Ozarks National all have Zoysia fairways and bent grass T1 championship greens. Top of the Rock uses bent grass tee boxes and bent grass T1 championship greens.

When does your grass go dormant?
Our fairway zoysia is typically dormant and yellow from the last week of October through March. It will typically greens back up towards the beginning of April and stay green through most of October. Weather and soil temperatures will affect the exact dates.

Can I wear metal spikes, boots, high heels, etc.?
We are a soft spike golf shoe facility; you may also wear tennis shoes.

We have five players. Can we all play together?
We allow a maximum of four players per group. You may have three players in one group and two in another.

Can I bring my own alcoholic beverages?
Outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed, but we offer beverages for purchase at the pro shop.