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Nature and Golf at its Finest


Daily |  8:00AM – SUNSET

Top of the Rock Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, is the first-ever par-3 course to be included in a professional championship, featuring nature and golf at its finest. Perched high above Table Rock Lake, the peaceful waterfalls, wandering creeks, bass-filled ponds and pristine lakes of Top of the Rock complete a true celebration of nature, the Ozarks and the game of golf. Arnie’s Barn, a magnificent 150-year-old barn was relocated from Arnold Palmer’s backyard in Latrobe, PA and is complete with historic photos and memorabilia from Palmer’s career achievements. It also houses the Top of the Rock Pro Shop which features the latest in top-of-the-line logo golf apparel and goods.

"If there was ever a par-3 course worthy of PGA TOUR tournament play, Top of the Rock is it.”

- Tim Finchem, former PGA TOUR Commissioner

Jack Nicklaus tees off during Legends of Golf at Top of the Rock golf course


Rates subject to change. Price does not include tax. Rates include golf cart and bottled water on the course.

April – October
9 Holes: $150 | Replay: $100
Junior (17 & Under): $75

March & November
9 Holes: $130 | Replay: $85
Junior (17 & Under): $75

January, February & December
9 Holes: $100 | Replay: $65
Junior (17 & Under): $65

Non-golfer Cart Riding Fee – $30 

Callaway rental clubs are available for $65, including one sleeve of Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls.

Dress Policy: Appropriate golf attire.

Spring 2021 Aeration Dates
March 22 – April 18: Closed for Aeration & Maintenance

Fall 2021 Aeration Dates
September 7 & 8: Closed for Aeration
September 9 – 17: Aeration Recovery
$100 Aeration Recovery Rate


We need to embrace innovation, new ideas and out-of-the-box thinking that inspires people to get off the couch and play this great game.”

- Jack Nicklaus


Before you experience the courses that make up America’s Next Great Golf Destination, take a hole-by-hole tour to prepare yourself for the splendor that is Big Cedar Golf.

Hole 1 · Par 3

The first tee at Top of the Rock, located just steps from the Buffalo Bar patio, sets up a slight downhill par 3. From the first fairway, golfers can see the Chapel of the Ozarks and Jack's Cabin on the left along with sweeping views across Table Rock Lake. The first green slopes gently from left to right and is well-protected by a large oak tree on the right and bunkers along the left and right side.

Top of the Rock Golf Course - Hole 1 - Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Hole 2 · Par 3

Perched high atop the mountainside, golfers face a 100-foot drop to the second green and stare straight at the magnificent view of Table Rock Lake from the tee. The second green, sloped slightly from back to front, is surrounded by rhododendron flowers and other natural flowering vegetation. Golfers must pass through a unique rock tunnel to reach the back tee on this hole, where the view is well-worth the excursion.

Top of the Rock Golf Course - Hole 2 - Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Hole 3 · Par 3

After the last putt drops on hole two, golfers embark on a golf cart journey through flowering dogwoods and redbuds along the mountainside to reach the third tee. Number 3 is one of the most difficult holes on the course. The back tee is really elevated and golfers face a downhill shot to a green that's 30-yards deep and cut into a hillside. The green is also protected by large bunkers on both the left and right side of the green. One of the dramatic features of this hole is the huge oak tree that guards and frames the green on the right.

Top of the Rock Golf Course - Hole 3 - Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Hole 4 · Par 3

Golfers reach the first of three water features when they meander back up the mountain to hole number four near the decorative infinity pool that fronts the "End of the Trail" All-American Wine Cellar. A lake cuts across this slightly downhill par 3 and nestles up close on the right side. The green is protected by bunkers on both sides and surrounded by azaleas and an array of flowering plants and trees along the left side and behind the green. Golfers also experience their first stunning view of Top of the Rock's Osage Restaurant along with its incredible rock formations as they look back up the mountain.

Top of the Rock Golf Course - Hole 4 - Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Hole 5 · Par 3

A relatively short par 3, number 5 has a small and narrow green protected by deep bunkers along the entire front side. Golfers must hit a very accurate short-iron across a small valley to this narrow green and then negotiate its challenging pin placements to have a chance at birdie or par.

Top of the Rock Golf Course - Hole 5 - Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Hole 6 · Par 3

This island green is completely surrounded by water and fascinating rock formations. From an elevated tee, the shot must be precisely struck in order to find dry land. This hole offers a real challenge to even the most accomplished golfers.

Top of the Rock Golf Course - Hole 6 - Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Hole 7 · Par 3

After the island green, golfers must contend with another lake that runs in front of and along the right side of this undulated kidney-shaped green. In addition to the water hazard close to the right side, large bunkering protects the left. This is a difficult hole and par here is a good score.

Top of the Rock Golf Course - Hole 7 - Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Hole 8 · Par 3

Golfers get their second unobstructed view of Osage Restaurant as they look uphill to number 8, another very challenging hole. Protected by a false front, a huge towering oak tree on the right front and monstrous bunkers on the left and behind the green - this green is hard to hit and a difficult par 3, especially with all the tricky pin placements.

Top of the Rock Golf Course - Hole 8 - Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Hole 9 · Par 3

A grand stone entrance and walkway unveils a majestic view of the 9th green and Table Rock Lake in the foreground. Those lucky enough to finish their round here at sunset are in for a spectacular treat! So have your camera ready! The final tee shot is downhill to a very difficult sloped green with severe bunkering surrounding the green. The ninth green also sits just to the right of the main Buffalo Bar terrace at Top of the Rock's Osage Restaurant, which is a great gathering spot for spectators to cheer you on.

Top of the Rock Golf Course Hole 9 Golf at Big Cedar Lodge
Couples on the patio at Buffalo Bar enjoying outdoor casual dining with view of the valleys and Table Rock Lake at Top of the Rock at Big Cedar

Dine at Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock features some of Missouri’s finest cuisine, along with spectacular views of Table Rock Lake and Top of the Rock golf course. Dining options include Osage Restaurant, Buffalo Bar and Arnie’s Barn. Wine and spirits are available in the End of the Trail All-American Wine Cellar.

Please Note: Appropriate resort attire is required in all outlets. Collared shirts are recommended for men over the age of 12. Big Cedar does not provide transportation to Top of the Rock.

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150 Top of the Rock Road
Ridgedale, MO 65739

Mailing Address
612 Devil's Pool Road
Ridgedale, MO 65739