Newer Luxury Golf Resort Accommodation Perfect for Tiger Woods Golf Vacations
There is only one 18 hole public golf course (actually 19) in this Tiger Woods designed country, and it’s awesome. Now the destination-worthy course has new accommodation on top to match.
I was fortunate to be among the first reporters in the country to get a glimpse of the route from Payne’s Valley, Wood’s to the Big Cedar Resort in the Missouri Ozarks. It’s amazing, fun, and incredibly scenic, immediately one of my favorites, and I’ve written about the best golf courses around the world for 25 years (read more about Payne’s Valley here). Most recently, I was the very first reporter to step into the new Buffalo Ridge Cottages, which immediately joined the front row of the many diverse and unique accommodation options at the sprawling 4,600-acre resort. The Cottages opened a little over a month ago.
The timing couldn’t be better. Golf has seen a huge revival since the start of the pandemic, attracting all those looking for camaraderie and activity outside, and many resorts, including Big Cedar, have had record years in 2020. This has in turn triggered a continuous wave of post-vaccination. golf trip, and Big Cedar is heading for another record breaking year in 2021.
At the same time, travelers desperately seek self-catering accommodation rather than traditional hotel rooms, preferring the privacy and outdoor living space to the crowds and the lobby, elevator, hallway experience, emphasizing emphasis on resorts with cabins, cottages, villas, even glamping units. I previously did an article on the 10 Best Golf Resorts with Cabins or Private Cabins, and Big Cedar made the cut with their many lakeside cabins, some of them more like homes with full kitchens. . They even have a full-fledged glamping resort, Camp Long Creek, with luxury safari-style tents and cabins (read more here). But while Big Cedar has long been known as one of the best family-friendly resorts in the country, this new addition centers on golf and the property’s premier on-course accommodation (with five golf courses by famous architects including the top-ranked duo in Missouri, is one of the nation’s top golfing destinations).
Due to these two converging travel trends, Big Cedar was already selling more tee times than guest rooms and had to open another hotel nearby, the new mid-level Anglers Inn, just to keep up with demand. of golf. While the Angler’s Inn is all about value, these cottages are a luxury proposition, and before they opened they were completely sold out for several months, even the fanciest, costing over five thousand dollars per night.
The new Buffalo Ridge Cottages are 18 self-contained units near the Mountain Top Clubhouse, overlooking the Payne Valley, the Woods Course. Immediately outside the clubhouse, which has a full-service restaurant, is Mountain Top, a breathtaking 13-hole course on the resort’s tallest property with stunning views of Ozark and the cliffs of exposed limestone, designed by legend Gary Player. Just down the road are two acclaimed 18-hole courses from Tom Fazio and Bill Coore / Ben Crenshaw, Buffalo Ridge and Ozarks National, one of the top 100 courses in the United States. It’s 67 holes of excellent golf just minutes from the chalets. Oh, and just outside the Mountaintop clubhouse is a Tom Watson designed turf putting course.
This entire resort is considered “off-site” from the main Big Cedar resort, which sits on a 46,000-acre lake, with a world-class fishing marina (Big Cedar is part of the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s outdoor and fishing empires), every water sports imaginable, several restaurants including a brand new upscale French restaurant (the Worman House Bistro), bars, activities, a huge children’s entertainment park, a large spa and Top of the Rock golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Due to its location, the cabins cater directly to golfers who prefer to be closer to the tee than to the family resort, but free shuttles are available to use all restaurants and facilities, which also include a second stop. the site’s marina, the nearby world-class shooting facility, and the resort’s unique 10,000-acre private nature reserve, Dogwood Canyon.
The cottages have one to four bedrooms, and whatever the configuration, each bedroom is en-suite with its own private bathroom. One-bedroom cottages have kitchenettes, while larger units have full kitchens and living areas. All have imposing, hand-built wood-burning fireplaces, river stone fireplaces and expansive terraces with stunning views and gas barbecues. The initial demand for golfers enjoying the sunsets after the round on their decks while sipping a fine whiskey and smoking cigars was so high that they had to buy a new humidor and stock up on scotch and bourbon. finer just to provide room service in the cottages. Another distinctive touch is that just as ski chalets usually have plenty of hooks and storage for gear at the entrance, these golf chalets all have full size lockers for sets of clubs, evoking a club style. -house. But otherwise, they’re Big Cedar-style Ozarks cabins, with exposed beams, lots of hand-hammered copper, and rustic furniture with lots of leather. Decor is mostly animal mounts mixed with antique golf equipment, while creature comforts aren’t overlooked, and bathrooms have huge walk-in showers and often oversized tubs.
All of the cottages are ideal for two or more golfers, couples or friends, but the crème de la crème is John’s Cabin, named after resort owner and founder of Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris. Morris is renowned for his hands-on experience and opinions, and he personally selected the details from the wall finishes to the custom wrought iron deck railings, which truly makes him his namesake cabin (although he was just as involved in the rest of the units). This four bedroom monster has amazingly high ceilings (like 30 +/- feet), high enough for an entire flock of mounted geese to “fly” above the living room, there is a large commercial style kitchen and huge bar, all with lots of custom brass, massive whole wall stone fireplace, even tree bark wallpaper. The patio is huge, accessed from the living room, contains its own plunge pool, and the cottage has a private putting green complete with bunkers.
There are two more of these huge John’s cabins that open on August 1, both located below the rest of the cottages, near the iconic island tee / waterfall 19e hole in the Payne’s Valley course. This makes a total of 20 units, which in high season (April-October) range from $ 620 to $ 725 for one-bedroom cabins, from $ 1,220 to $ 1,450 for 2 bedrooms and from $ 4,235 to $ 5,080 for the 4 bedrooms. Off-peak rates are $ 420 to $ 620, $ 490 to $ 1,220 and $ 2,100 to $ 4,235, respectively.
Big Cedar is a day’s drive from about a third of the US population, and for most other visitors the nearest airport is Springfield, MO, an hour’s drive away with commercial service on several major airlines. aerial. But for Tiger Woods, the John’s Cabin crowd, as well as those in the Rockies, there is a much closer option, Branson Airport, which handles both private aviation and scheduled flights on Frontier, with service nonstop from Denver, also a United Hub. Surprisingly, the low-key and hassle-free airport is about a mile from the Cottages. Fly Frontier or Private and there is no luxury golf destination in the country more easily accessible.
Known as “America’s premier wilderness resort,” Big Cedar is a huge, full-service outdoor resort that has won numerous awards including the # 1 Family Golf Resort in North America by Golf review – before the opening of the Woods course – and the number one station in the Midwest by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Buffalo Ridge Cottages are quite simply the most remarkable luxury golf resort to have recently opened anywhere.