Golf Course Seven Years In The Making Opens This Week

By Brett Martin |

Published 06/03 2014 04:56AM

Updated 06/03 2014 07:21AM

RIDGEDALE, Mo. -- It's been coined the next generation of golf and with the picture perfect views, it tells the whole story of the Ozarks.

Top of the Rock is not just a golf course but a view finder for picture perfect views of the Ozarks.

"He's created this magnificent, executive course here at Top of the Rock, he bought the mountain."

Brady Bunch actor, Barry Williams, says each hole combines everything about the Ozarks.

"Each hole has been designed to take advantage of the natural beauty that is here," says Williams.

Top of the Rock Tournament Director, Kirk Elmquist, says it took 7 years to make everything perfect.

"His passion for doing things is world class, first class like no one I've ever been around," says Elmquist.

Morris bought the former restaurant and President's property from College of the Ozarks. He turned it into a PGA sanctioned, Par-3 golf course.

"The collaboration that Johnny Morris has put into this and taking Top of the Rock restaurant and Top of the Rock golf course. Now, enhancing it and repurposing it to make it a PGA tour sanction facility has taken enormous about of effort and passion," explains Elmquist.

SRC Founder, Jack Stack, says its unbelievable how the land has changed since Morris first bought it.

"I got the chance to see it three years ago, knowing fully well that what he's doing here is being passed down to generation and generation and generation."

Champions Tour Pro golfer, Bobby Wadkins, says there is nothing like it on the tour.

"It's probably the best practice tee I've ever seen, it's a great place. Like my partner said, Bob, it's like a kid in a candy store hitting all these bunkers out here."

Elmquist says the list of contributors could not get any better.

"Collaboration with Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer and then when you have Gary Player say it's the greatest par three course in the world."

While Morris opens the doors to his masterpiece this week, some say it will never be completely finished.

"He's a tremendous person to continually, keep working and working until it's absolutely perfect."

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