RIDGEDALE, Mo. — The sinkhole at Top of the Rock has grown into an attraction of its own. It’s also continued to grow in size.
The search for the opening to a cave at the bottom of the sinkhole continues.
But Johnny Morris may have found the foundation for a new addition to the course.
When the sinkhole opened up in 2015, it was 70 feet wide 40 feet deep.
Two years later, it’s slightly bigger.
Now it’s 270 feet wide and as deep as a 20 story building.
“We had heard on the van that there was possibly a cave connection, and to me that is fascinating,” says Cindy Street who is visting from Mississippi. “Too see it with the rocks like that is just incredible.”
Bass Pro officials believe there’s an entrance to a cave down there.
After all, water that ran into the initial opening in 2015 came out a cave on the other end of the property.
For now, the search alone is enough for some.
“Certainly didn’t expect to see what looks like an archeological find. It’s pretty amazing. I couldn’t help but wonder if the dinosaur in the museum came out of here,” laughs Jay Street.
As dirt has been pulled out of the hole, new dirt has filled in the neighboring lake.
And there’s this: a sign that says Future Home of Arnie’s Lodge… named after the late Arnold Palmer.
Bass Pro says depending on how future excavation goes in the sinkhole it may try and incorporate overnight lodging into the guest experience.
At this point Big Cedar can’t say when or exactly where because it all depends on what happens down there.
In case you’re wondering, the construction zone doesn’t appear to be taking anything away from the views next door.
“This is a beautiful place. Maybe the most beautiful place that I’ve been to see a golf tournament other than Augusta. The course is just incredibly beautiful.” Jay Street notes.
So far, Big Cedar has removed from 41,000 truck loads of dirt in its search for the opening to the cave.