RIDGEDALE, Mo. — The Legends of Golf Tournament near Branson is two months away, and work is underway to deal with a new feature on the course. A very unexpected feature.
Wednesday, officials with Bass Pro Shops, which owns the Top of the Rock golf course near Ridgedale, gave reporters a tour an update of a massive sinkhole that opened up on the course last May.
The 60-foot-wide sinkhole was caused by water seeing through one of the course pond’s clay liners, according to a report from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
The northern section of Top of the Rock golf course was built near a collapsed structure containing a previous sinkhole pond.
Since then, Bass Pro Shops owner Johnnie Morris hired a team of excavators and geologists, to dig to find the cavern that connects the sinkhole to a nearby cave.
Since last May, the project has removed 345,000 cubic yards of dirt.
Today, the sinkhole is 12 times larger than it’s original volume last May.
The Legends of Golf tournament is scheduled this April 20-24. Course officials say the sinkhole will have no impact on the tournament. It will be just one more geologic feature for people to see at Top of the Rock, they say.
KOLR10’s Grant Sloan will have a detailed report on the sinkhole now, on KOLR10 News at 5 and 6 p.m.