Johnny Morris to Build Resort Lodge at Famed Sinkhole

RIDGEDALE, Mo.--As legendary golfers tee up in preparation for the big tournament this week in Branson there is another well-known feature on the Top of the Rock that's getting attention.

That massive 200-foot sinkhole has a new trademarked name. It's now officially called The Cathedral of Nature.

In addition, Bass Pro Shop founder Johnny Morris announced Tuesday his new plans to build a resort lodge right there at the Cathedral of Nature.

The sinkhole first opened up in may of 2015, but timing was everything.

Morris who was at the time looking for a cave decided to dig further into the hole, creating the massive wonder it is now.

Putting the rumors to rest and making it an official plan, Morris says he's going to build a new signature wilderness resort, with rustic elegance and of course, world class golf amenities right there on his famed Cathedral of Nature.

Janet Glaser, spokesperson for Bass Pro Shops has more about the soon to come Top of the Rock Lodge.

"This lodge is going to be a one of a kind experience. Unlike anything else in the world. Because what our guest most often tell us being guests of Big Cedar Lodge is that they love the experience of Top of the Rock," said Glaser. "So we'd like to combine the experience..and bring that rustic elegance close to To of the Rock." 

Tracy Quesenberry, from Westfield, Mo. said, "It's amazing that that thing was under there and I think it's even more amazing that they're going to build a lodge on top of it."

Glaser says they do plan to break ground on the new Top of The Rock Lodge sometime this year.

No date yet for an official open.

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