1 Branson. com MO Forum
   

Welcome to 1 Branson. com

Go Back   1Branson.com > Branson Vacation Information & More > Branson Outdoor Activities

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-28-2017, 10:50 PM   #1
amy129
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 162
Top of the Rock Review

We just got back from 5 fun days in Branson and I thought I would leave some reviews.

I don't know how long TOP of the ROCK has been around, but this is the first year we had heard of it. We enjoyed the golf cart tour and museum. The golf cart tour was amazing! I did not want that to end! My family enjoyed a 4 seater cart that was actually quite comfortable. The entire path was paved, making for a pretty smooth ride. The path wound around the scenic hills showing great views of Table Rock lake, interesting rock formations, cool caves, and breathtaking waterfalls! The views were spectacular! There were a few places to stop along the path to get out and take pictures. This was a self-guided tour and we could pretty much go at our own pace. I think we ended up taking about an hour.

Once this golf cart tour was finished, we took a shuttle to the museum. You can drive there, but it's valet parking only for $10. The shuttle is free. The first thing you see entering the museum is a wooly mammoth skeleton. My 14 year old was amazed by this. We looked around at the views of the lake, golf course, and sinkhole before going down to the museum. This museum is HUGE!!! It's all under ground and covers the history of the Ozarks... a lot of arrowheads, old pottery, photos, clothing... prehistoric animals, native americans, and civil war information with cannons, clothing, etc. There were some really neat old canoes made from trunks that were very very old. I think we spent about 1 1/2 in the museum... maybe a bit more. It is self-guided and you can browse at your own pace.

The tour and museum were both great, but we especially enjoyed the tour. We want to go back and do it again in the fall when the leaves are turning colors. The shuttle then took us back to where our car was parked. We then drove to the Big Cedar Lodge... and it was very beautiful with great views, but we found the resort to be very congested and hard to get around it. We were meeting people on a very narrow road. They were going the wrong way. I think if we had taken more time to hang around there, it may have been better. It looks like a beautiful place to stay though.
amy129 is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 06:54 AM   #2
NotJLB
Super Ultra Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Up Here and Down There or Up There and Down Here
Posts: 3,724
Top of the Rock, the golf course, has been around for a long time, and the restaurant there was noteworthy.

There was a fire at the restaurant in 2005. After it, the golf course limped along for awhile. I played one of the last rounds on it with my Uncle, and he passed away in February, 2007.

Johnny Morris closed it, and started "rebuilding". Almost every year it was to be re-opened "next Spring."

Well, it took a little longer because all of the stuff you are talking about . . . more than just a Par 3 golf course. Top of the Rock reopened in 2014, and has hosted the Legends of Golf Champions Tour Tournament the last three years.

Mr. Morris has continued his quest of Ridgedale, purchasing the former Branson Creek and Murder Rock golf course, reopening Branson Creek as Buffalo Ridge. A couple more golf courses are being built now, including Payne's Valley, the second Payne Stewart tribute course to be built in Branson.

He has also purchased Paradise Point, and the marina and campground at Long Creek and The Cliffs at Long Creek and a shooting range . . . .

& more.

Here's a little history:

The Birth of Top of the Rock

While building up his businesses both locally and nationally, Johnny’s life has always been on-the-go, and he’s regularly meeting new people and forming new relationships. “Somewhere along the way, I got to meet a grand gentleman by the name of Dr. M. Graham Clark,” Johnny says. “He was the president of Hard Work U—College of the Ozarks.” Johnny and Dr. Clark became dear friends. As Dr. Clark and his wife got up in their years, the college offered to allow them to live on the campus. “They were going to sell their home,” Johnny says. “They owned 243 acres where Top of the Rock is.”


Of course, Mr. Morris bought it, and continued his quest to preserve Ozarks history. College of the Ozarks and Johnny Morris are close friends and partners now. Hard Work U students assist the Legends of Golf Tournament, and they are one of the charities.

Here's more history:

http://www.417mag.com/417-Magazine/N...-Morris-Story/
__________________
"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."

Winston Churchill

Last edited by NotJLB; 07-29-2017 at 09:03 AM.
NotJLB is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 07:56 AM   #3
amy129
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 162
Thank you for the information. Maybe because we aren't golfers is why we over looked it. Since my son and husband love history, the museum is what I first noticed in a brochure somewhere. That led us to the golf cart tour through the hills.
amy129 is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 08:53 AM   #4
NotJLB
Super Ultra Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Up Here and Down There or Up There and Down Here
Posts: 3,724
I'm glad to share.

Did you take the private road to Big Cedar?

There's a lot more, but I tried to be brief!

__________________
"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."

Winston Churchill

Last edited by NotJLB; 07-29-2017 at 09:04 AM.
NotJLB is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 09:32 AM   #5
KJN
Super Ultra Member
 
KJN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: central Iowa
Posts: 4,896
Thanks for your review. In all the years we've vacationed in Branson, this is one place we've never seen. Sounds very interesting.
KJN is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 02:55 PM   #6
rjw1991A1
Super Ultra Member
 
rjw1991A1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: On the "Ridge" outside the Lou
Posts: 10,409
Is Top of the Rock a different place than Dogwood Canyon?
__________________
Voted Branson's Best Trout Fisherman
rjw1991A1 is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 03:26 PM   #7
NotJLB
Super Ultra Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Up Here and Down There or Up There and Down Here
Posts: 3,724
Quote:
Originally Posted by rjw1991A1 View Post
Is Top of the Rock a different place than Dogwood Canyon?
Yes.

__________________
"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."

Winston Churchill
NotJLB is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 03:28 PM   #8
atractor49
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 3
After Ozarks National, and Payne's Valley, will Johnny be done with golf courses? Other than TGR's nine holer, of course.
atractor49 is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 03:42 PM   #9
NotJLB
Super Ultra Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Up Here and Down There or Up There and Down Here
Posts: 3,724
Quote:
Originally Posted by atractor49 View Post
After Ozarks National, and Payne's Valley, will Johnny be done with golf courses? Other than TGR's nine holer, of course.
R U a golfer?

First post is a golf post.

Welcome.

But even more golf is in progress. The nearly complete 13-hole Gary Player Mountain Top Course (expected to open this year) and a 7,000-yard Ben Crenshaw-Bill Coore design called Ozarks National, is expected to open in 2018.

So at Big Cedar Lodge, not only is Payne's Valley being constructed, but there are also plans for a par-3 course closer to the Lodge.

http://www.golfadvisor.com/articles/...odge-16361.htm

Johnny will do whatever Johnny decides to do, and even he does not know what that will be.
__________________
"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."

Winston Churchill

Last edited by NotJLB; 07-29-2017 at 03:53 PM.
NotJLB is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 04:19 PM   #10
atractor49
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 3
Not a golfer, but I am interested in earth moving and landscape design. I find many golf courses to be quite beautiful.
atractor49 is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 04:32 PM   #11
atractor49
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 3
BTW, the company that is building the Gary Player course has some recent photos of it up on their Facebook page. Looks pretty nice.
atractor49 is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 04:51 PM   #12
NotJLB
Super Ultra Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Up Here and Down There or Up There and Down Here
Posts: 3,724
Quote:
Originally Posted by atractor49 View Post
I find many golf courses to be quite beautiful.
I've stood on many tees and said, "It couldn't be more beautiful than this."
__________________
"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."

Winston Churchill
NotJLB is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 07:45 PM   #13
craftemp
Senior Member
 
craftemp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 465
Thanks for the info and for the article. I will be staying at Paradise Point in November...We usually stay down closer to the action but thought this would be a nice change. Looking forward to visiting Top of the Rock
__________________
Judy
craftemp is offline  
Old 07-29-2017, 07:49 PM   #14
VictoriasMom
Ultra Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Branson, MO
Posts: 778
I have not done the tour at Top of the Rock yet but looking forward to going this fall.

I know this is a little off topic but in the same area, but we drove thru Big Cedar today and saw a new building: http://www.bigcedar.com/activities/fun-center-en.html

The name on the building caught my eye: Uncle Bucks Fishbowl & Grill.

Looks like a really cool place! Anybody been?
VictoriasMom is offline  
Old 07-30-2017, 01:39 PM   #15
sanddunerider
Super Ultra Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 1,750
Quote:
Originally Posted by VictoriasMom View Post
I have not done the tour at Top of the Rock yet but looking forward to going this fall.

I know this is a little off topic but in the same area, but we drove thru Big Cedar today and saw a new building: http://www.bigcedar.com/activities/fun-center-en.html

The name on the building caught my eye: Uncle Bucks Fishbowl & Grill.

Looks like a really cool place! Anybody been?
would that be the new bowling alley, indoor kids center. I forget what all is in there.....
sanddunerider is offline  


 

Closed Thread

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rock n Roll Review Daytimer Branson Shows 4 09-19-2009 02:39 PM
Where? Top 10 Rock & Review Daytimer Branson Shows 10 05-20-2009 04:22 PM
REVIEW: The Road To Rock - My EXp. at Road To Rock Show! RDTuskFan Branson Shows 7 11-27-2006 07:49 AM
REVIEW: The Road to Rock Branson 2 for 1 Branson Shows 6 07-31-2005 06:26 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:10 PM.


--