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Legends of Golf Returns to Branson for Unique PGA Event

The Legends of Golf event returns to Branson for the second straight year. The event, which runs April 22-26, 2015, is held at two world-class golf courses: Top if the Rock Golf Course and Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course (previously known as Branson Creek).

This tournament event, played over 54 holes, includes team play and gives golfers from the PGA Champions Tour the opportunity to showcase their skills in areas other than golf: Fishing and shooting sports (archery and sporting clays) are featured in the pro-am portion of the tournament on Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday through Sunday, two-man teams compete for the Legends crown, alternating play between the Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock courses. The inaugural event in 2014 drew the likes of Jack Nicklaus (who designed the Top of the Rock course), Gary Player and Tom Watson, to name just a few.

Top of the Rock_2Top of the Rock Golf Course is a 9-hole, par-3 course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Two sets of tees allow for 18 holes of play, with different challenges. The site is a nature-based heritage preserve created by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. The facility includes an Arnold Palmer-designed practice facility with 18 target greens, plus a 70,000 square-foot “Himalayan” putting course designed by Tom Watson. Top of the Rock is home to Arnie’s Barn, a classic 150-year-old barn which was moved to the site from Latrobe, Pennsylvania; it serves as a stunning restaurant, bar and golf pro shop.

Buffalo Ridge CCBuffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course is an 18-hole course which has undergone extensive redesign by Tom Fazio. Winding through rolling hills, the course contains an abundance of natural as well as man-made water hazards and free-ranging buffalo. Buffalo Ridge has been rated the Number One Public Golf Course in Missouri by Golf Magazine and named one of the Top 10 Missouri Courses by Golf Digest for 11 consecutive years. “This has been one of the most rewarding projects that I have ever worked on,” said renowned architect Tom Fazio. “The natural surroundings and undulating terrain are very unique to deliver an extraordinary golf playing experience. On top of it all, its location, in the middle of the Missouri Ozarks, is unprecedented.”

Tickets for the Legends of Golf event are on sale now and information is available by calling 888-347-4426.

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