Payne's Valley is officially open at Big Cedar Lodge following a matchup featuring Tiger Woods.
Big Cedar spokesperson Janet Glaser said today marks the grand opening for the course designed by Woods' TGR Design.
It's a golf course that's more than three years in the making. Woods visited the Ridgedale resort in early 2017 to announce the course at Johnny Morris' Big Cedar. The 18-hole Payne's Valley has a bonus hole set in a geological feature where players walk through a cavern system to return to the clubhouse, according to a news release.
“Tiger Woods and I have been fishing and golfing friends for 20 years and we have long dreamed of designing and building a truly special experience for golf and conservation right here in the Ozarks,” Morris said in the release. “Payne’s Valley fulfills that dream, and doing it with Tiger in honor of our late friend Payne makes it deeply special to me."
The course is named for Springfield native Payne Stewart, a professional golfer who died in 1999.
Woods on Tuesday partnered with fellow American Justin Thomas to compete against European golfers Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose in what was dubbed the Payne’s Valley Cup. Woods and Thomas were victorious in the match, which raised more than $1 million for the Payne Stewart Family Foundation.
In the release, Woods said he would "cherish" working with Morris on the course.
“It’s all about enjoying the people you work with,” Woods said in the release. “Johnny Morris is an incredible visionary and one of the premier conservationists of our time."
Payne's Valley joins Big Cedar's Buffalo Ridge Springs, Ozarks National, Mountain Top and Top of the Rock golf courses.
The Payne’s Valley Cup was announced last month, around the same time Phil Mickelson won in his first PGA Tour Champions circuit tournament, held at Big Cedar, according to past reporting.
An independent panel of judges selected the recipients for the honor of Top Doctor, and chose additional professionals in four other fields: administrator, nurse, technician and therapist.
Andrew VanZyll describes how his side-gig, Grimbeard Leather, began several years ago. He says it really started with something that he considered a spare activity and has become his side-hustle.
Oftentimes it takes a while before your sidegig starts rolling. Barak Hill gives his experience slowly seeing his business improve, and how he used his connections and reputation to gain more clients. Barak Hill is a local professional musician.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful tools and resources to use for the customer discovery phase of launching a new tech business. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.