Johny Morris/Bass Pro/Big Cedar Lodge is buying up real estate, golf courses, marinas, campgrounds, etc. just south of Branson, in Ridgeway, MO, which surely will be renamed Morrisville before too long.
He is building a unbelievable golf mecca, and has been hosting The Legends of Golf Champions Tour Event. That is this week, and kicks off two days of Pro Am tomorrow.
The icing on the cake this year occurred today when Johnny Morris, Tiger Woods, and Tracey Stewart announced the start of construction on a new Payne Stewart tribute course, Payne's Valley.
The Payne Stewart Golf Club opened in 2008 in Branson, and I have been working there since the Grand Opening. Three (?) years ago the owners of that course (the well-to-do Branson developer who built and developed the Grandvista timeshare resorts) dropped their affiliation with the Payne Stewart Family Foundation, and renamed the course Branson Hills Golf Club. Johnny Morris is friends with the head of the foundation, so he has been trying to buy that golf course, and re-instate the Payne Stewart affiliation.
A couple months ago DW and I were out and about down at our Florida home, and a couple ladies I know from another golf course in Branson (Fine Kettle of Fish) saw me and told me that Johnny Morris had bought "my" golf course. No, seriously, they said. This time it's for real. Well, what they heard through the grapevine is what was announced today.
If Johnny Morris can't buy something, he builds it. & he builds it until he likes it. He took 7 years to rebuild Top of the Rock.
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Other Branson stuff this week.
Hank Williams Jr in concert.
Dick Vitale keynote speaker at FCA banquest.
Classic Car Auction
Plus all the normal crap.