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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Winners announced; Missouri Resort Receives No. 1 Ranking

Ridgedale, Mo. (July 7, 2016)— Big Cedar Lodge has been named the No. 1 Resort in the Midwest by
reader-voted Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, one of the world’s most respected hospitality award
institutions. Spread across hundreds of acres in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, the family-friendly Bass Pro
Shops resort encompasses several properties that all focus on connecting people with the great outdoors. Big
Cedar Lodge debuted at No. 1 in the new category that ranked world-class resorts across an 11-state area as
part of the 2016 World's Best Awards survey.
The vision of renowned conservationist and Bass Pro Shops Founder and CEO Johnny Morris, Big Cedar
Lodge offers a world-class resort experience that has continually expanded its amenities and offerings
throughout its nearly 30-year history.
"Everyone at Big Cedar Lodge is honored to be recognized as the best resort in the Midwest by the readers
of Travel + Leisure,” said Johnny Morris. "We take tremendous pride in providing our guests with an
experience that showcases the best the region has to offer—unspoiled natural beauty and genuine Ozarks
Originally envisioned as a fishing camp for Bass Pro Shops employees, the property has since grown to be
known as America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. The resort today encompasses several world-class amenities
that each offer unique opportunities for families to connect with nature.


As America’s premier wilderness resort, Big Cedar Lodge is spread across 800
acres in the heart of Missouri’s ruggedly serene Ozark Mountains, overlooking
the sparkling 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake. With genuine Ozarks hospitality and
unmatched attention to detail, Big Cedar Lodge features a collection of lodges,
cottages and cabins rooted in rustic elegance complete with all the modern
comforts and amenities. The resort also offers four restaurants, a world-class spa
measuring 18,000 square feet, five swimming pools, more than 40,000 square
feet of flexible meeting space, over 20 breathtaking wedding venues, and
dynamic land and water adventures, including hiking, bass fishing, water skiing,
and much more.

Nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a 10,000 acre nature lover’s paradise.
Owned and operated by the not-for-profit Johnny Morris Foundation, Dogwood
Canyon offers guests the opportunity to truly experience the unspoiled beauty of
Mother Nature. Miles of streams flow through the spectacular limestone canyon
wilderness, and the pristine natural environment provides a perfect setting for an
array of activities and wildlife sightings. The park has added numerous exciting
additions in 2016. A salvaged grain mill is powered by the cold water of Little
Indian Creek and extends into an artifact hall highlighting local ancestral tribes. A
Nature & Conservation Center provides interactive classrooms that inspire
learning with hands-on plant and animal demonstrations. This center will soon
connect to an immersive two-story treehouse with a swinging bridge.

Top of the Rock is a nature-based heritage preserve and majestic extension of
the award-winning resort experience at Big Cedar Lodge. A true celebration of
the land, animals, and people that came before us, Top of the Rock honors the
alluring landscape and rich history of southwest Missouri. The preserve offers
two award-winning golf experiences, adventures through ancient limestone
canyons, remarkable restaurants with awe-inspiring views, and at the heart of it
all, a 35,000-square-foot history museum featuring the foremost collection of
Native American art and artifacts ever assembled making Top of the Rock a
landmark first for the region.

Big Cedar Lodge is home to two world-class golf facilities. Top of the Rock, the
first-ever par-3 course to be included in a PGA TOUR event, is a true celebration
of nature, the Ozarks, and the game of golf. The experience includes a Jack
Nicklaus 9-Hole Signature Course, an Arnold Palmer Driving Range, and a Tom
Watson Himalayan Putting Course. Matching the beauty of Top of the Rock is the
redesigned Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course. Already acclaimed as the
region’s top golf course, Buffalo Ridge Springs has been transformed by the
guiding hands of conservationist Johnny Morris and renowned golf course
architect Tom Fazio. Two new courses are currently being constructed at Big
Cedar Lodge – an 18-hole course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and
a 12-hole family-friendly course designed by Gary Player. With these
developments, Big Cedar Lodge more than doubles its golf offerings and
confirms Johnny Morris’ vision to create a rich golf experience in Missouri to
attract visitors from across the nation.

Big Cedar Lodge continues to add amenities and experiences for its guests to
enjoy. Set to open in 2017, Big Cedar’s Activity Center will feature a state-of-theart
arcade, ropes course, underwater-themed bowling alley, Kids’ Adventure
Club, and NASCAR-themed electric go-kart track. Scheduled to open in 2016,
the all-new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium will be one of
the largest, most immersive conservation attractions in the world. The 315,000-
square-foot adventure celebrates the critical role responsible hunting and fishing
plays in wildlife conservation and inspires visitors to enjoy, love, and conserve
the great outdoors. Located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in
Springfield, Missouri, Wonders of Wildlife further establishes the site as
America’s Conservation Capital.
For information about Big Cedar Lodge, please visit or call 1-800-225-6343.
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About Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards
As one of the travel industry’s most esteemed accolades, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards are
determined from an annual readers’ poll by Travel + Leisure, which serves as one of the world’s most
prestigious and highest-circulation travel magazines. Readers define excellence in travel by rating their
experiences and evaluating hotels on the following characteristics: rooms and facilities, location, service,
restaurants and food and value. The 2016 World’s Best Awards and survey methodology are featured in the
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About Big Cedar Lodge®
Bass Pro Shops' Big Cedar Lodge® has offered guests rustic elegance in the heart of the Ozark Mountains
since 1988. Johnny and Jeanie Morris, inspired by their love of the area, created the popular vacation spot as
a special place where family traditions, conservation, and preservation come together. The luxury resort
spreads across multiple properties that together offer world-class spa and wellness experiences; two fullservice
marinas; horseback riding; a 35,000-square-foot museum; world-class golfing, fishing, and shooting;
and nature trails suited for walking, biking, and hiking. Big Cedar Lodge is also home to the annual PGA TOUR
Champions event, the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. The resort includes Johnny Morris' Top of the Rock
Ozarks Heritage Preserve; Dogwood Canyon Nature Park; Buffalo Ridge Golf Course; and Bass Pro Shops
Outdoor Academy. For more information, visit or call 1-800-225-6343. Follow Big Cedar
Lodge on Facebook.

About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 98 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across
America and Canada that are visited by more than 120 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores,
many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs
and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company's Tracker Marine Group®, a leading brand of
fishing boats for more than 37 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family
fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge®, voted by Travel + Leisure as the No. 1 Resort in the
Midwest. For more information, visit To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS-PRO.
Follow Bass Pro Shops on Facebook.