Johnny Morris, founding father of Large Cedar Lodge and its 5 golf programs, has been named the recipient of the fortieth Outdated Tom Morris Award offered by the GCSAA. Morris can be honored Feb. 9 on the Ship-Off Celebration on the 2023 GCSAA Convention and Commerce Present in Orlando.
The Outdated Tom Morris Award is offered to a person who, via a seamless lifetime dedication to the sport of golf, has helped to mildew the welfare of the sport in a fashion and magnificence exemplified by Outdated Tom Morris. Outdated Tom Morris was a four-time British Open winner and the legendary greenkeeper at St. Andrews in Scotland.
“Johnny Morris and Outdated Tom Morris share the identical sense of ingenuity and love for the sport of golf,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans he stated. “His dedication to the surroundings, respect for superintendents and his contributions to the expansion of the sport make Johnny an ideal selection for the Outdated Tom Morris Award.”
Morris, who based Bass Professional Outlets, is a conservationist who created Large Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri, as a vacation spot for households and associates to attach within the nice outside. The resort, situated within the Ozark Mountains, touts being environmentally acutely aware in all the pieces they do.
Morris used golf as an avenue to get individuals out to get pleasure from nature. After buying the Large Cedar property in 1987, he had Jack Nicklaus design High of the Rock in 1996, engaging extra entry to the gorgeous space which overlooks Desk Rock Lake.
“On behalf of the Large Cedar Golf group, I’m honored to just accept this excellent award,” Morris stated. “We’re happy with the reception our nature golf expertise has acquired from golfers from throughout six continents who’ve come to play with us. Our golf programs are a beautiful option to convey associates and households nearer to nature and to one another.”
Renovation was performed on Nicklaus’ 9-hole, par-3 creation and it reopened in 2014. On the similar time Buffalo Ridge, one other Large Cedar Lodge course eight miles down the hill, was renovated by Tom Fazio.
Morris added Mountain High, a 13-hole, Gary Participant-design, to the Large Cedar Lodge household in 2017. Invoice Coore and Ben Crenshaw’s Ozarks Nationwide opened in 2019 and Payne Valley, a 19-hole Tiger Woods design, debuted in 2020.
“Having the ability to design Payne’s Valley, my first public golf course, with Johnny was a dream come true for me and my TGR Design group,” Woods stated. “Johnny’s ardour for the Ozarks and connecting individuals with the outside is infectious. It was an honor to be a part of serving to Johnny make Large Cedar Lodge one of many subsequent nice golf locations.”
The 4,600-acre property additionally consists of Arnie’s Barn, a 150-year-old barn relocated from Arnold Palmer’s yard in Latrobe, Pa. There may be additionally a Tom Watson-designed placing course at Mountain High. Palmer (1983), Watson (1992), Fazio (1996), Crenshaw (1997), Nicklaus (2005) and Participant (2020) are all earlier Outdated Tom Morris Award recipients.
From 2014-19 Large Cedar hosted the PGA Tour Champions’ Bass Professional Outlets Legends of Golf, which included play on Ozarks Nationwide, Buffalo Ridge and High of the Rock.
His a long time within the golf trade have developed Morris’ deep appreciation for superintendents and the work that they do.
“Our superintendents and golf group take nice delight in the way in which they keep these programs and actually put their coronary heart into making them distinctive. All of us share a ardour to take care of our programs to world-class requirements, and to do issues proper by the surroundings. We’re very happy with our Audubon Signature standing,” stated Morris, a previous recipient of the distinguished Audubon medal.
Not solely do Morris’ golf programs join individuals to nature, however they’ve helped in Morris’ philanthropic deeds. The School of the Ozarks was The Legends of Golf match’s recipient of proceeds. Morris has additionally paid for conflict memorials honoring veterans and their households on the school. Bass Professional Outlets hosts an annual Event of Champions highschool basketball match, which options groups from across the nation.
Morris was born in Springfield, Missouri, and earned a level at Drury College. He started promoting fishing tools behind his father’s liquor retailer when he was 21 years outdated. That enterprise would ultimately change into Bass Professional Outlets.