First TGR Design Public Access Golf Course In America

In April, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris announced a collaborative partnership with 79-time PGA TOUR winner Tiger Woods and the Payne Stewart family to create the first-ever public access golf courses designed by Tiger Woods’ design firm, TGR Design. These will include a world-class championship golf course and a family-friendly short course at Big Cedar Lodge.

The partnership grew from a vision to connect more people to nature by growing the game of golf and outdoor recreation with premier golf, angling and shooting experiences unlike anywhere else in the world.

Scheduled to open in 2019 and named in honor of the late Payne Stewart, the new Payne’s Valley Golf Course will showcase the region’s natural beauty. The championship course will feature a dramatic 19th hole, “The Rock,” that can be used to settle unfinished wagers.

“I couldn’t be more proud to partner with Johnny Morris to debut my first public-access courses at Big Cedar Lodge,” said Woods. “Together, we’re tremendously excited to create a publicly accessible world-class golf experience in the center of America.”

The Payne’s Valley course will pay tribute to the legacy of the late Payne Stewart, an Ozarks native who won 11 PGA TOUR events, including three Major championships. Morris, with the help of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, is also creating The Payne Stewart Learning Facility, a practice facility that will contain a tribute museum displaying Stewart’s personal trophies, scorecards, apparel, equipment and photos.

Michael Salerno, general manager for Neighborhood Services, who will oversee all financial, managerial and operational aspects of the American fare dining establishment. A North Texas native, he joins Omni from his role as general manager for Neighborhood Services in
Addison, Texas.

As the cornerstone of The Star, home of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and Ford Center, the 16-story Omni Frisco Hotel will feature 300 guest rooms and suites, and 24,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom.