One of the Champions Tour’s most popular tournaments has a new twist.
It was announced Tuesday that the two-man team event will make history in becoming the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event to use a par-3 course in official competition. The newly named Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf will be held June 6-8 at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo.
The 54-hole event will be played on the Top of the Rock’s nine-hole par-3 course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Tom Fazio-designed Buffalo Ridge Springs Course. All competitors will play the par-3 course in the final round.
“We believe the inclusion of this dramatic short course will demonstrate to a time-crunched world that par-3 golf is fun, entertaining and a worthy alternative for golfers,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.
The event will have age divisions for those 50-65, and 65 and older. The pro-am day is scheduled to include shooting, archery and fishing. The resort and golf courses are owned by Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops.