Paying tribute to Ozarks-native and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Payne Stewart, Payne’s Valley is first public-access golf course designed by 82-time PGA Tour winner Tiger Woods.
Payne’s Valley stands out with its inviting layout, pristine water features, large fairways and greens, and spectacular 19th hole – the Big Rock at Payne’s Valley.
Through the creation of Payne’s Valley Golf Course, Tiger Woods and Big Cedar Lodge offers a course where players of all skill levels are able to enjoy the game with each other in the beautiful Ozark Mountain landscape.
The Payne’s Valley Cup, a televised exhibition match featuring Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas against Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose took place in September, and revealed the stunning 19th hole of the new Woods design at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains.
The extra 136-yard par 3 provides the visual exclamation point on an already memorable layout, ending at an island green guarded by a front bunker in Lunker Lake. Don’t be distracted by the waterfall spilling off of 250-foot rock cliffs that frame the hole like an amphitheatre.
The concept of the 19th hole – an extra or “bye” hole to be played after a normal round – was originally made to settle bets. In the modern age of architecture and social media, it has become so much more. It’s a marketing tool, an Instagram darling, used to lure golfers who want to experience something beyond just a simple round of golf.