Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, MO., has become the only resort in the world to have each of its five premier golf courses designated as Audubon International Signature Sanctuary locations.

The independent certification from Audubon International, a global not-for-profit conservation leader, ensures that all Big Cedar courses meet the highest standard of conservation-minded course design and sustainable operation.

The achievement aligns with the vision of noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris, who created Big Cedar Lodge to connect more people to nature and each other, and has gone on to become one of America’s conservation leaders.

In 2019, another well-known environmental organization, The National Audubon Society, awarded Morris with its prestigious Audubon Medal for his lifelong efforts to protect wildlife habitats and connect more people to the great outdoors.

Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge
A view from the Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge. (Courtesy Big Cedar Lodge)

Morris and Big Cedar Lodge first received Signature Sanctuary status for its Jack Nicklaus-designed Top of the Rock course 15 years ago, making it one of fewer than 100 courses in the world to earn the distinction at the time.

With the addition of the Buffalo Ridge, Ozarks National, Mountain Top and Payne’s Valley courses – Big Cedar Lodge has gone on to earn a global reputation as a world-class golf destination with a steadfast commitment to conservation by showcasing the rugged natural beauty of the Ozarks.

“We hold conservation close to our hearts and feel an obligation to protect the land and surrounding wildlife for future generations to enjoy,” Morris said.

“All of us at Big Cedar are very grateful to the experts at Audubon International for their time and commitment to help lead us and others to the very highest standards.”

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