Location: Branson, Missouri (USA)
Designed By: Jack Nicklaus
Total Yardage: 1,420 yards
Top of the Rock Golf Course is the first ever par-3 course to be included in a professional championship. Designed by the great Jack Nicklaus, this is a fine example of how nature and golf can coexist in perfect harmony. Located high above Table Rock Lake, the abundance of water features at Top of the Rock permeate throughout the golf course, providing both spectacular views and multiple hazardous environments.
Top of the Rock Golf Course offers you the opportunity to play somewhere that will challenge, intimidate, and inspire. No matter how short the hole, there is always a test, whether it’s a strategically placed bunker, a body of water, or a dangerously sloping green. The elevation also adds an additional factor to bear in mind, so club selection is not always a given.
Former PGA TOUR commissioner, Tom Finchem, claims that “if there was ever a par-3 course worthy of PGA TOUR tournament play, then Top of the Rock is it.”
Featured Hole: No. 3 (202 yards, par 3)
At 202 yards, the third hole at Top of the Rock is regarded by most as the most difficult that the course has to offer.
The back tee has a higher-than-usual elevation, so expect to face a tricky downhill tee shot, to a green that is 30 yards deep and carved into the hillside. Large bunkers protect the green on both sides and, if that’s not challenging enough for you, a grandiose oak tree guards the right hand side of the green.
This isn’t one for the faint hearted; a par is not a gimme on any hole at Top of the Rock, and the third hole is certainly no exception to this. Come and have a go and see how you fare, on PGA TOUR 2K23.