The Mountain Top Course moniker of Gary Player’s new short course is justified, as the 13-hole layout plays over and around a bluff that provides dramatic views of the nearby Tom Fazio-designed Buffalo Ridge Springs course, as well as Ozark National and Payne’s Valley, two 18-hole championship courses currently under construction and designed by Coore & Crenshaw and Tiger Woods, respectively. “The routing of this course is what makes it special,” Player explains. “You can play all 13, but if you want a quick one-hour game with your children, it’s simple to play a few holes and then go enjoy the rest of your day.”
The 13 par-3 holes play as long as 221 yards (from the back tees) or as short as 66 yards (from the forward tees). Each hole features captivating scenery; however, four holes (8, 9, 10, and 13) stand out from the rest, as they play around and up to exposed rock faces and cave entrances that were unearthed from a small sinkhole.