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Big Cedar buys Branson Creek golf courses

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Big Cedar Lodge this week completed its second of two purchases making it the owner of nearby golf courses at a master-planned community along U.S. Highway 65.

Big Cedar - owned by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris -  closed Monday on the acquisition of Branson Creek Golf Club, weeks after completing its purchase of Murder Rock Golf and Country Club in late October, said Big Cedar General Manager Debbie Bennett. She declined to disclose purchase prices.

Both courses reside in The Communities at Branson Creek, a roughly 6,500-acre community south of Hollister that called for development help during the economic downturn. In 2010, Titusville, Fla.-based developer GEP Inc. contracted the help of San Diego-based McMillin Communities to complete homes in the master community, according to Springfield Business Journal archives. At the time, 20-year developer GEP Inc. had built 110 homes on the development said to have the capacity for 1,200.

Bennett said Big Cedar's purchases do not include homes built in the development.

The purchases of the 18-hole Big Creek and 18-hole Murder Rock courses expand the golf offerings of Ridgedale-based Big Cedar, which also manages the nine-hole Top of the Rock golf course.

"By adding Branson Creek, it really puts Big Cedar in the golf business," Bennett said. "We think they're both great courses. They're beautiful Ozarks vistas."

All of the courses will undergo renovations and upgrades, though Bennett declined to project expenses or lay out a time table for the the two Big Creek courses, saying plans are still being developed. Top of the Rock, which sits adjacent to Big Cedar, is projected to reopen in late summer or late next year after several years of renovations, Bennett said.[[In-content Ad]]


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