Payne’s Valley Cup to open golf course in Branson


Tiger Woods entertains the crowd with practice shots and stories at free golf clinic in Hollister.

Springfield News-Leader

The PGA Tour announced Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Rory Mcllroy and Justin Rose will participate in a special 18-hole charity team exhibition match next month to commemorate the grand opening of Woods’ first public golf course — Payne’s Valley at Big Cedar Lodge. 

The event will air live on GOLF Channel Tuesday, Sept. 22 (2-6 p.m.). The match will be closed to the public. 

“Payne’s Valley is the first public golf course that I have designed. I couldn’t be prouder of how it turned out,” Woods said in a release. “It was an honor for me and my TGR Design team to work with Johnny Morris and Big Cedar Lodge on this spectacular golf course. I am thrilled that it will be featured during the Payne’s Valley Cup.”

Woods will team up with Thomas during the match and will take on Mcllroy and Rose. 

Payne’s Valley Cup will feature a mix of formats seen during Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups: Fourball, foursomes and singles matches. NBC will televise a special encore on two separate telecasts on Dec. 26 and 27. 

The made-for-television exhibition match will be produced by NBC Sports, featuring all four players mic’d up during competition while showcasing the new golf course that pays tribute to Ozarks-native and World Golf Hall-of-Famer, Payne Stewart. 

“The breathtaking beauty and pure majesty of my native Ozarks is something you have to see to believe. To be able to harness this unique landscape and make it come alive through our golf courses has been an honor that has been driven by passion,” Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge, said in a release. “Tiger and I have a twenty-year friendship that started through fishing and has evolved into a great partnership. We look forward to showcasing this destination to the world through the Payne’s Valley Cup and truly believe we are creating ‘America’s Next Great Golf Destination.”


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To honor the namesake of the golf course and one of the area’s all-time great sports legends, the Payne’s Valley Cup will raise funds for the Payne Stewart Family Foundation — a foundation that supports beneficiaries that were vitally important to the late Stewart, including Kids Across America, the AJGA and The First Tee.

A select group will be granted on-site to preview the amenities of Payne’s Valley Golf Course and walk the course for the exhibition match. There will be health protocols put in place by the PGA Tour and local government. 

In addition to the GOLF Channel, the event will stream live via GOLF Channel and NBC Sports mobile apps, and GolfPass.

Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at or join the conversation on Twitter where his handle is @WyattWheeler_NL
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