The Loop

Large sinkhole develops on course on which Champions Tour's Legends tournament was held

May 22, 2015

A huge and reportedly growing sinkhole developed at the Top of the Rock Golf Course in Ridgedale, Mo., one month after the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends was played there.

The sinkhole was located between the practice tee and a pond near the entrance to the property, Tammy Sapp, director of communications at Bass Pro Shops, said.

"We discovered at about 6:30 this morning a geological event at the Top of the Rock," Sapp said. "We reported it to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Our team and their geologic survey team were doing a geologic assessment of the area.

"Safety measures were immediately initiated. Sinkholes in this area of the Missouri Ozarks are not uncommon. They can occur because of the type of rock we have. But it did not affect any of the buildings and we're draining the entrance pond,

"Golf is still being played at Top of the Rock. Those golfers with tee times are allowed to use driving range, and they have access to a small putting green."