by Tim Church
RIDGEDALE, Mo. – Top of the Rock Golf Course announces its ongoing hunt for a national treasure, which they believe is beneath a sinkhole formed last year.
Last May the world drew its attention to Ridgedale, Missouri when heavy rainfall caused a large sinkhole to open up along the Ozarks Heritage Preserve at Top of the Rock Golf Course. When the sinkhole formed, it swallowed water from the nearby lake, which was later discovered pouring from the mouth of the John L’s Cave just one mile west of Top of the Rock.
Conservationists and geological engineers urged Top of the Rock and Bass Pro owner Johnny Morris to fill in the hole with large boulders and return the golf course to its original design, but Morris opted for a different direction, according to Bass Pro Shops Director of Conservation Martin MacDonald:
Now six months and 25,000 truckloads of dirt and rock later, the sinkhole has been excavated to 12 times its original volume to an impressive 200 feet across and 100 feet deep.
While crews will continue to work in the coming months in search of discovering a connection between the sinkhole’s location and the John L’s Cave, Morris is reportedly already pleased with the incredible rock formations uncovered during the excavation.
Additional photos of the excavation can be found here.
Video footage shot by Tim Church from a lift hovering above the excavation can be found here.
Drone Video Footage shot by Top of the Rock can be found here.