Mississippi Golf Clubs Garner Recognition

mississippiThe Magnolia State is known for its Blues and Casinos, and now with Golfweek’s top-100 Best Resort Courses ‘2015’ rankings, it will take its place among its neighboring southeast states as a great place to play. No matter what region of Mississippi you are visiting, there are great courses to satisfy the urge to play.

Fallen Oak in Biloxi stepped up one spot to No.16 in the rankings to remain one of the best resort courses in the country. Open exclusively to guests of the renowned Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, the Tom Fazio design sits adjacent to the Desoto National Forest and hosts The Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, which will be played March 26-29th with Jeff Maggert defending his debut win.

Unranked in 2014, The Preserve Golf Club jumped to # 97 and the state’s other top 100 placement. Located in the tiny town of Vancleave, the course was designed by U.S. Open Champion and award winning golf course architect Jerry Pate. The layout meanders around an 1800 acre nature preserve and has the distinction of being one of only 21 Certified Silver Audubon International Signature Sanctuaries in the country.

In the Next 100 Resort Courses, two more Mississippi courses appeared. The Oaks course of the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club at The Pearl River Resort in Choctaw is a collaboration of Fazio and Pate who put their special unique techniques together to design two superb layouts for the Resort guests. In Saucier, The Grand Bear Club designed by Jack Nicklaus is an amenity of Harrah’s Grand Casino Biloxi, a 7,200 Signature design that sits on the banks of the Little & Big Biloxi Rivers and can be enjoyed by high handicappers and sharp shooters.

“This critical acclaim helps affirm Mississippi as one of the best golf destinations in America” said Malcom White, Visit Mississippi Director of Tourism. “Our combination of year-round temperate weather, variety of price points, designs in the five distinct regions of the state and wide array of non -golf activities to entice visitors from near and far.”

With over 140 golf courses throughout the state from resorts to just great local layouts, Mississippi and the world renowned designers offer a game for everyone’s wallet. Having The Champions Tour stop and the PGA Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson have exposed the TV Golf audience to a whole new state to test their game. You can play all day and play all night at the many Casinos with golf courses.

Off the course, a host of activities including boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching, hunting, biking and camping can make your Magnolia State Visit a family affair.

Known as the birthplace of the blues, rock ‘n roll and country music, Mississippi Blues Trail and Country Music Trail markers are placed at key sites around the state to honor musicians and enlighten visitors into the state’s diverse musical heritage.

Southern Hospitality, southern down home cuisine, savory barbeque, fresh gulf seafood, home grown catfish and Cajun delicacies are all part of the fine fare available In Mississippi. Come and stay and play a while. www.VisitMississippi.org is your source for golf and all the information. Join the Party!

Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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