Review & Rating of The Oaks Course at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club
Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is home to two outstanding award-winning courses designed by Tom Fazio PGA great and Jerry Pate. The courses are carved out of 700 acres of rolling hills and valleys with towering pines, oak forests, and over two miles of spring fed meandering creeks. Both courses have their own unique personality and characteristics and both are works of art featuring Bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways on The Azaleas golf course and Champion Bermuda grass greens & Zoysia fairways on The Oaks course.
The Dancing Rabbit Golf Club courses are built upon the assembly ground and ancestral lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is a celebration of their rich culture. The Azaleas plays through a flood plain while The Oaks was built on rock outcropping that the native Indians adored. Both courses take you through an enchanting forest filled with peaks and valleys which radiate elegance and style - it's peaceful, serene, and majestic. The cart path ride is worth the price of admission.
Dancing Rabbit was named for its location along the banks of the Big and Little Dancing Rabbit Creeks and in the Choctaw language it was called "the creek where the rabbits dance."
Both courses are spectacular with near perfect conditions, fun and demanding holes no two of which are the same, and challenging green complexes. It's not surprising that both courses have won a number of awards and accolades some of which include:
Here is a link to Texas Outside's review and rating of The Azaleas Course at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club.
The Oaks at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is the newer of the two courses and it was open for play in June 1999. The Oaks is equally as charming and challenging as The Azaleas and it's a classic that provides a truly exceptional experience for golf enthusiasts. The conditions are perfect, the scenery is stunning, and the layout is superb with no two holes alike. The greens are huge, there are lots of elevation changes, and some of the fairways are like a roller coaster ride. A fun and challenging 18 holes!
Some of the holes at The Oaks that we loved included:
The zoysia fairways at The Oaks are more narrow than The Azaleas course but the total driving corridors are wider with thick woods bordering the fairways (no homes) - but miss the fairway and you're in trouble. The fairways are sloping and rolling with elevation changes requiring both downhill and uphill shots, lots of carries, and some blind as well as risk-reward shots. When we played they were in excellent condition.
The Tifway II Bermuda greens at The Oaks at Dancing Rabbit were perfect, about average size with a wide variety of shapes, in fantastic condition, and had a mix of slope, contour, ridges, and tiers. Most are raised and well guarded putting a premium on the approach shot. They were soft, ran true, and held the ball pretty well.
The bunkers at The Oaks were also in excellent condition with soft fluffy sand. They range from average to big and the faces are steep!
Dancing Rabbit Golf Club has some great stay and play options with a variety of lodging options. The clubhouse has eight beautifully appointed king suites with a whirlpool, veranda, common area, and personal executive cart for resort transportation Stay & Play packages are also available through the Golden Moon Hotel & Casino, Silver Star Hotel and Casino (both a quarter mile from the pro shop) and the Dancing Rabbit Inn adjacent to the pro shop parking lot.
Bottom line - Dancing Rabbit Club Club coupled with Pearl River Resort is perfect for a golf outing - two superb courses, two casinos, a waterpark, good stay and play lodging, and some excellent dining options. Check out our article on Pearl River Resort Stay & Play.
Unfortunately, when we played Dancing Rabbit Golf Club it was drizzling and overcast and as such the pictures don't do the course the justice they deserve.
Read more about the fantastic courses and stay and play options we enjoyed on our Mississippi Golf Vacation.
Rates: $60.00 to $100.00
Both courses share a well landscaped and beautiful clubhouse with a well-stocked pro shop and grill serving some good food for breakfast and lunch and the bar is open until 7 PM. The practice facilities and putting greens are excellent. Service is great and exudes Southern Hospitality.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.