Old Waverly Golf Club Review & Rating
Businessman George Bryan, the proprietor of Bryan Foods which is now part of Sara Lee, was the mastermind behind Old Waverly Golf Club. He picked two of the best, Jerry Pate (US Open Champion) and Bob Cupp, to design Old Wavery and they created a masterpiece that according to one source "captured the essence of the Scottish Highlands with the graceful setting of the old south."
The course plays through some of the most scenic acreage in the Mississippi Black Prairie, around beautiful Lake Waverly, white sand bunkers, and tree-lined fairways with some huge beautiful southern mansions. Each hole is unique and home to its own set of challenges that put a premium on accuracy and shotmaking.
Old Wavery has been a fixture among the various "Best of" lists published by the biggest names in Golf Media and some of the accolades and awards over the years include:
The front nine of Old Waverly meanders through the gated community with a long forested stretch from holes four to seven and Lake Waverly sets the tone for the more difficult back nine. Both nines are a joy to play, in excellent condition, meticulously maintained, well landscaped, and scenic. Each of the holes have a unique personality but some that we really liked include:
When we played the greens were in perfect condition, ran at a manageable speed and very true, but the breaks can be subtle. There are also some tiers, ridges/spines, and plenty of slope. All of the greens are guarded and are various shapes and sizes, ranging from 27 to 50 yards deep.
The fairways at Old Wavery were also in excellent condition. Trees, water, mounds, and strategically placed bunkers require accuracy off the tee box. They range from tight to wide open and the six dogs legs require a good shot off the tee box to position you for the approach shot.
If you like sand, you'll love Old Waverly - it's home to over 100 bunkers strategically placed in the fairways and guarding the greens. They are well maintained with thick soft sand and they range in size from small pot bunkers to some tractor trailer-sized monsters. Most of the faces are steep, so don't expect to roll out.
Just down the road from Old Wavery Golf Club is Mossy Oak which was also inspired by George Bryan and designed by Gil Hanse. It's an outstanding and award-wining links-style course and a must play - read our review of Mossy Oaks to see why.
Old Waverly is a private course but as a guest in one of the several stay and play options (cottages, villas, and condos - or the cottages at Mossy Oaks) you can play the course. Make sure play them both. George and the designers have created a world-class golf experience and perfect golf destination! Read our article on a Stay & Play at Mossy Oak.
Read more about the fantastic courses and stay and play options we enjoyed on our Mississippi Golf Vacation.
Rates: $130.00 to $160.00
The Clubhouse is stunning with fine dining to casual pub options. The pro shop and practice facilities are excellent. The service is the epitome of 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.