Mississippi - One of the Best Golfing Destinations in America
If you like golf and are looking for a place for your next golf outing with your golfing buddies, family, or friends then we would highly recommend that you consider Mississippi as your next golf destination. We spent five days enjoying some excellent Mississippi golf stay and play packages and playing some fantastic courses from Biloxi to West Point - and loved every minute of it!!
Here is just of sample of why we loved our five day golf vacation in Mississippi:
we played six courses all of which have won several awards and accolades ranging from inclusions in "Best Courses in Mississippi," "Top 100 Courses Can Play," "Best Casino Resort Courses," and more from Golfweek, Golf Digest, Golf.com and several other respected publications
the two Resort Casinos where we stayed were loaded with restaurants, gaming tables and slots, plus amenities like spas, fitness centers, pools, and more
the course architects ( Tom Fazio, Davis Love III, Jerry Pate, Gil Hanse, and Bob Cupp) made each course unique with it's own personality and characteristics
we loved the stay and play package, dining, and accommodations at Mossy Oak and Old Waverly
all of the meals we had during our five day stay were some of the best I've every had - I gained six pounds
- the weather was perfect and the Southern Hospitality was superb
- we experienced the epitome of Southern Hospitality
- and although we didn't have time, there's lots of other fun stuff to do for kids to seniors besides just golf
Our trip started from Dallas with what should have been an easy drive but a blinding rain storm with 100 yard viability and bumper to bumper traffic turned into 9 hours - next time, I'm flying to MGM's Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Wow, what a beautiful and classy Resort. When we arrived with a sore back, tired butt, and ferocious headache we immediately headed to the bar to grab a drink and take it to the blackjack table. After quickly loosing $40 bucks I was back to the bar and then off to our room to take a nap before heading out to dinner.
We stayed at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino for two nights and played 18 holes of golf at Fallen Oak which is one of the Beau Rivage Resort amenities and available for the exclusive use of Beau Rivage Resort guests. We loved the Beau Rivage Resort and Fallen Oak lived up to it's reputation as one of the best golf courses in Mississippi and one of the Top 100 Courses in America. Read more about why we can highly recommend the golf stay and play at Beau Rivage Resort and golf at Fallen Oak Golf Course which we rated a 9.2
Early the next morning (I had trouble buckling my golf pants and my golf shirt seemed to be covering a large watermelon due to our excellent dinner the night before at Beau Rivage and the Reef restaurant!), we packed our bags and headed to Gautier for 18 holes of golf at Shell Landing Golf Course. Another award winning course (designed by Davis Love III) with pristine conditions, lots of variety, beautiful scenery, several challenges (big bunkers, marshland, lakes, heavily contoured greens, dense and towering pine tree forests) that got the better of me. Here is a link to our review of Shell Landing Golf Course.
As soon as I shook the bunker sand off my body and bought another sleeve of golf balls and more sun tan lotion and Advil, we headed north to Pearl River Resort in Choctaw. Pearl River Resort is home to two adjoining casinos - Silver Star and Golden Moon Hotel & Casino. Which means I had twice as much opportunity to lose my money. Golden Moon has a 70,000-square-foot gaming floor offering 1,150 slot machines, 25 table games, an elevated 14 table poker room, a stunning video wall, and a new center bar. Silver Star has a 90,000-square-foot casino floor that features 40 table games devoted to Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Mini Baccarat plus over 1200 slot machines. They both have lots of amenities (from spas to fitness centers to several restaurants and even a huge waterpark) but my favorite amenity was Dancing Rabbit's two top rated (#5 and #6 in Mississippi according to GolfWeek) golf courses which we rated 9.7 out of 10! Dancing Rabbit's Azaleas Golf Course was named the "Augusta that you can play" and the picture above is one of the reasons why. Read more about our stay and play at Pearl River Resort, the golf courses with our reviews and rating, the casinos, accommodations, and another superb dinner.
Here's a quick summary of our Mississippi Golf Vacation so far:
- 72 holes of golf on award winning courses with each course being very different from all the others, a blast to play, in perfect condition, and fair but challenging - they now have less sand in their bunkers but I contributed 7 balls to the lakes and forests
- 3 dinners that were outstanding and that popped a button on my golf pants and made me loosen my belt three notches - for example the picture on the right was my dessert, wow, what a treat
- I spend more time in the sand than David Hasselhoff spent on the beach filming Bay Watch and I took home enough sand from the bunkers to make a sandbox for my grandkids
- Pearl River Resort and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino were fantastic with plenty of slots and gaming tables with my money, excellent amenities, great restaurants, and comfortable golf stay and play lodging
- during our rounds in addition to 7 lost golf balls I devoured way too many Advils, enjoyed several excellent Bloody Marys (not sure if it helped or hurt my game), wore a hole in my golf glove, and used a lot of the golf cart sand to fill my divots
We played both courses at Dancing Rabbit and then headed to West Point, Mississippi for a stay and play at Mossy Oak Golf Club - rated the #3 "Best New Golf Course" by Golf Digest. Just down the street is Old Waverly Golf Club which Golf Digest rated as #1 Golf Course in Mississippi. Both courses are owned by and were created from the vision of the George and Marcia Bryan Family, who sought to create a world-class destination for golf and hospitality in the heart of the Mississippi Black Prairie. From our perspective they exceeded that goal.
We arrived around sunset and had a room right on the 10th hole and loved this beautiful links style golf course layout at Mossy Oak, with it's gently rolling terrain, native grasses, and 106 bunkers - half of which I think I found and instead of Mossy Oak they should have named the course "Sandy!" Old Waverly was designed by US Open Champion Jerry Pate and the late Bob Cupp and it combines the essence of the Scottish Highlands with a graceful southern setting, gently rolling terrain, the signature hole is the 18th, ranked second in Mississippi by Golf Digest and #43 on the 100 Greatest Courses in the US. The club house is magnificent and we enjoyed two superb meals during our stay. Check our our review of Mossy Oak and Old Waverly Stay & Play to learn more about these two superb courses and the epitome of Southern Hospitality!.
I hated to tee off on the 18th hole at Old Waverly, which is a stunning 445 yard par 4 that horseshoes around Lake Waverly and leads to a challenging green surrounded by eight bunkers and the lake on the left as well as the beautiful southern mansion style clubhouse as a backdrop, because I knew that when we finished putting we had to pack up and head home. I did take my time and enjoyed the hole and scenery and about cried when I finally sank a putt.
Wow, what a fantastic vacation with some of the best golf courses, meals, casinos, and lodging that I've ever experienced! Mississippi is truly a wonderful golf destination. We can't wait to come back. To quickly find and read the reviews of the golf courses we played during this Mississippi golf vacation, here is a link to Texas Outside's Ratings & Reviews of Mississippi Golf Courses.