For the last two days of our wonderful Mississippi Golf Vacation we headed to West Point, Mississippi for a stay and play at Mossy Oaks Golf Club and a round of golf on Mossy Oak and Old Waverly. Wow - what a fantastic couple of days - the golf courses were outstanding, the stay and play lodging was comfortable, the dining was scrumptious, and the Southern Hospitality was infectious!
The Mossy Oak and Old Waverly courses and facilities are the result of 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 and if you're a golfer you need to add Mossy Oak and Old Waverly to your golf destination bucket list and here's just a few reasons why we say this:
And we're not the only ones saying that these two courses are outstanding. Both courses have received a number of awards and accolades, some of which include: Golf Digest's #2 Golf Course in Mississippi (Old Waverly), Golf Digest's #3 Best New Course in the US (Mossy Oak) and recognition among Golfweek's Top-100 Modern Courses in the US, 2018 (Mossy Oak).
Mossy Oak Golf Course opened in 2016 to critical acclaim and it is a unique collaboration between the George and Marcia Bryan Family , designer Gil Hanse, and Mossy Oak which is an outdoor lifestyle company and pioneer in preserving natural habitats across the US. The vision for Mossy Oak Golf was to create a memorable, world-class golf experience that brings golfers closer to nature and celebrates the local Mississippi Black Prairie Habitat.
Gil Hanse, the world's leading minimalist golf course architect went to great lengths to craft a pure golf experience at Mossy Oak that maintains and celebrates the local Mississippi Black Prairie habitat. He created a masterpiece with a soft footprint on the landscape that accents the native plant species to create a full-sensory golf experience that immerses players in the outdoors - it's called "Nature's Golf." What a fantastic golf course that Golfweek named in their Top-100 Modern Courses in the US in 2018 and Golf Digest rated it #3 Best New Course in the US. To learn more about why we rated Mossy Oak a 9.4 out of 10, read Texas Outside's Review of Mossy Oak.
Just down the road from Mossy Oak is Old Waverly which is a truly unique private club that can be played if you are a guest in one of the stay and play lodging options at Mossy Oak or Old Waverly. The course opened in 1988 and was designed by U.S. Open winner Jerry Pate and course designer Bob Cupp who carved 18 spectacular holes out of 360 acres of pasture on the site of the historic Waverly Mansion. They did a superior job of embracing and leveraging the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.
You'll know you're in for a special treat as you drive down a beautiful canopy of trees lining the entrance to the Clubhouse and you'll be struck by the grandeur of the antebellum style Clubhouse and the allure of the surrounding well maintained and landscaped grounds.
Some of what makes Old Waverly special includes: lakes and towering old trees; stately southern mansions along some of the fairways; meticulously maintained Champion greens; several risk reward opportunities; plenty of strategically placed bunkers; near perfect tree lined fairways bordered by lakes, trees, streams, and bunkers; several unique and really fun holes that can test your game and place a premium on accuracy and shot making. Click on Texas Outside's review and rating of Old Waverly to learn more and see why we rated this course a 9 out of 10.
Stay & Play lodging options include luxuriously appointed accommodations at the Cottages overlooking Old Waverly, the Garden Court Villas, Waverly Court Condos, Scotland Yard Condos, and the new Mossy Oak Golf Cottages. Each of the cottages consists of four private rooms with a private bath, TV, and a common living area in the center of each cottage with a sitting area, wet bar, coffee and ice maker. The Garden Court Villas are two, three, or four bedroom private homes with everything you would expect in a private home. The Waverly Court Condos and Scotland Yard Condos are also privately owned two and three bedroom homes. Several of the lodging options line the fairways and others overlook the beautiful Lake Waverly and all of the accommodations are fairly close to the clubhouse.
Mossy Oak also has cottages that overlook the Mossy Oak's 10th fairway with several other golf holes in the distance. Each cottage has a large common area with an ice maker, mini refrigerator, sink, coffee maker, table and 4 chairs, large screen TV, and comfy couches and lounge chairs plus an outside patio steps away from the 10th fairway. Four private rooms open to the common area and each room has two queen beds, a dresser, flat screen TV, and a large bathroom. Our room was very comfortable! At one end of the cottages is a multiple hole putting green - make sure you spend some time here before heading out for your round.
The Old Waverly Clubhouse, it is magnificent and resembles a huge southern mansion. It's home to:
During our stay we enjoyed two absolutely delicious dinners and great breakfast buffets with biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes and of course delicious Bryan Foods bacon. One of our dinners was on the Terrace with a stunning view of the lake, 18th green, and some large homes. The sunset over the lake was magnificent and the open air fireplace was a cozy way to enjoy the cool evening. Service was superb and the epitome of Southern Hospitality - always smiling, very polite and friendly, and willing to go out of their way to make sure your stay and meal were enjoyable.
What a fun and enjoyable two days at Old Waverly and Mossy Oaks and a fantastic golf destination. If you're thinking about a golf outing, you should consider spending a few days at Old Waverly and Mossy Oaks - you won't regret it!
Return to Texas Outside's Mississippi Golf Vacation Article to read more about this fun trip and one we can recommend Mississippi as an excellent place for your next golfing destination.