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Dancing Rabbit at Pearl River Resort, Choctaw
Shell Landing, Gautier
Mississippi is the “Birthplace of America’s Music.” The state has been instrumental in, not only the birth, but also the growth and popularity of musical genres such as blues, country and, of course, rock ‘n’ roll, thanks to its most famous musical son, Elvis Presley. Mississippi’s musical landscape is much like the golf scene. It’s exciting and varied and reflects regional influences.
A few of the exciting golf destinations in Mississippi include Desoto County just south of Memphis with five great courses to package together; Old Waverly in east-central Mississippi, host of the 1999 US Women’s Open; Pearl River Resort, featuring Mississippi’s most awarded courses at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, designed by Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate. And with the introduction of casino gaming into Mississippi over a decade ago, the state has added even more world-class courses. For example, Tunica is home to twelve casinos, plus two great courses, River Bend Links and Tunica National.
The state’s oldest and most well-known golfing destination is on the coast. Golfers have been visiting the area for over 100 years. Mississippi’s “Golf Coast” including Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis, Ocean Springs and surrounding coastal area, is the only golf destination in the country to deliver championship golf, over 60 miles of Gulf of
Mexico coastline, 11 “world class” casino resorts, fresh seafood/fine dining, charter fishing and an endless supply of Southern Hospitality.
Some of the newer golf offerings on Mississippi’s coast include Beau Rivage’s Fallen Oak, an award-winning Tom Fazio design and host of a Champions Tour event each Spring; The Preserve, designed by Jerry Pate and affiliated with The Palace Casino Resort; Davis Love’s Shell Landing; Landmark National’s design at The Oaks; Arnold Palmer’s The Bridges at Hollywood Casino; and Jack Nicklaus’ Grand Bear. Some of the historic layouts includes Gulf Hills Golf Resort; Sunkist Country Club, Pass Christian Isles and the state’s oldest course, The Great Southern Club.
Thrilling casino action, renowned golf courses, fabulous food, and exciting entertainment come together along Mississippi’s “Golf Coast” to offer more than just a great golf vacation.
From the flatlands and blues history of the Delta region in the north to the sunny Coastal region in the south, Mississippi is packed with top- notch signature golf. The year-round golfing weather, combined with great quality courses all at a great price, make Mississippi a terrific place to spend a vacation on the links, playing your favorite table games or slots, or listening to “America’s music.”

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