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Danciing Rabbit at Pearl River Resort, Choctaw
The Preserve Golf Club, Biloxi
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, 12 “world class” casino resorts, fresh seafood/fine dining, charter fishing and an endless supply of Southern Hospitality.
Some of the golf offerings in Coastal Mississippi 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 include Gulf Hills Golf Resort; Sunkist Country Club, Pass Christian Isles and the state’s oldest course, The Great Southern Club.
Located on the beach in Gulfport, Island View Casino Resort offers the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s largest land-based casino. This includes an 83,000- square foot casino on the north side of Beach Blvd and a 43,000-square-foot smoke-free casino on the beach side of the resort. The two casinos combined offer 2,700 state-of-the-art slots, 49 table games and 2 Sports Books. The resort also features 970 hotel rooms and suites in two towers and a variety of upscale amenities. These include seven restaurants and four cocktail lounges; a full service day spa; tropical pools and cabanas with swim up bar; and it’s own Windance Country Club.

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