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Dining • Entertainment • Gaming • Fishing • Golf • History
 Mississippi is where the game of golf meets Southern charm and where lush fairways lead to unparalleled post-round entertainment, including casino gaming and the South’s only location for legal sports betting.
Visiting golfers have their pick of more than 140 courses – designed by prominent names like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Pate, Tom Fazio, Davis Love III and Bob Cupp. But for the golfer who likes to experience high-energy competition both on and off the course, some of the state’s top golf destinations are located alongside high-end, high-excitement casino gaming resorts.
One favorite golf course on the Mississippi coast is Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio design exclusive to the high-end Beau Rivage Resort, an MGM property. The 18-hole, par-72 championship layout offers quite the challenge to the seasoned golfer, making it one of Mississippi’s most sought- after courses.
Another renowned coastal course is Biloxi’s Preserve Golf Club, which is alongside the Palace Casino and Resort. The Preserve boasts 245 acres of playable course surrounded by no less than 1,800 acres of preserved coastal land. Award-winning course designer and U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate designed the semi-private club’s 18 holes.
Rounding out the coastal courses is the Jack Nicklaus-designed Grand Bear
Golf Course. The signature course for Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino, Grand Bear is in Saucier, about 20 miles north of Gulfport.
Ninety miles northeast of the state capital of Jackson, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is built on the ancestral lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Located in the heart of the pines region, the club features two courses with challenging terrain, the Oaks and the Azaleas. Designed by Fazio and Pate, these 36 holes are serenely nestled among ancient pines and hardwoods and situated adjacent to the Pearl River Casino Resort.
Less than an hour south of Memphis, Tunica serves as the gateway to the Mississippi Delta region. It is home to numerous musical and gaming venues, including Hollywood Casino, Gold Strike and Horseshoe Casino. Among the gaming resorts lies Tunica National, a Mark McCumber design.
And while there are no gaming resorts nearby these next two courses, we would be remiss to leave out Mossy Oak, the state’s newest golf club, and Old Waverly, one of the South’s most esteemed courses and host of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Tournament.
Old Waverly, designed by Bob Cupp and Jerry Pate, blends Scottish links with Southern landscape. Sister course Mossy Oak is a Gil Hanse design with a minimalist approach that gives way to the natural lay of the land.

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