Located in east-central Mississippi along the Alabama border, The Pines Region consists of rolling countryside covered with hardwoods. The largest city in the region, Meridian, is home to several appealing courses. The area has a powerful golf pedigree as well, boasting the two highest rated clubs in the state: Old Waverly Golf Club and Dancing Rabbit Golf Club.
Ranked the best in the state by Golf Digest, Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point combines the look and feel of the Scottish Highlands with a graceful Old South setting. Designed by former U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate and Bob Cupp, Old Waverly Golf Club proudly hosted the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open and is slated to host the LPGA Legends Handa Cup in September 2014. Visitors who stay in one of the on-site cottages are allowed to play this private course.
Expect a memorable experience at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, located at Pearl River Resort in Choctaw. Its two courses, the Azaleas and the Oaks, were built on the ancestral lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Each course bears the distinctive touch of architects Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate. The resort itself boasts three hotels, exciting casino gaming and a number of first rate dining establishments.
Dancing Rabbit Azaleas Course
601-663-0011, Ext. 2
Dancing Rabbit Oaks Course
|One Choctaw Trail, 39350|
One Choctaw Trail, 39350
Mississippi State University Golf Course
|1520 Old Hwy 82 East, 39762||6,171||124||71|
Old Waverly Golf Club
(must stay in villas)
|One Magnolia Dr., 39773||6,496||139||72|
10 Day Itinerary
● Arrive in Memphis, and settle in for the night.
● Play golf at Cherokee Valley Golf Club in Olive Branch. In the evening, visit Memphis’ famed Beale Street for a lively evening of Blues & Southern barbecue.
● Drive to Tupelo to visit Elvis’ Birthplace. Be sure to have lunch at Romie’s Grocery and visit the hardware store where Elvis purchased his first guitar. The Tupelo Auto Museum is one of the favorite attractions in town, with over 120,000 square feet of automobile displays. From Tupelo, drive to West Point and check into the golf villas at Old Waverly. Enjoy dinner and cocktails at the clubhouse.
● Spend the morning playing at Old Waverly, then have lunch at Murphy’s in the clubhouse. Afterwards, drive into Columbus and tour the city. Visit the Columbus Welcome Center, which was originally the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tennessee Williams. If time permits, travel to Starkville for dinner at The Little Dooey — ESPN sportscasters and Food Network foodies rave about it.
● Head for Pearl River Resort in Choctaw and play a round at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club.
● Check into one of the Pearl River Resort hotels or Dancing Rabbit Clubhouse. Enjoy dinner, gaming and entertainment at the casino resort.
● Tee off at Dancing Rabbit, then enjoy lunch at the Clubhouse. After lunch, lounge by the pool, have a spa treatment or enjoy the activities at the casino.
● Travel to Natchez and have lunch downtown at Fat Mama’s Tamales, famous for their tamales and margaritas. Spend the afternoon touring the city of Natchez and its antebellum homes. For lodgings, check into a hotel or try one of the local bed & breakfasts.
● After breakfast, head for Beau Pre’ Golf Club for your tee time. After golf, take a relaxing afternoon stroll around town, touring the many shops, antebellum mansions and antique stores. For evening entertainment, check out Bowie’s Tavern.
● After breakfast, drive to New Orleans and check into one of the landmark hotels in the French Quarter, Garden District or Central Business District. See the local attractions on your own, or join one of the numerous guided tours. In the evening, enjoy the food, music, sights and sounds of Bourbon Street.
● Enjoy a great New Orleans breakfast and take in some last minute shopping before catching your flight out at the New Orleans airport.