When it comes to crafting the perfect guy’s getaway week or weekend, you’ll need excitement, risk, an element of competition, and food that blows minds—all at a price that won’t blow your wallet to smithereens.
Vegas comes to mind but it’s “all the way out there,” and cramming your buddies on a plane for a long flight somewhat spoils the buzz of escape. If you’re looking for a sportsman’s paradise complete with world-class cuisine, 300-days of golfing weather per year, and a chance to lay some money on the line, look no further than Mississippi: the Southeast’s premier destination for dudes of all ages.
With legal sports betting, perfectly manicured golf courses, and about a TV screen per person all tuned to that big game, Mississippi has staked its claim as the cultural, casino, and resort capital of the South.
No matter what your boys are interested in, tell them there’s something for everyone in Mississippi, including:
Pro football, NCAA bowl games, even March Madness, Mississippi knows how to ball. Top to bottom, no state in the Southeast has half the court-side credential or 3rd-and-long thrills. With the South’s only legal sports betting, Mississippi’s magnificent monopoly finds partnership in resorts and casinos from the delta to the northern-most reaches of the state.
At the Sports Book & Bar in the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino of Biloxi, you can place bets on pro and college football, basketball, baseball, and even bowling. If you’re more into flying fists than fútbol, the Beau Rivage has you covered with MMA sports betting as intense as any classic beat-down.
The nearby Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino brings the world-famous gambling parlor and pool-side splendor to southern Mississippi, while other big-name establishments like the Hard Rock, Golden Nugget, and Boomtown casinos provide more sports betting venues for breakfast, lunch, and dinner games.
Moving north from Biloxi, you’ll find the Magnolia Bluffs Casino in Natchez and the Ameristar Hotel & Casino in Vicksburg, on your way to another epicenter of sports betting perfection: Tunica.
With over 8 casinos in Tunica (most of which offer sports betting) you’re bound to find the perfect parlor for your crew. The Hollywood, 1st Jackpot, Sam’s Town, Gold Strike, and Horseshoe casinos host restaurants, big-screen ballrooms, and world-class entertainment for after the final buzzer sounds. You’ll find such musical acts as The Commodores and 3 Doors Down playing the same stages where comedians like Bill Engvall and Ron White deliver their regional breed of side-splitting commentary.
No matter where you are in Mississippi, you’re never far from playing the over/under, picking your alma mater to cover the spread, or watching your favorite player hit 3-pointer after 3-pointer—laughing all the way to the bank.
The Preserve Golf Club in Biloxi boasts 245 acres of playable course surrounded by no less than 1,800 acres of natural beauty. As beautiful a place to drive and chip as it is to gawk and listen, the Preserve Golf Club’s 18 holes were designed by award-winning designer Jerry Pate. A pro-shop, clubhouse, and hotel keep you comfortable, while nearby casinos present even more chances for sporting glory, especially for the casual golfers.
Northeast of Jackson takes you to the Mossy Oak Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi, voted the #3 Best New Course in the US by Golf Digest in 2017, and one of the top 100 courses by Golfweek in 2018. Designed by Gil Hanse, who also created the 2016 Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro, you can expect internationally-acclaimed play at the highest levels of course design.
When it comes to golf, Mississippi is far from done. Heading farther north from West Point takes you to Tunica National Golf and Tennis, mere minutes from all the glamorous casinos. Perfect for late-trip relaxation, and tailored to experts and casual players alike, you’ll find every level of player enjoys a breather on Tunica National’s 18 holes.
Heading north to south this time, you’ll find the player’s palate well sated in Tunica. The Hollywood Casino alone sports three restaurants in three distinct styles to match whatever mood you and your dudes might have. The Fairbanks Steak House hits that special spot, while the Epic Buffet and Celebrity Grill offer a different spin on your sports betting appetites.
Katt’s Kitchen at the 1st Jackpot Casino serves up its signature Seafood Spectacular Buffet, while the Ten 10 Wine and Whiskey Bar at the Gold Strike keeps the party going well after the final whistle blows.
Big bets usually work up a big hunger, and before you take to the sports book for the day, don’t skip the Blue & White Restaurant in Tunica, where breakfast is served day and night on a plate large enough to get your protein in for the day.
In Biloxi, you won’t want to miss Mary Mahoney’s Old French House for a taste of much-needed class and a taste of old-world seafood fare done exquisitely to taste. Just because you’re with your boys doesn’t mean you have to subsist on chicken wings and hamburgers the entire time!
Bet on Mississippi
Put away the passport and forget about the airport. No need to worry over carry-on bags or missing luggage. This time around, you and your guys can just pop into Mississippi. No matter where you choose, how long it takes to get there, or where you’re setting up camp for the night, when you bet on Mississippi a good time’s guaranteed.