GAFollowers.com writer, Rick Limpert loves taking trips that are an easy drive from the Metro Atlanta area. He loves them even more when golf is part of the trip.
Living in Atlanta, we shouldn’t take the fact that we live within a few hours drive of the state of Mississippi for granted.
Especially when it comes to golf, gaming and more.
So it’s comforting to know that in the new Golf Magazine rankings, Mississippi is well represented.
Two courses I have played, Fallen Oak and Dancing Rabbit Golf Club’s Azaleas Course have been ranked No. 30 and No. 32 respectively in Golf Magazine’s tough-to-crack, “2014 Best Courses You Can Play” in America. This list is a biennial ranking of 100 public-access courses.
Yes, these are courses you can actually play.
Using its team of national raters, Golf Magazine recognized five Mississippi courses in total for 2014. Here are the “2014 Best Courses Near You” in Mississippi, found in the September, 2014 print edition of Golf.
• No. 1: Fallen Oak in Biloxi
• No. 2: Dancing Rabbit Golf Club/Azaleas Course in Choctaw
• No. 3: Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier
• No. 4: Dancing Rabbit Golf Club/Oaks Course in Choctaw
• No. 5: Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier
The State of Mississippi is laden with dozens of beautiful courses and with great weather, golf is a twelve-month sport throughout the state.
“The state of Mississippi is honored to once again see its golf courses earn this critical distinction,” said Malcolm White, Visit Mississippi Director of Tourism. “We hope these rankings encourage people to visit our state and experience the optimal year-round weather, variety of courses and array of popular after-golf activities.”
The state also plays host to two annual PGA Tour events: The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic of the Champions TOUR, played at Fallen Oak in March and the Sanderson Farms Championship of the PGA TOUR, played at Country Club of Jackson (Nov. 3-9, 2014)
Mississippi also offers gaming, shopping, live music and upscale spas for visitors.
Mississippi is regarded as the birthplace of blues, rock ‘n roll and country music. It’s the home state of Elvis and Mississippi Blues Trail and Country Music Trail markers are placed at key sites around the state.
Don’t forget about Mississippi cuisine, featuring savory barbecue, fresh seafood and French-Cajun choices.
In your down time, you might also want to check out the white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.
Mississippi has it all, and some of the best golf you will find anywhere.
For more information, check out www.visitmississippi.org.