The Mississippi Gulf Coast has honestly never even been on my radar to play golf or vacation. However, the more I am finding out the area the more excited I am to visit this unique destination.
So where exactly IS the Mississippi Gulf Coast? Sounds like a dumb question, I know, but I wasn’t even quite sure until I looked it up on a map. Gee, on the gulf coast of Mississippi. But never having been there it was hard for me to picture exactly where it is.
Of course the weather is one of the big draws to the area. The average yearly temperature is 69 (fahrenheit) degrees, although in the summer it gets quite warm (typically in the 90’s) but there are always nice, warm, tropical breezes from the gulf coast.
Along with the mild climate, fresh seafood, white sandy beaches you also have access to 14 casino hotels (open 24 hours), headline entertainment, luxury spas and lively nightlife. Not bad, not at all!
As for the golf, the Mississippi Gulf Coast (especially in Gulfport and close-by Biloxi) offers you a choice of nearly 30 golf courses, many of them created by a who’s who in golf course design including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Jerry Pate, Mark McCumber, Davis Love and Tom Fazio. There is truly a golf course for you no matter what your skill level or handicap.
If you want to go all-out you might want to try the pricy ($300+) Tom Fazio course, Fallen Oak (see uppermost pic above). Voted one of America’s best casino golf courses it is also one of the best golf courses period by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest and has been host numerous times of a Champions Tour event. The course includes world-class facilities, caddies and even a round-trip limo ride to and from the course.
Another course, The Preserve Golf Club (see pic above), located just minutes from Biloxi, is a marvelous 18 hole course designed by award winning golf course designer/architect Jerry Pate. The course encompasses 245 pristine acres, surrounded by an additional 1800 acres of dedicated, beautiful nature preserves. The Preserve offers 5 sets of tees, unprecedented golf course conditions and first-class guest service.
Another to consider is the Nicklaus designed, Grand Bear GC. It’s about an half an hour away from the Biloxi casinos and in a fairly remote location but once you’re there you will be more than pleased with your choice. The course sits among the beautiful Mississippi forest in a protected natural preserve and is consistently rated one of the best courses to play in Mississippi.
Of course, if you want to play gulf coast golf there are many others to consider. It depends on your budget, what style of golf you’re looking for and what you might like to do after your round. As for me, The Mississippi Gulf Coast is definitely on my list to visit. I’ve already put the bug in my wife’s ear so there’s a VERY good chance we will be heading there this year!