With the beautiful weather Biloxi receives all year round, it's hard to pass up an opportunity to hit some of the best golfing destinations in the South, or even in the United States. For many Biloxi residents, golfing is a favorite Gulf Coast pastime with a plethora of course options fit for any skill level. If you're itching for a challenge on your next trip to Biloxi, try your hand at one of these five top golf courses along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Fallen Oak Golf Club
24400 Highway 15
North Saucier, Biloxi MS 877-805-4657
Located north of Biloxi in the city of Saucier, Fallen Oak Golf Club is exclusive to guests of the Beau Rivage Hotel & Casino. Designed by Tom Fazio, the 18-hole, 7,487-yard championship-level course lies on a lush landscape of streams, lakes, century-old oaks, pecan and magnolia groves. This par-72 course's first hole challenges your golfing skills from the get-go in a par-5 lined with streams and a lake.
You'll end with a dramatic par-4 18th hole with an elevated tee, lots of bunkers and a stunning view of the clubhouse and Fallen Oak's centerpiece - a gorgeous live oak. If you're a Beau Rivage guest, you'll see why Golf Digest ranked Fallen Oak No. 19 on their Top 100 Greatest Public Courses.
The Preserve Golf Club
8901 Highway 57
North Vancleave, Biloxi MS 877-MSGOLF9
In neighboring Jackson County, the Preserve Golf Club is one of the newest courses along the Gulf Coast and already receiving high marks from golf pros and amateurs. Voted Golfweek's 2009 Best in Courses You Can Play, the 18-hole, 245-acre Vancleave course was created by award-winning golf designer (and U.S. Open champion) Jerry Pate. Surrounded by an 1800-acre nature preserve, the Preserve Golf Club's par-71 layout will give you a fantastic golf experience with wonderful customer service. Rates for 18 holes range from $90 to $135, depending on the time and season. Stay & Play packages are available in conjunction with the Palace Casino Resort.
Shell Landing Golf Course
3499 Shell Landing Blvd.
Gautier, Biloxi MS 228-497-5683
Ranked as one of the Best in State for Mississippi by Golf Digest, Shell Landing is nestled deep in the city of Gautier, to the east of Biloxi. This 18-hole golf course designed by PGA golfer Davis Love III is consistently one of the highest-rated courses on the Coast each year. The fairways are generous and the lush greens are kept in pristine condition. Fees for the summer range from $59 Monday-Friday to $69 on the weekends. Top-of-the-line rental clubs are also available.
Grand Bear Golf Course
12040 Grand Way Blvd.
Saucier, Biloxi MS 800-WIN-2-WIN
The Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier is the recipient of many awards from both Golf Digest and Golfweek and remains one of the favorite golf courses in the Gulf Coast region. This 18-hole, par-72 signature course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus features five different tee levels, championship-level greens, deep bunkers and overbearing pines across its 650 acres in DeSoto National Forest. A driving range, putting green and chipping area are also on the premises. Rates range from $50 to $109, depending on the season, and includes a golf cart and range balls with 18 holes of golf. Hotel guests at the Grand Biloxi receive 10 percent off these rates.
The Oaks Golf Club
24384 Club House Drive
Pass Christian, Biloxi MS 228-452-0909
To the east of Biloxi in a small town called Pass Christian, you'll get a lot of bang for your buck at The Oaks Golf Club. Rated as one of the 2008-09 Best Places to Play by Golf Digest, The Oaks Golf Club's par-72 layout offers a wealth of possibilities for all skill levels, from the carefully placed bunkers to the spectacular greens. in on the action - book online and take advantage of their Best Rate Guarantee.
Article written by Stacy Ramsey. Ramsey is a freelance writer/editor who lives along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.