Golf News for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | Travel

Mississippi state park golf courses offer variety and quality

JACKSON, Miss. -- Golf in Mississippi is a cornucopia of choices - from casino resort amenities and professional TOUR venues to an array of designs traversing diverse terrain in five distinct regions - with state park courses an indicative niche exemplifying the golf values and options which abound here.

Twenty-five state parks grace the Magnolia State, providing a wealth of unspoiled beauty and outdoor recreation. From boating, fishing and water-skiing to camping, hiking and RV-ing, Mississippi state parks have something for everyone - including golf.

Four state parks feature golf courses, several with lodging and stay-and-play packages available, as well as a myriad of after-golf activities accentuating Mother Nature's finery.

To wit:

Mallard Pointe Golf Course: Located on Sardis Reservoir in John W. Kyle State Park, one hour from Memphis in Northern Mississippi, the course was designed by acclaimed golf course architect Bob Cupp - author of the famed Old Waverly course in relatively nearby West Point, MS. Wending through rolling hills and around water bodies, it paints a scenic backdrop for your game.

Quail Hollow Golf Course: Esteemed course designer Dr. Arthur Hills crafted this layout in Percy Quin State Park, a Southern Mississippi outdoor sanctuary where loblolly pines and magnolia trees proliferate. With a mild year-round climate 90 minutes from New Orleans and golf villas a few steps from the golf course, this is a place where you can relax and replenish.

Dogwoods Golf Course: Sitting amidst Hugh White State Park in Grenada, this award-winning course is a setting golfers and fishermen value with reverence. The championship layout - designed by Gary Roger Baird - and Grenada Lake yield birdies and bass in admirable fashion. They're also a haven for pars and crappie, bream and catfish.

LeFleur's Bluff Golf Course: This nine-hole track nestled in LeFleur's Bluff State Park in Jackson is named after an 18th Century French explorer. The golf course and park add flavor to the state capital's rich culture and attractions.

Rates for the three 18-hole state park courses are affordable in the extreme, ranging from $24 for 18 holes including golf cart to $49 (much less for 9-hole LeFleur's Bluff). Likewise, lodging rates are value-laden at the state parks with on-site accommodations.

To learn more about Mississippi State Park golf and related recreation activities and rates, visit
http://www.mdwfp.com/parks-destinations.aspx.

The state of Mississippi offers multiple stay-and-play packages at a variety of price points in five distinct regions. For more information please visit www.visitmississippi.org/golf or call toll-free 1-866-801-8551.

About Mississippi Golf:
Attractions contributing to Mississippi's honored status as a preferred golf-and-travel destination include:

• More than 170 courses offering a variety of price points and designs from world-class architects such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Jerry Pate and Tom Fazio

• Year-round golf weather with temperate conditions throughout five distinct regions -- The Hills, The Delta, The Capital/River, The Pines, The Coastal

• Home to two annual TOUR events - the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (Champions TOUR), played at Fallen Oak (March 17-23, 2014) and the Sanderson Farms Championship (PGA TOUR), played Nov. 3-9, 2014

• One of North Americas largest, most-diverse casino destinations, featuring exciting gaming, upscale shopping, live entertainment, luxurious spas and internationally acclaimed golf courses

• Mississippi Blues Trail and Country Music Trail provide deep American music insight with markers placed at key sites around the state, honoring musicians and educating visitors about the state's rich musical heritage

For more information, visit www.visitmississippi.org or call toll-free 1.866.801.8551.

Media Contact:
Gary Trask, 978.228.0314
Buffalo Communications
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Dan Shepherd, 703.891.3320
Buffalo Communications
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