The Magnolia State of Mississippi lies in the American South, with Jackson doubling up as both its capital and largest city. With around three million people living inside its borders, Mississippi is said to be the poorest state in the country with the lowest per capita income, even though it enjoys the lowest cost of living in the nation – unfortunately, the boom days when cotton was king are long gone for many in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Golf Association was established in 1925 and it offers member services to male golfers in around 150 clubs. Its female equivalent, the Mississippi Women’s Golf Association, has provided governance to lady golfers since it was formed in 1930 whilst the Mississippi Chapter of the Gulf States Section of the PGA oversees the activities of professionals and apprentices in the state.

Mississippi has no golf course history to speak of so all its top tracks are modern affairs. Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate laid out the Azeleas and the Oaks courses at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club at Pearl River Resort in the late 1990s and they comprise the best 36-hole facility in the area. Fazio’s solo design at Fallen Oak is situated 25 miles inland from Biloxi’s Beau Rivage Resort in the De Soto National Forest and it’s acknowledged as the best 18-hole layout in the state. Like Shadow Creek, its Las Vegas counterpart, the course is open to resort guests only.

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Top 100 Golf Courses - Mississippi

Fallen Oak

1st Mississippi - Best in Area

Located deep in Mississippi’s De Soto National Forest, Fallen Oak Golf Club comes from the same Las Vegas, MGM Mirage stable as Shadow Creek.


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Annandale - Mississippi

2nd Mississippi - Best in Area

Venue for the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship since 1994, the course at Annandale Golf Club is a Jack Nicklaus design that weaves around a number of sizeable lakes on a gently undulating property.


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Old Waverly

3rd Mississippi - Best in Area

The raison d’être of the Old Waverly Golf Club is "capturing the essence of the Scottish Highlands within the graceful setting of the Old South."


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Laurel Country Club

4th Mississippi - Best in Area

Founded in 1917, Laurel Country Club engaged Scottish professional Seymour Dunn to set out an 18-hole course for the membership. Two years later, the layout was ready for play...


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Dancing Rabbit (Azaleas)

5th Mississippi - Best in Area

One of a pair of thickly forested courses at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, the slightly longer Azaleas layout debuted in 1997, two years before the unveiling of the Oaks course.


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Grand Bear

6th Mississippi - Best in Area

The level of challenge on the forested Grand Bear golf course depends largely on the choice of tee – do you want a walk in the park from the Teddy Bear Tees or a really testing time from the Grizzly Bear Tees?

Reunion Golf & Country Club

7th Mississippi - Best in Area

Situated on the historic Annandale Plantation, the course at Reunion Golf and Country Club has been used in recent times for USGA Amateur Qualifying in the state of Mississippi.

Preserve Golf Club - Mississippi

8th Mississippi - Best in Area

Opened for play in 2006, the 18-hole layout at The Preserve Golf Club is a fine example of just how well a course can enhance the natural aesthetic of the surrounding landscape.

Dancing Rabbit (Oaks)

9th Mississippi - Best in Area

Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate laid out the thirty-six holes at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in the late 1990s with the Oaks course rated the tougher of the two 18-hole tracks.

Shell Landing

10th Mississippi - Best in Area

A new millennium offering from Davis Love III, the course at Shell Landing Golf Club weaves in and out of sizeable tracts of Biloxi marsh and wetland areas.