The course at Annandale Golf Club has been a PGA Tour stop ever since 1994, when the Magnolia State Classic – as it was originally called – was relocated from Hattiesburg Country Club.
The tournament sponsor has changed several times since its first staging in 1968 but Hattiesburg and Annandale are the only two venues to have hosted what’s officially titled “an alternative event” for the professionals, one played opposite a Major or limited field tournament.
The first Nicklaus Design course in Mississippi when it opened in 1981, Annandale was one of the Golden Bear’s earliest design efforts and it’s one that’s he’s rightly proud of.
Early Nicklaus design traits are in evidence in the form of an island green at the 209-yard 8th and a huge waste area on the right side of the 408-yard 16th. More conventionally, the 4th and 14th holes are two very long, tough par fours; the second of which plays to a creek-protected two-tiered green.
Nicklaus Design returned to Annandale in 2009 to address drainage issues and install some new tee boxes, adding extra length to the layout.
I was invited to play Annadale in Sept '19. The course wasn't in great shape, which was to be expected for that time of year, but nonetheless this was an enjoyable walk and a course you could play everyday and not get tired of playing.
A very small membership which meant no tee times-I don't recall seeing another golfer on the course. The golf staff made every effort to make my time on the grounds a first class experience. A spacious practice facility (per website 15 acres) includes driving, range, practice putting green, and short game area as well as a high-tech indoor hitting bay.
The southern plantation clubhouse was just days away from receiving a major facelift as well as allowing more club access for females-which at the time there was one known female member.
#1-#3 are nothing special holes to start your round. #4 (1 handicap) is a longish par 4. #5 is a short and reachable par 5 with a small and tricked up green. #6 is the Nicklaus stamped par 4 with water on your right that gives you something to think about on your approach shot. #8 is a courses' longest par 3; the two bunkers-one short of the green and right of the green come into play more than the water. #9 is a strong par 4 with water on your right. The back nine is mostly land locked and straight tee balls are a more of a premium. #14 is a straight away longish par 4. #17-par 4 is one of the courses more challenging holes; allowing you a couple options to play the fork designed fairway from the tee box. #18-par 5; has risk reward once you find the fairway. If you decided to go for it in two-water protects the front,
with a deep bunker in back with bail out favoring the right, with nothing on the left.
Annandale Golf Club is a very good golf course and deserves it's top private club ranking for Mississippi.