The Bay of St. Louis is far from Missouri, located on the Gulf Coast near Mississippi’s border with Louisiana. Here, players will find an Arnold Palmer design that lives up to its name: Due to the vast wetland areas across this property’s 600 acres, players will drive over more than one mile of bridges to get from hole-to-hole.
Some may wish that Palmer had found the ability to add fairway “bridges” around the course, where they’ll face a number of forced carries and greens sitting on the edge of aquatic hazards. The course’s vibe becomes evident at No. 3, the first par three during the round, where players will hit 190 yards to a green that sits on a peninsula out in the swamp.
The course reaches its visual peak during the final four holes, which run along the saltwater marshes in Saint Louis Bay. The course is associated with the Hollywood Casino and if you’re in town to gamble, you’ll get an opportunity at No. 17. This par four is enticingly short, just 285 yards from the back tees. The trick, of course, is that a miss means finding water all around, or one of numerous bunkers placed in front of the green.