Canebrake Country Club takes its name from the Canebrake Lake, a small body running along the property in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The course has plenty of room to wander vertically, as Jerry Pate led the front nine toward the northern tip of the lake before returning to the clubhouse, and the second nine heading toward the southern tip.
There is very little to be said for second-cut at this club...those who are wayward from the tee might wish for higher rough, lest their ball run to the edges of the fairways, where forests separate holes from fairways heading in the opposite direction.
Although Canebrake Lake itself does not come into play during the round, players will be tested by smaller bodies of water, which anchor both ends of the property. During the front nine, holes five through eight will come into varying degrees of contact with a lake, while on the back nine, par threes at Nos. 12 and 16 will play over and along the same pond.
The course is home to the team representing nearby William Carey University. Canebrake is a member of the ClubCorp network of clubs.
Canebrake CC is a Clubcorp property. It offers a little bit of everything. The first few holes go into the woods and then several around a lake, but it clearly was a real estate play.
The starting tee box is quite a trek from the clubhouse. A good opening hole with the redan green protected by a recessed bunker below the green on the right. May want to take an extra club depending upon the pin location. The 2nd is a good risk/reward par 5. If you are going to go for it favor the right side off the tee. Fairway bunkers keep you honest and the hole is bisected by a ravine and stream starting at about 140 yards out. The green is tucked behind a bunker but there is plenty of room left. The 3rd hole is a difficult par 4. Long, tight, fairway bunkers right, trees left, a creek in front of the green with a greenside bunker right and collection area left. Yikes! The 4th-6th are great places to score. The 4th a short downhill par 3 and the 5th is the shortest par 5. The 6th is one of the shorter par 4s and a decent drive should put a scoring iron in your hands. The 7th is a mid-length par 3 with carry over water and if the pin is tucked back right you also must clear a greenside bunker. The 8th is another short par 4, but water right and the green is protected by 3 bunkers. The 9th ate my lunch. One of the longer par 4s, it seemed to play longer, but wasn’t uphill. Coming in from the left did not work out me, not sure the right is any better, but that may allow you to navigate around the two greenside bunkers front left. One of the trickier greens with a big ridge.
The back starts off with a similar hole. Actually 9-11 could be brothers or sisters. All three are protected front left by a bunker or bunkers. The 12th’s green is perpendicular to the hole, thus narrower, but definitely similar looks. The 12th is a typical mid-length par 3, small carry over water with greenside bunkers right and left. The 13th is the longest yet rated the easiest par 5. It is very tight, I got myself in trouble and stayed there. I guess it is an easy hole if you hit it straight. The short par 4 14th is rated the easiest. Not sure I buy that either. While you have to clear water off the tee, it should not come into play. The fairway angles right, so you can choose how much you want to chew off. You can drive through this fairway quite easily. The sledding gets tough from here in. The 15th is a long dogleg right. Gotta stay left off the tee or you will be blocked out. The longest par 3 16th is 243 yards from the tips and all carry over water. I don’t think to add anymore. The 17th is another 400+ yard par 4, but at least it was straight and open. The 18th is an extremely difficult finishing hole at 464 yards. Fairway bunkers left, water hazard right on your approach with a green perched between bunker left and short right. I was extremely happening escaping with a bogey.