Founded in 1914 the Country Club of Jackson started out with a Tom Bendelow-designed course located five miles to the west of downtown Jackson. In the late 1950s, the club purchased a 400-acre property to the northeast of Mississippi’s capital city and enlisted Dick Wilson to lay out a course for the members, which opened for play in the early 1960s.
A number of unremarkable renovation projects endured over the years, so the members decided in 2008 to refashion the main 18-hole course under the architectural stewardship of John Faught in a more classical Donald Ross-like style.
The Country Club of Jackson marked its centenary in 2014 by hosting the Sanderson Farms Championship which has been contested over the renovated Dogwood and Azalea nines ever since.
The Country Club of Jackson opened in 1914 and sits on 400 acres. It is a private facility with an opulent clubhouse but extremely family-friendly. Amenities include a youth lounge, an Olympic-sized pool with waterslide and splash pool. They also have a 16,500 square foot fitness centre including a full-service spa, croquet, tennis and pickleball courts to go along with a 27-hole golf course.
The unique feature is the Cypress nine has multiple tee-blocks so it can be played it as par-3 course at 1,400-yards or stretch it out to almost 3,500-yards so you can golf it as a regulation par-36. Perfect for the family golf and juniors.
You will recognize the name as it is the current host of the nationally televised PGA TOUR Sanderson Farms Championship in October that runs on the same week as the HSBC Classic.
The Dogwood-Azalea championship course was re-designed in 2008/2009 by Architect John Fought and has five sets of tee blocks that range from 5,100 to 7,400 yards. It is a very open stadium-style course that meanders through a lowland property with little elevation changes. The course is in great shape, manicured around most of the sporadic trees and the white sand bunkers were pristine.
Hole #16 on Azalea is the signature hole and the most difficult hole on the course. This long par-4 has swamp land that runs down the entire left side. Your long approach shot needs to carry a creek, that crosses the fairway about 60 yards in front, and still avoid the bunker on your right to the largest green on the course.
The facilities at the Country Club of Jackson are second to none but I must admit I am not that impressed with the course itself. Personal taste, I guess.
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