In the late 1980s, businessman George Bryan – former proprietor of Bryan Foods, now part of the Sara Lee Corporation – was the man behind the formation of Old Waverly Golf Club. He’s since purchased an old dairy farm to the northwest of this property and created another golf facility, Mossy Oak Golf Club, which opened for public play in 2016.
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.” The course is routed around numerous lakes: Lake Azalea, Pecan, Camellia, Livesay’s and the largest of them all, Lake Waverley, so the theme is certainly more in the style of Loch Lomond than Gleneagles.
Old Waverly offer stay and play packages in villas and cottages with sensibly priced guest green fees. Host to the 1999 US Women’s Open when Juli Inkster took the field apart to win by five strokes. Old Waverly also saw the University of Mississippi women's golf coach Meghan Bolger capture the 2006 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur title, so there is no doubting the pedigree of Old Waverly Golf Club.
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The 30-year young Old Waverly Golf Club first pole vaulted itself onto the world stage when it hosted the 1999 LPGA U.S. Women’s Open. In 2019, this Jerry Pate and late Bob Cupp design will welcome the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Big credentials indeed and certainly worthy of all the accolades bestowed as being one of the best courses in Mississippi.
This mature well-treed layout is a unique combination of parkland, lakes and links-styles all in one. You are faced with either a lake or a grassy wetland on every hole so control versus distance here is paramount here. Adding to the difficulty, the large greens are fast and firm making it tough to stop your approach shots. However, the conditioning is fabulous, and the powder white soft sand bunkers are extremely consistent.
The first hole starts from an elevated tee to a tight well-tree lined fairway. A pond comes into play on the right on your approach so keep left and watch your ball funnel back toward the centre of the green.
The 5th is a sharp dogleg right that requires a straight drive then a short iron to an elevated green. #6 is mid length par-4 over a creek that runs diagonally across the middle – very picturesque indeed.
Hole #10 is a gentle bending par-5 with a pond that comes into play on the left for your second shot. This would be a signature hole on any other course but not so here.
14th is a shorter par-4 but a creek crosses the fairway twice and a huge horseshoe-shaped bunker protects anything short right. Hole 15 is a par-5 starting from a raised tee offering a split fairway to choose from with a marshland in between. Either way your second shot must find a narrow fairway to position yourself to a green protected by a pond on the left.
The 18th is definitely the signature hole. A big sweeping dogleg left around a pond. Bite off as much as you can chew so you don’t have to play over the bunker. The stoned-faced retaining wall with the clubhouse in the background makes for a memorable finish.
This is a private course but ‘Stay and Play Packages’ are available and well worth the visit.
Dave Finn is our Canadian Correspondent. To read more above his golf travel adventures visit www.golftravelandleisure.com
Old Waverly is a wonderful golf course. Has some really tough holes but then gives you a nice risk reward reprieve. The brainchild of George Bryan it has a plethora of lakes with the largest being lake Waverly that comes into play on 5 holes. It is a Pate/Cupp design and opened in 1988. Only eleven years later it hosted the 1999 Women’s US Open won by Julie Inkster. The first few holes welcome you in and four through seven wind through the woods. The 7th is a par 3 with the babbling Palmer Falls, named after you know who in front of the green. The ninth is the longest par five, yet it is only 555 yards. The back nine is much tougher starting off with the par 5 10th. A dog leg left the latter half wraps around Lake Waverly. The 11th is a long par 4 with water all along the left and you can decide how much of the lake you want to cut off. The 12th is a 173 yard par 3 but if the pin is tucked left watch out for Lake Waverly. The 14th is probably your best birdie oppty on the back, a good drive sets you up but there is not a lot of room left or right. The par 5 15th has a split fairway. I cannot give good advice here, as I managed to double bogey it from the left and the right. The 16th is a well designed par 4, however, I cannot stress enough DO NOT BE ABOVE THE HOLE. The last two holes at Old Waverly are fantastic. The 17th a 190 yard par 3 over Lake Waverly and the 445 yard dog leg left over Lake Waverly is a fantastic finishing hole. Two thumbs up!!
If you could only play one of the two, while it is an unfair question, like chocolate or vanilla or brunettes or blondes, go Old Waverly
I would definitely agree having played them both.
Old Waverly is a classic Mississippi golf course, and with its second course Mossy Oak Golf Club, it is undoubtedly the golf capital of Mississippi and one of the top destinations in the South. I can play the course over and over and never grow tired of it.
The location in West Point, MS is set among a large farming region. The golf course really feels like converted farmland which doesn’t drain well. The topography is mostly flat and the course features were tremendously mundane. For me the golf was sadly a lackluster experience.