Enter any of the hundreds of casinos in this country and the majority of people will learn that there is no such bet as “sure thing.”
While some “casino games” offer better odds that others, most people will walk away having a good time, but having lost money.
Hey, I can’t guarantee you are going to win boatloads of money or even a few cents should you venture into one or more of the world class casinos in Biloxi, Gulfport, or surrounding towns in Mississippi; but what I can guarantee, is you are going to have a great time, get value for your money, eat delicious food, and have the choice of any number of great golf courses to try and tame.
Golf is a big deal in Mississippi, and with year-round, great weather and more than 170 courses that offer different price points and appeal to beginning to scratch golfers, you can’t go wrong with a golf trip to the Magnolia State.
I was able to try a small sample of what the Mississippi Gulf has to offer on a recent trip and to say it was “all positive” is an understatement.
Diamondhead Country Club
Located on Country Club Circle in Diamondhead, MS. this 36-hole facility is the perfect introduction to golf in Mississippi. The public is invited and there are specials galore for locals and visitors to the region. Play “The Pine” and navigate water at every turn. Try your hand at “The Cardinal” and dodge the woods and the sand. Diamondhead is perfect for a quick 18, or make a day of it and play both courses.
Check out more at www.diamonheadms.com.
There is no doubt, 18 holes at this Jack Nicklaus-designed course is a treat. Located off Hwy 49 and I-10 in 650 acres of the DeSoto National Forest, Grand Bear takes you into the woods, but the goal here is of course to hot fairways and greens. I did some of that, but it’s hard not to look around at the nature that surrounds you in the forest. There is ample opportunity to do that for golfers of all abilities at Grand Bear. A beautiful clubhouse and the ultra-friendly staff will make your round a Grand Bear memorable and fulfilling.
This Tam Fazio-designed gem is for guests of the Beau Rivage hotel and is just 15 minutes from Biloxi. Last year it garnered another mention on Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” and it’s the site of the PGA Champions Tour, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic each March. Fallen Oak is rare in the Gulf Coast region that it offers many elevation changes. That, along with the more than 4,000 oaks, magnolias, pines and hardwoods put a premium on working the ball while always setting up the next shot. See more at www.fallenoak.com.
Island View Casino Resort
With a convenient location in Gulfport, the Island View Casino features 565 rooms that allow you to relax and unwind after a busy day in the casino or on the links. The Island View offers a easy to navigate casino and an assortment of restaurants. Don’t miss the opportunity to dine at the Carter Green Steakhouse.
On the web at www.islandviewcasino.com; 3300 W Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Biloxi
Located right in the heart of Biloxi, the Hard Rock offers a great casino, luxurious accommodations, and choices when it comes to you dining preferences. You will feel like a rock star while staying in the Hard Rock. I was able to stay in one of the modern rooms in the new tower and even though I didn’t have a room overlooking the gulf, the view of the city lights worked well. The room also offered plenty of outlets for my laptop and tablets and charging all of my devices.
On the web at www.hardrockbiloxi.com; 777 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS
If you are looking for luxury lodging in Biloxi, you don’t have to look any further that the Beau Rivage. Rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina, the “Beau” boasts 1,740 rooms and enough casino, entertainment, and restaurant options to keep you occupied for the duration of your stay on the Mississippi Gulf. Also of note here is the service. If you need something, the staff at the Beau Rivage will tend to all of your needs. “Beau Rivage” is French for beautiful shore and that describes this resort and casino perfectly.
On the web at www.beaurivage.com; 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS
If you need information on golf and non-golf activities in Mississippi for your upcoming visit, check out www.visitmississippi.org or www.visitmississippi.org/golf.aspx.
Still on the fence about golf in Mississippi?
“Golfers have come to love our year-round golf weather, wide variety of outdoor activities, our ‘True South’ hospitality and cuisine and, of course, the superb collection of world-class courses and resorts in five distinct regions,” sums up says Mississippi Tourism Director, Malcolm White.
I can sum it up in fewer words than that.
If you take a trip to Mississippi to play golf, you’ve hit the jackpot.
Rick Limpert is an Atlanta-based writer who covers events, sports, and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell.