Mississippi is home to great Southern golf!

Forget what you think you know about Mississippi, it will surprise you. From the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico (it's called the Riviera of the South for a reason), to its abundance of casinos, to its connection to the South of yesterday, seen through the countless plantation and antebellum mansions, Mississippi is a state with an eye toward the future and the pulse of the past.

Oh, and great golf courses.

From resorts to stay-and-play destinations, Mississippi offers the perfect Southern golf vacation. Start your journey at the beginning: The Great Southern Golf Club, the state's oldest course, designed by Donald Ross in 1908.

Travel along Highway 90, which spans the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and see why the stretch of real estate should be renamed the Mississippi Golf Coast. Sprinkled among all of the vacation destinations, including 12 casinos, are some big-named golf courses such as Arnold Palmer's The Bridges at Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis, a Davis Love III signature course named Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier, and The Oaks Golf Club in nearby Pass Christian.

If inland golf is more your style, be sure to check out Dancing Rabbit Golf Club's Azaleas Course, east of Jackson. The course was named No. 35 on Golf Magazine's Top 100 You Can Play List.

Or stop in Oxford - a city that is cut straight out of the historic South - home to the University of Mississippi and its Ole Miss Golf Course. Or visit West Point, a charming small town and site of the Old Waverly Golf Club, a course that was named tops in Mississippi by Golf Digest in 2006. Or Hattiesburg, home of Canebrake Country Club, designed by Jerry Pate, and Timberton Golf Club, recently named by Golf Digest as one of North America's best places to play.

From casinos to sunsets, high-priced resorts to college towns, Southern history to golf exclusivity, Mississippi has something for everyone.

Mississippi Featured Golf Courses

Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier, MS

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The 18-hole Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier, MS is a resort golf course that opened in 1999. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Grand Bear Golf Course measures 7200 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 143 and a 75.5 USGA rating. The greens are bermuda grass.

North Creek Golf Course in Southaven, MS

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The 18-hole North Creek Golf Course in Southaven, MS is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1998. Designed by Tracy May, North Creek Golf Course measures 6433 yards from the longest tees.

Wedgewood Golf Course in Olive Branch, MS

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The 18-hole Wedgewood Golf Course in Olive Branch, MS is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1990. Wedgewood Golf Course measures 6863 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 127 and a 72.

Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Hattiesburg, MS

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The 18-hole Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Hattiesburg, MS is a semi private golf course that opened in 1999. Designed by Azinger Golf Design, Shadow Ridge Golf Club measures 6845 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 135 and a 73 USGA rating.

Dogwood Hills Golf Club in Biloxi, MS

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The 18-hole Dogwood Hills Golf Club in Biloxi, MS is a public golf course that opened in 1991. Designed by Brent Williams, Dogwood Hills Golf Club measures 6003 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.

Hillsdale Course at Kings Arrow Ranch in Lumberton, MS

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The 18-hole Hillsdale Course at Kings Arrow Ranch in Lumberton, MS is a public golf course that opened in 1975. Hillsdale Course at Kings Arrow Ranch measures 5636 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 112 and a 66.

River Birch Golf Club in Amory, MS

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The 18-hole River Birch Golf Club in Amory, MS is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1993. River Birch Golf Club measures 7246 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 134 and a 74.4 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.

Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Wesson, MS

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The 18-hole Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Wesson, MS is a public golf course that opened in 1996. Designed by Kevin Tucker, Wolf Hollow Golf Course measures 6745 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 120 and a 71.

Championship Course at Quail Hollow Golf Course in McComb, MS

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The 18-hole Championship Course at Quail Hollow Golf Course in McComb, MS is a public golf course that opened in 1996. Designed by Arthur Hills, Championship Course at Quail Hollow Golf Course measures 6754 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 121 and a 72 USGA rating.

Pine Creek Golf Club in Purvis, MS

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The 18-hole Pine Creek Golf Club in Purvis, MS is a public golf course that opened in 1963. Pine Creek Golf Club measures 6152 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 112 and a 68.