PEARL RIVER RESORT AND DANCING RABBIT GOLF CLUB
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When contemplating their next golf trip most New Englanders don’t even have Mississippi on their radar. Considering the quality of the Pearl River Resort and their outstanding 36 hole Dancing Rabbit Golf Club maybe they should.
Built upon the ancestral lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is a celebration of their rich culture, as well as their perseverance. In September of 1830 the Tribe was stripped of its dominion over its ancestral land by a treaty forced on them at the site. The old Choctaw nation was removed to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. Slowly over the years the Choctaw have regained their land and built a resort casino, hotel and the golf courses.
The creation of internationally renowned golf course designer Tom Fazio and PGA Tour great Jerry Pate, each of the 36 dramatic golf holes bears their indelible mark, while still retaining the character and grandeur of the great Southern woodlands from which they were carved.
Together, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club’s courses, The Azaleas and The Oaks, roll out at over 7,000 yards each. Given free reign over 700 acres to build the best golf courses they could Fazio and Pate have come up with a stunning mix of holes artfully using the lands natural features of rolling elevation terrain, giant pine and oak trees and meandering spring fed streams.
The clubhouse at Dancing Rabbit is a beautiful Southern plantation manor house reproduction. Not only does it house the pro shop, locker rooms and restaurant it has eight lavish guestrooms upstairs with king sized beds, whirlpool baths and direct access to the second floor veranda.
They will also give guests the use of a lighted golf cart if you want head next door to the Silver Star Resort & Casino and Golden Moon Hotel & Casino. They are also a development of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and offer guests round-the-clock gaming action in a relaxed atmosphere where even first time players are treated like VIPs.
Additionally, there are thirteen distinctive restaurants on site for casual and fine dining. Big name entertainers appear regularly in the Silver Star Convention Center, while music and dancing are nightly events at the Starlight Lounge. And last but not least, there’s a richly-appointed spa and salon relaxation center, which is available to guests.
For a little variety head to nearby Hattiesburg, home of not only NFL football legend Brett Favre and a popular destination that offers an intimate “small-town” feel with its charming downtown area, offers some of the South’s finest cuisine, shopping and cultural stops but also the 27 hole Timberton Golf Club, which boasts three nine-hole layouts that are challenging, yet fun for all handicappers. The newest creation – the Lakeview Nine, which opened in 1998 – is carved out of a timberland and may be the tightest of the three. The Creekside and Valley courses offer more elevation changes and trees, however.
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