Category: Mississippi

May 13, 2011

Deal of the Month: Dancing Rabbit Golf Club/Pearl River Resort

Posted at 3:39 PM by Joe Passov

Rabbit For sheer secluded beauty and charm, I'm smitten with Dancing Rabbit. Located in the rural hardwoods of central Mississippi, 80 quiet miles northeast of Jackson, this Southern belle has fairways that glide through forest and flowers. The Azaleas course benefits not only from its bursts of springtime color, but also from an intriguing Tom Fazio/Jerry Pate design collaboration that includes option-filled tests such as the split-fairway par-4 3rd and the reachable par-5 17th. The Oaks course, nearly equal to the Azaleas in every respect, would be the star at most establishments.

Alas, not long ago, the Azaleas turned private—unless you stay at a qualifying resort. What I really like about the package is the variety of lodging options. If you'd prefer Augusta cottage-style rustic elegance, book the Dancing Rabbit Clubhouse Package, which includes accommodations in one of eight King Suites on the second floor of the clubhouse, 18 holes, shared cart, range balls, newspaper and hot breakfast.

If you crave more action, then book your package at Silver Star Casino Hotel down the street or at the other Pearl River Resort property, the Golden Moon, and commute to Dancing Rabbit for the golf.

Rates start at $198 per night. 866-44P-EARL,

March 07, 2010

Premier Resort Close-Up: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Posted at 11:53 AM by Joe Passov

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina demolished almost ninety percent of the structures within a half mile of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But exactly one year later, MGM's Beau Rivage Resort & Casino reopened, following a $550-million renovation.April_fallenoak_600x400

The Beau Rivage can challenge any Las Vegas property for bells and whistles. Stunning water views from many rooms, a full-service fitness center and spa, a wide range of gaming options and a superb set of restaurants are among the attractions.

Still, the resort's top draw is the Fallen Oak Golf Club. Ranked No. 29 our Top 100 Courses You Can Play, Fallen Oak is a tranquil but tough Tom Fazio beauty that rolls through woods and wetlands on the edge of the DeSoto National Forest. The 7,487-yard layout is laced with lakes and deep bunkers — but not with roads or homes. It's just you, your caddie and nature.

Celebrate your round at Fallen Oak's sunken bar with a Lazy Magnolia Indian Summer Pale Ale, from Mississippi's only microbrewery.

April package rates start at $518 per room per night. 888-750-7111,

(Image Courtesy of Beau Rivage Resort)

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