Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fallen Oak, Dancing Rabbit Earn ‘Best Resort Course’ Honors

Mississippi Golf Courses Named to Golfweek’s Annual Top-100 List

(JACKSON, Mississippi) – The Mississippi Development Authority ( announces Fallen Oak and Dancing Rabbit Golf Club (Azaleas) have once again been named to Golfweek’s prestigious “Best Resort Courses” list.

Fallen Oak, an amenity of Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, landed at No. 16 on the list, which also featured iconic names such as Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst and TPC Sawgrass in the top 20.

Dancing Rabbit’s Azaleas Course at Pearl River Resort in Choctaw was ranked No. 94, while the Oaks Course at Dancing Rabbit was included in the “Next 100” Resort Course ratings, along with another renowned Mississippi layout, Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier.

To produce the list, Golfweek annually sends out hundreds of course raters to survey thousands of courses on the basis of 10 criteria, including routing, conditioning, variety and memorability of holes. The list appears online and in Golfweek’s 2014 “Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living and Great Escapes,” which hit newsstands last week.

“Accolades such as these are further proof that Mississippi is a must-visit golf destination,” says Mississippi Tourism Director Malcolm White. “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.”

Fallen Oak is a Tom Fazio design that sits adjacent to the DeSoto National Forest and annually plays host to the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, a PGA Champions TOUR event that has been won in recent years by major champions Fred Couples and Tom Lehman.

Dancing Rabbit’s Azaleas and Oaks courses are owned and operated by the Mississippi Band of the Choctaw Indians and were created by Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate. The courses combine to roll out more than 14,000 yards on an immaculate 700 acres of land.

Grand Bear, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course, is an amenity of the Grand Casino Biloxi with more than 7,200 yards that meander along cypress wetlands and the red-clay banks of the Big Biloxi and Little Biloxi Rivers.

For more information about these courses, or for special stay-and-play package deals, visit or call toll-free 1.866.801.8551.


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