Thursday, August 20, 2015

Visit Mississippi Golf Notes: Winner of Pearl River Resort Getaway Announced

(JACKSON, Mississippi) – Of the 950 people who entered the Pearl River Resort Getaway from 38 states and 7 countries, one lucky winner was drawn at random. Congratulations to Annie Risner of Florence, Alabama! She and a guest will enjoy a two nights’ stay at the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, a round of golf at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, and dinner at Phillip M’s Restaurant.

“This is awesome!” said Risner of her selection. “Thank you for the opportunity to visit other areas of Mississippi as the lucky winner of this great prize package!  We look forward to staying at Pearl River very soon.”

Check for the fall giveaway, coming soon.

Fall Golf is Fine in Mississippi

Mississippi is a prime golf destination through the fall with its temperate year-round climate.  More than 140 courses grace the state with a variety of price points and packages. The following two stay-and-play bundles are representative of the available values and options.

- IP Casino Resort and Spa: IP Casino Resort and Spa towers 32 stories over the scenic Back Bay of Biloxi. The hotel offers a “Golf and Gambling” stay-and-play package starting at $99.  It includes an 18-hole round of golf, one night’s accommodation, a food voucher, gaming credit, a complimentary drink and an IP Biloxi gift. Golfers can choose their round from among Shell Landing, The Bridges, Grand Bear, The Oaks, Windance, Hickory Hill, Gulf Hills, Sunkist, Great Southern, Diamondhead Cardinal and Diamondhead Pine. To make reservations, call 888-946-2847 or visit

- Island View Casino Resort: Located on 40 acres of waterfront property, Island View Casino Resort offers 80,000 square feet of gaming including 2,000 slots and 46 table games. Guests can enjoy the new Beach Tower complete with a beignet café, a new restaurant, spa and more. The stay-and-play package starts at $99 per night and includes unlimited golf at Mark McCumber-designed Windance Country Club, one night deluxe hotel accommodation, unlimited trips to The Buffet, a free drink and free slot play. For more information or to make a reservation, call 877-774-VIEW (8439) or visit

Mississippi has multiple courses, resorts and stay-and-play packages in five distinct regions. For more information, visit or call toll-free 1.866.801.8551.

PGA TOUR Sanderson Farms Championship Returns to Mississippi

The state’s annual PGA Tour competition – the Sanderson Farms Championship benefitting Century Club Charities – takes place November 2-8 at historic Country Club of Jackson.

The esteemed private club course measures 7,284 yards from the Championship Tees and proved a stern test for golf's best players last year.

“This is one of the state’s most anticipated sporting events annually, and the professional golfers always put on a spectacular show,” said Visit Mississippi Director Malcolm White. “Mississippi has hosted a PGA TOUR event for decades, and as a state filled with great courses we're proud to continue the tradition and showcase our award-winning golf.”

Previous Sanderson Farms champions include Nick Taylor, Scott Stallings, Chris Kirk, Woody Austin, Bill Haas and Luke Donald.

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PGA of America Honors Visit Mississippi Golf and Sports Program Manager Janet Leach

The PGA of America's Mississippi chapter awarded Visit Mississippi’s Golf and Sports Program Manager Janet Leach with its 2015 Carpenter-Lindsay Award.

A state native, Leach continues to be instrumental in the development and success of one of America's premier golf destinations. The PGA honored her 20 years of diligent work, unfailing passion and excellence promoting the state's many golf assets.

The Carpenter-Lindsay Award is presented to individuals who have unselfishly served and supported the game and PGA professionals. Previous winners include George Bryan, Joe Sanderson, Sonny Lawson and more. The PGA will present her award at a ceremony this fall.

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