(JACKSON, Mississippi) - The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Division of Tourism today announces that Pearl River Resort and its 36-hole Dancing Rabbit Golf Club has been cited for excellence by Golf Odyssey, a monthly newsletter for discerning golf-and-resort lifestyle/destination travelers.
Owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Pearl River Resort and Dancing Rabbit in Philadelphia, Miss., were featured in the December 2008 issue of the newsletter's annual year-in-review feature: "Platinum Places: The World's Best Golf Destinations of 2008/09." Specifically, they were honored in the category "Best Resorts with On-Site Golf and Gambling Too."
Golf Odyssey describes itself as being "dedicated to the timely publication of honest and unbiased evaluations of great golf destinations in the United States and abroad. Independence and confidentiality are the cornerstones of our editorial approach. We travel anonymously, pay our own expenses, and do not accept advertising from golf courses, resorts, hotels, or restaurants. Golf Odyssey serves its subscribers with practical information and discriminating advice."
Dancing Rabbit is home to two championship 18-hole courses - Azaleas Course and Oaks Course - designed by Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate. Both courses are regularly regaled with awards from national golf magazines, and Pearl River Resort is considered one of the nation's finest gaming resorts and destinations thanks to multiple hotels, restaurants, comprehensive gaming opportunities, spa, waterpark, and many other amenities.
Located in the west-central part of the state roughly 75 minutes from state capital Jackson, Dancing Rabbit annually hosts top regional and state tournaments, and for the past several years a professional Hooters Tour event.
Dancing Rabbit is famed for its course conditions, customer service, pristine setting amid hundreds of acres of hardwoods, pines, streams with waterfalls, elevation changes and flowering plants. The course and resort are indicative of the high quality golf-and-gaming resorts which make Mississippi the nation's best destination in this category.
From Tunica in northern Mississippi near Memphis to the Gulf Coast and many stops between the Magnolia State is the nation's third largest gaming destination with a wide spectrum of casino resorts, many with golf as an amenity.
Some of the more decorated casino courses include Falling Oak, The Preserve, Grand Bear, Links at Cottonwoods, and The Bridges. Additionally, virtually all of the aforementioned courses are located near other top-notch courses making Mississippi a golfer's destination delight.
"Mississippi is delighted to have Dancing Rabbit and Pearl River Resort recognized for their excellence by Golf Odyssey," says Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division Director D. Craig Ray. "Our great state is known worldwide as a preferred golf-and-gaming destination, and having such unbiased, critical acclaim bestowed by this discerning publication is an outstanding and greatly appreciated honor."