Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's Time to Tee Off in Holly Springs!

With more than 170 diverse golf courses, temperate spring weather and budget-friendly accommodations, now is the time to enjoy a golf getaway to Mississippi. Golf is the perfect complement to the state’s authentic Southern cuisine, music, outdoors and more. A Mississippi golf vacation offers something for all ages, interests and budgets.

“Mississippi golf is often underrated, but our state offers some of the most beautiful courses and most affordable packages,” said Mary Beth Wilkerson, director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division. “Add in our year round mild weather and a diversity of attractions and activities around the state and you have the ideal destination for experiencing the True South.”

Top Mississippi courses include designs by Fazio, Nicklaus and Palmer. Other standouts include courses crafted by Jerry Pate, Mark McCumber, Davis Love III, Hale Irwin and Bob Cupp. Award-winning courses are found throughout the state, from Biloxi on the Gulf Coast to Tunica and right here in Holly Springs!

At Kirkwood National Golf Course one can truly experience what nature gave us. When planning the course, designers took what Mother Nature had given them to work with and created a beautiful, natural golf course. One of the things that set Kirkwood National apart from other area golf courses is the variety of terrain that golfers will find. There are fairways that are wide open and then some that are tree lined, steep elevation changes, lakes, ponds and creeks.

“Aside from the natural terrain at Kirkwood, there is also an abundance of wildlife on the course. Right now you will see wild turkeys and deer. The deer are so tame that they won't run off when a cart goes by, they just stop and look at the golfers and then go right back to eating,” said Jennifer Barkley with Kirkwood. “This morning I woke up to the sound of geese flying overhead to the lake on hole eighteen."

Another thing that is different about Kirkwood is the onsite accommodations. Lots of courses have somewhere to stay, but the setup of the cottages is unique. Guests can rent just one room or the whole cottage and each cottage features outdoor rockers which are the best way to enjoy a Mississippi sunset.

To learn more, visit Kirkwood’s website at http://www.kirkwoodgolf.com/ or call 800-461-GOLF

To view more details about places you can visit to enjoy the history and heritage of Holly Springs, contact the Holly Springs Tourism and Recreation Bureau by calling 662-252-2515, dropping by our office at 148 East College Avenue or by visiting http://www.visithollysprings.com/.

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