Wedgewood Golfers' Club and North Creek Golf Course integrate the scenic landscapes of northern Mississippi into their par 72 layouts, taking golfers across rolling hills and rippling waterways.
The North Creek course's bermuda-grass fairways weave along the edges of Horn Lake Creek with a relatively open layout and mounded terrain that channels the links-style charm of golf's Scotch-Irish forebears. Slightly easier than its counterpart, North Creek caters to clubbers of all stripes with four tee options and optional bumper greens.
North Creek Golf Course at a Glance:
Cleaved through a combination of dense tree lines and intervening ponds, The Wedgewood course's bermuda-grass fairways sprawl across 6,863 yards of arduous terrain. With trees hugging most holes, and water hazards kissed against the underside of two doglegged fairways, the course frequently forces players into tough course-management decisions, such as when to smash a driver, when to play lay-up with a three-wood, and how to coerce fellow golfers into giving you unlimited mulligans. Though challenging from the back tees, the course's inventive layout is forgiving enough for players of all abilities.
Wedgewood Golfers' Club at a Glance:
Designed by U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller, Stonebridge's Scottish-links-style course features 27 holes designed to test your swing and backstroke. The course's namesake red-rock bridges arch over and beside three tough nines, each almost 3,600 yards long, making this one of the longest courses in the state. With 20 of the holes adjacent to water, it's also one of the most pond-besotten. Three smaller teeing areas complement the harder drives, and small streams coil beside some the course's 93 sand bunkers.
Thrill-seekers of all ages weave through Golf & Games Family Park’s 40-acre mini metropolis of indoor and outdoor attractions. Scampering legs can dart and dash through the neon-clad, 6,000-square-foot indoor laser-tag arena. A burbling waterfall streams through the park’s 54-hole mini-golf course, hemmed by lush landscaping and statues of various jungle-inhabiting creatures. Bumper boats bob in cerulean waters churned by colliding vessels as they circle a central, life-size elephant statue, and two go-kart courses cater to future and present-day adults. Guests can engage in more conventional contests such as volleyball, basketball, and horseshoes within the bucolic tree lines that frame the open picnic pavilions or hone various swing types at the park’s batting cages, 120-stall driving range, and spacious putting green.
A former director of the Memphis Golf Association, Mark Grace has been imparting imparts golf wisdom to novice club wielders and experienced greensmen alike for more than 15 years. Bring a set of swingable golf sticks and spend one hour practicing driving, chipping, putting, and choosing a caddie based on the weight of his mustache. By focusing on the wrist set, Mark Grace analyzes students' complete swing, enabling him to identify any kinks, be it a hitch, improper speed, or attempting to golf with a pool cue. Computers, along with near-sentient TrackMan technology, assist these analyses. Each class takes place indoors, but can be moved outdoors to tee off from a range with a garage if necessary.
At dawn, just as the sun breaks the horizon, dew slowly disappears from freshly mowed bentgrass greens at Cordova Country Club, summoning golfers of all stripes to test their skills on the tranquil links. Alongside the well-manicured fairways lie groves of mature pine, oak, and maple trees, whose majesty often inspires players to interpret their shape using all of their clubs as bionic branches.
At 6,300 yards, the course forgoes the extreme length of some courses and instead challenges golfers with an onslaught of strategically placed bunkers, creeks, and Bill Murrays.
Course at a Glance:
Golf balls have more than 300 yards to soar at Vantage Point Golf Center’s driving range, where golfers hone their swings by taking aim at 10 target greens. The range’s bermuda-grass hitting stations emulate natural course conditions, letting golfers take divots and practice driving tees into the ground without passive-aggressive golf-cart maneuvers. Owner and former touring pro Chris Thompson presides over a staff of independent instructors who use the range as a venue for private lessons. An onsite café serves light fare and libations, and outdoor lights keep the range open after sunset for golfers who like to enjoy a moonlit nightcap with their sand wedge.
Now in its 55th year, this year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic marks the return of defending champion Harrison Frazar, who will stride over the scenic knolls, turning sand traps into four-star sand hotels in his wake. The roster of players also includes celebs from other areas of expertise, including former NBA point guard Penny Hardaway, who play during the Celebrity Pro-Am on Wednesday, June 6. All stick-swingers will test their mettle against the challenging terrain of TPC Southwind, designed by course architect Ron Prichard and ranked among 2007's Toughest Courses by the PGA Tour for its deceptively tricky holes, undulating fairways, and distracting natural splendor. Proceeds from the tournament benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which works to fight common childhood cancers.