Beau Pre' Country Club tests the mettle of iron-swingers with a scenic 18-hole championship layout that carpets the buxom banks of Second Creek. Practice baton-twirling your ball-hitters while gazing up at the overhanging 90-foot red-clay bluff from one of nine wooden bridges or simply bask in the beauty of the course’s expansive canyons, feeder creeks, and wildlife. A robust 6,935 yards from the tips, the par 72 scene cradles dimpled spheres with TifEagle Bermuda-grass greens as lush and fluffy as an inebriated chinchilla, then tests concentration skills with snickering sand bunkers. Warm up for the round on the multitarget driving range or refine hand-eye-Madras-shorts coordination at the short-game area and putting green.
Helmed by LPGA Class A instructor Kathy Hester, Mississippi?s OnTarget Golf Schools build smooth, dependable swings during six one-hour, weekly classes. The six-session program allows instructors to mold pupils? form by breaking the swing down into its component parts, introducing sound techniques and allowing ample practice repetitions to commit concepts to muscle memory, where they will join riding a bicycle and swallowing oversize jawbreakers on command. Golf gurus also teach clubbers to hit practice shots with a target in mind, developing a subconscious association between their ball?s destination and the shot required to reach it. Clients can consult the schedule for upcoming classes. Online map directions might not be completely accurate, so customers should call ahead if they've never visited any of the courses before. Clubs will be available upon request.
Perched on the banks of the Mississippi River in southern Mississippi, Vicksburg is a little city with outsize historical significance. In the summer if 1863, Union troops bombarded the fortressed Confederate city in what became known as the Siege of Vicksburg. After six weeks of relentless shelling, Vicksburg fell to the Union Army, which gained total control of the Mississippi River in a major turning point of the Civil War. Not surprisingly, Vicksburg is home to many historic military sites, such as the Vicksburg National Military Park, where rebuilt trenches and forts tell the story of the siege. Vicksburg's historical downtown waterfront is worth the 3-mile trip from the hotel. Large murals painted by local artists stretch the length of the riverfront and depict the city's past. The quaint, red-brick buildings of Vicksburg's downtown house upscale restaurant, antique stores, and museums dedicated to the old riverboat days and the Civil War. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.