Tucked northwest of Sardis Lake just above John W. Kyle State Park, Mallard Pointe Golf Course showcases undulating bermuda-grass fairways that offer sweeping views of the area's towering trees. Designed by Bob Cupp, the course’s layout challenges players with back-to-back par 5s on the lengthy 6th and 7th holes, as well as on the 10th and 16th holes, requiring players to break at least once for s’mores while trekking from tee to green. Before hitting the fairways, swingers can take advantage of an extensive practice area consisting of a 350-yard driving range with six target greens and 100 hitting stations, a 10-acre grass-tee area, and a practice fairway bunker.
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Long the home of the Mississippi Choctaw Indians, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club derives its name from the waterway that snakes across its grounds, which the Choctaw referred to as "the creek where rabbits dance." The club's name is not the only thing that hearkens back to a bygone era: towering, mature pines and hardwoods cast their shadows across the 700-acre plot, which hosts two handsome, challenging 18-hole layouts designed by course architect Tom Fazio and former PGA star Jerry Pate. Opened in 1997, the Azaleas course connects Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens in a 7,128-yard layout that takes full advantage of the surrounding water. The zoysia fairways and Bermuda greens of the Oaks course, meanwhile, offer a slightly different feel, though the two courses are similar in length, difficulty, and topography.
Regardless of which course they play, golfers will have to keep their wits about them until the very last shot, as both feature 18th greens guarded by water hazards. Before hitting the course, guests can warm up at a practice facility that includes a driving range with seven target greens and three contoured putting greens, as well as a bunker where they can practice sand shots or dig for ancient divot tools.
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Country Club of Canton's 18-hole course wraps snugly around a 22-acre lake, allowing it to incorporate water into play on most of the holes. It's been the central characteristic since the layout was first strung around the lake in 1923. Other previous occupants included the old pine forests, still in existence, as well as the lake monster, forced to relocate through eminent domain. The golf club's social scene revolves around the 12,000 square-foot clubhouse, where a driving range and putting green skirt the clubhouse grille and banquet space.
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Bama Mini Golf challenges families with a pair of 18-hole miniature-golf courses in an all-ages environment fit for toddlers, grandparents, and everyone in between. Considered an intermediate challenge, the facility's first course features plenty of lighting to illuminate putts during evening rounds. The advanced course weaves through the property's wooded surroundings and transforms into a glow-in-the-dark adventure after nightfall. Concession stands dole out sodas, ice cream, and fresh snow cones to fuel more fun and games, which Bama Mini Golf plans on expanding to include go-karts, an arcade, and laser tag.
Named to the 2010 PGA President's Council on Growing the Game, The Country Club of Oxford's head pro Ricky Hamilton hones the swings of seasoned and nascent golfers alike. Over the course of two private 45-minute lessons (a $65 value each), students learn proper stance and gripping techniques, as well as the precise angle at which to sport a jaunty pom-pommed cap. Using high-tech video equipment, Hamilton helps clients achieve optimal ball-walloping form, fine-tuning misaligned swings, adjusting out-of-whack slices, and redirecting sputtering putts with the patience of a seasoned lemming wrangler. Though private lessons are generally offered Tuesday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., patrons may schedule later appointments if necessary, as well as team up with a buddy for shared sessions. Players should bring their own clubs.