Vibrant Casino and Arnold Palmer–Designed Golf Course on Mississippi's Gulf Coast
The 18-hole course at The Bridges Golf Club, designed by legend Arnold Palmer, spreads across nearly a mile of verdant greenery dotted with moss-draped oaks and stately pines. The challenging course, which abuts the Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis hotel, has earned a spot on Golfweek's roundup of Best Casino Courses, and it's on the short list for PGA and USGA events. Water hazards and aberrant bulkheads fill the track, which unfolds alongside striking coastal scenery on the banks of the Gulf of Mexico's Bay St. Louis, about 60 miles from New Orleans.
The picturesque stillness of the fairway is a far cry from the scene in the Vegas-inspired casino, located just off of the lobby of the Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis hotel. More than 1,200 slot machines clang and whirr as tuxedoed dealers challenge cardsharps at six poker tables. The casino also has areas for playing blackjack and craps. Take a break from the casino floor by cooling off poolside at the cabana bar or refueling at the hotel’s four restaurants. None offers more variety than Epic Buffet, a spread that encompasses southern barbecue, Asian dishes, and Italian pastas. Use your buffet vouchers for hearty breakfasts, lunches, or festive themed dinners, which have previously included oyster, crawfish, and steaks.
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi: Coastal Community near New Orleans
Bay St. Louis abounds with pristine sands and lush marshland, and lies on the Gulf of Mexico coastline near the midway point between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama. Beaches, boutiques, and cafés are just a short walk from the hotel. The hub of the downtown arts scene is the Alice Mosley Folk Art and Antique Museum, which displays works depicting life in 20th-century Mississippi and 40th-century Robot Mississippi.
Head over to New Orleans for a night of music and revelry. Although Bourbon Street enchants revelers, the storied Big Easy has as many faces as it has nicknames—foodies, music aficionados, and architecture buffs all find their place. At the intersection of it all is the French Market, an eclectic open-air market dating back to the 1790s when it was a trading post for Native Americans, Germans, and Caribbean immigrants.