Follow the Champions Tour to play golf in the Magnolia State


This week, you might want to check out a new event on the Champions Tour called the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic . It's being played at Fallen Oak Golf Club, which is located near Biloxi, Miss., on the Gulf Coast.

Fallen Oak is a pretty special golf facility even though it's only been open for four years. Designed by Tom Fazio, Golfweek magazine rated it the best 'golf courses “you can play' in the state and 55th among the modern courses.

But Fallen Oak isn't the only game in the state. Close by is The Preserve, a Jerry Pate design that's also been recognized by national publications as one of America's best new courses. You might be surprised to learn that the state of golf in Mississippi really is on the rise.

With five distinct regions, Mississippi offers a number of quality golf courses over different terrain. Many are associated with Indian tribes or located on the Mississippi River or offshore and offer gaming, resort hotels, big-name entertainment and excellent dining.

Thirty-six-hole Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in central Mississippi, for example, sits on land owned by the Choctaw Nation. The facility hosts a Hooters Tour event each season, and has been the site of many high profile qualifiers and amateur events. 

Tunica National
, located in the Delta region of northwest Mississippi, is also growing as a destination. The course's director of golf and general manager, Bob Wolcott, played on the PGA Tour, so you know he's got a pretty good idea of what constitutes a great golf experience.

In all, there are more than 130 public golf courses in Mississippi, which is trying to get the word out about the quality and reasonable rates the state has to offer. They're also pretty hospitable in these parts, which makes for a winning combination.