Biloxi at the edge of DeSoto National Forest
and built exclusively for guests of Beau
Rivage Resort & Casino, has played host to
the PGA Tour Champions Mississippi Gulf
Resort Classic since 2010.
“Fallen Oak features more than 1,000
mature oaks, pines and magnolias, forest,
marshes, pecan groves and more,” says
Apryl Hall, public relations/communica-tions specialist for Beau Rivage Resort &
She adds groups can count on a personal
greeting upon arrival, on-course food and
beverage and chilled towels, cart signage,
and swing tips at the practice facility.
“Fallen Oak’s practice facilities and
Gulf Hills Golf Club
clubhouse alone put it among the top
courses in the country,” Hall says, adding
the 12,000-square-foot clubhouse features
a 70-seat lounge, top-level dining and pan-
oramic views of the 18th hole and of the
course’s namesake live oak.
Golf Digest once named Gulf Hills Golf
Club’s 17th hole among the top five most
challenging and beautiful holes in the
Located in Ocean Springs, this course is
The Oaks Golf Club
great for beginner and pro golfers, as well
as first-time and veteran tournament plan-
ners, according to Janice Jefferson, director
of sales at Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast.
“Group golf outings at Gulf Hills Golf
Club are an incredible experience,” she
says. “The well-equipped staff is available
to help identify dates, set up tournaments
and so much more.”
Jefferson adds the club also offers cus-
tomized golf/hotel room packages with the
on-site Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Cen-
ter that “alleviate extra steps” for planners.
The Pass Christian-based Oaks Golf Club,
named among the “Best Courses You
Can Play” by Golfweek magazine, winds
through native wetlands and timberlands.
“The golf course is challenging for golfers
of any level with five sets of tees,” says
General Manager Russ Bloom, adding the
course’s signature hole is the par- 3 No. 7
over water. “The beauty of the hole is stunning, and then the golfer realizes they must
hit a quality shot to avoid trouble.”
The Oaks is a popular tournament
course, complete with a practice facility,
event coordinators to help with group
outings, and an outdoor pavilion featuring
a built-in scoreboard, audio and televisions
for post-play receptions or banquets.
MISSISSIPPI’S WEST COAST/
HANCOCK COUNTY TOURISM
VISIT MISSISSIPPI GULF
After the meeting, interested attendees can explore the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s hopping opportunities, which range
from galleries showcasing local artworks to
a major outlet destination filled with name
At Hillyer House ( www.hillyerhouse.com) in
Ocean Springs attendees will find works created by local artists, including pottery, paintings,
handcrafted jewelry, hand-blown glass items,
drinkware and dinnerware.
Also in Ocean Springs is Miner’s Doll & Toy
Store ( www.minerstoystore.com), the perfect
stop for attendees with little ones waiting at
home. Here, patrons will find collectible dolls
by world-famous designers, dollhouses and accessories, and various toys by popular brands
including Gund, Playmobil and Robotix.
In Biloxi is Prima Donna ( www.etsy.com/
shop/primadonnaboutique), a boutique store
in the Rue Magnolia Arts District that features
local art and new and authentic vintage apparel
for women, as well as various accessories,
shoes and handbags.
In Gulfport is the Gulfport Premium Outlets
( www.premiumoutlets.com), a premiere shop-
ping destination boasting some 70 designer
and name-brand outlet stores all in one place
and all offering a daily savings of 25 percent
to 65 percent. Among the options are Banana
Republic, Coach, Gap, J.Crew, Nike and Under
in Bay St. Louis is
a wonderful spot to
browse the works
of local talent. The
rotating lineup of
beadwork, jewelry and photography.
The owner of Bay St. Louis-based Social Chair ( www.baystlouisoldtown.com/
social-chair), Yuki Northington, was featured
on the HGTV show Design Star. In her store attendees will find everything from a pack of gum
for $1.61 to a $1,600 chair. The eclectic mix
of merchandise here includes local artwork,
unique decor, fun gifts and greeting cards.
Bea Connick’s ( www.baystlouisoldtown.
com/bea-connick), also in Bay St. Louis, is
owned by the aunt of famous musician Harry
Connick, Jr. This upscale shop features linen
clothing, hats, shoes, jewelry, scarves and
PRIMA DONNA, BILOXI
FALLEN OAK, BEAU RIVAGE RESORT & CASINO, SAUCIER