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Ground Broken on Hugh White State Park Golf Course


In late May, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Division of Tourism announced construction had begun on the 18-hole public golf course at Hugh White State Park on Grenada Lake. Located in the north-central part of the state, the layout will be a new stop on the Magnolia Golf Trail when it opens in fall 2005.

As envisioned by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (DWFP), the city of Grenada and Grenada County, the new course will complement the activities and facilities at the park. The layout will cater to current park users, as well as attract visitors to enjoy the beauty and recreational experiences offered by Grenada and Grenada Lake.

Officials drew from two other state park facilities – Quail Hollow (Arthur Hills design) in McComb and Mallard Pointe (Bob Cupp) in Sardis – in developing this latest addition to the Magnolia Golf Trail.

The DWFP retained the design-development team of Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., Global Golf Design, led by golf architect Gary Baird, and Wadsworth Golf Construction Company to create the plan for the 18-hole championship complex at Hugh White State Park. The course will feature multiple tees, Bermuda fairways and greens, concrete cart paths and a comprehensive irrigation system for maximum playability and maintenance.

A 3,200-square-foot clubhouse will contain a golf shop, small grill kitchen, restrooms and dining area. Other facilities include a 6,250-square-foot maintenance facility with a 1,000-square-foot equipment and materials storage facility and a 3,000-square-foot, 75-cart storage building.

The $4.9-million project is expected to be ready in late fall 2005. MDWF has entered into an inter-local agreement with the city of Grenada to run the course at that time. “We’re extremely excited the course at Hugh White State Park in Grenada is scheduled to open next year,” says Leland Speed, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. “This gives golfers and travelers worldwide another venue at which to discover that Mississippi offers convenient access to a wealth of unique, highly-rated golf venues and other attractions at extremely affordable prices.”

Attractions contributing to Mississippi’s growing popularity as a preferred golf-and-travel destination include:

· Great year-round weather and direct flights from major carriers;
· More than 140 courses that offer all price points and design varieties in five distinct regions;
· New and existing courses designed by top golf course architects;
· More affordable courses than most other comparable U.S. golf destinations;
· Gourmet cuisine, Delta blues music, and casino resorts offering star-studded entertainment;
· Family-themed attractions with parks and beaches;
· An annual PGA Tour golf tournament in the state capital, Jackson;
· History and architecture, including Antebellum-era mansions converted into B&B venues.

A free Golf Mississippi Travel Guide and more information is available by calling 866/801-8551 or visiting www.golfmississippi.org. For details on Mississippi’s Magnolia Golf Trail, visit (www.magnoliagolftrail.com).