Go to Mossy Oak to play a little golf. Or meditate. Both activities would seem appropriate.
As the entry notes: “Nature is a highlight
of the playing experience, with native grasses,
wildlife and creeks interacting with fairways
and bunker complexes to blend a sense of
place on every hole. The expansive landscape
highlights the local habitat of the Mississippi
Black Prairie and immerses golfers in a peace-
ful surrounding with all natural noises and no
So you can say “Fore” … or “Om.”
This is the first course created by Gil Hanse
since his Olympic course in Brazil. It’s become
a sister course to Old Waverly Golf Club,
which was built in the late 1980s. The two
developments are yin and yang developments,
with Old Waverly being much more traditional
and tree-lined and having residences.
The new one? Well, it’s a bit less busy.
“It’s a beautiful piece of property,” said
George Bryan, co-founder of Old Waverly
and developer of the new course. “The course
could have been built with a plow and mule.
That’s how little dirt we moved.”
The course, which sits across the street from
Old Waverly, is on the site of a former dairy
farm called Knob Hill for the nine knobs that
dot the rolling landscape. Bryan had thought
about expanding in 2006, but the recession
By the numbers
Construction cost: N/A
Development acreage: 175
Course acreage: 175
Green fees: $107 walking; $125 with cart —
$117 walking; $135 with cart — weekends
Developer: George Bryan
Architect: Gil Hanse, Hanse Golf Design
Contractor: Heritage Links
What the judges said:
“Wonderful use of beautiful, rolling land.
The shaping work looks very good, with
sculptural bunkers tying nicely into the
landscape in an unforced manner, appearing
to have always been there.” — Mike DeVries
soon came along and delayed those plans.
When the economic ship righted, he again
set his sights on adding a new course.
“I always liked the minimalist look,” Bryan
said. “I’ve been to Scotland a lot, and this
course has that links feel.”
A friend of his is good friends with Hanse,
whom Bryan knew would be the perfect archi-
tect for the project, given his style. He brought
him to the site, and Hanse agreed the property
had a lot of promise.
“We didn’t want to build a regular old golf
course,” Bryan said. “That wouldn’t attract the
This one has features that should do just
And it’s also helping groom the next generation of competitive golfers. The course is home
to a private practice facility of the Mississippi
State University men and women’s golf teams.