On April 20, golfers have the chance to raise money for leukemia research while swinging their clubs on one of the state’s premier courses.
The event is the first Dancing Rabbit Leukemia Golf Classic, hosted by Dancing Rabbit Golf Club at Silver Star Casino in Philadelphia. Proceeds will be donated to the Mississippi chapter of the Leukemia Society of America.
Society executive director Terry Lynn Hamm hopes the tournament will raise in excess of $50,000 to fight leukemia. Based on the course’s growing popularity, that goal might become reality. The 350-acre, 18-hole championship course, which opened in mid-1997, is already a top rated course.
The Leukemia Golf Classic starts at 10 a.m. with registration at the clubhouse and ends at 5 p.m. with an awards banquet at the Silver Star Convention Center. The cost is $2,000 per foursome, which includes two rooms at the 500-room casino hotel on April 19, banquet invitations and prizes.
Over $4,000 in golf gift certificates will be awarded to first through fifth place winners and three hole-in-one prizes will be given away — $10,000 in cash and two golf carts. Awards will also be given for longest drive and closest to the hole on four par 3 holes.
The tournament maximum is 120 players.
Dancing Rabbit has several other tournaments planned this year, including the State Amateurs in early June and the Ladies Southeastern Team Matches in mid-October.
With its first course open less than a year, construction is already underway for a similar 18-hole course nearby, also designed by Fazio and Pate. Conservative estimates put that course ready for play by this time next year.
Dancing Rabbit’s first course has received favorable reviews from Golf Magazine and GolfSouth magazine, among others. In “The Birmingham News,” reviewer Ian Thompson states the course is sure to become one of the best courses in the state and the Southeast. “Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is such a spectacular facility that each and every hole is worthy of mention,” notes Thompson.
The 7,128-yard course of bermuda and bent grass greens is enveloped in large pines and hardwoods, waterfalls and several miles of streams. Fifteen bridges lead golfers from hole to hole. According to Dancing Rabbit assistant golf pro Duncan Millar, the course’s popularity is a combination of a top design team (Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate) and its natural layout.
“It’s a fantastic piece of property,” Millar said.
The club has reached its goal of 300 memberships, the maximum for now on the existing course.
Dancing Rabbit is only open to members and to guests with packages through the hotel and casino. The Leukemia Golf Classic is open to all golfers.
For more information on the Dancing Rabbit Leukemia Golf Classic or to register, call (601) 981-9343 or (888) 372-2248.