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Golfers reveal their favorite apres-round hangouts

The 19th Hole often the best part of a day on the course

Before playing a round of golf at Colonial Country Club in Jackson, the “Bushwood Gals” usually meet for breakfast in “the grill.”

“If we’re not playing particularly well, we stop at the turn for a ‘Mary’ and always have a good beverage and snack after our round,” said avid golfer and recent retiree Pam Chatham of Madison, who said the lady golfers “lovingly refer to ourselves as the ‘Bushwood Gals’ in honor of the great golf movie ‘Caddy Shack.'”

Even though Southern Farm Bureau Classic executive director Robert Morgan hasn`t played golf in seven years, it hasn`t stopped him from reminiscing with golf buddies at Canebrake Country Club`s Copper Grill or the Hattiesburg Country Club`s Nineteenth Hole, where fried oysters, pepper jack cheese and “awesome” hamburgers are favorite menu items. (The Nineteenth Hole is getting a facelift that should be completed by the end of the month.)

“Those are real nice places with good food and good friends,” said Morgan, who added that another favorite place to talk shop is “on my patio deck at home. You can`t beat that.”

Russ Rutland, who works with Morgan, usually heads to Time-Out Sports Bar in Jackson.

“Everything`s really good, from knick-knacks to home-cooked meals,” he said. “They brought in some food at the tournament last year, and that`s where I got a taste of it. Plus, they have a really good atmosphere, with lots of TVs around to watch sports on. But it`s the food that keeps me coming back.”

Golf course architect Nathan Crace usually heads to the Refuge Grill at The Refuge in Flowood, while Bob Wolcott, general manager of Tunica National Golf & Tennis Club heads to the onsite pub-style Delta Grille, which features a big-screen television, fireplace and views of the indoor clay courts. Wolcott quipped: “What`s not to like?”

Janet Leach, director of golf tourism for the Mississippi Development Authority, likes to lounge on the patio of the clubhouse at the Pearl River Resort`s Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Choctaw.

“It`s a nice place to have a drink and watch the players come in,” she said.

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