‘A place like no other in Mississippi’
By Rusty Hampton
Those who have played Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point will attest to the beauty and tenacity of the 18th hole, a seductive 445-yard par-4 that is guarded by water and framed by the majestic clubhouse that rises behind the green. But they’ll also tell you there’s a whole lot more to this 26-year-old course in rural northeast Mississippi than just a doozy of a finishing hole.
Old Waverly, says former PGA golfer Lan Gooch, “Is a place like no other in Mississippi.
“The beauty, the attention to details, and the accommodating staff make for a great day no matter how you play. The course is always immaculate, always a challenge and constantly improving.”
Owned by the Bryan family, the course outside West Point has been a hit since it opened in 1988 and soon made its way onto Golf Digest’s list of America’s top 100 courses. Last year, after Waverly recently became a semi-private club, it was ranked 35th on Golf Digest’s list of the country’s top 100 public courses.
Old Waverly hosted the world’s best players in 1999 for the U.S. Women’s Open and attracts golfers from around the state and region regularly. On-site cottages are perfect for play-and-stay package deals, and regardless of how they play, golfers come away impressed by the course and staff round after round.
“Overall relaxing true golf experience,” is how Champions Tour golfer Jim Gallagher Jr. puts it.
Said Lou Hart of Meridian: “The staff there really adds to the golf experience.”
Top women’s golf will return to Old Waverly Sept. 24-27, when the course plays host to the ISPS Handa Cup, an international Legends Tour competition pitting 12 U.S.-born players against 12 international players. The event, for players age 45 and up, has showcased such Hall of Famers as Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan and Beth Daniel in the past.
And next spring, one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments in the nation, the Southern Amateur, will be played at Old Waverly.
While events of that magnitude bring attention to the course, the staff is content with providing the best golfing experience possible for its members and guests.
Said Chris Jester, Old Waverly’s general manager: “Our goal, day-in and day-out, is to provide our members and guests with a world-class golf experience.”
Old Waverly Golf Club
Year opened: 1988
Designers: Jerry Pate and Bob Cupp
Dues: Not available
Greens fees: With member, week days $88; weekends $98
Yardage: 7,088 yards from back tee
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