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No. 1: Tunica National Golf Club, Tunica

According to Mississippi Business Journal readers, there’s a new favorite golf course to play in Mississippi.

An 18-hole public course featuring immaculate Champion Bermuda greens, gently rolling fairways and generous landing areas, Tunica National Golf & Tennis Club edged out last year’s favorite Old Waverly by the statistical equivalent of a six-inch putt to be proclaimed as the MBJ’s “Reader’s Choice: Mississippi’s Favorite Golf Course.”

Tunica National director of marketing Matt Cooper was elated to hear the news.

“There’s no greater compliment than to be recognized by your readers and the people who play our course,” he said. “It speaks volumes not only about the golf course itself, but also says something about our commitment to customer service by each and every member of our staff. Here at Tunica National, we preach to them about taking care of our loyal customers.”

Designed by Mark McCumber, Tunica National provides golfers with carts complete with high-tech GPS systems that measure yardage, display green overviews and offer exact distancing to fairway hazards and landmarks.

Now in his fifth year with the club, Cooper stresses that the main function of a golf course is that golfers have a great experience.

“Providing our guests with a good time is our objective, whether they are tournament golfers or regular weekend players,” he said. “That’s priority one at Tunica National.”

Thanks to an early spring, playing conditions on the golf course have been excellent, Cooper says.

“The course is a fun layout, with tons of water and bunkers, but it’s still a very challenging golf course,” he said. “Our course superintendent does a fantastic job. We’ve planted about 200 trees around the property in the past two years and as they grow, the scenery around the course will be even more attractive.”

Tunica National also features one of Mississippi’s best practice facilities, including the Golf Academy, where club pros offer personalized golf instruction through clinics and private lessons.

The club  has played host to a variety of charity events over the years, including several by PGA golfer John Daly, and was the site for the 2005 SEC Women’s Golf Championship, the Mississippi Open and some Hooter’s Tour dates.

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