For those that have never played a round at The Dogwoods at Hugh White State Park, director of golf Jeff Sanford advises to pack a camera in your bag.
“There’s a lot of wildlife in the area and you never know when a large buck, a fox or bald eagle might appear out of nowhere,” said Sanford, a former journalist who earned his PGA card in 1995. “It’s such a beautiful setting for a golf course, with Grenada Lake serving as the backdrop. Photo opportunities are numerous here.”
Billed as a “nature lover’s” course, The Dogwoods takes full advantage of the natural beauty surrounding the lake. Carved out of the Hugh White State Park forest, the track features undulating greens, wide fairways and a view that’s second to none.
The Dogwoods’ signature hole is number 12, which features a panoramic view of the lake behind the green.
“It’s a par-four with lots of bunkers,” said Sanford. “The hole is drive-able but it can eat your lunch, too.”
Accordingly, each hole is unique in its own way, he added.
“The course has no parallel fairways and I feel the greens are absolutely the best in the state,” Sanford said. “It is a great honor to be recognized again as one of the state’s top five golf courses and all the credit goes to our course superintendent and the staff. None of them play golf, but they take a lot of pride in keeping everything in tip-top shape.”
Last year, The Dogwoods was voted the third-best golf course to play by Mississippi Business Journal readers. No matter the ranking, Sanford says he’s humbled that Mississippians recognize the course as one of the state’s crème de la crème.
“This place is a hidden gem and we’re thrilled that folks think so highly of The Dogwoods,” he said. “It all goes back to not only the excellent condition of the golf course, but the first-class way we try to treat people when they walk in the door. Plus, it’s such a great value.”
Managed by the City of Grenada, the course has had a significant impact on the local economy and attracts golfers from as far away as Oregon and Illinois, according to Sanford.
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