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Course Information and History

Originally opened in October of 1998, The Refuge quickly gained acclaim as the "Best Purely Public Golf Course in Mississippi."  Known throughout the Magnolia State and beyond for the impeccable conditioning of the course and the outstanding customer service, The Refuge truly provides the daily fee golfer with country club conditions....without the country club prices!  Mississippi Sports Magazine has named The Refuge the "Best Affordable Public Golf Course in Mississippi" and has ranked us "the #4 course in Mississippi."

This Roy Case-designed layout is also unique in its setting from other courses in the region.   Literally raised from a hardwood swamp, the course was routed through stands of towering pines and centuries-old oaks --- preserving the pristine wetlands found throughout the property.  The rolling fairways of emerald green wind their way through this "golf only" oasis isolated from any sprawling residential development.  In fact, instead of sharing the fairways at The Refuge with houses, you'll be sharing it with some of our "locals" shown below...




For years, The Refuge and Watermark Golf Management have worked closely with The Conservancy Group to ensure that our course is a steward of the environment and a "living laboratory" demonstrating how golf and the environment not only co-exist, but also strengthen each other!  We've added low maintenance native grasses and wildflowers in out-of-play areas of the course, reduced runoff through advances in agronomy and techniques, and even won an award for our work--the National Golf Course Owners' Association of America named The Refuge one of only three "Industry Innovators" at its annual conference in San Diego for our conversion from gasoline-powered maintenance equipment to clean burning propane power! 

At The Refuge, we're not just proud of our work with the environment.  We're also proud to be a truly family-friendly golf facility!  For junior golfers, there’s "The Wee Links at The Refuge," a three hole course created solely for the benefit of juniors.  In fact, adults are not allowed on the Wee Links without "child supervision!"  There’s no cost to play the Wee Links and it provides an excellent opportunity for children of all ages to learn the game as it was meant to be played, without the anxiety of playing a regulation golf course.  We also have our Family Fun Five every late afternoon from Spring through Fall where parents (or grandparents) can come play five holes with their junior golfers for only a cart fee!  And we've even installed junior tees on the first five holes and printed their own scorecards so they can learn to keep score on their own!  Both the Wee Links and the Family Fun Five are great opportunities for parents to spend quality time with their children while introducing them to the game.  The Refuge is also the home of the Mississippi Golf Association's Junior Girls Golf School of Mississippi!

You owe it to yourself to see why everyone is raving about The Refuge!  Generous greens with no-less-than-perfect putting surfaces, exceptional customer service, fully-stocked golf shop, the Refuge Grill, and attention to the smallest of details are onlyteh beginning!

A day at The Refuge is not just a day at a golf's an experience!

Proper golf attire is required at The Refuge.  This includes no "cut-off" shorts, no metal spikes on shoes, and gentlemen are required to wear a shirt with a collar.







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