Review & Rating of The Oaks Course at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club
Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is home to two outstanding award-winning courses designed by Tom Fazio PGA great and Jerry Pate. The courses are carved out of 700 acres of rolling hills and valleys with towering pines, oak forests, and over two miles of spring fed meandering creeks. Both courses have their own unique personality and characteristics and both are works of art featuring Bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways on The Azaleas golf course and Champion Bermuda grass greens & Zoysia fairways on The Oaks course.
The Dancing Rabbit Golf Club courses are built upon the assembly ground and ancestral lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is a celebration of their rich culture. The Azaleas plays through a flood plain while The Oaks was built on rock outcropping that the native Indians adored. Both courses take you through an enchanting forest filled with peaks and valleys which radiate elegance and style – it's peaceful, serene, and majestic. The cart path ride is worth the price of admission.
Dancing Rabbit was named for its location along the banks of the Big and Little Dancing Rabbit Creeks and in the Choctaw language it was called "the creek where the rabbits dance."
Both courses are spectacular with near perfect conditions, fun and demanding holes no two of which are the same, and challenging green complexes. It's not surprising that both courses have won a number of awards and accolades some of which include:
- 2018 “Best Golf Course” – Voted by Readers of Southern Gaming Magazine
- Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play”- #33
- “Top Rated Golf Course in the South” by TeeOff.com
- “Best Golf Course to Play in Mississippi” by CultureTrip.com
- Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Public Golf Courses in America” – #99
- “Best Course in State” – Voted by Readers of Mississippi Magazine
- “Top 100 Best Resort Courses” – Golfweek Magazine
- “Top Casino Course in America” – Golfweek, Golf Digest, and Southern Gaming.
Here is a link to Texas Outside's review and rating of The Azaleas Course at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club.
The Oaks at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is the newer of the two courses and it was open for play in June 1999. The Oaks is equally as charming and challenging as The Azaleas and it's a classic that provides a truly exceptional experience for golf enthusiasts. The conditions are perfect, the scenery is stunning, and the layout is superb with no two holes alike. The greens are huge, there are lots of elevation changes, and some of the fairways are like a roller coaster ride. A fun and challenging 18 holes!
Some of the holes at The Oaks that we loved included:
- #2 is a 478-yard par 4 with a carry over a lake and a creek than a right around a bunker and slight left to the green
- #5 is a beautiful 190 par 3 with a dramatic downhill shot to a big green with a left side bunker and a pond off the back
- #15 is outstanding – a 421 par 4 with a straight shot over a creek off the elevated tee box followed by a zig right then back left and over the creek to a green with the creek bordering the right side
- #18 is a great finishing hole – a 455-yard par 4 with the first shot up the fairway then a slight left between two big bunkers and down to the green with a bunker on the left and a pond on the right
The zoysia fairways at The Oaks are more narrow than The Azaleas course but the total driving corridors are wider with thick woods bordering the fairways (no homes) – but miss the fairway and you're in trouble. The fairways are sloping and rolling with elevation changes requiring both downhill and uphill shots, lots of carries, and some blind as well as risk-reward shots. When we played they were in excellent condition.
The Tifway II Bermuda greens at The Oaks at Dancing Rabbit were perfect, about average size with a wide variety of shapes, in fantastic condition, and had a mix of slope, contour, ridges, and tiers. Most are raised and well guarded putting a premium on the approach shot. They were soft, ran true, and held the ball pretty well.
The bunkers at The Oaks were also in excellent condition with soft fluffy sand. They range from average to big and the faces are steep!
Dancing Rabbit Golf Club has some great stay and play options with a variety of lodging options. The clubhouse has eight beautifully appointed king suites with a whirlpool, veranda, common area, and personal executive cart for resort transportation Stay & Play packages are also available through the Golden Moon Hotel & Casino, Silver Star Hotel and Casino (both a quarter mile from the pro shop) and the Dancing Rabbit Inn adjacent to the pro shop parking lot.
Bottom line – Dancing Rabbit Club Club coupled with Pearl River Resort is perfect for a golf outing – two superb courses, two casinos, a waterpark, good stay and play lodging, and some excellent dining options. Check out our article on Pearl River Resort Stay & Play.
Unfortunately, when we played Dancing Rabbit Golf Club it was drizzling and overcast and as such the pictures don't do the course the justice they deserve.
Read more about the fantastic courses and stay and play options we enjoyed on our Mississippi Golf Vacation.
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Both courses share a well landscaped and beautiful clubhouse with a well-stocked pro shop and grill serving some good food for breakfast and lunch and the bar is open until 7 PM. The practice facilities and putting greens are excellent. Service is great and exudes Southern Hospitality.