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The Refuge | The Best Purely Public Golf Course in Mississippi!


In the mid 1990's, a self-made local Mississippi businessman had a dream for the City of Flowood (a growing city known for great schools and great families)--an upscale daily fee golf course to be enjoyed by golfers in the Greater Jackson area as well as the State of Mississippi and beyond! He had more than 200 acres located on Airport Road, just 1.5 miles south of Lakeland Drive that was covered with pristine wetlands and dotted with hundred year-old oaks and stands of towering pine trees.  Working closely with City officials, they hired a golf course architect from south Florida were on their building a championship caliber golf course that worked in harmony with the beauty of the site.

Nearly 500,000 cubic yards of dirt were moved to create a series of lakes (including the 15-acre AquaRange lake) and develop the rolling hills, tee complexes, fairways, and greens that have come to equate The Refuge with one thing--impeccable playing conditions.  Emerald green fairways wind their way around the pristine wetlands, oaks, and pines and along the lakes and natural areas in a way no other course in the area can.  With no home sites (The Refuge is a classic core course) to crowd in the course and no streets to cross between holes, you'll feel as if you're hundreds of miles from civilization--even though your only 15 minutes from downtown Jackson and less than 5 minutes from the Jackson-Evers International Airport!

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Our spacious and well-appointed clubhouse offers a fully-stocked and professionally-staffed pro shop as well as men's and ladies' locker rooms.  And if you want a bit to eat, try the "nearly world famous" Refuge Grill!  A full menu open daily with a wide range of golf-style favorites, local flavor, and a full complement of libations to wet your whistle ensures that you'll never get bored with our food.  You can enjoy your meal in the dining area of our open style clubhouse designed like an old hunting lodge (except for the flat screen TVs surrounding you to keep you up on the news and sports) or outside on our covered veranda overlooking the 18th hole.

But we didn't stop at impeccable course conditions, large rolling greens, and a fun-to-play championship quality public golf course that Chicago Golfer calls "The Best Purely Public Golf Course in Mississippi."  We didn't even say "good enough" when Mississippi Sports Magazine called The Refuge "The Best Affordable Public Course in Mississippi" or when listed us as the "#4 Course in Mississippi!"  Instead, we're continuing to move forward with our REFUGE2020 program aimed at keeping The Refuge the best in the state.  We just completed building a state-of-the-art indoor teaching facility and we're kicking off a course enhancement plan that will make the course even more fun to play for all players of all skill levels!  Looking for the Randy Tupper Golf Academy (RTGA)? Click here: RTGA Portal

But at the end of the day, there's one thing that sets The Refuge apart. It's not just the impeccable course conditions.  It's not just the professionalism of a facility managed by Watermark Golf Management.  It's not just the fact that our friendly staff treats even new faces like instant old friends when you walk through the door.  It's the fact that a day spent at The Refuge is much more than just a round of golf or a few hours at our practice facility or a great lunch in The Refuge Grill. 

We made significant improvements to the course recently, including opening up some areas of the golf course to enhance player satisfaction and increase pace of play.  By opening up key playing corridors throughout the course, we've freed up more players to hit driver more often and challenge the course with classic risk-reward strategies.  Our work was even featured in Golf Course Architecture magazine!  Don't take our word for it--come see the changes for yourself!

And you never know who you might run into at The Refuge.  In addition to the being the Official Home Course of the Mississippi Braves, we've also become the popular destination for musicians, professional athletes, and other celebrities visiting the Magnolia State and the Greater Jackson area.  As a courtesy, we can't tell you who we've had the pleasure of meeting and who are regulars...but you might want to keep a pen handy for an autograph.

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





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