It has been a long time, due to the horrible weather, that we have been able to get out and review a golf course.
Today's review comes from The Oaks Golf Club, about 30 minutes west from Biloxi, Mississippi, in Pass Christian. The Oaks is one of the very few golf courses located along the Mississippi Gulf Coast that is not affiliated with a casino.
The staff at The Oaks are very friendly and welcoming. From the first staff you meet outside to the professionals in the shop, everyone was a delight to talk to. Even though the clubhouse is nothing spectacular it serves it's purpose and does the job. Both the golf shop and grill are in one large room separated only by a partition wall. The grill has excellent food and the golf shop is fully stocked.
One of the best treats, well at least for the guys, is the The Oaks is home of the Hooters Girls as Beverage Cart servers, courtesy of the Hooters-Gulfport. To our knowledge this is the only course to do so. No you will not get wings on the course, but you will get the same personalities and service you would at any Hooters Restaurant. Very friendly and treated with a smile.
As one of the top courses in the area, The Oaks has hosted Nike Tour events, now the WEb.com Tour, and has consitently ranked among the best courses you can play in the state of Mississippi.
The Oaks is a residential community in Pass Christian, but is also located in a natural preserve of woods and wetlands. With the exception of two holes, any hole with a home on it, only them on one side, with the natural vegetation on the other.
Even though the golf course does not play long, only 6,885 from the tips, the golf course presents its challenges. This is not a golf course to hit driver on every hole, as you may need to Manage Your Golf Game as you proceed around the course. Some fairways are tight with strategically placed bunkers and others will let you take a mighty rip at the ball. That holds true around the greens also. Some holes will force you to carry the ball over a bunker, marsh area, or water hazard while others give you plenty of room to run the ball up to the green if you so choose.
The greens at The Oaks are very consistent from hole to hole and very undulating in areas. Not the largest greens you can play on, but they are by no means small either. The way the greens are shaped will test your short game, but on the off chance you miss a green, it is not a difficult up and down. The way the course is maintained gives you multiple shot options around the greens, making it a fair test for everyone.
The following is our rating for: Overall Experience, Course Conditions, Course Design, Value received, Facilities, and Staff. A 0-10 point system is used with 10 being the highest and 0 being the lowest.
Overall this is a course we highly recommend to anyone living in or visiting near the area looking to play a good golf course at a very fair price. www.theoaksgolfclub.com