Shell Landing Golf Club

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Shell Landing Golf Club

Shell Landing

3499 Shell Landing Blvd
Gautier, MS 39553-5808

(228) 497-5683

Regulation

Daily Fee Facility

Real Estate Development

18

2000

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Davis Love, III

$109 weekend
$99 weekday
$79 twilight

73.2

7024

72

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Overall Rating 4 out of 5 based on 67 user reviews
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04/29/22
Good course
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03/31/22
Something
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11/14/21
First time playing. Did not disappoint.
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09/10/21
Great track. Everything was fantastic. Greens have a lot of undulation but roll good. Will play again when in the area.
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07/11/21
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04/03/21
Although Biloxi, MS is best known for its beaches and casinos, its appeal to golfers and golf travelers is growing quickly. Coastal Mississippi has some amazing and stunning golf courses, with plenty of courses for the public to play, numerous restaurants to eat at, and the opportunity to win big at one of the many casinos. It’s a chance for a hole-in-one and a million-dollar jackpot all in the same day! There are 12 courses immediately in the Biloxi area; several more if you don’t mind putting a few miles on the rental car. Here’s my take on a few of them.

Owner and CEO Kenny Hughes is a native of Biloxi, MS and spent his childhood playing golf at nearby Sunkist Country Club. Kenny attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he was named Player of the Year as a member of the varsity golf team. After graduation he got into the golf industry on a full-time basis and in 1989 Hughes was named by the PGA as apprentice player of the year by the Mississippi Chapter. He has been a PGA member since 1992, having competed in and won dozens of tournaments. So it goes without saying that Kenny knows golf, especially in coastal Mississippi. He has been at Shell Landing Golf Club since the course opened its doors in 2000 and has seen both the good and the bad. Shell Landing has been through some rough financial times and in 2012, Kenny and a group of investors purchased Shell Landing and nearby Hickory Hill Golf Club, where Hughes got his start in the golf business.

Shell Landing doesn’t have deep pockets or the backing of a casino to help it stay afloat and what Kenny and his staff have done is take a spectacular golf facility in a relatively unknown – at least for golf – part of the country and transform it into a facility that is recognized by both Golf Digest and Golfweek as one of the top public courses in Mississippi year in and year out.

Golf Digest has been so impressed with the facility that they have recognized them on several occasions including naming Shell Landing among America's Best New Courses. In 2003, the magazine ranked this Davis Love III championship design #5 in America in the Best New Upscale Public category, the only one in the top 5 that is located in the South. In 2007 Shell Landing was presented Golf Digest’s "Architecture Award' in recognition of their outstanding design and named it among the "Best Golf Courses in the State." In 2017 Golf Digest ranked Shell Landing the 6th Best Golf Course in Mississippi.

The Shell Landing Golf Course was designed by Davis Love III and plays 7,024 yards of golf from the back tees for a par of 72. From back here, the course rating is 73.2 with a slope of 128. Shell Landing Golf Club features both a beautiful natural waterfront setting and some diverse topography. Water comes into play on eight holes and plays a role on most scorecards. Generous tree-lined fairways meander through the pine savannah, which is adorned with seasonal flowers. These well-sculpted fairways give way to large undulating greens that roll true and fast. You’ll find conditioning like many of the high-priced casino courses in the area at a fraction of the cost. As you make your way around the layout, you’ll have the opportunity to commune with nature; it’s not uncommon during a round to see deer, alligators, rabbits, fox and a variety of birds. With five sets of tees, all levels of players will find Shell Landing to be a challenging and enjoyable place to play.

Shell Landing is not without its fair share of memorable golf holes. The course’s signature hole is the par 3, 17th which plays over 200 yards from the back tees. The tees are elevated and play downhill to the green. Don’t let the visual distractions fool you, you can easily be distracted on this hole. All you can see off the tee is the marsh and the three deep bunkers that loom behind the green. The best advice you will get is to be sure and carry the marsh and hit the green! Par is a good score here.

Another hole you’re not soon to forget is Number 9 a 370-yard par 4 that features a marsh that crosses the fairway. Longball hitters may be able to carry it, although for my money, the risk outweighs the reward. Play something less of the tee, short of the creek and you’ll leave yourself a short approach to an elevated green protected front and back by beautiful, white sand bunkers.

The par 5 3rd is one of the most beautiful holes on the entire course. It’s a modest double dogleg that plays well over 500 yards. Fairway bunkers guard the right side of fairway off the tee and if you play it too safe, you may just find the woods! Place your tee shot down the left center of the fairway with a power fade and you’ll be in good shape to play your second shot. You’ll want to hit it down the right side of fairway towards the mounds with a slight draw; this will leave a full third shot into the green. Should you decide to go for the green in two, be sure to carry the large pond that fronts the green.

Other amenities at Shell Landing include a full length 15-acre practice facility where you can hit every club in your bag, as well as a massive putting green. There’s also men’s and women’s locker rooms, club storage, and top of the line rental clubs.

After your round, be sure to stop by the Landing Bar and Grill, which has something for everyone. At first glance, the menu is not all that impressive, as a matter of fact, you could say it’s very limited. That may be the case but take a bite out of any item on the menu and you’ll be amazed. After all, what’s better: having a small menu and doing everything well or having a lot of choices, but nothing memorable? Their burgers are superb, the Philly Cheesesteak is something to write home about and their sandwiches are impressive. And by the way, the hot dogs are the best around and their prices will let you leave with enough to pay off your bets! The Landing Bar and Grill is open to the public and is open for lunch 7 days a week from 11 AM – 3 PM. They are also available to host special events.

Shell Landing Golf Club also offers golf memberships. Members receive discounted visitor passes, advance tee times, complimentary range balls, a 20 percent pro shop discount, inclusion in member events and tournaments with any level of membership package. Choose from Gold Level, Senior Level, Junior Level and Weekday Primary membership packages. Membership packages range in price from $55 to $159 per month for a single membership.

When it comes to dining options, you can’t go wrong with what each of the casinos has to offer: incredible buffets as well as high-end steakhouses. Get outside the casinos and head into the towns of Ocean Springs and Biloxi and I have a couple of suggestions. Patio 44 in Biloxi is known for its fresh take on classic Creole-style dishes that incorporate the freshest ingredients available from the Delta and Gulf Coast regions, dishes like shrimp and grits, fried catfish tacos, and seafood gumbo. The Buckhead Certified Angus Beef they serve is aged for a minimum of 21 days. Patio 44 also offers one of the most unique – and delicious – appetizers I’ve ever had. Their Debris Fries are a “southern take” on Canadian poutine. Perfectly cooked French fries with braised beef trimmings, brown gravy, and melted cheese, garnished with green onions. It’s a must!

Maison de Lu is Ocean Springs is another great choice. New Jersey native Luann Ellis left the snow and headed for Gulf Coast over 20 years ago and now calls Ocean Springs home. Maison De Lu is located in the heart of downtown Ocean Springs and serves some interesting creations. The Goat Cheese Torte is delicious; layered with sundried tomatoes and pesto and served with warm pita chips. The New Zealand Rack of Lamb is sliced into chops and served with the sauce du jour. The side dishes are amazing; Roasted Red Beets, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions, and a great alternative to potatoes, Twice Baked Cauliflower.

This is just a brief glimpse into everything Coastal Mississippi has to offer golfers. From great drives on the course to short drives to everything you want to do off the course, The Secret Coast has got you covered.

Review Date Member Overall Rating
11/15/20
Great Course
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04/19/20
Beautiful course, nice layout, friendly staff.
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03/11/20
Great course
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02/01/20
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02/01/20
Nice track
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12/31/19
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12/24/19
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11/09/19
Shell Landing is one of the best courses on the MS Coast!
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08/19/19
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07/09/19
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07/03/19
great track Nd nice staff
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03/31/19
Course was in great condition. Make sure to bring bug spray for early tee times.
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03/24/19
Awesome place
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03/23/19
Course is amazing! Very scenic staff is great! Greens fast. But everything is in great condition!
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03/23/19
Love coming here
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06/24/18
Good
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04/11/18
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12/04/17
Nice place. Will play again
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11/14/17
Beautiful course. Little expensive if you’re not a member though
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11/02/17
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08/01/17
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07/11/17
IDK, great layout and greens reminded me slightly of Cambrian Ridge in AL (big tiers and waves if that makes sense). Greens were a little slow and the fairways were hard...The Club champion was in a week. I could see great potential on this course.
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06/18/17
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06/12/17
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05/29/17
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05/29/17
outstanding. ...a must play
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03/11/17
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11/12/16
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10/16/16
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09/11/16
Great course! Nice open layout with rolling fairways. Greens were very consistent.
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09/02/16
Good value if you have the membership card
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07/16/16
Great course. Well maintained.
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06/03/16
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06/23/15
This was a fun course. Hot and really humid. The greens were excellent-medium speed. Fairways pristine. Lots of sand traps that were maintained. Layout of course is fair but will not grind you down. We paid $80 including tax on a week day.
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06/13/15
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03/08/15
Great course
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02/11/15
nice fairways
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01/31/15
Super course, need to play this one
Lots of bunkers
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10/24/14
Good course, in decent shape and challenging
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10/20/14
Really enjoyed this course
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09/28/14
Slowwwwww greens but in good shape! If there was any speed to them at all it would have been nice.
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09/09/14
Excellent course
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06/15/14
Great track
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06/15/14
Extremely nice course and great value!!!!!
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06/15/14
Great track!
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04/25/14
Ok
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08/04/13
Had just been aerated so made for sandy greens. Pretty decent course but a little steep IMO.
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06/25/13
Great value
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05/13/13
Great condition. Well maintained.
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04/07/13
The course was not in good shape and certainly wasn't worth $90. I called the pro shop to book the tee time and asked if the greens had recently been punched and was told they were in good shape. It turned out the greens were punched the previous week. Very disappointing.
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12/19/12
Great Course!
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12/16/12
Classic course
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12/10/12
Fun course
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12/07/12
Beautiful as always and fun as always.
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11/10/12
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09/23/12
Nice layout
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08/05/12
Good track, slow greens, tee boxes and hole placements wore out - need to be moved more often. For $39, it was good deal.
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08/02/12
Good course but the oaks is better
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04/26/12
Good
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02/12/12
Great layout of a track. But greens need some work.
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11/11/11
Recent Scores
MEMBER SCORE RT/SL PLAYED
DABONSTA 93 71.2/129 05/30/22
fritzy78 120 71.2/129 05/12/22
jtdeines 106 71.2/129 04/29/22
Giefer 98 71.2/129 04/04/22
WayneSBell 101 71.2/129 03/31/22
Jeff133 89 69.2/119 01/17/22
Mdbrine50 97 71.2/129 11/04/21
Jeff133 81 69.2/119 10/11/21
mrstogy 93 73.8/134 09/10/21
noheart 88 69.6/119 07/03/21
JDMBAU2 88 71.2/129 04/18/21
RButcher 93 66.6/115 03/03/21
bfedfed 85 66.6/115 03/03/21
emjaygolfer 79 71.2/129 01/04/21
Reddogg 93 69.2/119 11/27/20
lcom 93 69.2/119 11/15/20
wlkronjr 91 70.4/123 11/14/20
chicagopizza 75 66.6/115 11/14/20
bfedfed 86 69.2/119 10/15/20
bfedfed 84 69.2/119 09/02/20
Burnt 82 69.2/119 06/21/20
Burnt 83 73.8/134 05/17/20
taevans126 95 71.2/129 05/07/20
taevans126 101 71.2/129 05/03/20
Burnt 86 69.2/119 04/19/20
Scorecard
Tee Gender Rating Slope
Black - Snapping M 73.8 134
Blue - Hawksbill M 69.2 119
Gold - Leatherback M 71.2 129
Gopher M 66.6 115
Hawksbill M 69.2 119
Leatherback M 71.2 129
Snapping M 73.8 134
White - Gopher M 66.6 115
Red - Sea W 69.6 118
White - Gopher W 72.4 123
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