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Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.3
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Layout
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3.9
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4.5
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Conditions
4.7
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Pace
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4.5
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 72
Length 6635 yards
Slope 131
Rating 71.3
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The Refuge Golf Course (MS)
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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Golf Season Year round
Architect Roy Case (1998) Nathan Crace (2019)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code A collared shirt and golf pants or shorts are preferred, but not required.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.1
25 Reviews (25)
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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good round

Recent improvements make this course a definite replay

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 98
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Tennessee Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A big upgrade from yiur typical muni

When I read muni in any description, my mind goes to crusty greens, bad lies, and mediocre conditions. The Refuge does not have any of those conditions. It is well maintained, good rolling greens, and well maintained conditions throughout the course.

Many of the holes are straightforward... no real trips. Several of the par 4s are less than 325y from the number II tees. Some fairway bunkers and very few greenside bunkers. However, most of the greens are raised so a run up shot is generally out of the question. This is the typical place where a small errant shot to the green will cause you trouble as it runs away downhill making for a tougher recovery. Plus the typical southern Bermuda rough will hide a ball you know is "right there". I lost 5 balls in the fairway or greenside rough simply because I could not find them.

Water can be found on several holes but it will sneak up on you as they are not as easy to see from the tee box. A good example is the par 5, 9th hole. Water on the right will find a water hazard on the second shot if you are not mindful. On-board GPS helps a lot on this course.

If I lived in the area, this would definitely be a course to play several times each year and I'm sure the more you play it, the more you learn the nuances needed to score a good round.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Outstanding Course Even In Wet Weather

I had business in Jackson but had time for two rounds of golf. Although it was very rainy and the course was water logged; it is an incredible track. The greens are well maintained and the fairways were wet but playable. The rough! Well the rough is rough, deep and hard to manage. The wet weather over the past few weeks prevented mowing so it was easy to loose balls if they were not in the fairway. All in all I had a great time and will most definitely be back to the refuge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice course

Because of the hot weather we stopped at hole 13.
The course is really nice, wel maintained and in perfect condition. The temperature was our problem…

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 237
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

An Old Course with a New Look

If you’ve played The Refuge Golf Course in Flowood, MS before 2017, you may not recognize it these days. The Refuge closed in 2017 for an extensive renovation and restoration under the direction of golf course architect Nathan Crace. During that time, a $50-million hotel and conference center was also built where the old clubhouse used to stand.

The Refuge is carved out of 200 acres of wetlands. The course is routed through stands of towering pines and centuries-old oaks and for the most, the original wetlands have been preserved. The original layout was nine holes out and nine holes back, like something you’d expect to find on a links-style golf course. Back then, the rap on the course was that it was too short for longer, better players and too tight and awkward for lesser-skilled golfers. Miss the fairway and you literally took your life in your hands, looking for your ball in the snake-infested rough!

Crace, who is from Mississippi, readily accepted the task to update and renovate the course. As part of the renovation, invasive trees were removed, and fairways were widened. Irrigation and drainage systems were also enhanced, and all course bunkers were rebuilt with the Better Billy Bunker system, which provides superior drainage. Many modifications were made to the overall routing including three new holes, the relocation of several water hazards, as well as new and enlarged cart paths. All greens were re-grassed with TifEagle Ultradwarf Bermuda and a new forward “Family” tee box was added.

The latest iteration of The Refuge plays to 7,013 yards from the tips with a course rating of 74,6 and a slope of 137. Most players I spoke with favored Tee II (6,327/71.1/135). There is now a suitable distance for players of every skill level from beginner to professional. Because the terrain in this area is so flat, The Refuge is an easy course to walk.

The Refuge features a nice mix of short risk/reward par 4s as well as longer, more challenging ones. Greens tend to be guarded by nasty little pot bunkers which can be penal with deep faces. Cart paths, bunkers, and wetland areas are meticulously maintained and add to The Refuge’s aesthetic value.

The renovation also included an upgrade of The Refuge’s 15-acre aqua driving range. Every shot longer than a wedge is hit into a large pond with lighted fountains offering measured targets. Concrete was poured and new matted hitting surfaces were installed. Lights behind the range have also been added, allowing golfers to practice after the sun goes down.

The clubhouse was replaced by a golf shop within the new hotel. The new Sheraton hotel features multiple restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, a lazy river, 27,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, a cooking school, and a spa. It is located just minutes from the city’s main airport. Head Golf Professional and General Manager Blake Hatfield’s office is located at the back of the golf shop.

The Sheraton Flowood Refuge Hotel and Conference Center is one of the hotel chain’s newest properties. The resort-style hotel at The Refuge Golf Course offers everything you need to feel welcome during travel. The rooms are stylish with modern decor, ergonomic workspaces, and golf course views in select accommodations. A variety of restaurants and bars offer savory American cuisine. Start with Rebecca's and drinks in the lobby and then enjoy one of the best hamburgers in the state. End the evening at the Missy Sippy Roof Top Bar with your favorite adult beverage. Golfers can order from Sandi Trap (aka the 19th hole). Keep up to date on your workouts in the 24-hour fitness center and then unwind in the spa, sprawling outdoor pool, and lazy river. The Conference Center is adjacent to the hotel and offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor function spaces and is an excellent choice for your upcoming event. No matter what the occasion is, you’ll enjoy your stay at the Sheraton Flowood.

The Refuge Golf Course is proudly managed by Troon Golf. Troon is by far the best golf course management company in the country. By joining their Troon Rewards program (it’s free to join), you can earn free rounds of golf at Troon facilities around the world as well as discounts on merchandise and greens fees. You’ll also receive access to exclusive events and Callaway promotions.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 237
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

An Old Course with a New Look

If you’ve played The Refuge Golf Course in Flowood, MS before 2017, you may not recognize it these days. The Refuge closed in 2017 for an extensive renovation and restoration under the direction of golf course architect Nathan Crace. During that time, a $50-million hotel and conference center was also built where the old clubhouse used to stand.

The Refuge is carved out of 200 acres of wetlands. The course is routed through stands of towering pines and centuries-old oaks and for the most, the original wetlands have been preserved. The original layout was nine holes out and nine holes back, like something you’d expect to find on a links-style golf course. Back then, the rap on the course was that it was too short for longer, better players and too tight and awkward for lesser-skilled golfers. Miss the fairway and you literally took your life in your hands, looking for your ball in the snake-infested rough!

Crace, who is from Mississippi, readily accepted the task to update and renovate the course. As part of the renovation, invasive trees were removed, and fairways were widened. Irrigation and drainage systems were also enhanced, and all course bunkers were rebuilt with the Better Billy Bunker system, which provides superior drainage. Many modifications were made to the overall routing including three new holes, the relocation of several water hazards, as well as new and enlarged cart paths. All greens were re-grassed with TifEagle Ultradwarf Bermuda and a new forward “Family” tee box was added.

The latest iteration of The Refuge plays to 7,013 yards from the tips with a course rating of 74,6 and a slope of 137. Most players I spoke with favored Tee II (6,327/71.1/135). There is now a suitable distance for players of every skill level from beginner to professional. Because the terrain in this area is so flat, The Refuge is an easy course to walk.

The Refuge features a nice mix of short risk/reward par 4s as well as longer, more challenging ones. Greens tend to be guarded by nasty little pot bunkers which can be penal with deep faces. Cart paths, bunkers, and wetland areas are meticulously maintained and add to The Refuge’s aesthetic value.

The renovation also included an upgrade of The Refuge’s 15-acre aqua driving range. Every shot longer than a wedge is hit into a large pond with lighted fountains offering measured targets. Concrete was poured and new matted hitting surfaces were installed. Lights behind the range have also been added, allowing golfers to practice after the sun goes down.

The clubhouse was replaced by a golf shop within the new hotel. The new Sheraton hotel features multiple restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, a lazy river, 27,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, a cooking school, and a spa. It is located just minutes from the city’s main airport. Head Golf Professional and General Manager Blake Hatfield’s office is located at the back of the golf shop.

The Sheraton Flowood Refuge Hotel and Conference Center is one of the hotel chain’s newest properties. The resort-style hotel at The Refuge Golf Course offers everything you need to feel welcome during travel. The rooms are stylish with modern decor, ergonomic workspaces, and golf course views in select accommodations. A variety of restaurants and bars offer savory American cuisine. Start with Rebecca's and drinks in the lobby and then enjoy one of the best hamburgers in the state. End the evening at the Missy Sippy Roof Top Bar with your favorite adult beverage. Golfers can order from Sandi Trap (aka the 19th hole). Keep up to date on your workouts in the 24-hour fitness center and then unwind in the spa, sprawling outdoor pool, and lazy river. The Conference Center is adjacent to the hotel and offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor function spaces and is an excellent choice for your upcoming event. No matter what the occasion is, you’ll enjoy your stay at the Sheraton Flowood.

The Refuge Golf Course is proudly managed by Troon Golf. Troon is by far the best golf course management company in the country. By joining their Troon Rewards program (it’s free to join), you can earn free rounds of golf at Troon facilities around the world as well as discounts on merchandise and greens fees. You’ll also receive access to exclusive events and Callaway promotions.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Good Course In Jackson

Enjoyed our round on a well maintained and fun course to play. Pace of play was excellent as we played on Memorial Day, and were able to finish in 4 hours. Greens, fairways and tee boxes were all in good condition, however the greens rolled slower than expected considering how well the course was looked after. This is a good value for the money to play and I would recommend this course as the one to play while in the Jackson area. The only negative was I was surprised to be charged 50 cents for a cup of ice, and $3 to fill a cooler of ice if I did not buy drinks from the bar. 1st time for everything I guess.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

Good course for low handicap or scratch golfers. A bit challenging for mid to high handicap. Lost a few balls inside the treeline but course was in great condition

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

The course is very playable for all levels of players. Only a couple of quirky holes but for the most part “what you see in front of you is what you get.”

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 59
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Challenging round

Wet conditions required cart path only. It’s the kind of course you should play with someone who knows it or play it multiple times. Too many surprises.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Jackson Track

Probably the nicest public course in the Jackson MS area. Very nice conditions in a great setting. Played over the Memorial Day longweekend in 4 hours-excellent! Hiwever, was charged 50 cents for a cup of ice, and $3 for ice for the cooler. That was weird and unexpected. Will play again. As it attached to a hotel and next to the airport, would be a great fly-in/out long weekend trip.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Good Course

Very well kept course. Greens were hard as a rock though

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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