Cardinal at Diamondhead Country Club
The 18-hole Cardinal at Diamondhead Country Club, half of a 36-hole layout on the property, is a semi-private course that opened in 1979.
Designed by Earl Stone, the golf course measures 6,831 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 132 and a 72.7 USGA rating. The course features four sets of tees for different skill levels.
The major challenges for both golf courses are their tree-lined fairways. The Cardinal Course is wooded and was built on gently rolling terrain. It has no parallel fairways and extra-long sand bunkers.
|White (W)||72||6128 yards||75.4||132|
|Gold (W)||72||5505 yards||72.4||127|
|Red (W)||72||4950 yards||70.0||123|
|Blue M: 72.4/131||374||518||404||175||397||403||164||396||554||3385||395||344||370||180||415||577||362||182||519||3344||6729|
|Blue/White M: 71.9/132||374||518||381||175||397||383||164||368||554||3314||395||344||370||180||396||510||362||182||519||3258||6572|
|White M: 71.0/128||344||493||381||140||371||383||147||368||515||3142||361||311||333||153||396||510||287||159||476||2986||6128|
|White/Gold M: 69.0/125||344||493||358||140||371||328||147||320||515||3016||361||311||333||153||365||462||287||159||476||2907||5923|
|Gold M: 66.7/122 W: 72.4/123||321||471||358||115||338||328||130||320||481||2862||318||306||300||127||365||462||275||131||450||2734||5596|
|Gold/Red M: 65.7/117 W: 71.1/120||321||471||280||115||338||297||130||320||481||2753||318||306||300||127||320||370||275||131||450||2597||5350|
|Red M: 63.9/113 W: 69.2/117||313||394||280||84||303||297||125||320||421||2537||287||251||290||96||320||370||262||126||411||2413||4950|
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Beautiful course! Greens were phenomenal We will definitely play again when we are in the area.
Only complaint is that there is no layout on the scorecards or on the signs at each hole. Besides that we loved it.
Nice playing partners and friendly staff. . All good.
Loved our round. We just happened to book a condo just off the course. Watched every morning as the crew took their pains to ready the course. Attention to detail is important. First time I have noted crew rolling green and checking for moister. Bunkers were cleaned and raked. I would definitely recommend the course.
Hole 1 was under repair, but other than that Course was great. Look forward to playing the other course as well
green were great. fairways where a little wet and weedy.
Beautiful golf course even after an 1-1/2” of rain night before, course was in great shape. Awesome wood carvings in numerous locations around the course. Would highly recommend! Great food in restaurant.
A Must-Play on the MS Gulf Coast
If someone were to mention "Diamond Head," any person with any knowledge of geography would instinctively think of Hawaii, and Diamond Head Crater, an extinct volcanic crater and the site of a luakini heiau, and ancient ceremonial structure dedicated to the war god and used by ancient Hawaiians for worship and human sacrifice. It's one of the most popular hikes on the island of Oahu and happens to be Hawaii's most recognized landmark.
Diamondhead (notice the difference in spelling) is a city on the Bay St. Louis coastline in Mississippi, located about 35 miles from Biloxi, MS, and 50 miles from New Orleans, LA, making it an easy drive from both markets. The city of Diamondhead was destined to be a resort town, with Hawaii-inspired architecture, landscaping, and road names. even their logo depicts this. Take a look at the country club's swimming pool and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Within the city, you'll find The Club at Diamondhead, a semi-private country club where the emphasis is on recreation and enjoying all that a Mississippi Gulf Coast lifestyle has to offer. For some, it's the ten lighted, hydra-clay tennis courts at The Tennis Club, for others, the dining and social aspects of the club, For the majority of members, it's the two 18-hole championship golf courses that draw golfers from near and far. The area has some interesting topography with elevations that rise to just over 100 feet. You won't find many water hazards out here however both courses have a lot of tree-lined fairways, so if you can't hit it straight off the tee, be prepared to get creative!
With tree-lined fairways, extra-long sand bunkers, and no parallel holes, the Cardinal Course makes for a serene, peaceful round of golf. From the White Tees, the course plays 6,128 yards with a course rating of 71.0 and a slope of 128. With 4 sets of tees, there's a suitable yardage for every golfer, no matter how good – or bad – you are!
The 4th hole is a par 3 that plays 140 yards over water into a large, oceanic-style green that is well-sloped from back to front. The water guards the right side of the green, and bunkers front left and in the back place an emphasis on accuracy off the tee. There's a bailout area long, and right, however, it leaves most players with a tough up and down.
That same accuracy will come in handy on the par 4, 383-yard 6th hole. You'll need it to avoid the bunkers, both off the tee and around the green. Off the tee, there's a lot more room on the right side than you may think, and the fairway bunker on the left side gets a good workout as well! Long, deep bunkers guard either side of this long, narrow green. There may be as much as a two-club difference between a front and back pin placement. Maury Hodgens, Head Golf Professional, says “Be sure to stay below the hole and favor left of center for a slightly uphill putt. Putts from above the hole on Number 6 of the Cardinal are deceptively fast and can get away from you in a hurry.”
Number 13 is probably the signature hole on the Cardinal course. It's a 153-yard par 3 that plays downhill over water with woods on either side. The green is a tilted plane and not very deep on the right side. It's protected by a bunker in the back right. Par is a good score here.
If Number 13 is not the signature hole, then, by all means, Number 15 is. This 510-yard, par 5 will require three well-thought-out and accurate shots to get on the green in regulation. You'll need to cross the water twice, once from the elevated tee box to an island fairway and a second time on your layup shot. The landing area off the tee to the island fairway is narrow, and trees come into play on the right side. Your layup shot starts your uphill journey to the green, and it's best to play at least one extra club on your next two shots. Trees come into play on both sides of the fairway on your second and third shots as well. There's a single bunker short of the green on the right side; the green is not that large and has some good slope to it.
These are just a few of the many things going on at The Club at Diamondhead. To book your next round or for information on becoming a member, call them at (228) 255-3910 or visit them online.
Played the Cardinal course. I thought it was a good course, joined up with 3 members and they definitely made it an even better experience. .
Overall I enjoyed the course. Great layout and fair. Some tight OB FAIRWAYS fair. Awesome mix of par threes
First time playing but well worth the drive and for the money
Pine is a par 76
The starter warned us that we should’ve scheduled Cardinal. Boy was he right. Members joked with us on the range too that we should’ve scheduled cardinal. Pine was a hard hard course. That being said the quality was awesome. Greens were perfect and insanely fast. Tee boxes were a bit uneven if I’m looking for complaints. Would definitely comeback. But for Cardinal only.
I often travel from New Orleans searching for new golf courses. This has easily become a top 5 favorite course for me.
Greatness in the Gulf Coast
The entire experience was top notch. Did not know when the tee time was booked, 2 days prior to play, that the greens had been airified a week before on the Cardinal course. The staff gave us a discount because did those. The greens we still healing but rolled pretty true. The rough was thick, so a missed shot made for difficult scoring. The fairways were the highlight. Will play again soon.
Decent course, super slow rate of play. Sat behind a 4 some that dribbled balls to the green but wouldn’t let anyone pass. Also had multiple staff members come to talk to me about the way I dressed.. even though they all saw me in the clubhouse. I was wearing khaki shorts and a tiger woods like athletic shirt. I was told that “owner saw me and didn’t like the way I dressed”