Flowood, Miss. (April 12, 2021) — The Refuge Golf Course in Flowood, Miss. will officially open for daily-fee play on Monday, April 19, 2021 with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. The long awaited reopening comes after a multi-year renovation and enhancement project. Tee times can be made by visiting https://refugegolfms.com or by calling (601) 941-6116 from 7 a.m. until dusk daily.
Originally designed by Roy Case, The Refuge opened to rave reviews in 1998. In an effort to modernize the layout and increase playability, The Refuge closed in 2017 for an extensive renovation and restoration under the direction of golf course architect Nathan Crace. In August 2020, Honours Golf®, a division of Troon®, was hired to oversee the final stages of the renovation and to manage course operations.
“After years of hard work, we look forward to showcasing the new playing experience at The Refuge to our residents and daily-fee guests,” said Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads. “We brought on Troon, the top-rated golf management company in the industry, to help us navigate through this golf course development project, and they have surpassed our expectations. The newly renovated golf course and beautiful new hotel and conference center are just the beginning of many wonderful things to come to the City of Flowood.”
The newly redesigned 18-hole layout ranges in length from 4,439 yards to 7,013 yards making it suitable for players of every skill level from beginner to professional. As part of the renovation, invasive trees were removed and playing corridors were widened. 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. Irrigation and drainage systems were also enhanced and all course bunkers were rebuilt using the Better Billy BunkerTM method which provides a technically advanced drainage and liner system, while providing optimal playing conditions much deeper into the life of the bunker. In addition, all greens were re-grassed with TifEagle Ultradwarf Bermuda and multiple tee boxes were added on each hole to improve the overall playability.
“The Refuge has always had a great reputation within the Mississippi golf community,” said Matt Hurley, President of Honours Golf. “We’re confident that the newly renovated course will open to excellent reviews, and with the adjacent Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center opening soon, Flowood will become one of the most sought-after golf destinations in The South.”
Other enhancements to the golf facility include a signature water practice range along with a new golf shop and men’s and women’s locker rooms which are located on the south side of the newly built Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center (opening later this spring). There will be an onsite dining venue, the 19th Hole, which will open in the near future. In the interim, local restaurateur and Table 100 owner, Bill Latham, will help provide food and beverage service to daily-fee guests.
The Refuge is open to public play with annual golf memberships also available. For more information on The Refuge Golf Course, visit https://refugegolfms.com or call the golf shop at (601) 941-6116.
About Honours Golf
Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., Honours Golf was founded on a vision to provide award-winning golf courses with unparalleled course conditions, hire dedicated team members who share a passion for golf, and deliver impeccable personalized service. As a result, Honours Golf has grown to become the Southeast’s leading golf course development and management company. In 2014, Honours Golf was acquired by Troon and operates as a subsidiary of the global brand. Honours Golf currently operates 23 award-winning daily fee, resort and private club facilities including the King & Bear at World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, Fla.; Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Miss., Craft Farms Golf Resort and Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala. For more information on Troon’s Honours Golf Division, visit www.honoursgolf.com.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 585-plus locations around the globe, including managing 630-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 620-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Indigo Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. Troon-affiliated properties include Princeville Makai Golf Club on Kauai; Champion Hills in Hendersonville, North Carolina; Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas; and Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.