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Diamondhead Country Club, Pines Course

7600 Country Club Cir, Diamondhead, Mississippi, 39525
No. Holes: 18
(228) 255-3910
Architect: Earl Stone (21)
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Detailed description of Diamondhead Country Club, Pines Course

The Diamondhead Country Club, Golf, and Tennis, located in the center of Diamondhead, Mississippi, offers two 18 hole championship golf courses, The Pine Course and The Cardinal Course.

The Diamondhead Country Club Pine Golf Course first opened for play in 1970. The course was designed by Earl Stone.

The Pine has well placed bunkers and water that comes into play on many shots.

The Diamondhead Country Club Pine Golf Course plays to 6,817 yards from the back tees. The course rating is 73.6 with a slope rating of 133. Par for The Pine Golf Course is 72.

The Diamondhead Country Club Cardinal Golf Course first opened for play in 1978. The course was designed by Earl Stone.

The Cardinal offers up wooded, gently rolling terrain with no parallel fairways and extra long sand bunkers.

The Diamondhead Country Club Cardinal Golf Course plays to 6,831 yards from the back tees. The course rating is 72.7 with a slope rating of 133. Par for The Cardinal Golf Course is 72.

This course has been reviewed 2 times
Golf Course ranker Photo, David Theoret
Crossville, TN

Guest (cart included), played on Friday, January 2023 at 12:00 PM

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!

The Pine Course

The front nine on the Pine Course has a real resort feel to it with generous fairways and wide-open landing areas. There's not a lot of trouble to get into and if you keep the ball in play, you can get off to a great start. Water is present on both par 3s but shouldn't come into play unless you're having a really bad day.

The first hole on the Pine Course starts with a couple of blind shots. It's a par 5 that plays 495 yards where both the tee shot, and your layup shot play uphill. You won't even be able to see the green until your approach shot which plays downhill. The green slopes back to front and is protected on either side with sand. It's a great starting hole.

According to the scorecard, Number 4 is the number one handicap. It's a dogleg right that plays 410 yards from the White Tees. Longball hitters need to be wary of the creek that crosses the fairway about 150 yards from the green. Your approach shot plays straight uphill into a green with lots of mounding around it and a large bunker on the right. According to Chris Altese, PGA Director of Golf, this hole can make or break your front nine. “Number 4 on the Pine is a critical hole to navigate in order to post a good round. You typically will need to add one club on the uphill approach. A par on this hole will usually win you a dollar and a bogey most likely won’t cost you one,” said Altese.

Water comes into play on number 10, which plays 526 yards from the White Tees. The pond in front of the tee box shouldn't pose a problem, but the creek that crosses the fairway about 300 yards from the White Tees very well may. For most players this is a 3-shot hole; bunkers guard the front of the green which sits at an odd angle to the fairway. It's a challenging hole to start the back side.

Standing on the 14th tee box, you get a sense of the elevation changes. You start from an elevated tee box and hit downhill to the fairway. Avoid the fairway bunker on the left side and you'll have a mid to low iron uphill, into the green. It's at least an extra club – maybe two – to get up the hill.

On most golf courses, the par 3 holes are typically handicapped as the easiest holes however, on the Pine Course, the 484-yard par 5, 17th hole takes the honor. There's water to carry off the tee and woods and water near the landing area on the right side, where most golfers tend to hit their drives. Your best bet is to play your tee shot just short of the fairway bunkers on the left side. A good drive might give you an opportunity to shoot for the green, otherwise, play your layup shot down the left side as well. This takes the greenside bunker on the right out of play and gives you a clear line into the green.

If either of these courses has you doubting your game, maybe a visit to The Golf Academy of Diamondhead is just what you need. Headed up by PGA Director of Instruction and Player Development, Hoppy Smith, a quick lesson might help work out the kinks. They use the latest technologies and can help you out with golf club fittings, ball and club speed analysis, and club distance and gapping measurements. Individual and on-course instruction is available as well as weekly golf clinics, all designed to help you get the most out of your golf game.

In 2020, Hurricane Zeta hit Diamondhead, MS, and according to Food and Beverage Manager Chris Rahaim, there was extensive damage to the clubhouse, in particular, the kitchen and restaurant areas. Management chose to look on the bright side and saw this as an opportunity to do some remodeling. The result is an open-air concept that is multi-functional. Whether it's just your foursome or you're part of a larger golf group, the staff can easily accommodate you. The food is incredible, especially the Sunday Brunch, complete with an omelet station and Prime Rib carving station. They also do a lot of special events, including wine and bourbon tastings. Check out the website or their Facebook page for up-to-date information.

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

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area
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Rank ID # : 030202
Golf Course ranker Photo, David Theoret
Crossville, TN
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Guest (cart included), played on Wednesday, November 2018 at 12:00 AM

When people think of Diamond Head, inevitably they think of Hawaii, and rightfully so. The broad, saucer-shaped crater was formed about 300,000 years ago and is visited by over 3,000 people daily. It is Hawaii's most recognized landmark.

The State of Mississippi also lays claim to a Diamondhead; it%u2019s a city located in an area bordering the Pearl River in Hancock County. Diamondhead is located about 35 miles from Biloxi and 50 miles from New Orleans and is easily accessible from either city. While Diamondhead makes for a nice day trip from either of these cities, it's also an area that attracts "snowbirds." Diamondhead is serious about their golf, as proven by their recently completed 5-year course renovation program. In fact, the entire area would like to become better known to golfers up north as a great Southern alternative for their winter golf getaways. In the 1970's Diamondhead was slated to be a resort community along Mississippi's Gulf Coast. Since the name lent itself to that of a Hawaiian volcano, the plans for this new resort community called for Hawaiian-style architecture, landscape, and road names. This is plainly evident when you look at the design of the main community pool. Guests are always welcome to enjoy Diamondhead's golf courses, tennis courts, country club, and marina.

Although it's located on Mississippi's Gulf Coast, Diamondhead has some interesting topography, with elevations that rise up to over 100 feet. This makes it the perfect location for a world-class golf facility. The Diamondhead Country Club and the Golf Academy of Diamondhead are located in the center of town. The club boasts two 18-hole championship golf courses as well as 10 lighted, state of the art hydra clay tennis courts located down the road at Diamondhead Tennis World. There's also a marina, 5,400 square feet of meeting and banquet space, a full-service restaurant and the only indoor/outdoor Golf Academy along the MS Gulf Coast run by the state's top golf instructor.

Within the clubhouse are two dining venues: the 19th Hole Bar & Grill and the main dining room. The 19th Hole has become the prime gathering place within the community and features karaoke on Thursday nights as well as live entertainment and dancing on Friday nights. The dining room features an excellent a la carte menu, Chef Specials, Friday Steak Night is one of the most popular nights; you'll find Diamondhead's Chef outside preparing Certified Angus Beef filet, ribeyes, and seafood on a charcoal grill, cooked to your exact specifications.

The menu at Diamondhead Country Club is anything but your typical clubhouse fare. Start with the Crawfish Spring Roll appetizers, loaded with crawfish, trinity cabbage, and pepper jack cheese. It's a savory combination of flavors. From there, choose an entre from a wide variety of fresh fish and steaks available with different toppings such as Dianne, Amandine or Marsala. A number of seafood platters are also available: shrimp, catfish or fried oysters with French fries and hushpuppies. Or choose from a number of Diner Favorites such as Paneed Veal or Chicken. In the mood for Italian? Try their Shrimp and Scallop Scampi, Parma Rosa Fettucine or Veal Parmesan. All of these dishes are prepared with the freshest of ingredients and made to order in their kitchen.

When it comes to practice facilities, Diamondhead offers some of the area's best, and practice is something serious golfers need if they want to get the most out of their game. There's a full-length driving range which allows you to hit every club in your bag. Something many golfers overlook is the short game, but not Diamondhead. You'll find putting, pitching and chipping areas as well as practice bunkers. If your game's not up to par or you're a beginner looking to take up the game, pay a visit to the Golf Academy of Diamondhead. Their focus is to provide quality instruction to golfers of all ages and abilities. The Academy uses some of the latest high tech equipment including the Flightscope Launch Monitor to analyze your swing and put together a program to improve your game. The Junior Golf Academy of Diamondhead is an elite junior program for kids ages 5 - 12 based on U.S. Kids Golf Three Level Instruction Program.

THE PINE COURSE was the first course built and opened for play in 1971. The course was designed by Earl Stone and measures 6,769 yards from the longest tees with a course rating of 73.4 and a slope rating of 134. Four sets of tees make the Pines course playable for golfers of all skill levels. The Pine course layout is pretty much a figure eight pattern. Both nines move in a clockwise circle and no two holes play parallel to each other, giving you the feeling the course is at your beck and call. Pine will test your shot shaping ability, requiring you to move the ball both right to left and left to right. Depending on where your tee shot lands, the heavily wooded area may require you to keep the ball under a tree limb or two. The par-4, 4th hole provides the course's sternest test. This demanding hole requires a tee shot that narrowly avoids the oak trees on the right side. The creek that crosses the fairway about 125 yards from the green shouldn't come into play for the majority of players. The approach shot plays uphill to a fairly deep green guarded by a large bunker on the right side. A back right pin placement can be especially tricky.

Another notable par 4 is number 12, a short par 4 (292 White tees) that is best played with a tee shot down the left side. This hole is all about pin placement. A front pin is going to require a very accurate approach; it's very narrow and protected by bunkers on either side. A back right pin is tricky too because of all the slope in the green. As you walk off the green, look back towards the tee and take in the Bay of St. Louis in the background.

The second course to be built at Diamondhead Country Club was THE CARDINAL COURSE which opened for play in 1979. The course was designed by John LaFoy and plays to 6,729 yards from the longest (Blue) tees with a course rating a 73.1 and has a slope of 131. Most golfers will find that the White tees (6,128/71.0/128) are a challenging test. For ladies, the Red Tees (4,950/69.2/118) will prove to be a sturdy test. Five sets of tees provide a comfortable length for golfers of all skill levels.

Like its sister the Pine, the Cardinal's major challenge is the tree-lined fairways. The Cardinal Course also features gently rolling terrain, extra-long sand bunkers, and no parallel fairways. Number 5 is Cardinal's toughest hole and exhibits each of these traits. At 371 yards from the White tees, it requires an accurate drive down a narrow corridor framed with trees. Your best bet is to favor the right side of the fairway off the tee, which will take the stately magnolia tree guarding the left side out of play. The green is narrow and deep, with bunkers on each side. Check your yardage to the pin before hitting your approach and take dead aim at the pin.

For me, the most memorable hole on either course is the par 4, 12th on the Cardinal Course. It's a fairly short (330 yards from the White tees) par 4 with a slight dogleg right. From the tees, the creek that crosses the fairway looks innocent enough and easy to carry, however, if I were naming holes, this one would be called "It Ain't a Creek!" It's actually a lake that requires a carry of about 300 yards. Hit less than driver off the tee, short of the lake, and you'll have a nice, easy approach shot that plays slightly uphill.

Diamondhead Country Club has partnered with the nearby Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS to offer some pretty impressive golf packages, which can be found on the Silver Slipper website. These packages include a one-night stay at Silver Slipper Casino Hotel, one free buffet at the Jubilee Buffet which has the widest variety of foods I have seen outside of a supermarket and one round of golf on one of the two championship golf courses at Diamondhead Country Club. Packages start at $99. Golf packages can also be booked through the Gulf Coast CVB website

Memberships to Diamondhead Country Club are available to both residents and non-residents. There are several membership classifications including Individual Golf, Family Golf, Associate Individual Golf, and Corporate Golf memberships. Residents can choose to use their own, private cart or pay a cart fee each round. For more information on becoming a Diamondhead Country Club golf member, call (228) 255-3910.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, I wouldn't recommend this course, Better than average course for the area, Best course in the area
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 029357
Based on 2 reviews
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