The Refuge Golf Course in Flowood, Mississippi, reopens April 19 after an extensive, multiyear renovation to the public-access layout.
The work included removing trees, enlarging playing corridors, re-grassing the greens and several tee boxes, even moving several water hazards. Irrigation and drainage systems were enhanced, cart paths were improved and the bunkers were rebuilt using the Billy Bunker Method, which introduces capillary concrete liners that provide for better drainage and extend the life of the sand traps. Three new holes were introduced.
The Refuge was designed by Roy Case in 1998, and a renovation began in 2017 under Nathan Crace. Management company Troon was hired in 2020, and its Honours Golf division oversaw the final stages of the renovation.
The course near Jackson, Mississippi, can play from 4,439 yards to 7,013, giving plenty of options for players of any skill level. Posted rates top out at $65 for weekends.
“After years of hard work, we look forward to showcasing the new playing experience at The Refuge to our residents and daily-fee guests,” Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads said in a media release announcing the reopening. “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.”
Other features of the renovation include a new water practice range, a new golf shop and locker rooms, and a new restaurant slated to open soon.
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