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Getting To Know: Shell Landing

Getting To Know: Shell Landing

An Insightful Interview With Kenny Hughes, Owner

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Kenny Hughes who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Come discover why Shell Landing Golf Club is the premier golf club on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our club offers two putting greens, a beautiful practice facility, and expert golf instruction. Our 18-hole golf course, which includes a challenging collection of bunkers, slopes, water hazards, sand traps, and other features, attracts tourists and local golfers of all ages, both beginners and seasoned pros.

We are located just south of Highway 90, only 15 minutes from Biloxi, and visitors to our lush golf course can enjoy breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, marshes, and wildlife.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
It is the prettiest golf course with the most unique design of different holesin the area. Uh, I don't think every hole looks different, every hole plate is different and uh, I think from the, for the price, the quality of the condition, the location to get to a from Biloxi where most of the hotel rooms are a, I think it's an absolute must have.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Download the YamaTrack app to your smartphone. The app is free and provides useful information like distances, flyovers and useful tips for each hole.

Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
Over the past six years, we have removed trees and cleared out the underbrush on every hole on the golf course. This has opened up some amazing views and vistas throughout the property. In addition, conditions have improved with less tree roots and more green grass.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
2017 Golf Digest Ranked Shell Landing #6th Best Golf Course in Mississippi, also Golf Digest names Shell Landing among America's Best New Courses of 2002. In The January 2003 issue ranked the Davis Love III championship design #5 in America in the Best New Upscale Public category, and the only one in the top 5 located in the South.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Hole number 6 is a great par four. Standing on the tee box, you will be faced with a forced carry over the marsh.Its hard not to be intimated by that marsh as it also runs down the entire left side. Golfers need to get up and bust one driver down the middle. Your second shot is played to a green guarded by marsh on the front, back and left-side. You do have a bailout area to the right, but there's a sneaky deep bunker there. Walking off with a par is a good feeling.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is the par 3, 17th. It is a mid length par 3 that will require a well struck shot to carry the marsh in front. The green slopes from back to front, so long is the play to spin it back towards the cup.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The Landing Restaurant serves traditional pub food. The locals rave about our Angus been hamburgers. If you are coming down from the north, you will want to try our awarding wining shrimp po' boy sandwich. As far as liquid refreshments, I am a Dos Equis beer man so we always have that on tap.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7024
Slope: 134
Rating: 73.8

More Information
Shell Landing
3499 Shell Landing Blvd.
Gautier, MS, 39553

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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