Getting To Know: Shell Landing Golf Club
An Insightful Interview With Kenny Hughes, CEO
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
The course is a Davis Love III Signature design that opened in 2000. It is located about a mile from the Gulf of Mexico, so the course has holes located along bayous, marsh grass and pine savannah. The proximity to the Gulf allows for sea breezes that keeps you cool in the summer and keep afternoon showers away. The course has wide fairways, large undulating greens and 64 sand bunkers. The greens are Tif-Eagle Bermuda with green speeds that average 9 on the stimp meter. Fairways are Tif-Sport that make the ball sit up like it's on a tee. The amenities include a beautiful clubhouse, large outdoor deck, showers facilities, two practice greens, greenside and fairway bunkers. The hitting area on the practice range is large and well manicured.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
I opened Shell Landing 12 years ago, and everyone tells me what a pretty layout we have. Shell Landing gives you the total golf experience without breaking the bank. The course has five sets of tees which makes it enjoyable for every level of player. The course stretches over a wide area which makes you feel one with nature. The area has deer, alligators, rabbits, fox and a variety of birds. The pine savannahs have an abundance of flowers that change with the seasons. The rates are affordable and range from $35 - $99 depending on the time of day and season. Finally, and the most important reason to play Shell Landing, is our southern hospitality. It is who we are, and we want you to enjoy yourself and come back again.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
All Bermuda greens have some level of grain in them. The grain at Shell Landing runs predominately to the Southeast which is the direction of the setting sun. The greens are also big, so you should practice long putts before you head to the first tee. The bunkers are deep; so if you hit into a fairway bunker, make sure you use enough loft to get out. Being close to the Gulf, the air is a little heavier. So use one more club if in doubt.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
When Shell Landing opened it received the honor of the 5th Best high end course to open in America for 2002 by Golf Digest. It also has a 4 star rating by Golf Digest and is in the top three courses you can play in Mississippi.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The most photographed hole is #6 a 440 yard par 4. From the back tees it has a forced carry of 200 yards over marsh. To the left of the fairway is marsh, and the right is guarded by two deep bunkers. The green is on a peninsula that is surrounded by marsh. The right side of the green has a bunker and a bail out area for the faint of heart. The hole also runs due South towards the Gulf so the prevailing wind is usually in your face.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
#16 par 5 521 yards from the back tees dog leg left. If you cut the corner just right, then you have a chance to get home in two. The fairway goes downhill around 250 yards from the tee. If you get it over "Sissy Ridge" it will roll another 30 yards. Then you have a great view of natural beauty. The green sits up and has run offs on every side. A large bunker guards the front and you must avoid at all cost. Hit your second shot out to the left and you will have a perfect angle into the green for your third shot.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The Philly steak and cheese is the ticket with a cold Sam Adams from the keg. Sit back and watch what's on the two flat screen tvs, and reflect on the outstanding experience you just had.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Chris Smith shot 66 the first time he played the course. He had only one bogey on his card, and it was a three putt on the ninth hole. Chris was a member on the PGA Tour and was on vacation with his father and friends.
Steve Wilson also shot 66 in a tournament, and I was playing with him that day. Steve won the Mid Amateur in 2008 and was invited to play in the 2009 Masters. Steve is a local who is a top rated player in the state.
Lane Pippin, a club member, also shot 66 a few times and is an excellent player. He has won the Mississippi State Amateur once and the State Open twice in the past 10 years.
Back Tee Stats
Shell Landing Golf Club
3499 Shell Landing Blvd.
Gautier, Mississippi, 39553
Revised: 11/28/2012 - Article Viewed 21,037 Times - View Golf Course Profile
Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, 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 GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
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