Gulf Coast Courses Get New Owners

Shell Landing Golf Club and Mississippi National Golf Club in Gautier, Miss., will remain locally owned after a group with strong ties to the area purchased the two popular public-access courses last week. Both are less than a mile from the Gulf Coast.

The group consists of Kenny Smith, owner of Coldwell Banker in Gautier, attorney Michael Fondren, a judge in Pascagoula, Miss., Arlin Mallette, vice president of Mallette Brothers Construction in Gautier, and Kenny Hughes, the current general manager and head professional at Shell Landing who will now manage both courses.

Shell Landing was recently listed No. 5 on Golf Magazine's biennial "2012 Best Courses You Can Play" Best-in-State rankings. The Davis Love III-design opened in 2000 and will remain affiliated with the nearby IP Casino Resort Spa.

Mississippi National - which opened as Hickory Hill in 1965 - is an Earl Stone design. The course has hosted numerous events, including the Tour and State amateurs. The new ownership plans to restore the course's original name.

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