Portfolio Naples October 2017 - Page 41

IP Casino Hard Rock Island View Casino Resort Golf got off to an early start on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, self-proclaimed now as the “Golf Coast.” e Great Southern Golf Course, still in operation today, opened in 1908. Mississippi’s oldest golf course was built as a nine-hole course to accommodate tourists staying at the Great Southern Hotel owned by the founder of Gulfport, Captain Joseph T. Jones. e hotel itself was located in downtown Gulfport and the golf course was a short ride down the beach. e original nine-hole course sported oyster shell tee boxes and sand greens. Several years later the greens were converted to grass. In 1910, a clubhouse was built by Bert Jones in an old English-gable style and the course became known as the Great Southern Golf and Country Club. e clubhouse endured many assaults by the weather, finally succumbing to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A new clubhouse opened on the same site in 2013. e Club invested over $1 million in 2013-14 to create the new clubhouse and bring the golf course to top playing condition. PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 39