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3499 Shell Landing Blvd
Gautier, MS  39553-5808
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Shell Landing Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 7,024 yards | 128 slope

73.2 rating | Bermuda grass

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Shell Landing Golf Course


The 18-hole "Shell Landing" course at the Shell Landing Golf Club facility in Gautier, Mississippi features 7,024 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.2 and it has a slope rating of 128 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Davis Love, III, the Shell Landing golf course opened in 2000. Kenny Hughes, PGA manages the course as the Owner/General Manager.

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Reviewed April 04, 2021

Shell Landing Golf Club – Premier Golf on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Although Biloxi, MS is best known for its beaches and casinos, its appeal to golfers and golf travelers is growing quickly. Coastal Mississippi has some amazing and stunning golf courses, with plenty of courses for the public to play, numerous restaurants to eat at, and the opportunity to win big at one of the many casinos. It’s a chance for a hole-in-one and a million-dollar jackpot all in the same day! There are 12 courses immediately in the Biloxi area; several more if you don’t mind putting a few miles on the rental car. Here’s my take on a few of them.

Owner and CEO Kenny Hughes is a native of Biloxi, MS and spent his childhood playing golf at nearby Sunkist Country Club. Kenny attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he was named Player of the Year as a member of the varsity golf team. After graduation he got into the golf industry on a full-time basis and in 1989 Hughes was named by the PGA as apprentice player of the year by the Mississippi Chapter. He has been a PGA member since 1992, having competed in and won dozens of tournaments. So it goes without saying that Kenny knows golf, especially in coastal Mississippi. He has been at Shell Landing Golf Club since the course opened its doors in 2000 and has seen both the good and the bad. Shell Landing has been through some rough financial times and in 2012, Kenny and a group of investors purchased Shell Landing and nearby Hickory Hill Golf Club, where Hughes got his start in the golf business.

Shell Landing doesn’t have deep pockets or the backing of a casino to help it stay afloat and what Kenny and his staff have done is take a spectacular golf facility in a relatively unknown – at least for golf – part of the country and transform it into a facility that is recognized by both Golf Digest and Golfweek as one of the top public courses in Mississippi year in and year out.

Golf Digest has been so impressed with the facility that they have recognized them on several occasions including naming Shell Landing among America's Best New Courses. In 2003, the magazine ranked this Davis Love III championship design #5 in America in the Best New Upscale Public category, the only one in the top 5 that is located in the South. In 2007 Shell Landing was presented Golf Digest’s "Architecture Award' in recognition of their outstanding design and named it among the "Best Golf Courses in the State." In 2017 Golf Digest ranked Shell Landing the 6th Best Golf Course in Mississippi.

The Shell Landing Golf Course was designed by Davis Love III and plays 7,024 yards of golf from the back tees for a par of 72. From back here, the course rating is 73.2 with a slope of 128. Shell Landing Golf Club features both a beautiful natural waterfront setting and some diverse topography. Water comes into play on eight holes and plays a role on most scorecards. Generous tree-lined fairways meander through the pine savannah, which is adorned with seasonal flowers. These well-sculpted fairways give way to large undulating greens that roll true and fast. You’ll find conditioning like many of the high-priced casino courses in the area at a fraction of the cost. As you make your way around the layout, you’ll have the opportunity to commune with nature; it’s not uncommon during a round to see deer, alligators, rabbits, fox and a variety of birds. With five sets of tees, all levels of players will find Shell Landing to be a challenging and enjoyable place to play.

Shell Landing is not without its fair share of memorable golf holes. The course’s signature hole is the par 3, 17th which plays over 200 yards from the back tees. The tees are elevated and play downhill to the green. Don’t let the visual distractions fool you, you can easily be distracted on this hole. All you can see off the tee is the marsh and the three deep bunkers that loom behind the green. The best advice you will get is to be sure and carry the marsh and hit the green! Par is a good score here.

Another hole you’re not soon to forget is Number 9 a 370-yard par 4 that features a marsh that crosses the fairway. Longball hitters may be able to carry it, although for my money, the risk outweighs the reward. Play something less of the tee, short of the creek and you’ll leave yourself a short approach to an elevated green protected front and back by beautiful, white sand bunkers.

The par 5 3rd is one of the most beautiful holes on the entire course. It’s a modest double dogleg that plays well over 500 yards. Fairway bunkers guard the right side of fairway off the tee and if you play it too safe, you may just find the woods! Place your tee shot down the left center of the fairway with a power fade and you’ll be in good shape to play your second shot. You’ll want to hit it down the right side of fairway towards the mounds with a slight draw; this will leave a full third shot into the green. Should you decide to go for the green in two, be sure to carry the large pond that fronts the green.

Other amenities at Shell Landing include a full length 15-acre practice facility where you can hit every club in your bag, as well as a massive putting green. There’s also men’s and women’s locker rooms, club storage, and top of the line rental clubs.

After your round, be sure to stop by the Landing Bar and Grill, which has something for everyone. At first glance, the menu is not all that impressive, as a matter of fact, you could say it’s very limited. That may be the case but take a bite out of any item on the menu and you’ll be amazed. After all, what’s better: having a small menu and doing everything well or having a lot of choices, but nothing memorable? Their burgers are superb, the Philly Cheesesteak is something to write home about and their sandwiches are impressive. And by the way, the hot dogs are the best around and their prices will let you leave with enough to pay off your bets! The Landing Bar and Grill is open to the public and is open for lunch 7 days a week from 11 AM – 3 PM. They are also available to host special events.

Shell Landing Golf Club also offers golf memberships. Members receive discounted visitor passes, advance tee times, complimentary range balls, a 20 percent pro shop discount, inclusion in member events and tournaments with any level of membership package. Choose from Gold Level, Senior Level, Junior Level and Weekday Primary membership packages. Membership packages range in price from $55 to $159 per month for a single membership.

Last Word: Shell Landing offers true southern hospitality and gives you the total Gulf Coast golf experience without breaking the bank. Every hole is unique, and you need to think your way through each shot. The greens are some of the purist in the area and knowing them will help you tremendously. They want to see to it that you enjoy yourself and come back again. On your next visit to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, be sure to play a round at Shell Landing.

When it comes to dining options, you can’t go wrong with what each of the casinos has to offer: incredible buffets as well as high-end steakhouses. Get outside the casinos and head into the towns of Ocean Springs and Biloxi and I have a couple of suggestions. Patio 44 in Biloxi is known for its fresh take on classic Creole-style dishes that incorporate the freshest ingredients available from the Delta and Gulf Coast regions, dishes like shrimp and grits, fried catfish tacos, and seafood gumbo. The Buckhead Certified Angus Beef they serve is aged for a minimum of 21 days. Patio 44 also offers one of the most unique – and delicious – appetizers I’ve ever had. Their Debris Fries are a “southern take” on Canadian poutine. Perfectly cooked French fries with braised beef trimmings, brown gravy, and melted cheese, garnished with green onions. It’s a must!

Maison de Lu is Ocean Springs is another great choice. New Jersey native Luann Ellis left the snow and headed for Gulf Coast over 20 years ago and now calls Ocean Springs home. Maison De Lu is located in the heart of downtown Ocean Springs and serves some interesting creations. The Goat Cheese Torte is delicious; layered with sundried tomatoes and pesto and served with warm pita chips. The New Zealand Rack of Lamb is sliced into chops and served with the sauce du jour. The side dishes are amazing; Roasted Red Beets, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions, and a great alternative to potatoes, Twice Baked Cauliflower.

This is just a brief glimpse into everything Coastal Mississippi has to offer golfers. From great drives on the course to short drives to everything you want to do off the course, The Secret Coast has got you covered.


Beverages Available Cart Included Challenging Food Available Friendly Staff Great Deal Pro Shop Putting Green Scenic Spikes Ok Well Maintained
Reviewed April 18, 2014

We left this course a bit frustrated, feeling we had been snookered by the Club Pro - There had been a good amount of rain the night before and we asked about the condition of the course on checking in. We were told we would have to play the back first because of maintenance on the front nine, and as expected it was cart path only. We had no problem with any of that and proceeded to play the back nine. The course was extremely wet; the bunkers had standing water, making it necessary to drop out of bunkers, as it was impossible in most cases to even find a ball that entered a bunker. Balls plugged regardless of where they were hit, fairways or otherwise, and it soon became apparent that the course was too wet to play. However, we decided to tough it out and finished the back nine. We then proceeded to the front nine where we were told by the course Marshall that the front nine was closed. Shell Landing is one of the more expensive courses in the area, costing over $100, and when we confronted the Pro we were given several options, none of which was a full refund, which should have happened. We left feeling like had been ripped off and do not plan to return to this course again regardless of weather. I would suggest that any golfers visiting the area give this course a wide berth - It is a Rip-off!

Reviewed May 01, 2011

If you like big bugs flying around your head on every shot, this course is the one for you. I just played it last week, granted I got rained out after 6 holes and was given pro shop credit. The bugs were nasty. It was difficult for me to hit some shots with them buzzing around your head.
I stayed at the IP, marketing partner and I got to play it for $50. I agree with capehaze, this cours is nice for $50, but over prices at $100.

Reviewed January 17, 2011

Course is in great shape for the cold winter. Greens rolled fast and true. Better conditioning now than last year.

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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Mark R. 15 41 26 03/30/12
2 Brandon V. 15 83 68 07/19/14
3 Mark M. 18 86 68 08/25/07
4 Joe M. 2 71 69 09/26/08
5 Michael M. 35 105 70 04/03/11
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
23 elmer O. 11 94 82 03/05/19

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About Shell Landing

Shell Landing Golf Club

Golf Only facility

50 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Kenny Hughes, PGA, Owner/General Manager
Jerry Covich, PGA, Golf Professional
Jeremy Ely, Superintendent

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