The Country Club of Jackson is one of the great redesigns of an old course in recent years. While the terrain and natural beauty have always been interesting and enjoyable, the golf holes were not good. John Fought came in and radically redesigned the course and created exquisite green complexes. The result is a “Golden Age” gem that is an extremely interesting golf course. It is certainly the one of most naturally beautiful courses on the Southeast.
(Photos by Stephen Oakes)
This will make for an interesting experience for the players and for spectators of the Sanderson Farms Championship. There are several holes that spectators will enjoy due to the shots called for and others that provide excellent areas to see several shots on different holes at once.
The 16th hole is a 475 yard par 4 that runs along a cypress break and is the prettiest hole in Mississippi. It is also one of the hardest. The players are required to keep the ball out of the water on the left and out of the rough and trees on the right. If you attend the tournament, you need to head out to number 16.
Right next to the16th tee is the 15th green and a nice set of bleachers that are very close to the 15th green. 15 is a drivable short par 4 that will be fun to watch. It has a green that runs away from the players and a drive left in the wrong spot leaves a very difficult chip. There will be eagles birdies and bogies on 15. 15 and 16 are on the very back of the golf course but are must see holes.
The Bank Plus Pavilion on 12 is almost on top of the 12th green. For an upgraded ticket, spectators have access to a pavilion that provides exceptional views of the 12th and 13th greens.
Fans wanting to see a lot of golf from one spot should try out the area around the 5th green. That area offers views of the 5th green the 6th and 9th tees as well as quick access to the 8th green.
Another great spot is the third green area which offers views of the 3rd green, all of number 4 and quick access to the 5 tee box, the 11th green and the 14th green.
The green on number 2 offers views of the 2nd green, 16th green and the third tee. Additionally, the ropes are very close to the green on 2 and the tee box on 3 offfering great access to the players.
The “old school” layout of the CCJ provides excellent views of the golf and a beautiful golf course. With major champions David Duval, David Toms, Retief Goosen, Lucas Glover and Angel Carbrera, we have the largest number of major champions in the history of the event. Two major champions are on the alternate list–Ben Curtis and Shaun Mcheel. Finally, the course is in perfect condition and the greens are as good as bermuda gets. Go check it out.