Laurel Country Club is the oldest country club in Mississippi. The club was founded in 1917, and play began on our highly regarded golf course in late 1919, with our first tournament held on February 14, 1920. Today, our storied golf course is only a part of what South Mississippi’s finest country club has to offer.
The Laurel Country Club was founded in 1917 by a group of Laurel citizens with the purpose of “engagement in social and sporting activities that will accrue to the general welfare of community life in Laurel and surrounding areas”. The Founding Fathers engaged Mr. Seymour Dunn, an outstanding professional golfer from the Lake Placid Club in New York State. Not only did Dunn lay out and supervise the construction of the first nine holes, he also became the Club’s first golf professional. Although there was play on the course during late 1919, it was not officially open until February 14, 1920, when the first of many tournaments was held. On April 30, 1920 the membership sponsored the first official social gathering in the newly constructed 2 story clubhouse which was attended by 250 members and their guests.
The greats of women’s professional golf also played here, including Babe Didrickson Zaharias, Patty Berg, Louise Suggs, Carol Mann and Kathy Whitworth, as well as Mississippi’s own National Open Champion, Mary Mills.