Cardinal at Diamondhead Country Club

4.0784333333 4.1 stars from 5 (19)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6729 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6729 yards 72.7 132
White (W) 72 6128 yards 75.4 132
White 72 6128 yards 71.0 131
Gold 72 5506 yards 66.1 113
Gold (W) 72 5505 yards 72.4 127
Red (W) 72 4950 yards 70.0 123
Red 72 4950 yards 64.1 106

The 18-hole Cardinal at Diamondhead Country Club, half of a 36-hole layout on the property, is a semi-private course that opened in 1979.

Designed by Earl Stone, the golf course measures 6,831 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 132 and a 72.7 USGA rating. The course features four sets of tees for different skill levels.

The major challenges for both golf courses are their tree-lined fairways. The Cardinal Course is wooded and was built on gently rolling terrain. It has no parallel fairways and extra-long sand bunkers.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 19 Reviews
5 stars:
11
4 stars:
6
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

17 out of 19 reviews


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"Old timers course"


ThomasGram's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Does not drain well at all. Starters are clueless as to pace of play or grouping people. Maybe I’m just a northern golfer that expects well quality. Members playing in jeans kinda sums it up

The pines is better than cardinal

Food was good and wait staff very nice


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"The Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Best Kept Secret"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

When people think of Diamond Head, inevitably they think of Hawaii, and rightfully so. This broad, saucer-shaped crater was formed about 300,000 years ago and is visited by over 3,000 people daily. It is Hawaii’s most recognized landmark.

The State of Mississippi also lays claim to a Diamondhead; it’s a city located in an area bordering the Pearl River in Hancock County. Diamondhead is located about 35 miles from Biloxi and 50 miles from New Orleans and is easily accessible from either city. While Diamondhead makes for a nice daytrip from either of these cities, it’s also an area that attracts “snowbirds.” Diamondhead is serious about their golf, as proven by their recently completed 5-year course renovation program. In fact, the entire area would like to become better known to golfers up north as a great Southern alternative for their winter golf getaways.

In the 1970’s Diamondhead was slated to be a resort community along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Since the name lent itself to that of a Hawaiian volcano, the plans for this new resort community called for Hawaiian-style architecture, landscape, and road names. This is plainly evident when you look at the design of the main community pool. Guests are always welcome to enjoy Diamondhead’s golf courses, tennis courts, country club, and marina.

Although it’s located on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, Diamondhead has some interesting topography, with elevations that rise up to over 100 feet. This makes it the perfect location for a world class golf facility. The Diamondhead Country Club and the Golf Academy of Diamondhead are located in the center of town. The club boasts two 18-hole championship golf courses as well as 10 lighted, state of the art hydra clay tennis courts located down the road at Diamondhead Tennis World. There’s also a marina, 5,400 square feet of meeting and banquet space, a full-service restaurant and the only indoor/outdoor Golf Academy along the MS Gulf Coast run by the state’s top golf instructor.

Within the clubhouse there are two dining venues: the 19th Hole Bar & Grill and the main dining room. The 19th Hole has become the prime gathering place within the community, and features karaoke on Thursday nights as well live entertainment and dancing on Friday nights. The dining room features an excellent a la carte menu, Chef Specials, Friday Steak Night is one of the most popular nights; you’ll find Diamondhead’s Chef outside preparing Certified Angus Beef filet, ribeyes and seafood on a charcoal grill, cooked to your exact specifications.

The menu at Diamondhead Country Club is anything but your typical clubhouse fare. Start with the Crawfish Spring Roll appetizers, loaded with crawfish, trinity cabbage and pepper jack cheese. It’s a savory combination of flavors. From there, choose an entrée from a wide variety of fresh fish and steaks available with different toppings such as Dianne, Amandine or Marsala. A number of seafood platters are also available: shrimp, catfish or fried oysters with French fries and hushpuppies. Or choose from a number of Diner Favorites such as Paneed Veal or Chicken. In the mood for Italian? Try their Shrimp and Scallop Scampi, Parma Rosa Fettucine or Veal Parmesan. All of these dishes are prepared with the freshest of ingredients and made to order in their kitchen.

When it comes to practice facilities, Diamondhead offers some of the area’s best, and practice is something serious golfers need if they want to get the most out of their game. There’s a full-length driving range which allows you to hit every club in your bag. Something many golfers overlook is the short game, but not Diamondhead. You’ll find putting, pitching and chipping areas as well as practice bunkers. In the event your game’s not up to par or you’re a beginner looking to take up the game, pay a visit to the Golf Academy of Diamondhead. Their focus is to provide quality instruction to golfers of all ages and abilities. The Academy uses some of the latest high tech equipment including the Flightscope Launch Monitor to analyze your swing and put together a program to improve your game. The Junior Golf Academy of Diamondhead is an elite junior program for kids ages 5 – 12 based on U.S. Kids Golf Three Level Instruction Program.

The Pine Course was the first course built and opened for play in 1971. The course was designed by Earl Stone and measures 6,769 yards from the longest tees with a course rating of 73.4 and a slope rating of 134. Four sets of tees make the Pines course playable for golfers of all skill levels. The Pine course layout is pretty much a figure eight pattern. Both nines move in a clockwise circle and no two holes play parallel to each other, giving you the feeling the course is at your beck and call. Pine will test your shot shaping ability, requiring you to move the ball both right to left and left to right. Depending on where your tee shot lands, the heavily wooded area may require you to keep the ball under a tree limb or two. The par 4 4th hole provides the course’s sternest test. This demanding hole requires a tee shot that narrowly avoids the oak trees on the right side. The creek that crosses the fairway about 125 yards from the green shouldn’t come into play for the majority of players. The approach shot plays uphill to a fairly deep green guarded by a large bunker on the right side. A back right pin placement can be especially tricky.

Another notable par 4 is number 12, a short par 4 (292 White tees) that is best played with a tee shot down the left side. This hole is all about pin placement. A front pin is going to require a very accurate approach; it’s very narrow and protected by bunkers on either side. A back right pin is tricky too because of all the slope in the green. As you walk off the green, look back towards the tee and take in the Bay of St. Louis in the background.

The second course to be built at Diamondhead Country Club was the Cardinal Course which opened for play in 1979. The course was designed by John LaFoy and plays 6,729 yards from the longest (Blue) tees with a course rating a 73.1 and has a slope of 131. Most golfers will find that the White tees (6,128/71.0/128) are a challenging test. For ladies, the Red Tees (4,950/69.2/118) will prove to be a sturdy test. Five sets of tees provide a comfortable length for golfers of all skill levels.

Like its sister the Pine, the Cardinal’s major challenge is the tree-lined fairways. The Cardinal Course also features gently rolling terrain, extra-long sand bunkers and no parallel fairways. Number 5 is Cardinal’s toughest hole and exhibits each of these traits. At 371 yards from the White tees, it requires an accurate drive down a narrow corridor framed with trees. Your best bet is to favor the right side of the fairway off the tee, which will take the stately magnolia tree guarding the left side out of play. The green is narrow and deep, with bunkers on each side. Check your yardage to the pin before hitting your approach and take dead aim at the pin.

For me, the most memorable hole on either course is the par 4, 12th on the Cardinal Course. It’s a fairly short (330 yards from the White tees) par 4 with a slight dogleg right. From the tees, the creek that crosses the fairway looks innocent enough and easy to carry, however if I were naming holes, this one would be called “It Ain’t a Creek!” It’s actually a lake that requires a carry of about 300 yards. Hit less than driver off the tee, short of the lake, and you’ll have a nice, easy approach shot that plays slightly uphill.

Diamondhead Country Club has partnered with the nearby Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS to offer some pretty impressive golf packages, which can be found on the Silver Slipper website. These packages include a one-night stay at Silver Slipper Casino Hotel, one free buffet at the Jubilee Buffet which has the widest variety of foods I have seen outside of a supermarket and one round of golf on one of the two championship golf courses at Diamondhead Country Club.

Memberships to Diamondhead Country Club are available to both residents and non-residents. There are several membership classifications including Individual Golf, Family Golf, Associate Individual Golf and Corporate Golf memberships. Residents can choose to use their own, private cart or pay a cart fee each round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Immaculate"


jdemedi's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Diamondhead has always been a favorite of mine. The new greenskeeper has done an excellent job of restoring both courses to their original state. Well worth the money!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable Day"


Justjanet's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything was great - course was in good condition, staff was accommodating, Bloody Mary's were very good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent condition"


craig5459's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played the back nine of the Pine course and the back nine of the Cardinal course. Both nines were in great shape. The greens were superb, magnificent shape. Beautiful bentgrass greens. Excellent, interesting layout, too.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"dyoung"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful, esp. the back 9. Fairways and greens excellant for this time of year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Diamond Head Cardinal course"


wto3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I would strongly recommend this course to a friend. I will definately play thier again. Staff was excellent. We ate lunch and had terrific food and good friendly service. Very reasonable prices for food.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course has some good challenges would be best played in dry contitions."


u000001041014's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was very wet, unfortunately they had a very wet winter and it rained almost all day before our day of play. Greens were in excellent condition for winter time play. Cart Path only not a real issue, course relatively flat.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Greens were in great shape for December"


Laraine5060595's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/1/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

this course was the greenest I have played on yet note this is November and December.
Starter was really friendly ,


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course is non- description"


JimEmilyMangam's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not very good condition. Boring, and needed some attention.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


Pgtiger1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/10/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. Very nice greens and fairways. I cannot wait to go back to play again. It was definitely worth the little over an hour drive from my home.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


kidmalibu's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/28/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Diamondhead has 2 courses. Today, we played the Cardinal. Challenging course, especially on the greens. They're nice, and like glass, so your speed has to be right, and your lines on. Fairways were nice, grass was plush, and sand traps were soft and maintained. A great value, and they have great specials. Props to the starter on 1 for some nice tips, too. Will be back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Forgiving off the tee, greens tough but fair."


jvschott's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/16/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Newly renovated course, interesting holes, great condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"WONDERFUL MISSISSIPPI GOLF COURSE"


flaguyp's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2013
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Reviewed on

WONDERFUL TRACK, NICE PEOPLE. REALLY ENJOYED OURSELVES.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"this course does not have many water holes"


Ward8437's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/12/2013
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Reviewed on

it's a good course, not too challenging. Very user friendly. The second cut is easy to hit out of.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course"


aznstunna's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/30/2013
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Reviewed on

One of the best course around the gulf coast. Prices are fare and they have 36 holes. The staff are friendly and understanding.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very fair course and in good shape"


ridgetop's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/24/2013
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Reviewed on

The staff was more than friendly and easy to deal with. The starter knew a lot about the course and offered value information at the 1st tee box.
Play was swift with no waiting.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Will definitely play again."


Kristyneallison's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2013
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Reviewed on

The other golfers and staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The pace of play was excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"very friendly staff, and very helpful."


karen7820020's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2012
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

thouroughly enjoy the course, the greens were in excellent condition! Level tee boxes which is rare for us females to ever have, and the fairways were very neat. The rough was even user friendly! The only problem I had, was that the staff in the 19th hole/bar were extremely slow! Took forever to get waited on, and only when we notified them that we would like to have a menu and a drink did they wait on us, and we were sitting at the bar! None the less, the food was fantastic and the portions were fantastic!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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