Golf Course Overview: The Bridges at Hollywood Casino
Insights From An Insider With Billy Baumgartner, Bridges Golf Operations Manager
By Brian Weis
Local and traveling golfers love to research courses before playing them, whether it is to gain some local knowledge or to set an expectation before their upcoming round. Below is an interview with Billy Baumgartner who shares some valuable insight about the property, its most talked about holes and the signature dish/drink to consume at the 19th hole.
How Does Your Course Differ From The Others In The Area?
We are the only Arnold Palmer Signature course in the state of Mississippi. The course was designed in the middle of a wetland. There is water and marsh on every hole. Also, we are the only resort on the coast with everything on property. We have a Golf Course, RV park, 4 restaurants , 300 room hotel, lazy river with a pool bar, and a 24 hour casino.
For someone who has not played the course in awhile, has there been any new changes/renovations to the course or property?
Due to hurricane Katrina, the course was completely renovated in 2006. The overall layout is still the same. We also reversed our nines last year.
What is your course's answer to Amen Corner? (Describe your best/hardest 3 back/back/back holes)
Numbers 2 thru 4 (for guest who have not played since October 2014, these holes would have been 11 thru 13). Number 2 is a narrow par 5 with a hazard splitting the fairway. For long hitters you may want to take a fairway wood or hybrid off the tee. Then your second shot is to a green that is tucked against bunkers on the left and hazard right. Bogey on this hole is not too bad. Next number 3 an intimidating par 3 with hazard left, right and long. This green is almost an island. Aim for the front of the green and two putt for par. Last number 4 rated the hardest hole on the Gulf Coast. This demanding par 4 can cause high numbers for the best of golfers. Its a dog leg right, with hazard on both sides. Your tee shot needs to get inside of 170 because your second shot is to a 2 tiered clover shaped island green. If you can make it through these holes only 3 over, then you've had a good day.
What is your course's claim to fame, or is there a little known fact that golfers should know about the property?
Due to the course begin built in the marsh, it is a known fact that you'll need extra golf balls. We also have more than a mile worth of cart path bridges - hence the name.
What tournaments/events have you (recently) hosted or will be hosting?
We have hosted
* The Hooters tour
* The Monday qualifier for the PGA Champions Tour MS Gulf Coast Resort Classic
* The Monday qualifier for the PGA Tour Zurich Classic
* USGA Pub Links qualifier
Besides golf, what other amenities do you offer if a golfer wants to spend most of the day at your facility?
We have 4 restaurants, lazy river with a pool bar, and a 24 hour casino.
Signature sandwich or drink?
An Arnold Palmer ( Half ice tea Half lemonade)
711 Hollywood Blvd
Bay St. Louis, MS, 39520
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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