But Elvis Didn’t Even Play Golf

This is one of those posts where you read the title and you’re all like, what the heck does ELVIS have to do with the Ole Miss Golf Course???  The answer to that question is, of course, not a single thing.  But stick around, anyway.  I’m bound to make a connection eventually.

I grew up in Memphis, so I’m an Elvis fan by default.  I’ve been to his house and seen that pink Caddy more times than I can even remember.  But millions and millions of people from the around the world come to Graceland every year during Elvis Week to pay tribute to our hometown legend.  After all, the man was The King of Rock-n-Roll.   Let me tell you a bit about these upcoming festivities,  then we’ll get down to the nitty-gritty.

What is Elvis Week? 

Usually held the second week in August, it celebrates the life and talent of The King of Rock-n-Roll.  There are celebrations in every corner of the city featuring his music, his movies, and more impersonators than Elvis had hits.  Every day of Elvis Week is jam-packed full of events and restaurants and other businesses all over the city pay their very own tributes to Elvis with sales, coupons,  food and drink specials, entertainment in his honor.    If you’ve ever planned on visiting Memphis, this is one of the best weeks to do so. 

Events

There is a 5k, an Elvis art contest, a trivia tour, and a midnight breakfast.  There are gospel concerts, rock concerts, and riverboat rides, too.  And don’t forget about legendary Beale Street, where the party always  lasts way longer than you.  Seriously, go check out these events.  There’s something for everyone.  Even if you don’t get tickets to any of these events, there are still tons of things to do in Memphis.  Don’t believe me?  Check this out.

Graceland, Too

And if you’re going to visit Memphis, you have to visit Graceland, Too.  This gigantic pink shrine, owned by curator Paul McLeod, has one of the largest collections of Elvis memorabilia in the world.  I can’t even come close to doing this Holly Springs home justice, but the guys over at Roadside America did a great job.  I’ll let them explain why this stop is a must for visitors

What’s the point, already?

Well, let’s just say for the sake of argument that you’re an Elvis lover who has always wanted to visit Memphis AND you’re a golfer.  If you plan to visit  the Memphis area for Elvis Week and you want to play golf on a great course at a reasonable rate, come on down to Oxford.  It’s only a 30 minute drive from Graceland, Too and an hour from Memphis. 

The Ole Miss Golf Course opened in 1973 and was renovated in 2008.  There’s a driving range, chipping and putting greens, an 18 hole golf course, a pro shop, and a restaurant.  This course is one of the première golfing destinations in the state.  You can visit the site for more information and images of the course. 

The course is located in beautiful Oxford, Mississippi, a quaint little town with plenty of antique stores and other shops and restaurants to occupy those in your party who are not avid golfers. 

So come on down South and check out Elvis Week.  Take in some shows, have some drinks on Beale Street, and come  down to Ole Miss for a round of golf.  We’re one college course you don’t want to miss.

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