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Canadian TV Tours Coast Golf Courses

A few months ago, WLOX News took you to Canada and showed you a Toronto golf show that featured Mississippi. On Friday, a Canadian television crew came to the coast and shot a program devoted to Mississippi golf courses.

Canadian television producer Steve Hand hired a local photographer to videotape two Mississippi Gulf Coast golf courses, the Oaks and Shell Landing. The interviews, the tee boxes and the golfers captured on tape will be shown across Canada sometime next month.

According to the show's producer, "It will depict the challenging courses." Steve Hand went on to say the golf show featuring Mississippi "will just come across that it's a great spot to be at."

You didn't have to tell that to a foursome from Tennessee. They make a summer swing through the coast an annual trip because as one golfer put it, they "just like it down here."

The growth of golf and the continued marketing efforts by casinos and tourism offices have most people in the tourism industry convinced that this summer will be a busy year, no matter how high gas prices get. "Certainly the gas prices are somewhat of a concern," tourism director Steve Richer said. "But there are so many people in the drive in area, that this is a close, affordable, wonderful vacation, that we expect those folks to come here."

Beau Rivage general manager Jeff Dahl had similar thoughts about summer tourism. He said, "Certainly from being prepared for the future, I think we're well positioned to go forward."

If Steve Hand's Canadian golf program reaches the audience it's after, he thinks Mississippi tourism may get an added summer bonus.

Canada's golf show will be back on the coast this fall. That trip will include corporate sponsors from north of the border.

by Brad Kessie

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