Country Clubs are abundant in the Madison area, each offering various amenities such as golf, tennis, swimming and fine dining. Situated in some of Madison’s most beautiful residential developments, these clubs include Reunion Golf & Country Club, Whisper Lake Country Club, Lake Caroline Golf Club, and Annandale Country Club. With its Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Annandale Country Club is home to the True South Classic, one of 42 PGA events played each year around the world. A few of the national and international players participating in the classic include Luke Donald, currently the number one professional golfer in the world, John Daly, Fred Funk and Bill Hass. Globally televised on the Golf Channel for four days and viewed by 70 million people, the True South Classic attracts 40,000-50,000 spectators each year, generates $20 million annually in economic development, serves as a volunteer resource for more than 1,200 Madison residents and provides millions of dollars to Mississippi charities.
SHOPPING AND DINING
Madison the city is full of surprises as new shops and eateries spring up across town.
The Highway 51 corridor is a bustling destination place for working out, banking, dining and more.
The Depot District is alive downtown with many old and new favorites, quaint and full of new possibilities.
Going west on Highway 463 the architecture takes on new influences approaching Grandview Boulevard. Here we find a newer hub of activity, which welcomes casual eating establishments and new, larger stores near the Malco Theater.
Continuing on Highway 463, a bright new dimension in community life can be seen, as Colony Crossing and Highland Colony usher in Madison's new lifestyle out west. Banking, healthcare, unique shops and restaurants abound here in a well-groomed, bucolic setting.
Shop and dine with us in Madison, a comfortable environment in a beautiful, safe surrounding.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Liberty Park is a multi-purpose sports complex providing: five lighted baseball/softball fields, five regulation soccer fields (two of which are lighted and can be subdivided as needed), thirteen batting cages (five of which are lighted), two beach volleyball courts and a paved walking track. The Liberty Village Playground is also located at Liberty Park and offers an oasis of fun for children of all ages.
Strawberry Patch Park is a seven-acre neighborhood park that combines a winding, one-mile walking trail with exercise stations, playground equipment and picnic areas, all surrounding a serene lake.
Simmons Arboretum features a wonderful walking tour through a variety of Mississippi plants, trees and shrubs. A Blue Star Memorial Marker, which stands for hope and pride, was recently added on the front grounds of the arboretum and serves to acquaint the community of the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served and who are currently serving in our armed forces.
CITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
An active chamber of commerce, in partnership with Madison’s Retirement Program and the city’s parks and recreation department, continue to provide family and community events that underscore the hometown spirit of Madison.The city’s annual events include: Easter in the Park, Movie Under the Stars, Swing into Summer, the Family Fourth Celebration, A Day in the Country at Chapel of the Cross, the Scarecrow Cruise and Car Show and the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. A Pastor’s Prayer Service is held monthly and is hosted by the local churches of Madison.
Madison’s Retirement Program offers a number of recreational opportunities for active seniors in the community including: bridge, bingo, bunko, bowling, canasta, community bible study, exercise/line dancing, men’s coffee and Mexican domino’s. For more information, call retirement coordinator Tona Becker at 601-317-9756.
A wide variety of sports are available to children and youth in baseball, softball, basketball and soccer. For more information about registration, refer to The Spirit of Activities on page 15-16 or call Madison Parks & Recreation at (601) 853-9109.
CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Madison Square Center for the Arts
The Madison Square Center for the Arts is situated in the heart of Madison on Main Street. It provides classes in all of the cultural arts including art, dance, music, and drama. The Arts Center is home to Ballet Mississippi, the Madison Center Players theatre group, Theater Kids children’s drama classes and numerous artists and musicians. For information on classes and schedules, visit the city’s website (www.madisonthecity.com) or call the arts center at (601) 853-0291.
The Rebecca Baine Rigby Library
Madison’s hometown library, a part of the Madison County Library System, has an extensive collection of fiction and nonfiction books. It features downloadable audiobooks, online databases, CDs, DVDs, public computers with Internet access and a wireless network for users with laptops. The library can access additional materials for your research or reading pleasure through an interlibrary loan service. The library also has story times for toddlers (ages 1-2) and preschoolers (ages 3-5). Visit the library online at www.mcls.ms or call (601) 856-2749.