Pearl River Resort
|Pearl River Resort|
|Address||Highway 16 West
Choctaw, Mississippi 39350
|No. of rooms||1,066|
|Signature attractions||Dancing Rabbit Golf Club
Geyser Falls Water Theme Park and Clearwater Key
|Owner||Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians|
The resort includes two casinos, Silver Star Hotel and Casino and Golden Moon Hotel; a Hilton Garden Inn separate from the casinos; Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, an award-winning golf course designed by Jerry Pate; Geyser Falls, a water park; and a spa.
The resort's casinos are the only Native American gaming facilities in the state of Mississippi. Before changes in casino regulations brought about in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the casinos were the only ones in the state not required to have all gaming take place on floating structures.
The initial casino, Silver Star, has been popular since its opening in 1994. Hoping to expand its opportunities, the tribe built a more upscale casino, Golden Moon, directly across the road from the original casino, in 2002. Golden Moon features a sweeping, curving hotel structure that rises to a globe-shaped top. However, it has never been as popular as the Silver Star, and has been a drain on tribal earnings since its opening.
In January 2009, Tribal Chief Beasley Denson announced that Golden Moon would face a partial shutdown, operating on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. The tribe laid off 570 workers, all of whom were not tribal members.
- Pearl River Resort official web site
- Brown, Timothy (2009-01-05). "Choctaws cut 570 jobs, partial shutdown of casino". Associated Press (via the Sun Herald, Biloxi, Mississippi.