The Mid-South area offers more than 100 public recreation facilities operated by the state, county or City of Memphis. Available within minutes are boating, fishing, canoeing, golf, hiking and swimming, just to mention a few.
The Memphis area is famous for its bird and duck hunting. Deer hunts are held in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Memphis is the home of Ducks Unlimited headquarters, a worldwide leader in conservation.
Upland game hunting for squirrel, rabbit, quail and dove is enjoyed throughout the Mid-South. There are more than 100,000 acres of state-managed wildlife management areas open for hunting in the Mid-South area. Within a short radius of Memphis, year-round fishermen catch bass, crappie and pan fish.
Outstanding sports events include the FedEx-St. Jude Classic professional golf championship in June and the Kroger-St. Jude Indoor Tennis Tournament each February. The Memphis Park Service sponsors a huge array of sports programs, including softball, soccer, baseball and basketball.
The University of Memphis Tiger basketball team is one of the more popular sports teams in the area. The home games are played in the 18,500-seat FedEx Forum. The RiverKings of the Central Hockey League play in Desoto County, Miss., just across the state line from Memphis. AutoZone Park downtown is the home of the Redbirds, the AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Memphis is also home to the Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association that play at FedEx Forum.
The Liberty Bowl Football Classic, held each year in late December, offers excitement for Mid-South football fans. This game pits the champions of Conference USA and the Mountain West conference against each other. The game draws thousands of fans yearly.
Golf and tennis courts are especially plentiful in Memphis. There are more than 80 public tennis courts and many private club courts. There are 14 public golf courses, more than a dozen private courses, country clubs, numerous swimming pools, tennis courts and other recreational facilities in the metro area.