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Fallen Oak Set to Open at Beau Rivage
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., recently re-opened following a $550 million renovation. On November 6, Fallen Oak, the resort’s new Tom Fazio-designed golf course, will open for play.
Fallen Oak is located on a 510-acre tract at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest, 15 miles north of Beau Rivage. Only the second golf course built by MGM Mirage for guests, Fallen Oak could become one of the nation’s top resort courses. The layout features dramatic elevation changes – rare for a Gulf Coast course – and more than 4,000 oaks, magnolias, pines and hardwood trees.
“This spectacular course will be the final piece of the destination resort puzzle for Beau Rivage,” said George Corchis, president and chief operating officer of MGM Mirage’s Mississippi resorts, which includes Beau Rivage in Biloxi and Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica. “The inherent beauty of the terrain provides an outstanding natural canvas for Fazio’s latest golf masterpiece.”
Stretching to a hearty 7,487 yards from the tips, Fallen Oak offers five sets of tees and a variety of holes. “I am so excited by the finished golf course at Fallen Oak,” said Fazio. “The entire team came together and the final product will rival any course in the Southeast. Couple that with a commitment to the highest quality by Beau Rivage, and this project promises to be viewed as one of the best new courses in America.”
To build Fallen Oak, crews transplanted more than 1,000 oaks, pines, magnolias and other hardwoods, some 60 feet or taller; moved 580,000 cubic yards of soil; and laid 125 acres of sod – enough to cover 96 football fields. They installed 20 miles of drainage pipe and 26 miles of irrigation pipe. Dozens of bunkers hold 3,500 tons of Tour Grade Signature Blend sand.
The course will feature tiff eagle Bermuda grass on the greens, 419 Bermuda grass in the fairways, zoysia grass flanking the bunkers and creeks and Bahia grass in the native areas. The course will contain 10 bridges and concealed cart paths to enhance the experience.
Each green is equipped with a SubAir system, which allows the course to control air circulation and moisture content by vacuuming the water out of the greens. Other courses with this feature include Augusta National, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C., Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head and Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
Built to resemble an Acadian-style Southern mansion, the 12,000-square-foot clubhouse will contain a pro shop and locker facilities. A 70-seat lounge and restaurant will feature fine-dining and views of the 9th and 18th holes.
Fallen Oak will be open only by guests of Beau Rivage, with greens fees priced at $200. For reservations, call 877/805-4657 or visit www.beaurivage.com.