Fallen Oak Temporarily Closes For Course Enhancements

Jun 05, 2014

Fallen Oak Scheduled to Reopen September 2014

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BILOXI, Miss. – June 5, 2014 – Fallen Oak, one of the country’s most exclusive golf courses, has temporarily closed for course enhancements.  The course, perennially ranked among the top courses in the country and recently named one of the “Top 10 Fazio Courses You Can Play” by Links Magazine, is scheduled to re-open in September 2014.  The enhancement project will be overseen by original course architect Tom Fazio.
“We are very excited to return to Fallen Oak and once again work with MGM Resorts International,” said course designer Tom Fazio. “As we witnessed during Fallen Oak’s original construction, MGM’s commitment to quality is unsurpassed and this enhancement project further testifies to that. While we will make a few strategic improvements, all in all Fallen Oak is a premier golf experience that can stand against the best courses in the country.”
Opened in November 2006, Fallen Oak is home to the Champion’s Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic and is available exclusively to guests of Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. MGM Resorts International remains committed to maintaining and investing in Fallen Oak’s elite world-class golf facility. The regular infrastructure maintenance will involve rebuilding and installing new sand in the course’s signature bunkers using state-of-the-art construction techniques and materials. The enhancement project will also involve reshaping and moving some bunkers while planting and repositioning more than 15 live oak trees that are hallmark to the Fallen Oak golf experience.
“We built Fallen Oak to draw golf enthusiasts from all over the world,” said Fallen Oak General Manager David Stinson. “Golfers have been attracted to Fallen Oak because of the unique bunkering, the beautiful live oaks, and the exclusivity of playing an MGM family golf course. We are just enhancing the golf experience for our guests. The course will play easier for the average to high handicap golfer and will become more challenging for the good golfer. We’re committed to upgrading the product to continually be one of the best golf courses in the world.”
Unique among Gulf Coast courses, Fallen Oak features dramatic elevation changes, which Fazio incorporated among the more than 4,000 oaks, magnolias, pines and other hardwood trees that join the ponds, streams and wetlands that frame the course. Aside from those elevation changes, remarkably true-rolling greens and Fazio’s dynamic design tactics of using the DeSoto National Forest and all its inherent natural elements as a template serve to set Fallen Oak apart from the competition.
The clubhouse and practice facilities alone put Fallen Oak among the top courses in the country. Built to resemble an Acadian-style Southern mansion, the clubhouse houses a pro shop and locker facilities. The lounge and restaurant feature top-level dining and a panoramic view of the 18th hole, as well as the majestic live oak that gives Fallen Oak its name. In 2013, that clubhouse was voted one of the “19 Best 19th Holes in Golf” by Golf Magazine.
Beau Rivage is currently accepting tee times for Fallen Oak, in anticipation of an early September re-opening. Greens fees for this elite MGM Resorts International golf experience are $200. To make reservations, call (877) 805-4657 or visit www.beaurivage.com.

The Tom Fazio-designed Fallen Oak joins the heralded Shadow Creek as the only golf courses built by MGM Resorts International for their guests. Located 15 minutes outside of Biloxi at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest, Fallen Oak has earned more than 30 national honors for a masterful design that epitomizes strategy from tee to green from all five of its tees as it encompasses the area’s natural terrain and beauty. Since 2010, the 7,487-yard course that features elevation changes rare for a Gulf Coast design has played host to the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. In that short time, Fallen Oak has received numerous compliments from many of the game’s legends for its beauty, design and the quiet elegance found in many of the world’s great golf courses. For more information on Fallen Oak, please visit www.fallenoak.com or www.beaurivage.com
Throughout his 40 years in golf course design, Tom Fazio and his staff of talented designers have been recognized for creating award-winning courses throughout the United States. No living designer has more credits on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and Golfweek’s collection of America’s Best. The Golf Digest poll for Best Modern Day Golf Course Architect was discontinued after Tom claimed the award three consecutive times, and he has also received The Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
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