It’s about service, so prepare for pampering
By Rusty Hampton
Golf in Mississippi doesn’t get much better than Fallen Oak, the Tom Fazio-designed course in Gautier that opened in 2006 and is listed as the 16th-best resort course in the country for 2014 by Golf Digest.
Built by MGM Mirage as a place to play for guests of the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Fallen Oak is billed as the exclusive course for guests of the resort. Take the limousine service from the resort and after a 15-mile ride be prepared to be pampered from the moment you arrive.
From shoe service to a locker with your name on it, a personal caddy and a 19th hole ranked among the best the country, the course is all about service.
As for the golf, challenging, pristine and beautiful come to mind.
“When you play a round of golf at Fallen Oak, our goal is to give you a complete high-end private club feeling,” said general manager David Stinson. “From the time you arrive, until the time you depart, our team is dedicated to caring for your every need. We want Fallen Oak to leave an indelible impression in our guest’s mind for a lifetime.”
Built on some 500 acres adjacent to the DeSoto National Forest, Fallen Oak is a true get-away destination, void of houses and filled with wildlife.
Champions Tour player Paul Azinger says the “gnarly” bunkers give the course bite, but it might be hard to concentrate on just golf. “I was amazed at how beautiful it was,” says Azinger in a video posted on Fallen Oak’s website.
At some 7,400 yards, the course can be extremely difficult even for the world’s top players. But with an assortment of tee boxes, even high handicappers can find a setup that fits their game and affords for a fun outing.
“As Fallen Oak evolves, it takes on a vastly different look than it did five years ago,” Stinson said in a news release. “As is with most things, Fallen Oak has only become better with age.”
Fallen Oak Golf Course
Year opened: 2006
Designer: Tom Fazio
Dues: Exclusive to guests of Beau Rivage Resort and Casino.
Yardage: 7,487 yards