Beau Rivage Building
$30-Million Golf Course
By Keith Burton
Soon golfers around the world will be flocking to Beau Rivage Casino Resort to enjoy what will be one of the premier golf courses in the South.
Work crews under contract for the Beau Rivage are well on their way at a 510 acre site adjacent to the DeSoto National Forest on Mississippi 15. Workers have been moving trees to new locations and transforming the terrain for the golf course. Casino officials say the course will be ready for guests early next year.
The 18-hole, par-72 $30-million dollar course was designed by renowned golf architect Tom Fazio and will be named Fallen Oak. Fazio created Shadow Creek for Beau Rivage’s sister properties in Las Vegas. The name for the new golf course was taken from a tree on the property (photo above) that leans but is still standing.
Golfers will see the tree at what will be the 18th fairway. The course design includes a variety of challenges including some hilly terrain on the back nine.
The casino explored more than a dozen possible sites for the golf course before deciding that the location off of Mississippi 15 was ideal for their needs. The site and is characterized by lush rolling landscape covered in oak and pine ridges, magnolia and pecan groves, yaupons, large lakes, winding streams and majestic marshes.. The designers are also saving many of the trees, moving them to locations that will add to the experience at Fallen Oak.
Contractors say they are moving nearly 400 trees in a wide variety of sizes and types to different locations on the property. The tree in the photo in the upper right weighs over 120,000 pounds. The trees being moved range in size from 8 to 10 footers to giant oaks.
Fallen Oak will have water features, 10 bridges and concealed paths for golf carts. A large clubhouse, designed in the style of an Acadian-style Southern mansion, will house a pro shop, lockers, a lounge and restaurant.