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Beau Rivage Opens Fazio-Designed
Fallen Oak Golf Club

by Keith Burton
Photos by Bruce W. Smith  11/7/06

Tom Fazio (photo right) has a way with designing a golf course. His work has earned him a reputation of designing courses that are challenging and fun to play. So much so, that 13 golf courses in Golf Digest's Top 100 courses were designed by Fazio, who was on the Coast Monday for the opening of the new Fallen Oak course operated by the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

“I am so excited by the finished golf course at Fallen Oak,” said course designer Tom Fazio. “The entire team came together and the final product rivals 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.”

Fallen Oak is a premium course with the premium feel and performance that should draw the top players and golfing fans to the Beau Rivage Resort. (The tree of the resort's namesake can be seen in the background of the photo right.)

Fallen Oak is an 18-hole championship golf course featuring a par-72 layout. Stretching 7,487 yards from the back tees, Fallen Oak offers golfers five sets of tees and strategic play options as each hole winds through ever-changing terrain and environments.

To build Fallen Oak, Fazio’s crews transplanted more than 1,000 oaks, pines, magnolias and other hardwood trees, some 60 feet or taller; moved 580,000 cubic yards of soil; and laid 125 acres of sod, enough to cover 96 football fields, to give the course a very mature feeling from day one. They laid 20 miles of drainage pipe and 26 miles of irrigation pipe as a precursor to a state-of-the-art irrigation system and created dramatic, sprawling bunkers that hold 3,500 tons of Tour Grade Signature Blend sand.

The course features 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 greens are equipped with a SubAir system, which allows the course to control air circulation and moisture content by vacuuming the water out of the greens. Some of courses using SubAir include:: Augusta National in Georgia, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C., Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head and Shadow Creek .

The course features 10 bridges and concealed cart paths to protect and enhance the natural features of the terrain.

The clubhouse and practice facilities should put Fallen Oak among the top courses in the region. Built to resemble an Acadian-style Southern mansion, the 12,000-square foot clubhouse houses a 1,000-square foot pro shop and locker facilities. There is 70-seat lounge and restaurant that features top-level dining and panoramic views of the 9th and 18th holes, as well as the majestic live oak that gives Fallen Oak its name.

The course is characterized by a lush rolling landscape covered in oak and pine ridges, magnolia and pecan groves, large lakes, winding streams and picturesque marshes.

Tom Fazio is well-known for his elevation changes and high profile designs, all of which are in place at the new course. Fallen Oak has concealed cart paths, quaint bridges and numerous water features.

Fallen Oak is located about 20 minutes north of the Beau Rivage on Mississippi Highway 15. Fallen Oak is available exclusively for guests of Beau Rivage. Greens fees are $200.

More Information:

Beau Rivage Building $30-Million Golf Course - GCN

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