Golf News for Tuesday, October 31, 2006 | Resorts

Fallen Oak golf course to open at Beau Rivage resort in Biloxi

BILOXI, Miss. -- Beau Rivage Resort & Casino recently re-opened following a dramatic $550-million renovation and is now poised to become one of the nation’s top golf destination resorts. Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed course, will combine Southern charm and ambiance with golf at the highest caliber.

Envision MGM MIRAGE’s renowned Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, only instead of the desert, the course is an oasis in the midst of a forest. Now, envision service that will rival the finest country clubs and a course that will leave no leaf unturned in its quest for providing the perfect golfing experience.

On Nov. 6, that vision will come to life, with the highly anticipated opening of Fallen Oak. Only the second golf course built by MGM MIRAGE for their guests, Fallen Oak promises to become one of the nation’s top resort courses and a must-play destination for golf getaways and casual vacationers alike.

The multi-million dollar course features dramatic elevation changes – which is rare for a Gulf Coast course – and more than 4,000 stately oaks, magnolias, pines and other hardwood trees. Fallen Oak is located on a 510-acre tract at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest, 15 miles north of Beau Rivage.

From the moment guests enter the lush and picturesque course through the gated front entrance, they will know they are someplace special. With a personal greeting upon arrival, swing tips on the practice facility, exceptional caddy service, on-course food and beverage and chilled scented towels, Beau Rivage guests will find a round at Fallen Oak will deliver an experience that is memorable and unrivaled in the region.

“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.”

As for the course itself, it promises to deliver exceptional golf that will test every element of the game. Stretching to a hearty 7,487 yards from the back tees, Fallen Oak will offer golfers five sets of tees and strategic play options as each hole winds through ever-changing terrain and environments.

“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 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, 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 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 greens will be equipped with a SubAir system, which allows the course to control air circulation and moisture content by vacuuming the water out of the greens. The short list of courses using SubAir reads like a Where’s Where of Golf: Augusta National in Georgia, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C., Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head and Shadow Creek are just a sample of the courses employing the system.

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

The clubhouse and practice facilities alone will put Fallen Oak among the top courses in the region. Built to resemble an Acadian-style Southern mansion, the 12,000-square foot clubhouse will house a 1,000-square foot pro shop and locker facilities. The 70-seat lounge and restaurant will feature 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.

Fallen Oak will be available exclusively for guests of Beau Rivage. Greens fees for this elite MGM MIRAGE golf experience will be $200. To make reservations, call (877) 805-4657 or visit www.beaurivage.com.

ABOUT BEAU RIVAGE:
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, named one of the top 100 hotels in the continental United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure Magazine, opened on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1999. The property re-opened for business August 29, 2006 following a dramatic $550-million renovation. Beau Rivage is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGEä, the premier entertainment, hotel and gaming company in the world. For more information or to make reservations, call (888) 56-ROOMS or (228) 386-7444 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (CDT), Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, or visit www.beaurivage.com.

ABOUT FAZIO GOLF COURSE DESIGNERS:
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.

ABOUT MGM MIRAGE:
MGM MIRAGE, (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading and most respected hotel and gaming companies, owns and operates 23 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has investments in three other properties in Nevada, New Jersey and Illinois. MGM MIRAGE also has announced plans to develop Project CityCenter, a multi-billion dollar mixed-use urban development project in the heart of Las Vegas, and has a 50 percent interest in MGM Grand Macau, a hotel-casino resort currently under construction in Macau S.A.R. MGM MIRAGE supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its properties. MGM MIRAGE also has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative and its community philanthropy programs. For more information about MGM MIRAGE, please visit the company's website at www.mgmmirage.com.

Contacts: Mary Cracchiolo, Beau Rivage, (228) 386-7134
Brian Robin, Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc., (818) 344-6195, Ext. 110