March 5, 2014
I arrived for my business trip to Mississippi one day early so I could play Fallen Oak Golf Course. It is part of the MGM Resorts private golf clubs and to play it, you have to stay at an MGM property at least one night to reserve a tee time. One thing to note if you are going to be in Mississippi and give it a go - It is approximately 17 miles from the Beau Rivage. Unless you are a high roller, no transportation is provided so you are going to have to find a ride or take a taxi. The taxi ride is roughly $50, so be prepared for the extra expense.
|Upon arrival you are met with the closed gates of the private club.|
The weather was pretty good on this day. It was very overcast but there was no wind and it was mid-50s. There was also no rain which was good fortune since it had poured the previous two days. The course was waterlogged for sure and quite a few balls plugged during the round. There were only a handful of cars in the parking lot and I saw no one out on the course.
The course was also in immaculate condition. I also noticed they were setting up a good many temporary tarps, spectator stands, and pavilions. In the pro shop, I asked what they were preparing for and was advised they were hosting the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic tournament for the Champions Tour on March 17-23. Hearing this, I knew the round was going to be a great experience since it was tournament ready.
|The new flags that were found on each hole.|
After checking in and picking up a logo ball, I made my way to the range. There was another single player here and we struck up a conversation while hitting some balls. Lee is a great guy from North Carolina. He seemed to have as much passion as I do for golf and mentioned playing college golf in his youth. I failed to ask which college. Playing with Lee made the round much more enjoyable and we talked about everything from golf to football to food. Thanks for the company Lee! I look forward to a possible round or two at Pinehurst in November!
|The driving range was even very well maintained and manicured.|
|There is a special area with bunkers that mirror exactly what a player is going to find on the course.|
|And the course has a great area to practice 60-70 yard shots to a practice green opposite the range.|
|A view from the tee box to the #1 fairway.|
|A look at the #1 green from 110 yards out.|
|A look at the #1 green from 75 yards.|
|A look down the #2 fairway from the tee box.|
|A look into the 2nd green from 100 yards out.|
|A look at the #3 green from the tee box.|
|A look down the fairway from the #4 tee box.|
|A look at the middle of the fairway, just before the turn to the green.|
|A closer look at the right side, fairway bunker.|
|A look into the #4 green from 75 yards out.|
|A look at the flag from below the right front bunker.|
|A look down the fairway from the #5 tee box.|
|A closer look at the left side, fairway bunkers.|
|I love playing in the south because of all the old oak trees normally found on the courses.|
|A look at the #5 green from 120 yards out.|
|A look down the fairway from the #6 tee box.|
|A look down the fairway at the first turn to the right.|
|A look from the first turn on the right side of the fairway.|
|A closer look at the right side fairway bunker.|
|The bunker in the center of the fairway, just in front of the green.|
|A look down the fairway from the #7 tee box.|
|A look into #7 green from 130 yards out.|
|A look at the #8 green from the tee box.|
|A look down the fairway from the #9 tee box.|
|A closer look at the right side fairway bunkers.|
|A look into the #9 green from the fairway.|
|A look down the fairway from the #10 tee box.|
|A look into the #10 green from 150 yards out.|
|A look down the fairway from the #11 tee box.|
|A look into the #11 green from 175 yards out.|
Number 13 is a long par 5 (575 yards from the tips) that doglegs left at 200-220 yards. If you can cut the corner, it is going to make your second shot much easier, and is going to shorten the hole, making for a very possible GIR.
|A look down the fairway from the #13 tee box.|
|A look at the turn and the slope up to the #13 green.|
|A look into #13 green from 120 yards out.|
|A look back down the #13 fairway from the green.|
|A look at the #14 green from the tee box.|
|A look down the fairway from the #15 tee box.|
|A look into the #16 green from 200 yards out.|
|A look down the fairway from the #16 tee box.|
|A look into #16 green from 60 yards out.|
Number 17 is a long par 3, measuring 240 from the tips. It also runs slightly up hill, making it an even longer shot. The bunker on the left side is probably not going to come into play. The bunker on the right, however, runs right next to the edge of the green.
|A look at the green from the #17 tee box.|
The 18th hole is very picturesque as it takes you home. The fairway gradually slopes down and left towards the green. There are bunkers the follow the left midsection of the fairway before giving way to a lake. The green is flanked on the left and right by bunkers, and further left by the lake. The namesake of the golf course, Fallen Oak, is also found on the right side of the fairway, just before the turn to the left.
|A look down the fairway from the #18 tee box.|
|A closer look at the bunkers along the left side of the fairway.|
|A look at the fallen oak from the fairway.|
|A look at the fallen oak from the cart path.|
|A look into the green from 150 yards out.|
Overall, it is definitely worth a play if you find yourself on the gulf coast of Mississippi.