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by Scott A. Sumner
      The opportunity to play some golf in Mississippi seemed very  appealing to me. Firstly I had never been to Mississippi although nearby in Alabama and Florida. Secondly Hurricane Katrina had taken  its toll on the state and I knew it would be interesting to see.  Thirdly I would be able to se the Gulf Coast after earlier this year  playing golf on courses on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

     Staying at the Beau Rivage, a 1740 room casino  costing over $1  billion was an absolute treat. This Las Vegas type property was  originally built by legendary gaming icon Steve Wynn and then sold to  MGM Mirage. The spectacular property with 87,000 square feet of  gaming, 50,000 square feet of meeting space, 1500 seat state of the  art theatre,12 restaurants and 4000 employees was originally built at  a cost of $800 million. After Katrina when it had 12 feet of water in  the gaming area it was completely renovated and expanded to the tune  of another $550 million making it a spectacular property. The Beau  Rivage does 40% of the gaming business of over $1 billion annually in the Gulfport Biloxi area which gives you an idea of the success of  the operation. Incidently the $550 million renovation was completed  in 1 year allowing the property to open exactly 1year after the  storm. That in itself was an amazing construction accomplishment  which allowed 4000 people to get back to work!

    A new amenities of the Beau Rivage was their own  world class golf course, Fallen Oak which opened November 6th, 2006 to great  reviews.Designed by well known golf architect Tom Fazio   on 510  acres  the 18 hole course is about a 25 minute ride by Limo from the 
casino. Fallen Oak was ranked number 2 best new course by Golf Digest  in the USA in 2007. That is quite an honour given the number of  exceptional new courses coming on stream each year. . Only casino  guests can play course which is 7487 yards in length and features pot 
type bunkers with grass lips a Fazio predominate look which  from the  air form an appearance like a oak tree. Built at a cost of  $40 to  $45 million Fallen Oak includes a beautiful13,000 square feet  clubhouse complete with an award winning bar overlooking the 18th hole that has won awards itself.

     If you are staying at Beau Rivage a round  will cost $200 Sun to  Thursday and $ 300 from  Friday to  Saturday.  Your green fee  includes everything such as cleaning up your golf shoes and   installing new spikes if needed, complimentary snacks, cart and range balls. For a candy lover like myself it is quite a tret to have chocolate bars, chips and gatorade available in the locker room as  well as with the cart girl at no cost!  Located in the Desoto  National Forest, the land  was orginally bought by Steve Winn who sold his company to  the MGM Mirage company. They developed the  course as an amenity of the casino. Fallen Oak gets 8 to 9000 rounds 
of play per yer which is amazing for a golf course of this calaber. You will enjoy a special round of golf at Fallen Oak as I did on a  cool sunny day where the course was almost my own! The course is very  playable and you can see all the shots in front of you. In my last 5  years of golf I have played over 100 course throughout the world.  Fallen Oak just may be at the top of my list!

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