As part of a five day golf outing to Mississippi, our first stop was at the MGM Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi about an hour's drive east of New Orleans - wow, what an impressive Resort! As soon as you enter the lobby you know you're in for a special treat. The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino fronts the Gulf of Mexico and the Casino is actually built on a barge (but you would never know it) in the Gulf of Mexico because early gambling regulations required casinos to be over a body of water. The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino cost $800 million to build and another $550 million when it reopened in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is huge and classy with:
If all of that isn't enough to get you excited about a visit and stay at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino then keep in mind some of the other awards and accolades that Beau Rivage Resort & Casino has received included: recognized by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as one of the country’s top resorts, AAA Four Diamond award, a Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant, and the #1 golf course in Mississippi according to Golfweek!
Shortly after we arrived we headed out for dinner at The Reef, less than a mile from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. We sat outside enjoying the view and cool breeze - it was 100 when we left Austin! The breeze and cool air were great but what really blew me away was the delicious dinner we enjoyed. Over the next two hours we consumed: smoked tuna dip, firecracker shrimp, fried pickles, excellent Oysters Rockefeller, and crab claws - and that was just the appetizer! I couldn't believe it but after all that I devoured every last bite of a very tasty fried catfish with creole and crawfish sauce and I ate half of the wife's blackened red fish with crab meat hollandaise sauce - absolutely delicious. I was stuffed but was talked into having a triple chocolate chip brownie with ice cream! I was afraid that I ate so much that I wouldn't be able to fit through the door to our hotel room at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.
Early the next morning we set off for a round of golf at the Tom Fazio designed Fallen Oak Golf Course, which is a Beau Rivage Resort & Casino amenity for the exclusive use of Resort guests. Wow, what an impressive course - excellent layout on 510 acres adjacent to a National Forest, pristine conditions, and some fun and challenging holes. I didn't play that well - I think I found half of the bunkers and three of the lakes plus I lost a couple balls in the forest - but I sure enjoyed this spectacular course! I can't blame my high score on the course and looking back on it, maybe I shouldn't have had three of their infamous Fallen Oak Bloody Marys - made with Grey Goose vodka infused for six days with oregano, garlic, peppers, onions, basil and thyme. As I sadly departed after our round I left a trail of sand from my sandals and toes, hair, pockets, and a couple other orifices! We absolutely loved this course - read our review of Fallen Oak Golf Course to learn more and see why we rated Fallen Oak 9.2 out of 10!
Oh, I forgot to mention that before golf I think I sampled most of the delicious items on the breakfast buffet and then I had a delicious lunch at Fallen Oak - a superb blackened trigger fish sandwich. But I really surprised myself when I had no trouble eating everything that passed in front of my tummy during dinner at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino's new Italian restaurant named Stalla. We started with appetizers that included: assorted slices of brick oven baked pizza; hot antipasti with calamari, fried eggplant, mozzarella, and crab cakes; plus an antipasti platter with parma prosciutto, salami toscana, soppresata dolce, soppresata picante, marinated olives, grilled artichokes, fortina, and parigiano reggiano - I don't know what most of it was but I do know that it was all delicious!. That was followed by an excellent Caesar salad. I should have paced myself because I didn't expect what came next on our family style dinner - chicken parmigiana, one of the best rib eyes I've ever tasted, shrimp scampi, and some ravioli. As if that wasn't enough we had to try some very decadent dessert! I started to wonder if my scale at home went as high as I felt I weighed and I worried that the elevator would not make it to the 22nd floor with all that new weight.
So rather than get stuck, I decided to walk it off in the Casino and watch some of the gamblers. But as soon as I crossed the threshold into the Casino my wallet starting bouncing around in my back pocket and the three quarters in my Levis were jingling and I swore I heard "play me, play me first!" Ok, I fell for it, put a quarter in the slot and when three cherries showed up I thought I might wet my pants. That was exciting and easy! But I'm sure you know the rest of the story - after a fun couple hours at the slots, crap table, and blackjack table all of the quarters were gone and my wallet was much lighter - but I had a great time! And from all the exercise I'm sure I lost some weight and wouldn't have to worry about the elevator getting stuck - however, it did seem to groan and move a tad slower than normal on it's way to our room. I also noticed the next morning that my mattress had a big sag in it, which I don't think was there when we checked in!
We had a well appointed room on the 22nd floor with a fabulous view of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico with shrimp boats heading out to sea, sail boats enjoying the light breeze, and plenty of power boats cruising in and out of a nearby marina. Our room had a contemporary interior design scheme with cherry-wood furniture, original artwork and:
We had a couple fantastic days at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and golfing at Fallen Oak and only wish we could have stayed longer. But we were scheduled to play golf the next morning at Shell Landing.
Bottom line: if you're looking for an escape from work, a golfing vacation, or a fun weekend getaway, we can highly recommend the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and make sure you play Fallen Oak. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is also perfect for a golf stay and play (it's the only way you'll get to play Fallen Oak) and there several other golf courses to play within an hour's drive.
Return to Texas Outside's Mississippi Golfing Vacation Article to learn more about this fun trip to an excellent golfing destination.