Review and Rating of Fallen Oak Golf Course Biloxi, MS
"Front Nine. Back Nine. Cloud Nine" is the logo for Fallen Oak Golf Course which was designed by legendary architect Tom Fazio and it's 510 acres of lush, rolling landscape adjacent to the Mississippi DeSoto National Forest. It's pure heaven or hell depending on how you played the course.
In 2005 the Beau Rivage Resort gave Tom Fazo open reign to find a piece of property and build a golf course for the exclusive use of guests of the Resort. And he created a masterpiece. The course plays through more than 1,000 mature oaks, pines and magnolias, streams, lakes, and marshland and features dramatic bunkers, inviting greens, near perfect conditions, and surprising elevation changes. You'll feel like you're playing deep in the forest - no homes, a very diverse collection of huge sprawling trees, and no noise except for the birds, wind blowing through the trees, or my golf ball ricocheting off the trees.
After a round on Fallen Oak you won't be surprised to learn that Fallen Oak was:
With five sets of tee boxes and yardages ranging from 5362 to 7487 yards plus huge sprawling steep-faced bunkers, water on 10 holes, natural areas to carry, contoured rolling greens, and some tight fairways, make sure you don't bite off more than you can chew. In fact, consider moving up a set of tee boxes for a more relaxing and enjoyable round with several memorable holes. Some of our favorite holes included:
Speaking of bunkers, if you want to score well on Fallen Oak you need to do whatever it takes to avoid the 51 strategically placed bunkers. They range in size from small pot bunkers to some huge monsters and all have steep faces. The sand is perfect - soft and fluffy and deep. It took 3500 tons of Tour Grade Signature Blend sand to fill the bunkers - I think I hit a ton of it out of the bunkers and took several pounds home with me in my shoes, pockets, and hair.
Greens at Fallen Oak are perfect - fast (11 or so), true, firm, and smooth! Pin placement can be a killer thanks to lots of contour, slope, and some small ridges. All of the greens are guarded by bunkers and water which puts a premium on the approach shot. They range in size from small to well above average.
The fairways at Fallen Oak were also in perfect condition and they range from wide and sweeping to tight and sloping. You'll also encounter some mounding, a couple of roller coaster rides to the green, wide roughs, and lots of trees if you spray the ball. From tee to pin, the fairways are perfect and well manicured and maintained - not a leaf out of place! The rough was dense and thick but fairly easy to recover from.
Read more about the fantastic courses and stay and play options we enjoyed on our Mississippi Golf Vacation.
You'll need to stay at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino if you want to play Fallen Oak - but that's a great thing! The Resort is fantastic with 85,000 square feet of casino, state-of-the-art fitness center, an award-winning spa and salon, 11 recognized restaurants, four nightclubs and bars, a beautiful pool, an upscale retail promenade, a 1500 seat theater with headline entertainment, and lots more. Read our review of the Beau Rivage Stay & Play.
Service is good, forecaddies are required, and the pro shop and practice facilities are very good. The grill is also excellent and make sure you try the special Bloody Marys.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.