Fallen Oak Golf Club - no. 4
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Fallen Oak Golf Club - no. 4
The recently renovated Fallen Oak Golf Club, a private/resort play on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is a favorite on the Champions Tour. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Fallen Oak Golf Club - No. 1
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Fallen Oak Golf Club - No. 1
Fallen Oak Golf Club opens with a treacherous par 5 that's almost 600 yards long. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Fallen Oak Golf Club - no. 3
The third at Fallen Oak Golf Club is just 154 yards, but you can't be short. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Fallen Oak golf course - no. 4
The 382-yard, par-4 fourth hole at Fallen Oak G.C. presents an early birdie opportunity. Courtesy of Fallen Oak G.C.
Fallen Oak Golf Club - 5th
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Fallen Oak Golf Club - 5th
Water looms down the left side of the 488-yard par-4 fifth, the no. 1 handicap hole at Fallen Oak Golf Club in Saucier, Miss. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fallen Oak golf course - 6th
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Fallen Oak golf course - 6th
The sixth at Fallen Oak Golf Club is a relatively short par 5. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fallen Oak Golf Club - 7th
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Fallen Oak Golf Club - 7th
The seventh at Fallen Oak Golf Club is a drivable par 4, common on many Tom Fazio courses. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Fallen Oak golf course - no. 9
The ninth at Fallen Oak G.C. is a 459-yard par-4 that has plenty of trouble. Courtesy of Fallen Oak G.C.
Fallen Oak Golf Club - 10th
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Fallen Oak Golf Club - 10th
The 10th hole at Fallen Oak Golf Club is a lengthy straightaway par 4. Courtesy of Fallen Oak G.C.
Fallen Oak golf course - no. 11
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Fallen Oak golf course - no. 11
The par-4 11th at Fallen Oak Golf Club certainly looks intimidating off the tee. Courtesy of Fallen Oak G.C.
Fallen Oak Golf Club - 13th
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Fallen Oak Golf Club - 13th
There is a forced carry off the tee of the par-5 13th at Fallen Oak Golf Club in Saucier, Miss. Courtesy of Fallen Oak G.C.
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Fallen Oak golf course - no. 14
The par-3 13th is the shortest hole at Fallen Oak Golf Club, just 161 yards from the tips. Courtesy of Fallen Oak G.C.
Fallen Oak Golf Club - 15th
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Fallen Oak Golf Club - 15th
From the back tees, the par-5 15th is the longest hole at Fallen Oak Golf Club, 604 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Fallen Oak golf course - no. 16
The par-4 16th has another forced carry off the tee, but it's actually one of the easier holes at Fallen Oak Golf Club near Biloxi. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Fallen Oak golf course - no. 17
Looking back on the green of the par-3 17th hole at Fallen Oak Golf Club in Saucier, Miss. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fallen Oak Golf Club - 18th
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Fallen Oak Golf Club - 18th
The finishing hole at Fallen Oak G.C. is a 493-yard par 4 that plays with water along the left side. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

A Champions Tour favorite: Tom Fazio's Fallen Oak Golf Club on the Mississippi coast

SAUCIER, Miss. -- Since coming on board a few years ago, the Mississippi Gulf Resorts Classic has become a favorite among Champions Tour players. One reason is the hospitality and food, but another is the host course, Fallen Oak Golf Club , a superb Tom Fazio layout that can play as long as 7,487 yards.

The senior tour players, of course, don't play it at that length, but from where they do, the course is not only formidable, but enjoyable as well. There's water on around half the holes, the greens are undulated and generally large, and the design takes advantage of the natural terrain and mature oaks and pines that are found in the region.

Recently, Fallen Oak underwent a renovation (supervised by Fazio). It included a redo of the bunkers, and removal of 21 of them, cutting the total number from 84 to 63. The project took most of the fairway bunkers out of play for the amateurs, and it also softened them to allow the pros, if they get in them, to recover.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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