By Steve Gensolin | October 5, 2019
Beau Rivage, whether you parlez vous local Gulf Coast Creole or the more exotic Franćais, translates for Nouveau Continentals as “Beautiful Shore.” Located in Biloxi, Mississippi, Beau Rivage is aptly named, as the towering resort and entertainment complex. Upon approach, Beau Rivage stands proudly as the most visible architectural achievement on the water’s edge. And from within its 1700 luxurious rooms and lavish suites, Beau Rivage offers guests the most exceptional vantage point for stellar views of the Mississippi coast.
The casino floor is the most expansive in the Southeast United States, and the service in the High Limit Room includes top-shelf cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. Mississippi’s biggest and best sports book recently opened at Beau Rivage. The lines are set by MGM, a relationship that allows the book to take the biggest action a gambler could want. At Beau Rivage, a 16 foot high, 24-foot wide screen dominates the room’s biggest wall. There’s no better place in the state to take in your favorite sporting events than
The dining options are abound, but Beau Rivage features three top-tier restaurant choices: BR Prime for steaks and seafood, Jia Teppanyyaki, which provides an international flair with excellent Asian dishes and artist-created sushi prepared only with the freshest fish flown in daily. Jai also features several Far Eastern specialties with an exotic note of Peruvian influence.
Stalla restaurant serves Italian cuisine as it should be, including house-made pasta dishes. Should a guest prefer No-Limit indulgence, Beau Rivage features a massive 200 item buffet that will test your commitment to such an ambitious selection. If you decide to dine en suite, room service will deliver the best french fries you may ever come across, a full half-inch square, with an impossibly crunchy crust wrapped around a perfectly steaming, flaky interior.
But Beau Rivage reserves its best feature for guests who golf.
Perfect timing may be when purpose and providence team up to overcome tragedy. For Beau Rivage, that meant opening Fallen Oak for play in 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. Fallen Oak proved more than just a great golf course – it showed Beau Rivage’s commitment to Biloxi and its recovery, and it displayed the local folks’ collective iron chin in the wake of what by all accounts was an epic knockout punch. Available for the sole enjoyment of Beau Rivage guests, Fallen Oak sits high atop every competent ranking list of Casino and Resort Courses, often next to its sister course Shadow Creek. The opportunity to play this exclusive track proves to be a singularly powerful draw for Beau Rivage’s most discerning guests. Its championship-worthy facilities, fairways, and greens are kept at a level of polish and perfection that, like the Beau itself, belies the wrath of Mother Nature’s worst intentions. Tom Fazio carved a routing through the Southern Mississippi woods that has earned multiple accolades from putting pundits, and every laudatory word is well deserved. There is an unmistakable feeling that Fallen Oak is just for a very lucky few, and for the 30 or so golfers who play here on an average day, the experience is an envy-inducing experience to be treasured.
The task of providing guests with the golf outing of a lifetime rests partly upon the young shoulders of Fallen Oak’s Head PGA Professional Blake Hatfield, whose boyish grin leaves no doubt that he appreciates his lot in life. Blake’s resume is appropriately stacked, from a collegiate playing career to various PGA pro positions, including a stint at a private club nearby. But exceptional qualifications notwithstanding, the head pro at Fallen Oak has certainly experienced a meteoric rise, proving that working hard and leaving great impressions when you meet good people are a potent combination when chasing success.
“We’re here to provide an exceptional experience for our Guests,” says Blake. “But they’re already excited to be here from the moment we greet them out front when they arrive, so our job is simply to carry their anticipation and excitement on throughout every minute they spend here. The course itself does a lot of the heavy lifting in that regard, so our staff really gets to enjoy doing our part to take care of every guest.”
The Grill and Bar overlook the sweeping, dogleg-left 18th fairway and green, the latter of which is flanked by water, just to make sure you don’t let your guard down as you close out your round. Once inside, Gunther will make sure you are adequately fed and refueled either for an emergency nine or another go at the gaming tables back at the casino. Don’t leave without ordering a root beer float from Meredith – just for you, she’ll fill a frosted mason jar with a couple of scoops of Haagen-Dazs, Biloxi’s own Barq’s root beer, and a shot or two of Maker’s Mark bourbon that all together is every bit as sweet as any lullaby your granny ever sang to you, and just as effective at putting you down for a nap.
There is undeniable magic at work at Beau Rivage, and that magic shouldn’t get lost in the many impressive numbers at work. Up to 5000 fresh flowering plants, grown in the resort’s greenhouse, decorate the space at any given time. Christmas brings nearly 200 fully-decked out Christmas trees for guests to enjoy. A 1600-seat theater hosts special music and entertaining guests, including golf’s own David Feherty. Fallen Oak’s vitals are also impressive – 510 acres, 7,487 yards from the tips, with a 142 slope rating. But the number that may stand out most is that of 3000 resort employees, 325, more than 10 percent, have been taking care of Beau Rivage guests since it opened more than 20 years ago. Look closely, and you’ll find the inscription “Day One Team Member” proudly worn on some name tags. Nothing could speak more highly of the Beau Rivage commitment to Beau Rivage guests, and that dedication is undoubtedly the best reason to schedule your next trip to Beau Rivage and Fallen Oak.