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Fallen Oak sprucing up for Champions Tour

By Doug Walker – bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Fallen Oak Golf Course is spectacular every day.  But the course is taking on an even brighter shine this week, as pro golfers get ready to tee it up on Friday. 

Small but important touches can be seen everywhere, like pieces of crabgrass being pulled up.  Getting everything ready is a big responsibility, according to Grounds Director Matt Hughes.  

"This is a huge task for us." Hughes said.  "We're fortunate enough that we have a wonderful staff here and we're in good shape throughout the year, so getting the course up to tour standards is not too far out of the normal."

So what are those standards?  Not much different than any other times of the year, said Fallen Oak General Manager David Stinson.  

"We mowed the fairways in five feet on each side, and gave them a step cut of rough, but we haven't done anything different. The mowing height is the same on the greens, the fairways and the roughs." 

This week, it's all a matter of maintenance, as the fairways are cut, the greens are manicured, and the sand traps are filled to trap any errant shots launched by the pros.  In addition to getting the course in tip top shape to host this Champions tour event, other things need to be done as well, like building a city almost. 

"The city will provide a number of amenities for folks relative to party decks, general spectator seating and standing areas," Tournament Director Steve Nieman said. "But the fact that we've got electricity here that we could probably run a small city with, it's a fascinating undertaking."  

What's also fascinating is the dedication of the workers at Fallen Oak, who are driven to put on the best show possible this week.  A show for all the world to see.

The actual tournament tees off Friday morning, and ends on Sunday. The pros are playing for a purse of $1.6 million, with the winner taking home $240,000. 

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