Freezing weather has presented a challenge for Fallen Oak groundskeeper crew

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Fallen Oak is 18 holes of beauty, a par-72 layout that spans 7,487 yards, sprinkled among pecan and magnolia groves, century-old oak trees, streams, lakes and marshland.

Matthew Hughes if Fallen Oak Director of Grounds and he's getting the championship golf course ready for the Mississippi Gulf Resort classic. It has not been easy, due to numerous days of freezing weather.

Hughes said,"It's very tough because it's been a long winter. My staff has done a marvelous job and typically at this time of the year we're trying to slow the grass down, keep it from growing. Actually this year we're trying to do the opposite. We're trying to encourage growth, create an environment for the grass and we're using a lot of tricks of the trade to get it up and growing."

He added,"We're working diligently everyday and we actually had five days where we couldn't work, it was too cold for us."

Fallen Oak has developed a reputation as one of the best in the nation, consistently named to America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses by Golf Digest.

The Tom Fazio designed course is getting ready to host the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic March 21 through the 23 and Hughes says Fallen Oak will be ready to challenge the pros on the Champions Tour

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