Golf course prepares for Senior PGA tournament

Golf course prepares for Senior PGA tournament

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Many people consider the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic to be one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the Senior Professional Golfers Association.

"Obviously, it's a huge tournament. It's great for Fallen Oak, it's great for the community down here," said Fallen Oak grounds keeper, Matt Hughes.

But before the tournament begins, various preparations are made in order to ensure the grounds are ready for tee off.

"We have 510 acres out here at Fallen Oak sitting in the middle of De Soto National Forest, and we have a great golf course. Conditions couldn't be better out here and we look forward to to having a great week," said Hughes.

Ground officials say that even though rain may be in the forecast, conditions will still be excellent for the tournament to proceed.

"We're looking forward to great weather and having a great weekend. We just take each day one day at a time. We also have a lot of planning and preparation for the worst or for the best, and keep tracking forward with the event," said Hughes.

Several professionals will arrive Monday morning for practice runs. Hughes and his workers are working hard to make sure the grounds are up to their standards.

But, it's not an easy task.

"The grounds maintenance is very challenging. Lots of preparation goes into the event throughout the year, and throughout the past couple of weeks, and we put in a lot of hours. Our maintenance staff has done a lot; an outstanding job of preparing for the event," said Hughes.

The tournament is set to begin Friday, April 1.

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