Fallen Oak prepares for PGA tournament

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Fallen Oak golf course is preparing for another Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. That PGA champions tour event will be held there March 21st through the 23rd.

There's plenty of activity around the course this week, to make certain everything's ready.

"Concession stands over here to the far left. So, it's filling up. Everything is built," said Director of Grounds Matt Hughes, as he surveyed the work going on at Fallen Oak.

The golf course is a busy place on this overcast morning. And with tournament time fast approaching, there are more workers than golfers.

"Fine tweaking everything. Getting where we need to be for championship conditions. So, we have all our normal maintenance activities going on, plus a little detail work throughout the golf course," said Hughes.

Workers were finishing grandstand construction, making sure fence posts were just right and erecting a stage inside one of the many tournament tents.

As a few golfers dodged the scattered rain drops, various contractors went about the business of getting everything PGA ready.

"The course is in great shape. We've had a really tough winter, but the course is good. And I think everyone will be extremely happy to play Fallen Oak. This is our fifth year doing the event out here, so we're real comfortable hosting the event. And it makes it easier and easier every year that goes on," Hughes explained.

One portion of the parking lot at Fallen Oak looks more like a home improvement store. There are railings and platforms and stairs and banners and fencing. All things that need to be set-up, in the next week.

"There's a lot going on. We probably have eight to ten different contractors or sub contractors out here and never a dull moment," said Hughes.

Though Hughes and his team will be putting in a lot of long hours over the next week, it's all worth it when the PGA professionals tackle Fallen Oak.

"It's a lot of work. We enjoy it, otherwise we wouldn't be in the business that we're in. It's fun to come out here and see the direct results of everything you do all year and how it impacts the golf tournament," said Hughes.

The pro-am event at Fallen Oak is next Thursday, March 20th. The tournament competition is Friday through Sunday, March 21st through the 23rd.

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