Beau Rivage's Fallen Oak golf course honored by Conde Nast

Readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine selected Beau Rivage's Fallen Oak the as one of the Top 125 Golf Resorts 2011.

It is the second honor this season from the respected travel publication, which came through its annual Readers' Choice Survey of nearly 26,000 online respondents. Those reader respondents rated courses and resorts from "excellent" to "poor" on eight criteria: Course Design & Access, Golf Staff & Services, Rooms, Service, Food/Dining, Location, Overall Design and Activities/Facilities.

In the geographic rankings, Beau Rivage was ranked 9th among the 20 ranked resorts in the Southern United States with an overall average score of 86.0 - a 1½ -point boost from its initial rating in the 2010 survey. It earned two scores above 90 - 92.5 in both Course Design & Access and Golf Staff & Services. Both of those were a two-point improvement from 2010.

"The properties on the following pages marry outstanding golf with fantastic lodging, dining and service. For the avid - or casual - golfer, that's a match made in heaven," reads the story, which can be found in the publication's April issue.

This latest award not only comes on the heels of Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed course, playing host to the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on the PGA Champions Tour for the second time - which impressed many of the game's legends during its debut in 2010 by its design, challenge and playability - but on the heels of Golfweek ranking Fallen Oak No. 45 on its "Top 100 Modern Courses" list for 2011 and naming Fallen Oak the top course to plan in Mississippi for the third straight year.

"Our goal with Fallen Oak was to create a total and complete golf and resort experience for our guests, " George P. Corchis Jr., president and chief operating officer of MGM Resorts International's Regional Operations, said in a press release. "Receiving this recognition from Conde Nast Traveler is very significant because it comes from the magazine's readers, who are among the most sophisticated and passionate travelers in the world."

Beau Rivage was the only Mississippi resort represented on the 125-resort list, which is the publication's 15th-annual directory of the elite golf resorts, both in the United States and internationally.

Read more about this story in Wednesday's Sun Herald.