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Louisiana's Golf Trail
8/6/2018 11:14:39 AM
Louisiana's Golf Trail

Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail is known across the country for its award-winning courses. From Shreveport to Houma, 15 beautiful courses dot the Bayou State’s lush landscape, welcoming pros and amateurs alike to tee it up and split the fairways.

In Southern Louisiana, eight of the Audubon Golf Trail’s courses can be found along the I-10 corridor between Lake Charles and New Orleans. You could say that great golf in Cajun Country is just a drive away.

South Lake Charles is home to Gray Plantation (grayplantation.com), a 7,000-yard, par 72 course that will test pros and amateurs with four par 3 holes (two of which feature island greens), 94 bunkers and four highly challenging par 5 holes. Water hazards abound on many holes so accuracy is a must from the tees and along the fairways.  Situated on 60 acres of scenic marshland, Gray Plantation was named one of the top 100 greatest pubic golf courses in America by

Golf Digest in 2005 and in 2007. Golf Magazine ranked the course among the top three in its "50 best U.S. courses for $50 or less.” 

An hour’s drive east will take golfers to the Wetlands Golf Course (wetlandsgc.org) in Lafayette. Designed by architect Frank Burandt, the course opened in April, 2006 and accommodates golfers at all levels with five tee boxes. Double greens are featured at the ninth and eighteenth holes. Bunkers and water hazards will test golfers in 11 of its 18 holes.

A 90-minute drive southeast of Lafayette will bring golfers to Patterson in the midst of the Atchafalaya Basin region where the Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild (atchafalayagolf.com) awaits. Designed in part by Robert von Hagge, the man behind such courses as Doral and TPC at the Woodlands, the Atchafalaya Golf Course is a par 72, 175-acre emerald, encompassing five lakes and 10 wetland areas. Since its opening in 2006, the Atchafalaya has been recognized as one of the Bayou State’s "must play” courses.

Travel north for an hour and you’ll arrive at the Island Golf Club and Restaurant (thelslandgolf.com). Built straight out of Plaquemine’s sugar fields, the Island Golf Club has been a sweet spot for golfers in Southeast Louisiana since its opening in 1999. The course consists of 160-acres in which the front nine plays in a clockwise manner while the back nine is played counterclockwise. The Island Golf Club also features nine man-made lakes.

An hour and half drive north will bring golfers into Baton Rouge, home the Santa Maria Golf Course (golf.brec.org), a par 72 facility featuring 150 acres of Bermuda fairways, 15 lakes, and a pair of natural waterways. Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Santa Maria has repeatedly received Golf Digest’s highest ranking for a municipal course.

A short drive east to Springfield is where golfers will find the Carter Plantation (carterplantation.com). Designed by PGA champion and LSU alum, David Toms, this par 72 course was named among Golf Magazine’s "Top 10 Courses You Can Play” in 2003. Featuring live oaks and cypress wetlands, Carter Plantation demands precision off the tee and along its fairways, as water comes into play on 11 of its 18 holes.

An hour’s drive southeast will bring you to the Audubon Trail’s most celebrated course, TPC Louisiana (tpc.com/louisiana). Home to the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, TPC Louisiana is a par 72 championship course that truly brings world-class golf to the Bayou State. Designed by master golf course architect Pete Dye, TPC Louisiana features a series of short par 4 holes that will challenge even scratch golfers. The course also features many cypress trees and natural vegetation. The course is located just 15 minutes outside of New Orleans’s French Quarter. Across the street from the course sits the world-famous Audubon Zoo.

If you’re in the Big Easy, the Golf Club at Audubon Park (audubonnatureinstitute.org/golf) is another must play course in Southern Louisiana. Located along St. Charles Avenue, this par 62 course is the shortest of all the courses on this list. But don’t let its size fool you. Audubon Park’s 4,220-yard layout has earned it 4.5 out of 5 stars on Golf Digest’s "Best Places to Play” rankings. It is also the only golf course in the country that is accessible by streetcar, a New Orleans transportation staple. The course is also the oldest on this list, providing world-class golf for players since 1898.

With the fall golf season approaching, tee it up at one of these green gems in the months ahead and hit those greens in regulation! Golf in Southern Louisiana is a unique and challenging experience. Our Audubon Golf Trail is home to courses that will test golfers of all skill levels in settings that can only be found in Louisiana.
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