The premier public golf course in Uptown New Orleans is Audubon Park on St. Charles Avenue, the historic Garden District’s largest park. Just 10 minutes from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the city’s central business district, the par-62 course is 81 acres of contoured fairways, multiple lagoons and exquisite landscaping set among more centuries-old live oak trees.
The park offers not only golf but also hiking and biking trails and one of the South’s best zoos. It is the only golf course in America accessible by streetcar, and the same rail line is dotted with a variety of eateries, live music venues, museums and art and antiques galleries.
Audubon Park is one of 16 courses on Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail—a statewide series of pro-caliber courses offering challenging golf surrounded by the state’s music, cuisine and cultural offerings. Courses are in or near every major Louisiana city.
The trail is named for John James Audubon, who painted many of his famous Birds of America series while living near St. Francisville.
- Carter Plantation east of Baton Rouge near Springfield is a 7,050-yard, par-72 course. Designed by PGA champion David Toms, the course traverses three distinct Louisiana landscapes—live oak flats, baldcypress wetlands and upland pine forests.
- Cypress Bend Resort sits on Toledo Bend Reservoir west of Alexandria. Ten holes run along the 186,000-acre lake, and six holes involve hidden coves and bayous. Terrain is hilly with pines and hardwoods flanking fairways.
- Olde Oaks is 340 acres of rolling hills near Shreveport. It was designed by PGA superstar Hal Sutton—a native of the area—and offers golfers three 18-hole combinations. The course uses GPS technology and two-way messaging in all carts, so players can see an entire hole at a glance, and even order refreshments from the greens.
- TPC Louisiana is a 7,600-yard, par-72 course in Avondale designed by master architect Pete Dye. He created the course to sit low on the property and challenge players with not only bunkers and water hazards but also natural vegetation, including numerous baldcypress trees. TPC is home to Louisiana’s only PGA event, the annual Zurich Classic.
Other trail courses are The Atchafalaya at Idlewild near Morgan City; Black Bear near Monroe; Gray Plantation in Lake Charles; The Island in Plaquemine; OakWing in Alexandria; Tamahka Trails in Marksville; Santa Maria in Baton Rouge; The Bluffs in St. Francisville; Copper Mill in Zachary; Pelican Point in Gonzales; and The Wetlands in Lafayette.
To learn more about courses and reserve tee times and accommodations, visit the official Audubon Golf Trail website. To find out more about things to see and do around the courses visit LouisianaTravel.com.