Courses of the Audubon Golf Trail
Louisiana's Audubon Golf Trail features 12 courses by designers including Hal Sutton, David Toms and Pete Dye. After your round, you'll find our Sportsman's Paradise has so much more to offer with great food, fishing, music and gaming.
Audubon Park, New Orleans
The Audubon Park Executive Golf Course is a par-62 course located in historic uptown New Orleans. The course is spread across 81 treelined acres on St. Charles Avenue and is the country’s only course accessible by streetcar. Recently awarded 4.5 of 5 stars on Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” rankings, the Denis Griffiths design features contoured fairways, manicured TifEagle© greens, four lagoons and exquisite landscaping on a 4,220-yard layout set among hundred-year-old oak trees. Golf has been played at Audubon since 1898. World-famous Audubon Zoo is right across the street. Golf Digest calls the newly renovated course “the most scenic and interesting spot for New Orleans golfers.”
Ratings/Slope: 60.4/100 to 61.6/104
Black Bear, Delhi
Designed by Bechtol Russell Golf of Austin, Texas, with construction by Weitz Golf International, Black Bear Golf Course lies on approximately 300 acres atop the Macon Ridge. The Bogzag and Cypress creeks bisect the property and offer significant wetlands features.The routing of the course generally follows, and then crosses, the creeks and offers passes through the heavily treed creek bottoms. The result is a course with varied topography that weaves from treelined holes to open holes. Our namesake black bears are often seen roaming the fairways.
Ratings/Slope: 66.7/118 to 74.9/136
Carter Plantation, Springfield
This signature design by PGA champion and LSU alum David Toms was named among the “Top 10 Courses You Can Play” by GOLF Magazine in 2003. The spectacular 18-hole, 7,050-yard, par-72 course plays through three distinct Louisiana landscapes—live oaks, cypress wetlands, and upland pine forests. Great effort has been made to preserve the plantation’s native wildlife habitats. Carpeted with TifEagle© on the greens and TifSport© on the rolling fairways, the course's holes each offer four or five tee positions, with water coming into play on 11 of the holes. A double-ended driving range, three practice greens, and practice bunkers are additional features of the course. With outstanding banquet facilities, a first-rate restaurant, and hospitable service at every turn, Carter Plantation offers a great venue for group outings as well as individual players.
Ratings/Slope: 67.1/115 to 74.9/136
Cypress Bend Resort, Many
You’ll experience the magic the moment you set foot on Cypress Bend, a jewel on the Texas-Louisiana border. The 186,000-acre Toledo Bend Lake was already legendary for bass fishing—now it’s famous for golf as well. The 18-hole course features 10 holes along the water and six with shots across hidden coves and inlets. Surrounding hardwood forests, undulating greens and dramatic elevation changes add to Cypress Bend’s challenge and beauty.The sunset over #17 is as stunning as anything you’ll ever see. Cypress Bend Golf Resort & Conference Center boasts 96 oversized rooms with an elegant country inn décor, an exceptional restaurant with views over the lake, spa facilities and more.
Ratings/Slope: 65.6/111 to 72.9/141
Gray Plantation, Lake Charles
Golf Digest placed Gray Plantation in the top 100 of America’s greatest public courses for 2005/2006 and again for 2007/2008. In addition, in September 2004, GOLF Magazine ranked it as one of the “top three among 50 best U.S. courses for $50 or less.” Gray Plantation is an artfully landscaped 18-hole, 7,000-yard course designed to challenge the pro and amateur alike. Sixty acres of lakes come into play on 12 holes of veteran course architect Rocky Roquemore’s Calcasieu River course, which includes 94 bunkers and towering pines at most every turn. Particularly impressive are the club’s four dynamic par 3s, two of which feature island greens. The clubhouse is a raised plantation house surrounded by scenic marshland.
Ratings/Slope: 66.1/117 to 74.6/139
OakWing Golf Club, which opened in September 2002, offers a unique Jim Lipe design interwoven throughout its beautiful England Air Force Base location. This 7,043-yard, links-style course blends the natural beauty of Louisiana bayous, lakes and towering treelined fairways with the challenge of rolling hills and undulating greens. This is truly a course for all skill levels. Five different tee settings will offer a challenge for everyone from professionals to amateurs, and the classic risk-reward features designed into every hole will require everyone to play their best. Centrally located in Alexandria and only minutes from the main interstate, OakWing Golf Club should be added to your “must play” list of golf courses.
Ratings/Slope: 68.8/121 to 74.7/144
Olde Oaks, Haughton
Gracing 340 acres of pristine rolling hills near Shreveport is Olde Oaks Golf Club, designed in close collaboration with 2004 PGA Ryder Cup Captain Hal Sutton. A native of the area, Sutton calls his first signature course one of the finest in the region. Sutton’s dream club features 27 challenging holes offering tremendous variety.Five sets of tees and generous fairways allow any level of golfer to truly enjoy their round. For the naturalist, almost every species of wildlife that is native to this area can be found at Olde Oaks, and many of them can be spotted during a round of golf. The grill at the clubhouse is a great place to refuel before heading off to the casinos.
Ratings/Slope: 67.0/113 to 75.6/14
Tamahka Trails, Marksville
Golf is in the cards at the Paragon Resort and Casino. At the Tamahka Trails Golf Club, natural beauty cloaks an endless series of subtle, surprising challenges. Master golf course architect Steve Smyers coupled his “new school” design with a passionate appreciation of Scotland’s legendary courses to create 18 holes of pure perfection. Its numerous and often massive bunkers evoke a lunar landscape—and always require strategy. Tamahka Trails offers Global Positioning Systems in all carts. The practice facility includes 50,000 square feet of hitting area, a 10,000-square-foot putting green, and practice greens dedicated to bunker play, chipping and pitching. With its panoramic views of the course, the clubhouse is a great place to refresh before heading off to the Paragon Casino for action of another kind.
Ratings/Slope: 67.5/119 to 73.1/132
The Island Country Club, Plaquemine
Sweet. How else do you describe a championship course carved out of a sugar plantation? As a matter of fact, sugar cane still grows in the field next to The Island. This par-72 course measures more than 7,000 yards from its championship tees and features 54 bunkers. Recently featured on the Golf Channel and in GOLF Magazine, this 160-acre TifEagle© course features nine man-made lakes, and water comes into play on 17 of the 18 holes. Solitude is the name of the game at The Island. Most times, only a blue heron is around to watch your next shot. The Island Bar & Grill features exceptional Louisiana fare that attracts golfers and non-golfers alike.
Ratings/Slope: 69.8/123 to 74.4/135
TPC Louisiana, New Orleans
TPC Louisiana brings world-class, daily-fee golf to New Orleans and The Audubon Golf Trail. Working in conjunction with PGA TOUR players Steve Elkington and Louisiana native Kelly Gibson, master architect Pete Dye created a 7,600-yard, par-72 championship course that sits low on the property and utilizes natural vegetation, including numerous cypress trees. Many compare it to a private nature preserve.The course offers four sets of tees, and even though the course stretches to 7,600 yards from the championship tees, Dye is pleased about a collection of short but challenging par-4 holes that complement the longer ones. Located just 15 minutes from the French Quarter, TPC Louisiana is the home of Louisiana’s only PGA event, the Zurich Classic.
Ratings/Slope: 70.2/127 to 76.5/140
The Atchafalaya at Idlewild, Patterson
The Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild is surrounded by the rich wildlife and incredible beauty found only in the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin. Designed by Robert von Hagge, the 7,533-yard course contains five lakes and 10 native wetland areas that encompass nearly 40 acres of this 175-acre layout. More than a half-million yards of native soil were used to develop dramatic elevations, creating breathtaking vistas. Designer Robert von Hagge is well known for his innovative courses including Doral, LaCosta and TPC at the Woodlands. The 18-hole course features five sets of tees—each named after wildlife native to the basin—large fairways and generous pin placements. The course also includes a complete practice facility. The raised Acadian-style cottage clubhouse opened in 2007.
Ratings/Slope: 68.7/121 to 76.4/136
The Wetlands, Lafayette
The Wetlands Golf Club is Lafayette’s newest golf course and the newest member of The Audubon Golf Trail. Opened in April 2006, this course was designed by architect Frank Burandt. The course not only showcases the region’s many lakes and wetland areas, it also features abundant native grasses and wildflowers. The challenge of the golf course presents itself with well-bunkered greens and water hazards that affect 11 of its 18 holes. The Wetlands accommodates all levels of players with five tees ranging from 7,300 yards at the longest and just over 5,000 yards at the shortest. The TifDwarf© greens are smooth rolling, providing a test for every golfer. Wind is a factor on this golf course’s #9 and #18 holes, which feature a double green that ends at the clubhouse for dramatic finishes.
Ratings/Slope: 67.6/115 to 75.1/135
An Audubon Golf Trail Vacation Planner can help you put together the perfect Louisiana golf vacation. To speak with one of our vacation specialists, call 1.866.AGT.IN.LA (248.4652) before 5 p.m. CST, or visit www.audubongolftravel.com.