In Louisiana, you can hit the links at the site of an 1812 battlefield or an old plantation home. Here, golf courses seem a natural part of the landscape. And for good reason: The courses of Louisiana's Audubon Golf Trail—the innovative collection of 16 top-notch courses, covering all five regions of the state—are all members of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, which promotes ecologically sound land management and the conservation of natural resources.
Established in 2001, the Audubon Golf Trail includes courses designed by Hal Sutton, David Toms and Pete Dye. Dye's latest creation, TPC of Louisiana at Fairfield, which opened in 2004, hosts the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which is an annual draw for golf's heavyweights.
And while the Audubon Golf Trail provides a splendid sample of golf in Louisiana, there are numerous other beautiful and challenging courses statewide. Be sure to swing by.
Abita has been long famed for its artesian waters and for the Abita Brewery that produces both, seven flagship and also seasonal varieties of beer, to suit your taste buds whatever the time of year. This picturesque town is also well known for simply being an incredibly charming main street community. As part of the Northshore, Abita connects to the Tammany Trace so pick up a bike and make it a stop along your route. Right next door to the Trace’s Trailhead, park the cycles and the family at the brand-new Abita Springs playground. Created from sustainable materials, it is designed for the whole child, incorporating both imaginative and physical play. Peddle a few more minutes and you will come to the yes—you guessed it—Abita Brew Pub where not only is the beer on tap delicious, but the solid menu of crawfish cakes, burgers, salads and more is sure to please after such a long day outdoors.