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.
The town of Franklinton, located in Washington Parish became the permanent parish seat in July 1826. The area’s history included a strong lumber industry that logged the Piney Woods of the area.
Today, Franklinton’s small-town charm can be experienced at events like the Washington Parish Free Fair. Beginning in 1911, its the second oldest fair in Louisiana. On the fairgrounds, is the historic Mile Branch Settlement. This collection of pioneer log cabins, originally built throughout the Parish and later relocated, date back to 1850.
Festivals happen in the area all year-round with Pioneer Christmas, Mardi Gras, Great Southern Bluegrass Festival and more.
The gorgeous rolling hills and huge waterways of the area are also a main attraction. Visit Bogue Chitto State Park for hiking, fishing, camping, boating, tubing and more. The area’s farms offer pick-your-own blueberries and the area is known for its thriving watermelon patches, dairy farms and locally grown produce.