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.
Bordering Lake Charles is Westlake which was originally named “Rio Hondo,” and from Westlake up the Sabine River was also known as “No Man’s Land” to pirates and renegades since it officially belonged to no one before the 19th Century. Today, Westlake is a quiet town with beautiful scenery at Sam Houston Jones State Park where RVers can camp, or you can go for the day, hiking, feeding the geese or watching your kids or grandkids at the playground. On the shores of Lake Charles in Westlake, sits the Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel, where you can melt into island time and lounge near an outdoor pool area, complete with a hot tub and rock slide. Entertainment options such as fun karaoke nights, concerts, an arcade, gaming action and restaurants. Westlake is also home to the National Golf Club of Louisiana and the Westlake Family Fun & Food Festival.