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 18 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.
Many Louisiana cities are named for entrepreneurs and landowners, and Zachary is no exception. In the 1880s, Darel Zachary donated part of his farm in East Baton Rouge Parish (about 16 miles north of Baton Rouge) to the Illinois Central Railroad, which built a depot on his former property and effectively established the city.
A fire in 1903 nearly destroyed Zachary, but many of its historical buildings remain intact. You can visit the Zachary Train Depot, Ratcliff House and Old Town Hall while in town. Golf at Copper Mill Golf Club and concerts at Teddy's Juke Joint are among Zachary's other attractions.