The Audubon Golf Trail

While there are numerous golf courses across America, sometimes Louisiana isn’t the first place people think of for golf. Not only does Louisiana offer several fantastic courses, there are 12 courses who have joined together to form a collection of ecologically sound and conservation friendly courses. This chain of courses is known as the Audubon Golf Trail, and each of these gorgeous golf courses work seamlessly with the Louisiana landscape. A tour on this circuit will allow a golfer to experience the best Louisiana has to offer.

What better place to start a Louisiana journey than the fun city of New Orleans? The TPC Louisiana course is just 15 minutes from the French Quarter. This course has been likened to a private nature preserve, a stark contrast from the jazz and bustle of New Orleans.

Also located in New Orleans, uptown from TPC, is Audubon Park. This course has a true New Orleans feel as it is the only course accessible by a streetcar. Hundred-year-old oak trees line this Old-Louisiana course. This is a par-62 executive golf course, so it’s great for squeezing in a game in the midst of enjoying other New Orleans activities.

Moving away from New Orleans into the Atchafalaya basin is the Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild. This basin is a wetland area, and the course celebrates its beauty. Native soil was brought in to create elevation changes that provide a challenging game and beautiful views.

Continuing up the interior of the state to Baton Rouge, you’ll find the Island Country Club. This course was created out of a sugar plantation, and features water on 17 out of the 18 holes. Wood duck houses abound on the course, so you may see some fly by while you play. The Island Grill is renowned for its food, and some even come to this golf club just to eat!

To the east of Baton Rouge is Carter Plantation. This course, designed by PGA Champion David Toms, allows golfers to experience three types of Louisiana landscape: cypress wetlands, live oaks, and pine forests. This golf club transports visitors to a southern plantation sanctuary, complete with world class amenities.

To the west of Baton Rouge in Lafayette is The Wetlands. As the name would suggest, this course exemplifies the beauty of the wetlands in Louisiana. This course, opened in 2006, is the Audubon Trail’s newest course and features many lakes and wetland areas within the course. Water hazards are a definite possibility at The Wetlands.

Keep heading to the west and you’ll find Gray Plantation. Towering pines and native birds flourish on this beautiful course, which also features sixty acres of lakes. A tribute to the plantation days, the clubhouse is a plantation house encircled by pines and marsh.

If you’re a fan of games other than golf, the Tamahka Trails golf club at the Paragon Casino and Resort is for you. Course designers Steve Smyers took inspiration from Scottish courses while still working with the Louisiana topography. The state of the art practice center will allow you to work on your game before you try your luck in the casino.

Continue north into the interior of the state to Alexandria and you’ll fine OakWing, a golf course located on England Air Force Base. This tall pine lined course winds its way through bayous and lakes, and rolling hills make this course challenging for all skill levels.

Head west toward the Louisiana-Texas border to the town of Many to discover the tranquil oasis that is Cypress Bend. This western Louisiana golf resort is located on Toledo Bend Lake and offers stunning views with a backdrop of hill country. The drastic elevation changes and stunning vistas make Cypress Bend the crown jewel of the Audubon Golf Trail. Traverse hidden inlets and bayous and enjoy the amazing sunset over hole 17. The resort also offers hiking, fishing, a spa, and many other activities.

As you continue north on your Louisiana adventure, the Olde Oaks Golf Course in Shreveport awaits. Rolling hills, lush pines, and numerous species of Louisiana wildlife give the golfer a beautiful setting to play. Generous fairways and five sets of tees make this a great course for any golfer.

Finally, over in the northeast corner of Louisiana, atop the Macon Ridge, is Black Bear Golf Club. This area of Louisiana has a diverse topography and this course utilizes every bit of it. As the name suggests, black bears can be seen roaming frequently.

The topography and landscape of Louisiana lend itself to challenging yet fun courses, while the warm weather allows golfers to visit year round. A Louisiana golf trip can provide you with every type of course to challenge every aspect of your golf game.


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The golf course is looking wonderful. I just love to visit such beautiful golf courses and have a game there. I will definitely visit it when I come there for a holiday.
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