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Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail at Gray Plantation, Lake Charles
Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail at TPC Louisiana, Avondale/New Orleans
Louisiana’s moniker as a sportsman’s paradise is all about golf these days. The Audubon Golf Trail is comprised of fifteen of the state’s top golf courses and resorts. Trail members have undergone a rigorous screening process to ensure a compilation of first class courses with high standards of customer service and top quality maintenance. The Trail was named for naturalist/artist John James Audubon who painted many of his famous bird studies here. Additionally, many of the courses on the trail are members of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf Courses, a program dedicated to protecting the environment.
The Trail begins in North Louisiana with Black Bear Golf Course, Golfweek’s “best in state” for five year in a row. Also in North Louisiana is Olde Oaks near Shreveport. The 27 holes are former Ryder Cup Captain Hal Sutton’s first signature design.
Heading south, Cypress Bend Resort on the Texas-Louisiana border sits on the bluffs above Toledo Bend Lake. The resort offers an 18-hole course, accommodations, dining and spa facilities. The Paragon Casino Resort, near Alexandria, boasts the 18-hole Tamahka Trails course, table games, slots, poker, a 500-room hotel and a spa. Oak Wing Golf Club, located at the former England Air Force Base in Alexandria, is one of the original courses on Louisiana’s exciting golf trail.
In the southwest corner of the state, Gray Plantation is Lake Charles’ trail stop. The course has received many accolades over the years.
Moving east along I-10, is Lafayette’s trail site, The Wetlands. The course showcases the bayou region’s wetland areas. Southeast of there, deep in Cajun Country, is The Atchafalaya at Idlewild along US Highway 90. The Robert Von Hagge design features dramatic elevations with spectacular views of the Atchafalaya Basin and was named a “top ten new course” by Golf Digest.
Greater Baton Rouge has become golf central for Louisiana, with five Audubon Golf Trail courses located within 45 minutes of the capital city. They are Santa Maria, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.; Copper Mill, in the suburb of Zachary; The Bluffs, an Arnold Palmer design in St. Francisville; The Island, 10 minutes southwest in Plaquemine; and Carter Plantation, Louisiana native and PGA Champion, David Toms’ first signature design.
Louisiana’s most visited city, New Orleans, is home to the historic Audubon Park course. And just outside New Orleans is the TPC Louisiana. Pete Dye designed the course, which hosts the PGA TOUR'S Zurich Classic each
As home to the Audubon Golf Trail, Louisiana is more than great food, festivals and music - it's great golf too.

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