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Regions • Sportsman’s Paradise
The Louisiana golfing journey begins in the northern part of the state, adjacent to Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi. As the closest region to Midwest golfers who annually need an escape from cold weather, Sportsman’s Paradise golf courses are eager to host golf groups.
Black Bear Golf Course, located at Poverty Point State Park, just off I-20 in the far eastern part of the region, was named a “best new afford- able course” by Golf Digest when it opened and Golfweek’s “best in state” for five years in a row. This Audubon Golf Trail site takes advantage of the rolling hills and offers great views of the surrounding countryside. The TifEagle greens are large, fast and well-protected by immense bunkers. The adjacent 17-room Black Bear Lodge or state park cabins provide a great place to stay and unwind after your day on the links.
Querbes Park Golf Course is Shreveport’s home course, located near downtown and all the casino hotels. Beauty and value make the 18-hole course a great experience for golfers.
Olde Oaks is the other Trail site in the region. Former Ryder Cup Captain, Hal Sutton designed 27 holes set on 340 acres of hilly terrain. The three distinctive nine-hole layouts give golfers
a variety of design elements and shot values. Olde Oaks is currently being renovated while open and is located just south of Shreveport. So plan to stay in the city at a casino or local hotel to play both noted courses.
Monroe-Ruston Area Shreveport-Bossier City Area
Squire Creek, in the quaint town of Choudrant near Ruston, is one of the region’s most desirable private country clubs and features on site golf cottages. A Tom Fazio signature design, the course was listed in Golf Digest’s “best new private courses” when it opened. The greens have been compared to Augusta, but the open layout means you’ll rarely have a bad lie.
Calvert Crossing is located halfway between Monroe and Ruston. It challenges with well- placed hazards throughout and undulating greens. This private club is available for play through the Troon Privé reciprocal program.
With so many exciting golf courses and a variety of lodging options, finding a stay and play option is easy in Louisiana’s Sportsman Paradise.
Top Left Photo: Bass Pro Angler Homer Humphries fishing Lake Bistineau; Bottom Left Photo: Red River Revel Top Right Photo: Great barbecue in Shreveport; Bottom Right Photo: Great Raft Brewery
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