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Regions • Plantation Country
The Plantation Country region encompasses the city of Baton Rouge and the communities along the Mississippi River leading to New Orleans. The River Parishes, as they are known, boast beautifully restored antebellum plantation homes built along the Mississippi and filled with period antiques, ghosts of former residents, and tales of a bygone era.
Five of the courses on the Audubon Golf Trail are within an easy drive from Baton Rouge, making the capital city a great hub for a golf vacation to this part of Louisiana. Santa Maria is a municipal course in Baton Rouge proper and an original Robert Trent Jones design. The course was built on 150 acres of rolling terrain, featuring 15 lakes and two natural waterways. Strategically placed sand and grass bunkers, rolling Bermuda fairways and ancient oaks provide the perfect setting for a memorable test of golf. Santa Maria is one of the Baton Rouge Recreation Depart- ment’s six courses. Beaver Creek is another and it’s the number one golf course in Louisiana for playability, customer service and all around value according to golfer reviews at Golf Advisor.
Copper Mill is an Audubon Golf Trail site, located in the suburb of Zachary near the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. The course weaves its way through indigenous grasses, wetlands and marshes. And it’s unique in that each nine is made up of an equal combination of three par 3 holes, three par 4 holes and three par 5 holes.
Baton Rouge Area Great River Road Area
A bit further north is one of the most exciting additions to the Audubon Golf Trail, The Bluffs on Thompson Creek. Located in St. Francisville, near the Mississippi border, this Arnold Palmer signature design is a scenic and challenging gem. The course has received numerous awards and accolades since its debut, including currently being named at the top of the list of GOLF Magazine’s “best courses you can play” in Louisiana; ranked fourth among all Louisiana courses, both public and private, by Golf Digest; and listed at fifth, based on golfer’s reviews submitted to Golf Advisor. The on-site lodge, planned golf cottages, and full service clubhouse restaurant create a perfect stay and play option in the region.
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Top Left Photo: Rosedown Plantation; Bottom Left Photo: Paddle Boarding in Baton Rouge Top Right Photo: Crawfish Boil; Bottom Right Photo: Rustic Cabin
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