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Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail at Cypress Bend, Many
Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail at TPC Louisiana, Avondale/New Orleans
The sportsman’s paradise of Louisiana is all about golf these days. The Audubon Golf Trail is now comprised of eighteen of the state’s top golf courses and resorts. The Trail was named for artist John James Audubon. Members offer a compilation of challenging courses, high standards of customer service and quality maintenance.
The Trail begins in North Louisiana with Black Bear Golf Course, Golfweek’s “best in state” for five year. An on-site lodge makes for a great package.
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 is located at the former England Air Force Base in Alexandria.
And in the southwest corner of the state, Gray Plantation is Lake Charles’ Audubon Golf Trail offering. The course is surrounded by marshland and lakes which create challenges and beauty. Moving east along I-10, one of the newest additions to the trail, is Koasati Pines at Coushatta Casino Resort in the small town of Kinder. It offers a unique 19th “gambling” hole, a par 3 island green, perfect for tiebreakers and wagers. Just a few
minutes away is Lafayette’s trail site, The Wetlands. Southeast of there, deep in Cajun Country, is The Atchafalaya at Idlewild along US Highway 90, featuring dramatic elevations with spectacular views of the Atchafalaya Basin and another new course on the Trail, LaTour Golf Club in Mathews, designed by David Toms.
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. A few minutes away in Hammond is another recent addition, the historic Oak Knoll Country Club.
Louisiana’s most visited city, New Orleans, is home to the historic Audubon Park course and the newest addition to the trail, the Rees Jones designed Bayou Oaks South Course at City Park. And just outside New Orleans is the TPC Louisiana. Pete Dye designed the course, which hosts the PGA TOUR'S Zurich Classic each year.
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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