The Audubon Golf Trail begins in North Louisiana with Louisiana State Park’s only golf course, Black Bear. It’s located off I-20 east of Monroe and offers both a 17-room lodge and lakefront state park cabins for on-site lodging.
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, delectable dining and spa facilities. The Paragon Casino Resort, near Alexandria, boasts the 18-hole Tamahka Trails course, table games, slots, poker, hotel and a spa. OakWing Golf Course located at England Air Force Base in Alexandria, is one of the original courses on Louisiana’s golf trail.
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. Plus, Lake Charles boasts two world-class casino resorts with on-site golf courses. It’s a great spot to stay a few days.
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. The course showcases the region’s wetland areas.
Greater Baton Rouge has become golf central for Louisiana, with five Audubon Golf Trail courses located within 45 minutes of the capital city. Santa Maria is Baton Rouge’s home course and was designed by the world-renowned Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Copper Mill is in the suburb of Zachary north of the airport.
And just east of Baton Rouge in Springfield is Louisiana native, David Toms’ first design, Carter Plantation. This location also offers on-site golf villas with multiple bedrooms and common space. Another new addition to Louisiana’s golf trail is just 30 minutes east in Hammond. The semi-private Oak Knoll Country Club has that old, Southern country club feel to complement a relaxing round of golf. Both Carter Plantation and Oak Knoll can be packaged together with either Baton Rouge or New Orleans courses.
Cajun Country, south of I-10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, is home to two Audubon Golf Trail locations. The Atchafalaya at Idlewild, a scenic Robert Von Hagge design is located near Morgan City ad and LaTour Golf Club is near Houma. It’s another David Toms design, which runs along Bayou Lafourche and was recently added to the trail collection.
Louisiana’s most visited city, New Orleans, is home to three AGT locations. The historic Golf Club at Audubon Park is one of the oldest courses in the state and it’s located right on the streetcar line. On the west bank of the Mississippi River just outside New Orleans is the TPC Louisiana. Pete Dye designed the course, which annually hosts the PGA TOUR'S Zurich Classic. Plus, Bayou Oak’s South Course in New Orleans City Park was designed by Rees Jones and is a spectacular layout.