In its annual rating of the Pelican state’s 60-plus courses, LouisianaGolf.com players have again voted and come up with their five favorites for 2021, based on their personal playing experiences at facilities throughout the state.
If you love the game and haven’t played at all of these fantastic facilities, you may want to challenge yourself to make the rounds to try your skills at each of them in 2021. And if you enjoy keeping up with competitions throughout Louisiana this year, check out the Louisiana Golf Association’s calendar of championships around the state.
Rated #1: The Bluffs on Thompson Creek
Saint Francisville, Louisiana
Located near Baton Rouge, The Bluffs is a planned community that blends the precision of an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course with the stunning natural beauty of the land. This careful attention to preserving the natural environment means you’ll find flowing creeks, still ponds, and rolling bluffs as you move about the 18-hole course.
Rated #2: TPC Louisiana
Situated on 250 acres of wetlands across the Mississippi River Delta, TPC Louisiana’s course was designed by legendary golf icon Pete Dye. His talent and love of the game led him to design more than 100 courses over six decades.
The upscale, award-winning championship public course is about 15 miles from downtown New Orleans. TPC Louisiana is consistently included in Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play.” It serves as the home of the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans and hosts many other events throughout the year. Louisiana TPC offers golfers of all skill levels a satisfying blend of challenge and playability.
Rated #3: Gray Plantation
Lake Charles, Louisiana
As one of only 12 courses in Louisiana included on the Audubon Golf Trail, this 7,200-yard championship links course claims its ranking as a “Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Course” as one of its most prestigious awards. Gray Plantation was also awarded the Audubon Golf Trail’s “2013 Best of the South” by AAA Southern Traveler. In addition to its conditioning and clubhouse amenities, Gray offers an indoor state-of-the-art teaching academy. This 18-hole course is open to the public.
Rated #4: Carter Plantation
This golf course resort offers a pro shop, overnight accommodations, and a bar and grill. Carter Plantation is home to PGA champion and Louisiana native David Toms’ first signature design course. The course was designated in Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Courses You Can Play.” The 18-hole, 7,000-plus yard, par-72 golf course winds through live oak flats, cypress wetlands, and upland pine forests. The 18-hole public course is a short drive from Baton Rouge.
Rated #5: Black Bear Golf Course
Lakefront cabins, world-class fishing, a bistro, and a state-of-the-art RV park define Black Bear, just off I-20 between Monroe and Vicksburg. Included in Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail, this 7,200-yard, 18-hole championship public course features a complete practice facility and attracts golfers of all levels. Black Bear was ranked one of Golfweek’s Best Courses for seven consecutive years and named as a Golf Digest America’s Best New Course in 2007.
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