Louisiana Opens Its Audubon Golf Trail

Hoping to reap the wildly successful tourism benefits of Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the state of Louisiana has officially launched its Audubon Golf Trail. In conjunction with the opening of the Trail on October 15, 2001, state officials announced they’ll be spending $1.1 million in advertising over the next year to promote the trail.

Unlike Alabama’s golf trail, which involved all-new courses built by the developer, Retirement Systems of Alabama, Louisiana’s version utilizes existing courses. The member courses of the Audubon Golf Trail include: Cypress Bend Resort & Conference Center in Sabine, Gray Plantation in Lake Charles, Olde Oaks Golf Club in Shreveport-Bossier, Tamahka Trails Golf Club in Marksville, The Bluffs on Thompson Creek in St. Francisville, and The Island in Plaquemine.

In addition to the member facilities, the Trail includes affiliate courses, including: Money Hill in Abita Springs, Calvert Crossing in Calhoun, Emerald Hills in Florien, Pelican Point in Gonzales, Acadian Hills in Lafayette, Chenault Golf Course in Monroe, Frenchman's Bend in Monroe, Monroe Muni, Selmanfield Golf Course in Monroe, Bayou Oaks Golf Course at City Park in New Orleans, and Lakewood Country Club in New Orleans.

Green fees at the trail courses range from $40 to $80, with most fees around $45. The Audubon Golf Trail adds another intriguing component to the Louisiana experience, which is renowned for its cuisine, music, natural beauty and unique culture. For a free Louisiana Tour Guide and travel planning kit, call 1-800-99GUMBO, or contact the Louisiana Office of Tourism, P.O. Box 94291, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9291. For tee times, call 1-866-248-4652 (AGT-IN-LA).