Patterson Course to Debut in 2003

Patterson (La.) officials are hoping to have a multi-million-dollar golf course ready for players by fall 2003. Earlier this spring, St. Mary Parish Council voted unanimously to issue $3 million in bonds to help build the facility.

A Golf Course Advisory Committee was appointed by the parish council to secure additional funding. The committee is optimistic that it will receive financial support from Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin Project, a state program designed to promote tourism in the area. Patterson officials will have to wait for Louisiana’s budget to pass, but if all goes as anticipated, St. Mary Parish is prepared to match any state grant.

The golf course, estimated to cost between $8 and $10 million, is planned as an addition to Kemper Williams Park – a 290-acre complex comprised of former plantation land. The facility currently features baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, a recreational vehicle park, driving range and civic center.

The 18-hole course will be built in compliance with the standards established by Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail. The Trail is currently comprised of six of the state’s higher-end public facilities. Parish councilman, Murphy Pontiff, told the Tri-Parish Times & Business News that a study by the National Golf Foundation projected between 30,000 and 40,000 rounds will be played annually at the future course. Pontiff added, “There’s a ton of money to be had there . . . the whole idea with this is to attract tourists.”