Louisiana

The Pelican State of Louisiana sits in the Southern Region of the United States and, uniquely, it subdivides itself into parishes, instead of counties. With a strong French and Spanish heritage, plus an infusion of Creole and Cajun culture, Louisiana, especially New Orleans, its largest city, is a very happening place in terms of music and the performing arts in general.

Six Louisiana golf associations are affiliated to the USGA, the largest of which is the Louisiana Golf Association, formed in 1920, and currently the governing body for men in around 100 clubs throughout the state. The Louisiana Women’s Golf Association (founded five years after its male counterpart in 1925) caters for lady golfers and they compete in a number of annual competitions under the auspices of the LWGA.

Two courses that were unveiled in the late 1980s close to the state capital of Baton Rouge are regarded amongst the best in state. The first of these is the private Nicklaus layout at the Country Club of Louisiana and the second is Arnold Palmer’s public track at The Bluffs Golf Resort. Usurping both courses at the top of the state rankings is the Squire Creek Country Club layout in Choudrant, a new millennium offering from Tom Fazio.

Our Louisiana Best In State Rankings were last updated in May 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Louisiana

Squire Creek

1st Louisiana - Best in Area

Unveiled in 2003, Tom Fazio’s course at Squire Creek Country Club occupies a prominent position within an 1,100-acre residential development that lies to the north of Louisiana state.

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Country Club of Louisiana

2nd Louisiana - Best in Area

Fairways at the Country Club of Louisiana are laid out around residential units with several holes routed alongside Selene Bayou. Unusually for a Jack Nicklaus design, five of the greens are totally devoid of bunkers.

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The Bluffs Golf Resort

3rd Louisiana - Best in Area

It’s said that Arnold Palmer had eight different routings mapped out before he finally chose the eighteen holes that constitute the course at The Bluffs Golf Resort.

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TPC Louisiana

4th Louisiana - Best in Area

TPC Louisiana has hosted the Zurich Classic event on the PGA Tour since 2005 where Pete Dye's stadium course design allows spectators to get up close and personal to the competing professionals.

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Oakbourne

5th Louisiana - Best in Area

Located sixty miles from downtown Baton Rouge, the course at Oakbourne Country Club was established in 1958 by Dick Wilson and later upgraded by Joe Finger and Ken Dye.

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Black Bear

6th Louisiana - Best in Area

The only state owned and operated golf course in the Pelican State, the pay-and-play layout at Black Bear Golf Club offers an interesting variety of tree-lined and open holes.

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Description: The only state owned and operated golf course in the Pelican State, the pay-and-play layout at Black Bear Golf Club offers an interesting variety of tree-lined and open holes. Rating: 4 out of 6

Gray Plantation

7th Louisiana - Best in Area

Water flanks many of the fairways on the Gray Plantation golf course – the front nine lies close to a bend in the Calcasieu River and the back nine plays around Lake Matilda.

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Description: Water flanks many of the fairways on the Gray Plantation golf course – the front nine lies close to a bend in the Calcasieu River and the back nine plays around Lake Matilda. Rating: 4 out of 6

English Turn

8th Louisiana - Best in Area

The PGA Tour’s New Orleans Open was held at English Turn Golf and Country Club on seven occasions between 1989 and 2006. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course has water in play at each and every one of its 18 holes.

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Contraband Bayou

9th Louisiana - Best in Area

A 2003 Tom Fazio design, the course at Contraband Bayou Golf Club is the main sporting amenity for L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, with fairways laid out along waterways that link Lake Charles and Prien Lake.

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Southern Trace

10th Louisiana - Best in Area

The Arthur Hills-designed golf course at Southern Trace Country Club is a late 1980s design with fairways spanning a variety of landscapes, from pine valleys through open meadow to oak woods.

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