The Bluffs Golf Resort, originally called “The Bluffs at Thompson Creek” when it first opened as a private facility in 1988, changed ownership twenty years after its formation, enabling golfers to now play the course on a daily green fee basis.
It’s said that Arnold Palmer had eight different routings mapped out before he finally chose the eighteen hole configuration that would form the layout and he set out the fairways in two distinct circuits of nine, allowing water to come into play at almost half the holes on the card.Designed for championship play from the back markers, The Bluffs course has hosted a number of prestigious amateur events, including the Louisiana State Championships (1991, 1992 and 2002) and the United States Senior Challenge (1997).
First of all, getting to The Bluffs can be tricky if you’re coming from the west. The road is winding, but the result is worth your while. Conditioning is a little rough, but the course is not unplayable by any stretch of the imagination. Bermuda grass colors were a little off when I played, and it’s no doubt that the bunkers will require some TLC. That being said, the value alone of The Bluffs is a reason to trek out there. The Arnold Palmer layout is special and there are a number of great holes, specifically the par threes on the back nine. The 17th, which is absolutely the place to pull out your camera and snap a photo, has danger written all around it, from the abyss of the left to the bunker short and water right. It’s an especially well-designed golf course with lots of risk and reward. Just take a look at the insane par five ninth: trees line the middle of the hole, and there’s a fairway left and right to chose from. Each way presents its own challenges and opportunities. I am sorry to hear that The Bluffs has closed for now. It was a wonderful track and absolutely a hidden gem, a course I had not heard much of but was pleasantly surprised by the layout and how many ways you can play it. I hope folks can tee up on its grounds someday again.
At one time,The Bluffs was an absolute destination for golfers from all over La. It's rolling terrain along Thompson Creek is in some spots stunning and certainly caught everyone's attention. The Arnold Palmer layout was a great mix of holes with a fantastic start and finish that runs along a steep ridge overlooking the creek. No. 17 is a great downhill par 3 that features a severe drop from tee to green. A definite one off in the Bayou State. Scenic and challenging, The Bluffs looked to be a a golf course that would sit at the top of Louisiana's offerings for years to come. Unfortunately like so many semi-private golf courses, The Buffs underwent numerous ownership changes throughout the early 2000's and the condition of the course became inconsistent. The bones were still great and the scenery was still there, but the course was often times in disrepair. What a shame considering the unique property this course sits on and really solid challenge the layout offered.
Here's hoping a resurgence somehow comes about at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek. When it was good, it was a wonderful place to spend a weekend playing golf.
Course CLOSED and out of business on 9/28/2021 with no buyers or opening in sight!!