The 18-hole layout at Contraband bayou Golf Club is the main sporting amenity at the L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, where those who like to golf and gamble can indulge in both pursuits at the one location.
Tom Fazio designed a fairly forgiving layout with wide fairways, not much by the way of forced carries, and just a moderate number of bunkers – in short, this is resort golf as it’s meant to be played, with fun the main objective.
Holes are laid out along the waterways that link Lake Charles and Prien Lake, immediately next door to The Country Club at Golden Nugget course which opened in 2015, creating a very attractive 36-hole proposition on adjacent properties.
course was only available to guests of L’Auberge when the
casino-resort debuted in 2005 but it’s now open to the public. A
renovation in 2010 resulted in the upgrading of all the sand hazards
and the replacement of TifDwarf grass with Champion Bermuda on the
Contraband Bayou Golf Club is located adjacent to the opulent L’Auberge du lac Casino Resort. Famed architect Tom Fazio was hired to design a resort style, links-feeling layout that he stretched out to over 7,077 yards. Given a relatively flat lowland marsh property to work with, he reportedly moved 400,000 cubic yards of earth to build a course that now encompasses eight lakes. GolfWeek Magazine has recommended it as one of the ‘Best Places to Play in Louisiana’ and in 2017 Golf Digest ranked it as the #9 ‘Best Golf Course in Louisiana’. I found it tame in comparison to most Fazio layouts but he has strategically placed the bunkers and water for maximum intimidation off the tee and on your approach shots.
18 holes with a GPS equipped cart ranges from $49 to $99USD depending on the time and day of the week.
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