Published: September 23, 2005, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:19 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive
Country Club of Louisiana
The Country Club of Louisiana located in Baton Rouge is a challenging par-72 Jack Nicklaus signature design that plays to a championship yardage of more than 7,100 yards. Rated as the eighth-best course in the state by Golf Digest, the CCLA is carved into an undulating landscape that meanders through pockets of beautiful magnolia trees. It features a putting green that measures 5,000 square feet, finely manicured chipping and pitching greens, practice bunkers and a 300 yard driving range with 80,000 square feet of tee surface. The CCLA served as the host to LSU's Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate for 12 years from 1992-2003.
The Bluffs on Thompson Creek
St. Francisville, La., is home to one of the state's premier golf courses in The Bluffs on Thompson Creek. This picturesque Arnold Palmer design is described by Ron Whitten of Golf Digest as "a collection of gorgeous, challenging golf holes, perhaps the best of any Palmer design. If any Louisiana course comes close to the ambiance and appeal of a laid-back resort like North Carolina's Pinehurst, it's The Bluffs." This par-72 gem is ranked as the fifth-best course in Louisiana and 96th on Golf Digest's list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses."
Carter Plantation, which opened in October 2003, is the first signature design of LSU alum and 2001 PGA Champion David Toms. The par-72 masterpiece plays to a championship yardage of more than 7,000 yards and winds through Louisiana's signature live oak flats, cypress wetlands and upland pine forests. Located in Springfield, La., Carter Plantation was named to Golf Magazine's list of "Top 10 Courses You Can Play" in February 2004 and is ranked as the ninth-best course in the state of Louisiana by Golf Digest.