Best Golf Courses in Louisiana

Updated February 2024 to update booking information.

If you’ve never been to Louisiana and played golf, you’ve haven’t lived a full life.  I’m a native Arizonan who’s used to dry heat and trying to hit it over a certain cactus to shave off some yardage on doglegs. 

While I love where I live, my heart yearns for adventure and new experiences.  Though I haven’t been everywhere, I’d call myself somewhat traveled, especially when it comes to golf…

Ok, ok, my own perception is a little inflated, and I’ll happily admit it.  As I continue to write these guides, I constantly find myself being put in my place and feel humbled beyond belief.  I’m perfectly fine with that.  In fact, I’m more than grateful for all the help I continue to receive from you guys. 

But when it comes to golf in Louisiana, I get really excited.  Almost gleeful.  It’s something special.

Let’s have a closer look.

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English Turn Golf and Country Club

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If you’re looking for a challenging yet memorable golf experience in Louisiana, the English Turn Golf and Country Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is a top choice. This renowned club has hosted a PGA Tour event for years, making it a must-visit destination for golfers seeking mastery.

The course itself offers a blend of narrow and wide open holes, strategically placed bunkers, grass depressions, and challenging undulating greens that will put your skills to the test. The layout is known for its delightful mix of skill and strategy, ensuring that every round played here is both demanding and rewarding.

The English Turn Golf and Country Club is more than just a golf course; it’s a community for golf enthusiasts who appreciate the finer aspects of the game. Located in Louisiana, this club has garnered a reputation for being one of the best golf courses in the state. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or someone looking to take their game to the next level, this club offers an experience that’s both challenging and enjoyable.

 

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TPC Louisiana

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TPC Louisiana offers golfers an energizing and scenic experience designed by Pete Dye, consistently ranked as one of the top public golf courses in the state.

Here are some notable features and accolades that make TPC Louisiana stand out:

  1. Prestigious Recognition: TPC Louisiana has been named the #4 Upscale Public Golf Course by Golf Digest, cementing its reputation as one of the best in the state.
  2. Diverse Playability: With plenty of hazards and bunkers, the course caters to golfers of all skill levels. Its scenic layout through lowland swamps provides a unique and enjoyable round for every player.
  3. Event Hosting: Since 2007, TPC Louisiana has been the proud host of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, showcasing its quality and ability to accommodate professional-level play.
  4. Architectural Design: Designed by the legendary Pete Dye, the course features carefully placed bunkers, grass depressions, and tricky greens with gentle undulations, offering a challenging yet rewarding golfing experience.

For golf enthusiasts seeking a memorable and top-tier golfing experience, TPC Louisiana stands out as one of the best in the state, providing a perfect blend of challenge and scenic beauty.

 

 

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Crater Plantation Golf Club

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Crater Plantation Golf Club, designed by Louisiana native David Toms, offers a captivating and challenging golfing adventure, seamlessly blending with the natural surroundings just like TPC Louisiana.

This top-notch course has garnered accolades, being named a Top 10 Course You Can Play by Golf Magazine. The Tifeagle greens and Tifsport fairways have received high praise from locals, contributing to the exceptional design and playability of the course.

Known for providing a memorable and exciting round of golf, Crater Plantation Golf Club comes highly recommended for those seeking a fun and fair test of their skills. The positive reviews and ratings speak volumes about the quality of this course, making it a top choice for golfers looking for a memorable golfing experience.

With public access available, golf enthusiasts have the opportunity to experience this gem firsthand. Whether you’re a local or visiting Louisiana, Crater Plantation Golf Club, alongside Koasati Pines at Coushatta, is a must-visit location for an unforgettable round of golf.

 

   

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The National Golf Club of Louisiana

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Tucked away in the beautiful land of Louisiana, the National Golf Club of Louisiana stands out as a premier destination for golf enthusiasts seeking a challenging and visually stunning course.

This golf course has been recognized as a Best of the Best by Golfweek Magazine, and for good reason. Featuring 14 lakes and 65 bunkers, it provides a fun and fair test for all players.

The course is known for its tricky pin locations on large undulating greens, creating a challenging yet enjoyable round of golf. The beautifully scenic design of the National Golf Club of Louisiana ensures a memorable golfing experience for all who visit.

With its carefully crafted layout, the course offers a fun and challenging round of golf for players of all skill levels. It’s no wonder why this course has made it onto the Golfers Choice lists, as it truly represents the best of public golfing in Louisiana.

Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting out, the National Golf Club of Louisiana promises an exceptional golfing experience that you won’t soon forget.

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Copper Mill Golf Course

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After experiencing the challenging and visually stunning National Golf Club of Louisiana, golf enthusiasts in Louisiana can now shift their focus to the links-style golfing experience offered at the Copper Mill Golf Course.

This course, known for its variety of holes including par threes, fours, and fives, provides ample room off the tee while incorporating creeks, lakes, and bunkers to challenge all skill levels.

After a satisfying round, golfers can enjoy dining at the Palmetto Grill, adding a delightful culinary experience to their day.

Regulars have given the course high ratings and reviews, highlighting its tendency to exceed expectations and provide a memorable golfing experience.

Copper Mill Golf Course is highly recommended for those seeking a fun and challenging round of golf in Louisiana. It has also been featured in the Golfers Choice lists and annual Golfers Choice lists, underscoring its popularity among golf enthusiasts.

The course’s excellent reputation is further supported by its high rankings on the GolfPass Ratings Index, cementing its position as a top choice for golfers in Louisiana.

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Lakewood Golf Club

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Lakewood Golf Club offers golfers a demanding 18-hole, par 72 championship course known for its lush fairways, bunkers, and scenic water hazards. If you’re looking for a top-notch golfing experience in Louisiana, this club is a must-visit. Here’s why:

  1. Challenging Course: The 18-hole, par 72 championship course at Lakewood Golf Club is designed to test your skills with its well-maintained fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and picturesque water hazards.
  2. Practice Facilities: The club provides a well-equipped practice facility including a driving range, putting green, and chipping area, allowing you to hone your skills before hitting the course.
  3. Golf Lessons and Clinics: Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, Lakewood Golf Club offers golf lessons and clinics for all skill levels, ensuring that you can improve your game in a welcoming environment.
  4. Clubhouse Amenities: After a round of golf, visitors can unwind and enjoy dining options and amenities at the clubhouse, adding an element of relaxation and socializing to your golfing experience.

Lakewood Golf Club, with its beautiful course and excellent facilities, is a prime destination for golfers seeking a memorable and challenging experience in Louisiana.

 

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The Wetlands Golf Course

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The golfing experience in Louisiana doesn’t end at Lakewood Golf Club; now, let’s explore the challenging and scenic round of golf awaiting you at The Wetlands Golf Course.

This course is a gem that must be on your list for its remarkable design and overall playability. Designed by the renowned architect Frank Burandt, The Wetlands Golf Course offers a unique combination of wide fairways and strategically placed bunkers that will test your skills and provide an unforgettable experience.

The course’s well-manicured TifEagle greens and TifSport fairways ensure a top-notch golfing experience for players of all levels. The natural surroundings and water features add to the picturesque setting, making every round a memorable one.

Highly praised by locals and with public access, The Wetlands Golf Course is ranked based on newer reviews and lists generated by GolfPass, ensuring that you experience one of the best courses Louisiana has to offer.

If you’re looking for a challenging yet enjoyable round of golf, The Wetlands Golf Course is the perfect choice.

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Koasati Pines Golf at Coushatta Casino Resort

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Nestled within the Coushatta Casino Resort, Koasati Pines Golf offers an exceptional golfing experience with its challenging layout and picturesque surroundings. The course features an island green at the Gambling Hole, adding an exciting challenge for golfers. Additionally, players can test their skills on a risk-reward par 5 on the 18th hole, providing an exhilarating finish to their round.

Koasati Pines Golf at Coushatta Casino Resort received positive ratings and reviews from the GolfPass community, contributing to its ranking on the Golfers Choice list. As a public access course reviewed in 2021, the newer reviews and ratings submitted by members have been instrumental in analyzing the course’s standing in the GolfPass Ratings Index.

With its outstanding reputation and unique features, Koasati Pines Golf at Coushatta Casino Resort is a must-visit for golf enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable golfing experience in Louisiana.

In comparison to other prestigious courses like Squire Creek Country Club, Koasati Pines Golf at Coushatta Casino Resort holds its own, offering a blend of challenge and natural beauty that sets it apart in the golfing landscape of Louisiana.

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The Golf Club at Audubon Park

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Conveniently located in New Orleans, The Golf Club at Audubon Park offers a challenging 18-hole par 62 course that will test your skills while providing picturesque views of the city skyline. The course features tight fairways, water hazards, and strategically placed bunkers, providing a test for all skill levels. Designed to challenge and engage golfers, it’s a must-play for anyone seeking a unique and enjoyable golfing experience.

When it comes to ratings, The Golf Club at Audubon Park has garnered positive feedback from the golfing community. The GolfPass Ratings Index, which considers newer reviews and uses an index logic that weights reviews from the GolfPass community, has recognized the course for its exceptional layout and scenic beauty. Golf enthusiasts can trust that they’re in for an extraordinary golfing experience at The Golf Club at Audubon Park.

Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, the course’s convenient location and well-maintained grounds make it an accessible and enjoyable destination for golfers of all levels. With its beautiful setting and challenging layout, The Golf Club at Audubon Park is a gem that shouldn’t be missed.

 

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Oak Harbor Golf Club

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Located less than a half-hour drive from New Orleans, Oak Harbor Golf Club offers a classic southern design with challenging fairways surrounded by beautiful native grasses. The club has received a 4.5-star rating from Golf Digest, making it a top-rated course in the area.

With its classic design and well-maintained fairways, Oak Harbor Golf Club provides a challenging yet picturesque setting for golf enthusiasts. The course’s strategic placement of bunkers and lakes offers an exciting and memorable experience for golfers of all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned player or newer to the game, Oak Harbor Golf Club is sure to offer a round of golf that’s both enjoyable and demanding.

Additionally, the club’s presence in the GolfPass Ratings Index highlights its commitment to providing a high-quality golfing experience. If you’re part of the golfing community and looking to review a golf course, Oak Harbor Golf Club is a must-visit destination that’s bound to impress with its scenic layout and challenging play.

Conclusion

Louisiana is rich with culture, food, music, history, and yes, golf.  I’m like a kid on Christmas every time I get the chance to visit.  From the lights on Bourbon Street, to the diversity in golf, I can’t get enough.

If you’ve never had a chance to experience golf in Louisiana, I’d highly recommend it.

As always, our readers were integral in helping me put this guide together.  I’m sure I’ve missed something on this list.  If so, drop me a line in the comments below.

  

  

  

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Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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