In South-West Louisiana, golf is a year-round activity thanks to hot summers and pleasant winters. The Lake Charles area in Southwest Louisiana offers a range of challenging golf courses to try out during your golfing holidays – alongside casino gambling and a lively cultural scene flavored with the region’s Cajun and Creole influences. Choose from one of a few high-end resorts and you can visit many golf courses in the area – most are friendly competitors and offer shuttles to each other’s courses.
Golfing Holidays in Southwest Louisiana
Lake Charles has that fun mix of deep southern culture, upscale accommodation and dining experiences that holiday makers are looking for. Between the spa and golf options during the day and restaurants at night, you will find plenty to do here! In fact, the Lake Charles area offers six public golf courses surrounded by beautiful scenery.
After golfing, explore historical downtown Lake Charles area. Check out Victorian architecture at the Charpentier Historic District, named after the French word for ‘carpenter’, or the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu which features the largest Madi Gras costume display in the world. If you’re into walking, don’t miss the Creole Nature Trail, the entrance to Louisiana’s Outback and a whopping 180 miles long. And, don’t forget to try some Cajun food!
So, if you’re looking for the ultimate golf getaway, here are some of the best places for you to visit.
Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Golden Nugget Lake Charles Hotel and Casino boasts a championship-caliber golf course called the Country Club. ‘The Golden Nugget’s Country Club is renowned in the area and hosts the Lake Charles Championship!
This 4-star resort boasts pools, private beaches, a full-service spa and of course, a golf course! Guests here can play rounds at an 18-hole golf course complete with all amenities and equipment. Once you’re done, enjoy dinner at one of the resort’s 7 restaurants, or relax on Golden Nugget Lake Charles’s private beach. And, if you need a day off the golf, you can enjoy a 3.5 star spa resort complete with 2 spa tubs and an outdoor pool. Services on offer include hot stone massages, sports massages, Swedish massages and facials. All rooms are air-conditioned with beautiful balcony views. Guests can also enjoy complimentary bottled water, toiletries and TVs with pay movies. Also included: WiFi and safes.
L’Auberge Casino Lake Charles
Another popular choice for holiday makers in the Lake Charles area is L’Auberge resort.
L’Auberge and Golden Nugget share a convenient shuttle service so you can easily hop between the two golf courses, whichever one you decide to stay at.
L’Auberge is a 4-star spa resort that includes 26 floors of guest rooms, a casino, 6 restaurants, shops, a big outdoor pool and the Contraband Bayou Golf Course. There is also a full-service spa, free WiFi, and rooms fitted with AC and flat-screen TVs. The Spa du Lac has 8 treatment rooms which include services like body scrubs, wraps and other treatments like aromatherapy. There is also a sauna, lazy river and fitness centre.
Located at the L’Auberge resort, Contraband Bayou is an 18-hole, par-72 layout course designed by the famous golf architect Tom Fazio. It’s also the only Fazio course in Louisiana open to the public.
It’s not a difficult course, but pleasant to look at and with first-rate conditions, offers enough to challenge golfers of all levels.
Gray Plantation Golf Club
A Rocky Roquemore designed semi-private course includes water in 12 of its 18 holes. The course tests most amateur golfers! It too has a par of 72.
National Golf Club of Louisiana
Designed by David Bennett, this course has 18 holes and a par of 72. Surrounded by towering pine trees and wetlands offering lots of challenges! Once a small clubhouse, The National is currently building a $4 million permanent clubhouse.
The Country Club
Located at the Golden Nugget, this Todd Eckinrode-designed course is challenging and hosts the Lake Charles Championship.