Where is it? Near the historic town of Springfield in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. The plantation is approximately one hour from New Orleans.
How to get there Travel west on I-10 towards Baton Rouge. Travel North on I-55 towards Hammond. Take Exit 26 Ponchatoula/Springfield (total distance from I-55 to Carter Plantation approximately seven miles). Use the second exit ramp for Springfield.
Merge onto Highway 22, travelling west. Continue into the town of Springfield (5.3 miles). Turn left at the red light at the Centre of Springfield. Go two blocks and turn right onto Carter Cemetery Road (next to the First Baptist Church).
Travel 1.5 miles. Carter Plantation is at the end of Carter Cemetery Road. There are signs directing you to the Carter House (Real Estate Sales Office) and The Pavilion.
What’s it like? Carter Plantation, opened in 2003, has the real feel of southern hospitality. PGA Champion David Toms carefully crafted this, his first signature golf course. Live oaks dripping with moss, sky-high pine trees, and cypress trees make Carter Plantation a cool, stately experience. Wide fairways make the course playable and fun, with a touch of elevation and splashy bunkers to keep things interesting.
After golf Enjoy the genteel, restful setting. The Plantation Dining Room offers fine dining with Louisiana specialties such as gumbo and a separate bar for cocktails. Overnight lodging is available to a great, well-appointed cabins.
AUDUBON PARK GOLF COURSE
Where is it? Located in Audubon Park. Minutes from downtown New Orleans on the St. Charles Streetcar Line, across the street from Tulane University.
How to get there Take Magazine Street straight out of the French Quarter. The golf course will be on the left side before you reach Broadway.
What’s it like? Audubon Park Golf Club, over 100 years old, completed a $6 million renovation and modernisation in October 2002 that resulted in status on Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail. Built on the site of the 1884 World’s Fair, the course plays through four lagoons. Exquisite landscaping and contoured fairways spill through huge old oak trees leading to Tif Eagle Bermuda greens. The Dennis Griffith designer layout has 12 par-3s, four par-4s, and two par-5s.
After golf Stroll the Tulane University neighbourhood and see some of the most beautiful homes in uptown New Orleans. The world-famous Audubon Zoo is also across the street from the golf course.
Where is it? Eight miles from the city’s business district, Superdome and French Quarter.
How to get there Take HO to the West Bank exit, then General De Gaulle East across the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge. Turn right on Louisiana Highway 406 and follow signs.
What’s it like? English Turn hosted the New Orleans PGA Tour event from 1989 to 2004, yielding winners such as Ben Crenshaw, Davis Love Ill, and Louisiana-native David Toms. Its famed 542-yard 15th hole played to an island green, gave the pros a fight, while the 18th, a par-4, is ranked among the toughest on the PGA Tour. Jack Nicklaus designed the course through meandering lakes, adding giant sand waste bunkers and sculpted fairways. The massive, tiered greens are notoriously undulating yet fair.
Club hours Tuesday through Sunday, dawn until dusk.
Facilities A 7,078-yard, 18-hole golf course plus driving range, putting green, chipping area. Lessons available.
After golf, The clubhouse has a bar and restaurant.
TOURNAMENT PLAYERS CLUB OF LOUISIANA AT FAIRFIELD
Where is it? Across the Mississippi River, 15 minutes from Bourbon Street.
How to get there From Downtown, take the Greater New Orleans Bridge over the Mississippi River to the Westbank Expressway (US Highway 90). Stay on Highway 90 passing through Marrero and Westwego. Continue driving until you reach the light at Segnette Boulevard, the traffic light adjacent to the Alario Center. Take a left onto Segnette Boulevard (Alario Center) continuing to the first traffic light at Lapalco Boulevard. Take a right and the TPC will be 11/2 miles on the left.
What’s it like? Designed by acclaimed architect Pete Dye with the assistance of PGA Tour players Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson, the course opened in April 2004 on land that was previously a low-lying swamp. Small, flat greens conclude each of the holes, which are framed by oak and cypress trees. There are a few crafty short par-4s, plenty of waste bunkers and visual trickery.
Facilities 7,300-yard, par-72 golf course, practice range, putting green, and short-game area. Fully stocked golf shop and lessons available.
After golf, There’s a restaurant, grill, and bar, or head back to the city’s French Quarter for its abundant Cajun restaurants.