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The Atchafalaya at Idlewild

400 Cotten Rd,

Patterson, Louisiana LA 70392

  • Office

    +1 (985) 395 4653
  • Pro shop

    +1 (985) 395 4653
  • Fax

    +1 (985) 399 4444
  • Golf pro

    Ed Selser (Director of Golf)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Open parkland. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Wetlands and woodland

  • Designer:

    Robert von Hagge, Michael Smelek & Richard Baril
Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7533
5932
5263
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
76.4
68.7
71.1

Location

Latitude:

29.666837

Longitude:

-91.294091

How to get there:

85 miles SW of New Orleans

The Atchafalaya at Idlewild

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 2005

The Atchafalaya at Idlewild: Located on flattish terrain on the edge of the USA's largest area of river swamp, the Atchafalaya at Idlewild is one of the newest additions to the Audubon Golf Trail. Native flora surrounds much of this excellent Von Hagge layout, with the front-nine loop pushing into a swampy forest of cypress trees (which once made this area the world's largest exporter of cypress wood). Despite its woodland perimeter, most of the course, and especially the back-nine, is characterised by an open, almost linksy environment. Plenty of earthmounding, excellent bunkering and no shortage of water hazards create an enjoyably challenging layout. On this quiet, former dairy farm (with a former silo built into the clubhouse), holes like the long par-4 4th, 9th and 18th holes are played to greens which dangerously hang out over the side of small lakes. A large, lakeside double-green awaits at the 9th and 18th. Among the snaking par-5s, the 635-yard 6th and 594-yard 16th will test the length of anyone ambitious enough to play this 7500-yard layout from the back-tees. If you do opt for the tips, all the par-3s will play well over 200 yards. Several bunker-festooned holes use a mix of grass-bunker clusters, small pot bunkers (a mere 20 of them on the 18th alone) and larger more expansive sand traps. The tee-box markers: bears, eagles, 'gators, otters and turtles, indicate something of the abundant wildlife that occupies this natural habitat, while "cypress knees" provide the 150 yard markers.
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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes: Mon-Thur $58; Fri-Sun $68. Golf cart included.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts are fitted with GPS.

Practice facilities

Excellent

Did you know?

The Atchafalaya at Idlewild is a member of Louisiana's Audubon Golf Trail. | The golf course is located less than 3 miles from the Atchafalaya river, the name of which derives from the Native American Choctaw language, hacha (river) and falaia (long). Flowing through south central Louisiana, the Atchafalaya is a 170-mile long distributary of the Mississippi river. It creates the Atchafalaya Basin, the USA's largest river swamp, which contains almost a million acres of swamps, bayous and backwater lakes. The Atchfalaya river is navigable, providing a significant industrial shipping channel for the state of Louisiana, as well as the cultural heart of the Cajun Country.

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