Audubon Golf Trail promotes Louisiana as golfing destination

Halen Doughty
Audubon Park in New Orleans.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism are working to promote the Bayou State as a golf destination through the Audubon Golf Trail. Nungesser said the Louisiana Audubon Golf Trail is being reenergized to make Louisiana a renowned golfing destination due to our beautiful scenery. He said a meeting last month made him all the more optimistic about the future of the trail.

"We have so much to offer in Louisiana, and the golf courses are a major part of the Louisiana outdoor experience. With the help of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, we will establish the Golf Louisiana guide, and this will be an all-access pass to our courses,” said Nungesser.

The trail is modeled after a similar trail in Alabama, and Louisiana's version began under Governor Blanco. It was established at a time when gold was popular and courses were being built nationwide. The trail is a service of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. It consists of 15 participating courses as a means to entice golfers from across the country to visit Louisiana.

Assistant Secretary Kyle Edmiston said golf is a year-round sport in Louisiana. He said this trail could help draw more visitors to Sportsman's Paradise all year long. He noted it could also have long-lasting impacts if the trail draws retirees to the state.

By increasing the focus on the Audubon Golf Trail members, we want to further showcase Louisiana as a premier location to tee it up, not just in the spring and summer, but also the fall and winter," said Edmiston, "Year-round golf is just one of the many activities we can offer that make Louisiana not only a great place to visit for the outdoors but also a great place to retire.”

Louisiana Travel Promotion Association president and CEO, Jill Kidder said they are honored to partner with the Office of Tourism to promote the state's diverse golf experiences. She said the the Golf Louisiana guide will offer information about golf destinations throughout the state.

"From the 15 unique courses on the Audubon Golf Trail to the many private courses throughout the state, we are thrilled to be a part of promoting Louisiana’s year-round opportunities for golf enthusiasts!” said Kidder.

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