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Audubon Park GC Added to Golf Trail


Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu recently announced the addition of the Audubon Park Golf Course to the Audubon Golf Trail, which currently includes nine of the state's top courses. An executive-length, par-62 course in New Orleans' historic district, Audubon Park Course is occupies 81 tree-lined acres on St. Charles Avenue. The country's only layout accessible by streetcar, the course officially joins the Trail in January 2005.

"The design, location and natural beauty of the Audubon Park Course make it a perfect addition to the Trail," Landrieu said. "Tourism initiatives like the Audubon Golf Trail are helping us make Louisiana a first-class destination, a place where visitors and residents alike will want to work, live and play."

The course, which recently completed a $6 million renovation, joins the TPC of Louisiana as the second Audubon Golf Trail (AGT) member course located within minutes of downtown New Orleans.

According to Angèle Davis, Secretary for the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Audubon Park Golf Course is a great example of how the Audubon Golf Trail enhances the overall Louisiana tourism product.

"We intentionally market the Audubon Golf Trail as 'Great Golf, Among Other Things' to position it as one of the many unique experiences you can have on a Louisiana vacation," Davis said. "The Audubon Park Golf Course is a prime example, as visitors can travel to the course by riding a streetcar from downtown New Orleans, but then also enjoy other unique attractions like the acclaimed Audubon Zoo or the natural history museum at Tulane University. The fact that the course sits on St. Charles Avenue, an area of the city featuring some of New Orleans' most architecturally and historically significant homes, in addition to some of the city's most notable restaurants and night spots, is a bonus as well for the visitor."

"The goal of the Audubon Golf Trail is to increase play, enhance tourism and attract new visitors to the state," said Paul Buckley, Chairman of the Audubon Golf Trail. "The Audubon Park course was named by Golf Digest as America's No. 1 public course over 100 years old, an incredible achievement. In addition, Audubon Park is an executive course only minutes from the state's most-visited city, making it a fantastic opportunity for people to get a taste of what the Audubon Golf Trail has to offer."

Recently awarded 4.5 of 5 stars in Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play" rankings, the Audubon Park course features contoured fairways, manicured Tif Eagle greens, four lagoons and exquisite landscaping. Operated by Audubon Nature Institute of New Orleans, the 4,220-yard layout is set amid hundred-year-old oak trees draped with Spanish moss.

"With so many quality golf courses across the state, it's an honor to be part of such an elite field as the Audubon Golf Trail," said Stan Stopa, director of golf at the Audubon Park Golf Course.

Member courses selected to the Audubon Golf Trail benefit from the state's promotional efforts on behalf of the Trail, including a significant advertising and public relations campaign, a centralized reservation system for booking tee times, and increased exposure through a golf packaging partner, Fairways Golf Travel. The marketing strategy, "Great Golf, Among Other Things," encourages visitors to come for premier golf and stay for Louisiana's rich culture with its jazz, spicy Cajun and Creole cuisine, scenic bayous and colorful history.

In the Trail's inaugural year, rounds of golf played at member courses increased an average of 6 percent. During the same time period (2001-02), rounds of golf played nationwide declined by 4 percent.

The Audubon Golf Trail is made up of nine world-class courses in all five regions of the state. Named for naturalist/artist John James Audubon, the Trail courses are members of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf Courses, a program dedicated to protecting the environment and preserving the natural heritage of the game of golf.

Current courses include: Audubon Park Golf Course in New Orleans, Carter Plantation in Springfield, Calvert Crossing Golf Club in Monroe, Cypress Bend Resort in Many, Gray Plantation in Lake Charles, The Island in Plaquemine, OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria, Olde Oaks Golf Club in Shreveport, Tamahka Trails Golf Club in Marksville, and TPC of Louisiana in New Orleans.

For more information or a tee time, visit www.AudubonGolf.com or call toll-free 866/AGT-IN-LA.