With summer in full swing, there is no better time to dust off the golf clubs and hit the links. Lake Charles has several high-quality golf courses that can provide a terrific experience for golfers of all ages.

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Here are reviews of three great golf courses in the Lake Charles area that offer a truly unique day on the links.

Golf Course #1: Gray Plantation

Gray Plantation's Signature Hole

Surrounded by a beautiful array of pine trees, lakes and marsh, the Gray Plantation course is an absolute must-play if you love the great game of golf. With very affordable green fees, Gray Plantation will delight you without draining your wallet.

Finding itself on several best-of lists from national media outlets such as Golf Digest, Gray Plantation utilizes the natural terrain to craft a challenging layout. When the golfer hits the course at Gray Plantation, they can expect to play polished grounds that incorporates over 60 acres of lakes, fairways lined with pines and a lot of sand, with over 90 bunkers.

For the traveling golfer, the club has a high-quality driving range, putting green and capable teaching staff available if you need a quick lesson to get your swing back into shape.

Hole 13 at Gray Plantation Golf Course

A great tip for playing Gray Plantation is playing around dusk as the course treats you to some gorgeous sunsets that work to enhance the jaw-dropping landscape as you complete your round - perfect to test out your latest training aids.

Once the golf is over, you can dine at one of the two restaurants on the grounds or take a dip in a pool at the Sports Club’s aquatic complex.

With a wide array of activities that will engage not only golfers but their families, Gray Plantation is a great stop on a trip to Lake Charles.

Golf Course #2: Contraband Bayou Golf

Sunset Contraband Bayou at L'Auberge Casino Resort

The L’auberge Casino Resort features the second course on our list, the remarkable Contraband Bayou Golf Club. Golfers looking for a full day will be treated like royalty at the club with access to stay and play packages at the resort that offers green fees as well as gaming and fine dining.

The Contraband Bayou is a highly rated layout that regularly ranks in the top five courses in Louisiana. The course is known for well-kept grounds that feature carpet-like fairways and smooth greens.


Even during the warmest months, the golf course looks as fresh and trimmed as it would on a cool spring day, providing an exceptional golfing experience.

After a recent revamp, the course plays better than ever as golfers have all the information they need on each shot with interactive GPS touchscreens in the carts.

You’ll never find yourself lacking for excellent service at the Contraband as the staff does a terrific job of providing access to food and drink while on the course.

If you are looking for a premium casino experience with some championship golf on the side, then the L’auberge Casino Resort featuring the Contraband Bayou is going to take great care of you and your party.

Golf Course #3: Country Club at the Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget Golf Course

Another exceptional golf course attached to a premium casino resort is the Country Club at the Golden Nugget. Named the #2 course in Louisiana in 2018 by Golfweek Magazine, the Country Club features one of the most enjoyable golfing layouts in the state highlighted by the club’s immaculate fairways and greens, impeccable for drivers of all types.

If you decide to head over to the Country Club, then you’ll be treated to world-class golf, extraordinary dining, and an extensive pro shop that boasts the variety of clothing and high-quality equipment you’d expect at a five-star golf resort.

At the course, the golfer can expect a layout that uses sand, water, and a spot of strategy to provide a remarkably fun and dynamic day on the links.

The Country Club_Clubhouse Patio

Even if you aren’t a guest at the hotel, the Country Club is available to the drive-up golfer for a reasonable rate that won’t gouge you, leaving you plenty of money to take in a slot machine or two. After your round, you can visit the famous Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse or have a drink at the Rush Lounge.

With amenities you’d expect at a first-rate golf-casino resort in Vegas, the Country Club at the Golden Nugget can provide the foundation for making some terrific memories in Lake Charles.