Long anticipated, the Bunker Renovation Project at Atchafalaya Golf Course has begun!

Currently, equipment staging and delivery of supplies is ongoing in designated areas.

Beginning Thursday, September 10, 2020 the outside contract team will begin the renovation process, working a Monday-Friday schedule.

The golf course will remain open during construction. Please excuse our dust and be alert and attentive to machinery and other moving vehicles throughout the course.

Once a bunker has been completed, it will be open and ready for play. Please enjoy. (No rakes will be placed due to COVID-19, please repair your footsteps and played area as best as you can so the next golfer may enjoy as well).

Please pay attention to all course signage and communications inside the pro shop, as to where construction is currently ongoing. (This will be updated daily, and throughout the day, as construction moves forward)

Check our website and Facebook page for communications and construction progress. 

We thank you for your continued loyalty and support of Atchafalaya Golf Course.

We are excited to announce that we have booked an exclusive TaylorMade fitting experience on , SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 at our venue, where all members will have the opportunity to go through a Tour-level custom club fitting.

During these unprecedented times, TaylorMade has taken advanced measures to ensure your health and safety, as well as that of our staff and their team. Those measures include:
Fitting reps are required to use face coverings at all fitting events
Customers attending fitting experiences are encouraged, but not required, to wear face coverings (not supplied by TaylorMade)
All fittings will be limited to 1-on-1 experiences with social distancing practices
Fitting reps are equipped with a sanitization kit that includes disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, disinfectant soap, towels and sterilized brushes
Golf equipment will be cleaned and sterilized following each usage
Rest assured that your health and safety is the No. 1 priority for both our club and TaylorMade. We will ask that you respect the precautions by not attending if you have a cough or fever (or have had in the last 14 days), have been exposed to someone who has had COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or might otherwise expose our staff or other guests to unnecessary risk.

Please go to to register for this event. There you can book a specific time for your appointment, as well as check other available dates.

You may also contact the golf shop to learn about available appointments, book your custom fitting or ask any questions you have about this special event.

We hope you enjoy this exclusive fitting experience!

Tip of the Day – Feel the Clubhead

The golf swing is a “swing”.  When the clubhead is lifted, the approach to the ball can be steep.  This leads to erratic shots and inconsistent distances. 

Try this on your next practice session.  Grip a short iron lightly, hold it above ground as a normal setup (choke down a little), and make some slow swings thinking about where the clubhead is.  Make a circle by starting with a “3 to 9” movement (bottom of a circle) and allowing the swing to go higher on both sides.  Strive to feel the clubhead and keep the arms long…no lifting, or extended arms, just a smooth swing.  Watch how your body responds to your arms and begins to turn.  The whole secret is to relax and feel the clubhead. 

Soon you’ll be hitting consistently longer shots because your swing sequence will allow the power to be released through impact.  You’ll like the ease at which things happen.  Your tempo just got better!

Golf Digest Ranks the Atchafalaya


The Atchafalaya at Idlewild in Patterson, has been recognized by Golf Digest Magazine as one of Louisiana’s Best Courses for 2013 garnering the 8th spot.    The list will be unveiled in the February, 2013 issue.  Golf Digest publishes their list of top courses every year by state. All types of courses – public, private and resort – were considered. 

This latest accolade accompanies others including:

  • Golf Digest’s “2006 Best New Affordable Courses in America”
  • Golfweek’s  2007 Top 50 List – “Best New Courses in U.S – #22.”
  • Golfweek’s  2007-2013 “Best Courses You Can Play in Louisiana”

“We’re delighted Golf Digest has recognized the Atchafalaya at Idlewild among many of the state’s finest facilities”, said Commission Chairman Rudy Sparks. 

To schedule an outing or tournament call the Golf Shop 985-395-GOLF(4653).

Th Atchafalaya at Idlewild Recognized as Having One of the Best Courses You Can Play by Golfweek

The Atchafalaya at Idlewild Garners Major Recognition by Golfweek Magazine for 2012

The Atchafalaya at Idlewild has been named as one of the “Best Courses You Can Play” by Golfweek Magazine.  Associate Publisher Jereme Day announces the award in his email:

 “On behalf of Golfweek, I am pleased to inform you that –based on the evaluation of our expert team of esteemed raters – your course has been selected as one of the 2012 Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play.”

News of the announcement will be formalized in the May Issue.

The Atchafalaya at Idlewild Recognized as Having One of the Best restaurants in the Region

New Orleans City Business Magazine has named the Atchafalaya at Idlewild as one of the top restaurants in the area. News of the achievement appear in the September, 2011 edition. 

Other outstanding awards include:

  • 5th Best New Affordable Course in the U.S. – Golf Digest, 2006
  • Top 50 Best New Courses in the U.S. – Golfweek, 2007
  • #1 Best Course You Can Play in Louisiana – Golfweek, 2008
  • #1 Best Course You Can Play in Louisiana – Golfweek, 2009
  • #1 Food & Beverage Operation on Audubon Golf Trail, 2010
  • Top Golf Course List, Louisiana Life Magazine, 2010