Bunker Notice

Bunker Notice – Golf course bunkers will be reworked in the near future.  Funding may be available to assist.  Currently please play all bunkers as Ground Under Repair. Sorry for any inconvenience during this period.

Atchafalaya Pro Shop

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