Golfing in The Red Stick
The tradition of a bachelor party dates back to the early 5th Century B.C. as the ancient Spartans celebrated the groom’s last night as a single man with dinner and toasts. These seem to have gotten a bit of a bad rap since then, but the point remains that a bachelor party exists to celebrate a groom and his best guys. Being the best man in my older brother’s wedding, I took my job of planning his bachelor party very seriously, and after much research decided a golfing trip to Baton Rouge would be just the way to celebrate my big bro and his last nights as a single man. There was excellent golfing, a convenient hotel with a pool and a bar, and a fun city to explore.
We booked a stay the Crown Plaza, just down the road from LSU, and reserved tee times at the Santa Maria Golf Course and the Beaver Creek Course. Upon checking in and meeting the guys for drinks at the patio lounge I was already getting pats on the back for finding such a cool spot. The pool was clean and refreshing and the drinks were strong and tasty. Our first tee-time was at near-by Santa Maria Golf Course, a member of the prestigious Audubon Golf Trail. It features 150-acres of rolling terrain, 18 lakes, gorgeous Bermuda fairways, and large oaks. We played well and enjoyed roasting the groom between swings with stories we promised we wouldn’t actually tell at the rehearsal dinner. We finished the evening with a tasty dinner at the Champions Grill at the Clubhouse and looked forward to another day of golf.
We kept the hotel staff working hard the next morning as we devoured plates of delicious eggs, bacon, muffins, and potatoes to give us enough energy for our second day on the greens at Beaver Creek Golf Course. Beaver Creek is the top ranked course in Louisiana, and it didn’t disappoint! Bordered by dense forests and wetlands, the course meanders over and through wetlands providing tough challenges and unique shots. It also has incredible amenities like a large practice facility and putting green, a PGA-style driving range, and short game area. After two days of golf we were exhausted but enjoyed our final night on the town covering our bro in laughter and love the best way we knew how.