The Island Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.8

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Plaquemine, LA
Website · Book A Tee Time
Date Last Played: August 20, 2016

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The Island Review

Review & Rating of The Island in Plaquemine LA

Located a few miles south of Baton Rouge, The Island Golf Course is one of the 16 courses on the Audubon Golf Trail.  Mike Young carved The Island golf course out of a sugar plantation that is surrounded by Bayou Jacob and Bayou Plaquemine.  Mike leveraged the Bayous and nine lakes to create a layout where water comes into play on 17 of the 18 holes which forces you to hit the ball straight and on some holes forces you to deploy some good course management and shot making skills. 

The water, 56 bunkers, and some tight fairways make The Island challenging but it's very fair if you pick the right set of tee boxes and play smart.  The front nine is a little longer and seems a little easier while the back, from our perspective, is prettier, a little more difficult, requires some shot making, and has some great holes.  Both nines are peaceful and quiet.

Some of the holes that we really liked included:

  • #2 is the #1 handicap and it's a fun 551 yard par 5 with OB on the right side, a bayou running from the tee box to 140 out which then crosses the fairway and guards the left side of the elevated green on the left and rear - your second shot requires you to gamble to carry the bayou or take the safer shot and layup
  • #6 is the longest par 4 at 459 yards plus it's got some water off the right side of the tee box, two long skinny bunkers on the left and right side of the landing zone, and a dog right to a large green surrounded by 4 bunkers
  • #12 is the shortest par 5 (520 yards) but still challenging with a carry over the bayou that runs from the left side of the tee box to the right side of the green plus 3 large bunkers around 80 yards out and two pot bunkers guarding a small green
  • 18 is a great finishing hole - a 542 yard par 5 with a waste area running along the entire right side, a sharp dog leg right around a 140 yard long skinny bunker, and a challenging approach to the deepest green on the course with a bunker left front and water on the right side

The fairways range from a little tight to ample but miss them the rough can be challenging and after that you're most likely wet or lost in the trees and brush.  We played just after a heavy rainstorm but the course was still in very good condition and very well maintained.  The rain prevented mowing so the rough was much thicker than normal.  The fairways range from flat to gently rolling. A couple of the fairways have some homes set way back and you'll really need to spray it to land in a yard.

The greens are a good mixture of sizes and shapes and they were in very good condition - a joy to putt on.  They rolled true, had manageable slope and contour, and held the ball well.  Around the fringe small mounding creates a roller coaster affect.  Some are raised and all but two are guarded by one to four bunkers or the lakes or bayous - which puts a premium on the approach shot.

Unfortunately the bunkers at The Island were not playable because of the heavy rain.  They looked like they were well maintained and in great condition and from what we could tell the sand was soft and thick.  Lips are manageable but you'll not going to roll in and roll out.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,010 74.4 135
Gold 6,486 71.8 130
Blue 5,998 69.8 123
White 5,406 72.0 123

Course Information

Course Architect:
Mike Young
Greens Type:
TIF Eagle
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
8.8
Fairway Condition
8.8
Bunker Condition
8.7
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Easy
Course Map
Beware of water on 17 holes and the 56 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.8 out of 10
Beauty:
8.5
Difficulty:
8.5
Variety:
8.2
Fun to Play:
8.7
Value:
9.0
Condition:
9.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.5
Back Nine Rating:
8.9
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$35.00 to $60.00

The pro shop is well stocked, the practice facilities are good, and grill and bar are very good (the burger is huge!). Service is very friendly and the cart lady shows up frequently.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking. 

 

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