Review and Rating of Gray Plantation Golf Course in New Orleans
What an outstanding golf course - fun, fair but challenging, excellent conditions, friendly service, affordable rates, great layout, and some outstanding holes. The Gray is a delicate mix of Southern Charm & Cajun Fire and it's not surprising that Gray Plantation Golf Course is one of the top ranked courses on the Louisiana Audubon Golf Trail and was ranked #6 in Golf Digest's Best Courses in Louisiana and #3 in the best public courses in Louisiana.
Some of what we really liked about playing Gray Plantation included:
The first three and the last three fairways on the front nine have homes set back off the fairway but the rest of the fairways play through tall pines and other trees, dense natural areas that will devour your golf balls, and lots of water. The fairways were in excellent condition when we played and they are flat, ample to a little tight, and with a wide rough that varies from thick and challenging to thin and playable.
The bunkers at Gray Plantation Golf Club were wet thanks to a recent rain and unplayable. It looked like the sand would normally be soft and fluffy. The lips are manageable at 1 to 8'' tall and should be relatively easy to escape from. We didn't have much trouble avoiding the bunkers.
The greens at Gray Plantation are raised and the false fronts prevent bump and runs, meaning you need to stuff it on the green and hope it holds or you've got a challenging chip back toward the pin. The greens were in very good condition, held the ball well, and ran true and at a good speed of around 10.5. Most had some combination of slope and undulation.
A must play if you're in the area!
Rates: $25.00 to $59.00
The pro shop is well stocked, the grill has some very good food, and the practice facilities are very good.
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!
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.