Review and Rating of the Country Club at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Playing The Country Club at Golden Nugget in Lake Charles is a full sensory unique and fun experience. You know you’re in for a treat when you arrive at the fantastic upscale clubhouse with a fully stocked pro shop, plush locker rooms, and a fantastic seafood restaurant – all with a view of the lush green fairways, the Calcasieu River and Bayou, and unbelievable sunsets. The course is on the bayou and home to open plush fairways in near perfect conditions, immaculately-kept Bermuda greens, beautiful scenery, and some fun and challenging golf holes – it just doesn’t get much better! We weren’t surprised to find out that The Country Club at Golden Nugget was named the #2 course in Louisiana in Golfweek’s Best of 2018 list!
The Country Club at Golden Nugget was designed by the award-winning Todd Eckenrode and Origins Golf Design and opened for play in 2015 and was voted the “Top Golf Course in 2015.” Landry’s Inc. (the dining, hospitality, entertainment, and gaming corporation owns and operates both the golf course and the Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel which has 740 rooms, a huge casino, a private beachfront and marina, several restaurants and bars, a spa, huge pool complex with a lazy river, and lots more. The pro shop is across the street from the Resort which makes the Golden Nugget a great place for a golf stay and play outing.
The Country Club at the Golden Nugget is a real treasure with 4 sets of tee boxes with yardages ranging from 5316 to 7007, water that can come into play on 14 holes, 38 white sand bunkers, and 41 huge waste sand bunkers, covering 15 acres, loaded with golf ball eating native plants.
Pick the right set of tee boxes and play smart and you’ll have an enjoyable round that you won’t forget. Don’t be so focused on your score that you miss the stunning scenery – the Contraband Bayou and the Calcasieu River, the colorful and well manicured native marsh landscaping, towering pines bordered by red pine needles, ponds with beautiful tall spraying fountains, lush fairways and white sand bunkers, the Golden Nugget Casino as a backdrop, and the outer grass planted with numerous ornamentals giving it a natural and native look. The contrast of the bayou, bunkers, and greens contribute to making the course very scenic.
But you need to remain focused enough to manage forced carries over water and huge waste bunkers and position your ball for the dog legs both left and right. For a good score try some of the risk reward opportunities and carefully plan your approach shots.
Each hole is unique and has its own personality and characteristics, for example:
The fairways and roughs at The Country Club at the Golden Nugget are surrounded by Spartina Patens and Muhly grass and they were in near perfect condition when we played in late 2018. Spray the ball and you’re lost in the native bayou grass, under some clusters of pines, in a huge waste bunker with brush that will eat your golf ball, or you're lost in the water. The fairways are ample off the tee box and relatively flat which means you’ll need to plan for some extra roll.
The manicured miniverde greens are surrounded with native marsh landscaping and they were a real pleasure to play - true, a little firm, and running at a good speed. They have a mix of minor slope and contour and most are flat which means a bump and run works great. The Country Club greens range from 28 to 45 yards deep and they are a variety of shapes.
The 41 waste bunkers are aesthetically pleasing but can cause you some extra strokes and lost balls – don’t expect to hit in the bunker and roll out, the three-inch lips will most likely prevent that. The sand bunkers are well maintained and filled with soft white sand and they range in size from small to huge with steep faces.
A must play course if you're in the Lake Charles area.
Rates: $79.00 to $159.00
The clubhouse is spectacular. After your round sit by the fire pit with a cold drink, enjoy the spectacular view, and reminisce about how much fun you just had. The pro shop is very well stocked with everything you need to look good and play well. The restaurant is excellent. The practice facilities are excellent. Service is very good. The carts have plush soft leather seats (I felt like I was in a Mercedes) and a GPS with 3D flyovers, live scoring, and more.
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.