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:
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.
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.
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.