Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Review and Rating of The National Golf Club of Louisiana in Westlake, LA
The National Golf Club of Louisiana was designed by Dave Bennet and is a joint venture with the City of Westlake and it is the newest and most affordable premier golf course in Louisiana. When we played in late 2018, the course meandered through towering strands of Louisiana soft pines and preserved wetlands with no homes lining the fairways, but The National will soon be the centerpiece of a new 600-acre master planned community in Westlake. There are five sets of tee boxes with yardages ranging from 5267 to 6946 yards which means if you pick the right set of tee boxes, play smart to avoid the 14 lakes and 80 bunkers, you’ll have an enjoyable and fun round at a very reasonable rate. The National was selected as one of “America’s Best New Courses” by Golfweek in 2011.
The TifSport fairways, which were in very good condition when we played, are ample to a little tight and they range from flat with subtle slope to gently rolling. During your round you’ll encounter some carries over water, slight dog legs, thick and dense rough that can bury your ball, strategically placed fairway bunkers, and some interesting risk-reward shots. A couple of the holes that we really liked include:
The MiniVerde greens at The National Golf Club were also in very good condition when we played. They ran at a good speed, held the ball ok, and all had some subtle breaks. Some are raised and others are flat and perfect for a bump and run. They range in size from 24 to 42 yards deep (the average size is probably around 34 or so) and all but one are guarded by two to five bunkers.
The 80 bunkers were in also very good condition when we played. They have manageable lips and soft fluffy sand. The vast majority of the bunkers guard the green and we had no trouble avoiding the fairway bunkers.
The National Golf Club of Louisiana is home to a state-of-the-art golf academy and practice facility with over an acre of grass hitting stations, two chipping greens, 1500 square feet of sand bunkers, some grass bunkers and a 12,000 square foot practice putting green.
Rates: $33.00 to $52.00
A new clubhouse is planned to open in 2019. Service was good. There is a full bar but not much choice for food and there are limited golf supplies and equipment
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.