LT. GOV. LANDRIEU WELCOMES LAFAYETTE'S WETLANDS GOLF COURSE TO AUDUBON GOLF TRAIL -- 03/23/2007
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2007
LT. GOV. LANDRIEU WELCOMES LAFAYETTE'S WETLANDS GOLF COURSE TO AUDUBON GOLF TRAIL
Baton Rouge, LA - Today, the Lt. Governor announced that The Wetlands Golf Course in Lafayette, Louisiana will become a part of the state's Audubon Golf Trail. A consortium of 12 Louisiana golf courses, the Audubon Golf Trail (AGT) was organized under the tourism umbrella of the Office of the Lt. Governor to provide native and visiting golf enthusiasts with high-quality golf courses around the state. Audubon Golf Trail Commission voted to add the The Wetlands Golf Course, effective July 1, 2007.
"We are partnering with Lafayette to bring more visitors to the region and to help brand a great asset for the community," Lt. Governor Landrieu said. "This course has the potential to be an economic boon for southwest Louisiana."
In 2004, the Audubon Golf Trail made a $38 million economic impact for the state, and nearly 220,000 rounds of golf were played on its courses.
Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel said an AGT designation will make a difference. "We appreciate the help Lt. Governor Landrieu and his office gave us to get to the level of an Audubon Trail Golf Course. It will mean a lot to Lafayette and this area, because it's another opportunity to market Acadiana to the rest of the country. We're trying to rebuild tourism in the state after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and this will help fuel those efforts," he said.
Angele Davis, Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, agreed. "In its first year of operation, close to 30,000 rounds of golf were played at the Wetlands. Direct and indirect economic impact on the region was almost two million dollars, and we expect those numbers to grow as a result of AGT membership," she said.
The Wetlands Golf Course, owned and operated by the City of Lafayette, opened in April of 2006. Designed by Architect Frank Burandt, the course not only showcases the region's many lakes and wetland areas, it also features abundant flora, native grasses and wildflowers. Wind is a factor in playing on this golf courses and holes #9 and #18 feature a double green that ends at the clubhouse for dramatic finishes. Two major tournaments have been hosted at The Wetlands: the LPGA Future Tour and the AJGA Junior Big I Insurance Classic.
The Audubon Golf Trail was named for naturalist/artist John James Audubon who, enchanted by the natural beauty of Louisiana, painted a number of his famous bird studies here. Member golf courses include Audubon Park, Black Bear, Calvert Crossing, Carter Plantation, Cypress Bend Resort, Gray Plantation, Oakwing, Olde Oaks, Tamahka Trails, The Island, TPC Louisiana, and The Atchafalaya at Idlewild. All of the courses on the Audubon Golf Trail are members of the Audubon Cooperative Santuary for Golf Courses, a program dedicated to protecting the environment and preserving the natural heritage of the game of golf.
For more information on the Audubon Golf Trail, pease call toll-free 1-866-AGT-IN-LA, or visit www.AudubonGolf.com