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Col Nathan Jessup
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Golf in Monroe area
Any good suggestions around Monroe, La? Might be able to play next weekend.


JJ27
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Drive 40 minutes to Black Bear or 20 minutes to Calvert Crossing. Monroe only has Chennault and Muni that you can play on unless you have some hookup to get on at Bayou Desiard.


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NOLATiger86
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re: Golf in Monroe area
If you have the ability to drive an 1hr 20min away, go to El Dorado and play Mystic Creek. You will not be disappointed.


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KillTheGophers
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Squire Creek - Choudrant - you will need a call from your pro to their pro and a forecaddie or have a member take you out there. the first option is in no way guaranteed. It is the best course in the state.

Mystic Creek - El Dorado - invest in the drive time - far superior to anything else other than Squire in NELA and many people like Mystic better than squire.

Black Bear - Delhi - easy access and shorter drive from Monroe than Mystic - not on par with Mystic or Squire but superior to anything else in NELA.

Bayou Desiard - Monroe - like Squire, you will need an in to play. First 3 holes are very nice with the bayou running next to them. The rest of the course is sorta blah at best. The back 9 will be swampy this time of year.

Calvert - Calhoun - you can call and get a tee time - it has been a few months since I have played but if the greens are in good shape, I may put Calvert over Desiard. Calvert lost a good bit of their membership to Desiard in 19 due to upkeep issues.

Trails End - Arcadia - this may be your best bet - course will be dry and you can get a tee time at a reasonable price with a simple phone call to the pro shop

Frenchmans - sterlington - will most likely be a swamp if there is any rain -friendly staff but course is like any other early 1990 neighborhood course - easiest course by far of all listed so far

Chennault - Monroe - with all the rain, it will be a swamp but ease of access and location get it on the list.

Morehouse CC - Bastrop - will be dry but course has gone downhill every year over the past 15 years - May be cheapest option on list.

The rest are 9 hole course in Ruston, Delhi, Tallulah, Lake Providence, winnsboro, Lake Bruin and Panola Woods - of those Panola Woods is the best but it is a drive from Monroe.





DivotBreath
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Pretty accurate descriptions. IMO I would switch the ranking of Calvert and Black Bear due to the condition of the greens at Black Bear, but I’m a member at Calvert so I’m biased.


Col Nathan Jessup
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Member since Dec 2014
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Thanks to everyone in this thread. Great info!



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Eric Stratton
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Faber College
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re: Golf in Monroe area
We've played Black Bear the last two weekends and it's in good shape considering the time of year. They've filled in all the fairway bunkers with sod and only hole 6 is pull from the sod.

A lot of water though..... #7 par 3 is almost 85 percent under water from the overflow. It's put it on the green or drop.


The Johnny Lawrence
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re: Golf in Monroe area
The filled in every bunker? Like 0 fairway bunkers on the entire course?

What was the rationale behind that, cost?


DivotBreath
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re: Golf in Monroe area
State run course . . . too expensive to maintain the bunkers.


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CajunMAP
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Frenchman's Bend is in great shape and is a fun layout. Just call the golf shop for a tee time and they will be happy to hook you up. If you have any questions about the course talk to James.


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CoachChappy
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re: Golf in Monroe area
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Mystic Creek - El Dorado


Is there anything to do in that area beside golf? That's a hell of a drive for me, so is it worth it?


LSUballs
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RayVegas LA
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Not really. The course is in the middle of nowhere and there is not even a club house you can hang out in. El Dorado the town has a few bars and restaurants downtown but it's not some mecca. Nightlife will have to be spent in Monroe or Ruston, so....


Now if you like to fish there is plenty of that to be done. You won't be far from Darbonne, Ouachita river, Lake Claiborne, etc..


DivotBreath
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Coach — After a round at Mystic Creek you won’t want to do anything other than put some ice on your crotch since it will feel like you got kicked in the nuts 18 times . . . but it’s a good kind of pain


Eric Stratton
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Ya they filled them in with sod. It's a state run course and the cost to maintain the fairway bunkers (they are very large bunkers) was just too expensive. Now they are able to keep the greenside bunkers in a lot better shape.

They filled the bunker with sod, they didn't fill them in with dirt so if you put it in one of these "grass" bunkers it's still a bad spot to be.
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Eric Stratton
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Mystic is always in great shape and one of the best around these parts..... now other than the golf course, there's not jack shite to do in El Dorado


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bnb9433
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re: Golf in Monroe area
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Mystic Creek - El Dorado


i played in February of last year in 30 degree weather and the course was in excellent shape for that time of year.... the greens were phenomenal


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JJ27
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re: Golf in Monroe area
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put some ice on your crotch since it will feel like you got kicked in the nuts 18 times . . . but it’s a good kind of pain



I remember the first time I played there. I hit a great opening drive and as I pulled up to my ball I just stood there staring. My playing partners asked what I was doing. I told them, "I honestly don't know where the frick to hit the ball. There's water here, bunkers there. It's too far to get to the green, but there's really not a 'safe' place to layup."


LSUballs
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RayVegas LA
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re: Golf in Monroe area
First time I played I knocked my 3rd shot in the leather and birdied that first hole. Proceeded to go par, par, bogie, par. Thought shit, I got this. Ended up with a 95. 2nd trip was worse
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BabyTac
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Austin, TX
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Squire Creek


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MWP
Alabama Fan
Kingwood, TX via Monroe, LA
Member since Jul 2013
8382 posts

re: Golf in Monroe area
quote:

Nightlife will have to be spent in


quote:

Ruston


Wait. Wat.

Mystic is worth the drive from Mecca even though it is one tough course.


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