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KillTheGophers
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re: Golf in Monroe area
That Ruston nightlife is starting to be legit.

That mayor is not some 1800 bible thumper.


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TIGRLEE
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re: Golf in Monroe area
This guy gets it


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Col Nathan Jessup
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re: Golf in Monroe area
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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.



Is Calvert a private course? Do you have to play with a member?


Eric Stratton
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Kind of a spin-off but since we are on the Monroe golf topic:

If someone was looking to join Bayou Desiard....what do you think the justification for the initiation fee is and do you think it's worth it?

Me and a buddy are members out at Calvert and considering the switch. Any input is greatly appreciated.


DivotBreath
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Calvert is private but pretty easy to call and get on.


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DivotBreath
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re: Golf in Monroe area
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Kind of a spin-off but since we are on the Monroe golf topic: If someone was looking to join Bayou Desiard....what do you think the justification for the initiation fee is and do you think it's worth it? Me and a buddy are members out at Calvert and considering the switch. Any input is greatly appreciated.


If you are looking for all the extras that come with a country club membership, such as full restaurant, tennis courts, and a legitimate pool, then Bayou DeSiard May be the right choice. Those are not the main focus at Calvert and we’re more of an afterthought when the course was built 20 years ago. If you are in it mainly for the golf, then Calvert is probably the better choice.

Calvert Crossing is a Golf Club whereas Bayou DeSiard is a Country Club.


Eric Stratton
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Main focus is on golf and I agree as far as course I think Calvert has a little more complexity to it. (elevation & narrow fairways off the tee)

The main con for Calvert with me right now is that living in Monroe, I can't leave work and get out to Calhoun and hit balls much less play 9/18 because of the distance. I live and work 5 min from BDCC and think I'd get to use my membership a lot more...... but that initiation alone is almost a decade worth of dues at Calvert.

Thanks again for the input. Appreciate it.
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MWP
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re: Golf in Monroe area
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but that initiation alone is almost a decade worth of dues at Calvert.


What is it? I moved back home to Monroe in early 2018 for a job that pretty well dissolved by the middle of 2019 and moved back to Houston. I was going to look into joining BDCC since I moved off Deborah but knew that initiation fee was steep and felt the same as you that I could play a shite ton at Frenchman's, Chenault, Black Bear, and Mystic and not be goat roped into being stuck at one course.

The only upside to BDCC is there are a ton of good groups to play with there and get to know other golfers.


Eric Stratton
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Initiation last I checked was $8k before taxes. Ya, there are a lot of great groups out there and a lot of opportunity for business contacts, especially if you intend on remaining in the area throughout your career.


MWP
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re: Golf in Monroe area
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Initiation last I checked was $8k before taxes


That's about what I heard. I know a lot of families that belong and love the pool and gym there on top of golf but the MAC has a better gym and also has a pool, but not as nice.

I worked on the course for a couple of Summers in the early 90's while in college when I wasn't in school and do love that course though. The holes along the bayou are very scenic and the location is perfect for anybody living on the Northside.


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DivotBreath
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re: Golf in Monroe area
You’re proximity to the course is a huge factor. However, once the time changes you will have more hours to work with. If you are hitting the range 3 times a week, then the drive to Calvert would get old.

You would be wise to make sure you ask plenty of questions about the assessments before joining Bayou DeSiard. From what members have told me, they are not shy about approving big projects and passing the costs on directly to the members.

Perhaps the solution is to move to the correct side of the river


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

What was the rationale behind that, cost?




When I lived up there, it had just flooded out pretty bad. The bunkers got ripped up and it’s not worth keeping them around

In Houston, Memorial park just did massive renovation and has like it bunkers on the course now. Partly because of the flooding


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Eric Stratton
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Ya, lol exactly why I'm trying to ask as many questions as I can. The only bad thing is that the past two years Calvert has done the same thing.

2019 for the months of January and February each member got a charge for renovations of green side bunkers and club house for around $120 for both months on top of dues.

2020 to begin the year all members dues went up an additional $25.00 per month be cause of loss of members and the terrible rain we got last year.

Neither one of these additional charges did I get a notice on or a vote.... So I'm chalking it up in the "all clubs are gonna do it category."

I've wasted my FHA Loan so I'm gonna have to stay on this side of the river for now.
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CajunMAP
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Sounds like joining Frenchman's Bend would be a good alternative - would give you a good course to play and practice and some dollars to play the other good area courses when you get the chance. I played there Sunday and it was in good shape - #7 was on the path and about 5 holes on the back nine - greens were a good speed and receptive to shots - the whole course was well kept IMO.


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DivotBreath
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re: Golf in Monroe area
The assessment last year for the bunkers and for clubhouse improvements was the first time since the club opened, but you are correct. The rain really put a hurt on all the local courses, as it will this year as well. It was a small assessment compared to paying for a new sprinkler system or a new pool.

I don’t mind the $25 increase since it is the first increase in about five years. That being said, there are still more improvements to come. The plan was to finish the green side bunkers and eliminate a few fairway bunkers this spring. However, since it is an 8 week project and the rain has prevented the equipment from getting on the course, it may be delayed until the fall so there is minimal interruption to play. It sucks, but there is no denying that the rain the last two years has been off the charts.

Both courses are good, but you pay for a lot more at BD. If you plan to utilize all the extras that you pay for, then that may be a better deal for you since it is closer. Calvert is more reasonably priced, but the extras are not as upscale as BD. You’ll figure out what’s best for you.


Eric Stratton
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re: Golf in Monroe area
Ya, it's the only additional charges I've seen since I've been a member out there. I just saying I think it's going to be an issue anywhere you go.

I'll prolly do like always: weigh the pros/cons until the season is over and never make an actual decision.

The rain has been just terrible for all the courses north Louisiana the past few years. I'm praying this year is a whole different story.


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KillTheGophers
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re: Golf in Monroe area
The amenities and service at BDCC are superior to any other club in NELA.

Be careful - your bill can add up quick out there...but it is worth it.

Your handicap at Desiard travels....unlike other courses.

A poster mentioned a gym - if there is a gym at Desiard, I have never seen it.
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KillTheGophers
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re: Golf in Monroe area
To answer your question directly, I made the jump from another club nearly a decade ago and glad I did.



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DivotBreath
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re: Golf in Monroe area
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The amenities and service at BDCC are superior to any other club in NELA.


Better than Squire Creek? It’s been a few years since I’ve played BDCC but I’d have to disagree with it being superior to Squire.


KillTheGophers
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re: Golf in Monroe area
I don’t consider squire and the Choudrant / Ruston yuppies NELA.

But since you brought it up

Squire has a much better course
Squire has a workout facility
Squire has a nicer clubhouse
Squire has nicer locker rooms
Squire has a nicer pro shop
Squire has a nicer pool area
Squire has a much better practice facility
Squire is the number 1 golf facility in the state
Desiard may be a top 5 to 10 facility in the state

Desiard has a much better Sunday buffet
Desiard has a much better bar

Unless you are liquid wealthy, it is tough to live in Monroe and justify the drive and expense of Squire. I wrestled with that decision a decade ago and in no way could I make it work from a financial or time standpoint.









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