Koasati Pines Golf Course at Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana The Longest Golf Course in Louisiana
The Koasati Pines Golf Course opened in 2002 and immediately assumed the ranking as longest golf course in the state of Louisiana. At 7,617 yards from the longest tees, the 18-hole, par-72 course plays on Bermuda grass and has a USGA rating of 76.7 and a slope rating of 137.
Adding to the challenge and the beauty of the course, it's nestled amid the natural wetlands of Southwest Louisiana and 65 acres of lakes. All told, the course features water on 15 of its holes. The course is also well-bunkered and features undulating greens.
The course features a number of especially noteworthy holes, including No. 2. This demanding par-4 plays to 417 yards, and water comes into play along the entire left side of the fairway. Assuming players find this narrowing fairway, their approach shot must reach a green fronted by water.
Hole No. 6 is another par-4 that plays even longer at 446 yards. On this hole golfers encounter something called "quick-sand'' bunkers that come into play on all shots. The water hazard can also be a bit daunting and distracting on this hole, as all the tee boxes are right on its edge and the water runs the length of the hole on the left. Tee shots must choose the right or left side of an elongated donut-hole fairway with sand traps running through its heart. Approach shots then play to a green fronted by a bunker, with water in play on any stray shots to the left.
Hole No. 9 is not a normal par-5. For one thing, the hole plays to 624 yards. Adding to the challenge, tee shots play to a peninsula fairway bordered on three sides by water. The second shot must then cross water to another peninsula fairway bordered by water, while the approach shot plays to a green nestled up against even more water.
Hole No. 16 is a long par-3 that plays to 225 yards and is protected by water along the right side of the hole. The green is also guarded by a long sand trap on the right, so it's not uncommon for golfers just to try to play their tee shots long and past the hole, then try for par with an up-and-down from behind the green.
The finishing hole on the course is another par-5 that plays to 588 yards. The signature hole on the course, players will be forced to make some difficult decisions on what is one of the most picturesque and unique holes in golf. The tee shot takes golfers to a triangle-shaped fairway landing area bordered on two sides by water. And then it gets really interesting, as golfers have a choice of hitting over water to either the left or right legs of a fairway shaped like an upside-down horseshoe, or carrying all water to the green located at the top of the horseshoe.
Koasati Pines also features a practice area that includes a driving range and putting green. Lessons are also available.
The clubhouse features locker rooms, a Pro Shop, meeting space and The Veranda, which can be used for indoor and outdoor events. For casual food, snacks and beverages, there's the Eagle Bar & Grill.
The Coushatta Resort also offers six restaurants, lodging and casino gaming.
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