"The theme is where the prairie meets the wetland in south Louisiana," says course superintendent Robert Vonderheide, "which happens to be around Lafayette."
The $10 million, 198-acre course has been four years in the making and was one of the projects included in a $229 million bond issue approved by voters in 1997. Located on the west side of University Avenue just north of I-10, The Wetlands incorporates a range of idyllic south Louisiana settings into the game, and is expected to be included on the Audubon Golf Trail, a group of south Louisiana courses marketed nationally by the state.
The clubhouse area mimics the lush elevated marsh islands along Louisiana's coast, surrounded by shady oaks and magnolia trees. Much of the course is lined with wetlands, which surround the course's signature 16th hole (pictured), a 175-yard par 3.
Tiny islands with Cypress trees and button bush dot the low-lying ponds, where wood ducks and green head mallards swim around one of several duck nesting boxes placed around the course. Seven ponds also feature indigenous wetland plants, including bright green pickerelweed and cattail shoots. Along the back end of the course, golfers enter more of a prairie setting, with oak trees and a line of gold-tipped Indian grass flanking the picturesque par-4, 12th hole.
The course should present more of a challenge to golfers than Lafayette's two other municipal courses. Since many of the newly planted trees are still young, wind can be a major factor on the course, and water looms at 12 of the course's holes.
The Wetlands opens to the public this Wednesday, April 27. The course is open six days a week and is closed on Tuesdays. Green fees are $25 during the week and $30 on weekends and holidays. For more info, call 291-7151.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
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Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
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