The Bluffs on Thompson Creek
The Bluffs on Thompson Creek enjoys a beautiful setting tucked away amid mature hardwood forests. Creeks freely meander throughout the golf course, interconnecting with the sparkling ponds that can be found throughout. The layout is an Arnold Palmer design that takes advantage of the hills, bluffs, and hollows of the varied landscape. You face uneven lies and a few blind shots thanks to the terrain but you'll also get scenic views of the surrounding area. Accuracy is important to have but it's not an overly punishing layout if you happen to be errant. The golf course has a challenging start with an uphill par 3 as the opening hole. Another memorable hole is the par-3 eighth, which features a 50-foot drop to the fairway below. It's both an intimidating and beautiful hole.
|Green (W)||72||5758 yards||74.2||126|
|Red (W)||72||4634 yards||67.9||112|
|Black M: 73.3/139||410||347||415||207||358||405||173||431||531||3277||434||381||518||178||367||400||452||218||506||3454||6731|
|Black/Blue M: 71.8/131||410||320||415||196||358||378||173||390||494||3134||396||381||468||178||348||400||404||218||482||3275||6409|
|Blue M: 70.9/129||373||320||385||196||343||378||147||390||494||3026||396||366||468||143||348||388||404||202||482||3197||6223|
|Blue/Green M: 69.9/124||373||304||385||175||343||346||147||344||494||2911||375||366||454||143||304||388||387||202||440||3059||5970|
|Green M: 68.3/116 W: 73.4/121||327||304||345||175||291||346||125||344||447||2704||375||338||454||94||304||323||387||192||440||2907||5611|
|Green/Silver M: 64.6/114 W: 69.6/119||327||270||345||83||291||299||125||276||359||2375||313||338||335||94||247||323||358||192||398||2598||4973|
|Silver M: 63.4/109 W: 66.9/117||235||270||290||83||236||299||118||276||359||2166||313||281||335||87||247||296||358||112||398||2427||4593|
|Red W: 66.7/111||230||256||287||77||227||297||113||268||354||2109||309||274||329||81||240||289||329||110||390||2351||4460|
Food & BeverageBar, Grill
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities
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17th tee box Photo submitted by u314160248851 on 11/13/2020
18th tee box Photo submitted by u314160248851 on 11/13/2020
Photo submitted by u314159841435 on 11/07/2020
Photo submitted by Tom5929581 on 09/27/2020
Photo submitted by RGA11D5586E1EB84817E on 05/22/2020
Didn't know they got rid of that creek on the left, that hole area is in rough shape Photo submitted by lsutigers17 on 01/08/2020
Typical bunker condition Photo submitted by u000005447986 on 08/03/2017
#8 Photo submitted by Bigboudreaux on 06/23/2017
Hole 9 Photo submitted by jl12 on 01/16/2017
PAR 3(8TH) Photo submitted by lsutigers17 on 02/14/2013
Hi, u425759611. We would love to hear more about your 4-star experience on our course. Please tell us what we can do to earn that last star, and thanks for golfing at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek!
I saw this course online and decided to drive the 37 miles. What a disaster! The course is dry, overgrown, and looks abandoned. I quit after 6 holes.
Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve and are working diligently to improve the course. Thank you for playing and we hope to see you again soon.
Nothing but golf
Had not played The Bluffs in a few months and was not sure what condition the course would be in. Overall the course was not in bad shape. The greens were slow but in good shape, sand traps were not. Sand traps were loaded with small rocks and had not been raked or prepped, they were packed and hard.
Amenities did not exist except for driving range. There was no clubhouse access, no beverage cart on the course, and no grill to grab a beer after 9 or at the end of the round.
Hi, Robertsc. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing The Bluffs on Thompson Creek.
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The Bluffs at Thompson Creek used to be a wonderful destinations course in Louisiana. The Town of Saint Francisville is delightful and with lots of good restaurants and things to do especially for the non-golfer. This Arnold Palmer design course has a number of wonderful halls including a par three with at least a three story elevation change which is unheard of for Louisiana. In the past the course has been in very good condition and it was always a pleasure to play here.
Currently the course is not in good condition. We had to play bunkers as ground under repair. The fairways in many places had weeds growing. The greens were bumpy with some invasive grass growing in. They were not terrible but not up to the expected condition. Some of the cart paths were also in bad condition with many deep ruts. The restaurant did not open before 11 o’clock and it was hard to get refreshment on the course. They had no separate water on the course to drink and we only saw a beverage cart lady once midway through our second nine. I actually consider this to be dangerous as we were playing in 90+ degree heat and humidity as is typical for Louisiana this time of year.
I’m not certain if there are ownership issues going on. Of course Covid may be playing a role and many courses are finding it difficult to find adequate support staff. I think it is really a shame to let a fine course decline. The conditions we played in my might be expected for a run of the mill municipal But fell far short of my previous experiences at the resort. I am hopeful that issues can be worked out and the course can be restored to its previous glory.
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no ball washes and no refreshment carts
The Bluffs owners need to get the course back in to good shape and support the golfers
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We're glad you enjoyed your 5-star experience with us, markh1601. Please comment or reach out to our team in the golf shop to let us know more about your round at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek!
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First time playing
First time playing the Course, very imitating, can't wait to play again.
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I saw much improvement from a month ago in the greens. The greens are mostly grown in , just a few blemishes in the middle, mostly slower greens. Bunkers are out of shape, little to no sand fairway bunkers, some green side bunkers are decent shape.
Stay out the bunkers or just play them as ground under repair.
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The Bluffs have fallen off
Course wasn’t in best condition. 5 hour and 45 minute round. Nowhere to go, people on every tee box and fairway. Food from clubhouse was inedible. Chicken fingers & burger clearly microwaved. Couldn’t pay me to eat there again. For what they want to charge go to Beaver Creek or Santa Maria.
Hi, Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. We are working to get everything up to par. We have projects ongoing to recover the fairways and greens. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game, and we will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing The Bluffs on Thompson Creek. We hope to see you again soon.
I've been hearing about The Bluffs for years and was excited to finally get to play there. I also booked a room as we were heading to Carter Plantation the next day.
What a HUGE disappointment. The cart paths are worse than the streets in NOLA. The course itself looked like it was abandoned. Weeds, ruts, rocks...ugh. The traps were wet packed rocky sand-totally unplayable. The staff seemed super disinterested. The lodge was a bummer, too. Mold on the shower curtain, no batteries in the remote for the TV, etc. I won't be going back.
We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting The Bluffs on Thompson Creek. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.
Poorly Maintained Greens and Bunkers
This was the fourth time I have played at The Bluffs, all within the past 18 months. The first three were not bad at all. The last round before today was in early March 2021, so the greens got a bit of a pass due to a fairly hard winter. Now in May, it has gotten considerably worse.
It seems that they haven’t done any sort of maintenance on the greens or bunkers at all this year. Most greens were very dry, hard, and bumpy with many dead or sandy spots. Almost every single putt would dance around the surface on the way to the hole.
All of the sand traps seemingly have not had any new sand in several months and are basically equivalent to river silt at this point.
Even the staff seemed very dejected and not particularly helpful or friendly, which as far from the norm I’ve come to expect. In the clubhouse, we waited over ten minutes to get a round of drinks with no other customers at the bar.
The Bluffs is one of my favorite course layouts in the area and is very enjoyable when in good shape. However, that sadly just is not the case at the moment. It seems to me that they are in desperate need of a management shakeup in order to bring in a renewed focus on the qualities that previously made the course so enjoyable.
Unfortunately, I would not recommend the course or not any to play here again until there is some real effort to rejuvenate the course.
Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. Please know the current conditions are by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We will continue to work towards a 5-star experience and we hope to see you back!
Oh my dry. Maybe try watering the fairways? Or perhaps the tee boxes. this course has incredible potential but the management has changed several times over the years and clearly they still can’t get it right.
Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve, and we are working towards getting things up to par. We hope to see you again soon.
We love hearing about our golfers' experiences, u314161620432. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing The Bluffs on Thompson Creek!
Hi, Robertsc. We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek!