14233 Sunrise Way, St. Francisville, Louisiana 70775, US
(225) 634-6400
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About The Bluffs on Thompson Creek

The Bluffs on Thompson Creek is located 30 minutes by car from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and features a lodge and 18-hole golf course. The semi-private golf course was designed by Arnold Palmer in 1988 and winds through wetlands and a master-planned golf community. The Lodge features one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens that are suitable for golf groups. There is also a restaurant, the Palmer Grille, onsite.

Facts

Price Range$$
Property Class★★★
Acres300
Year Opened1988
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities & Services

RestaurantsBar, Casual
Room TypesSuite
TennisYes
Practice FacilityYes
Banquet SpaceYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek

Reviews

3.7
248 Reviews (248)
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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Rough times

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.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 11
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

no ball washes and no refreshment carts

The Bluffs owners need to get the course back in to good shape and support the golfers

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/16/2021

Hi, u356314351. 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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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

First time playing

First time playing the Course, very imitating, can't wait to play again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/13/2021

Thank you for your review, u441381818. We will pass along your positive experience and feedback to our team at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/08/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u314159841435! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing The Bluffs on Thompson Creek!

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Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/30/2021

Hi, CLPace. 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!

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Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens 3***

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.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/28/2021

Hi, Michael7209760! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/28/2021

We're glad you enjoyed your 5-star experience with us, ritchby1. 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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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 06/07/2021

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.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

DISAPPOINTED

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/02/2021

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.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 06/01/2021

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!

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

What irrigation

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 06/02/2021

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.

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/02/2021

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!

Played On
Reviews 42
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/12/2021

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!

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens are awful condition.

The greens were the worst I have ever played on. They had e 3 5 soms in front of us that made it even worse. I will not be back anytime soon.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented on 04/27/2021

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!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Commented on 04/23/2021

We appreciate the review. You rated us 3-stars which means there is room to improve on your recent experience at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek. Let us know, in the comments, how and where you would like to see changes from the course. Thanks for the feedback!

Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Poor course conditions.

The course was not ready for play. Only 9 holes opened due to a bridge that was out on the back 9. Greens were awful due to recent rain and freeze. The staff was very understanding and friendly and I will return when the weather gets better.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 04/23/2021

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 to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Cart path

You will need a chiropractor after a round due to this cart path!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 04/06/2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us, fnfalman. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. The Bluffs on Thompson Creek thanks you!

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