Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is Sr. Managing Editor for Golf Advisor and has been with the TravelGolf network since 2003 when he came onboard as an intern. Today, Tucker oversees the network of sites and also contributes golf and travel articles, photo essays, videos and more. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 courses. Brandon graduated from the Indiana University School of Journalism with a minor in music. At IU, he was a columnist for the Indiana Daily Student, a reporter for IUSTV and hosted a radio show on WIUS. Since college, he served as a reporter and photographer for WTXL, an ABC News affiliate in Tallahassee, Fla., and as a producer of onboard television for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Tucker currently lives in Austin, Texas. He's played some great golf courses around the world, but says the northern part of his native Michigan is still his favorite golf spot. Follow him on Twitter @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.

  • 3.0 stars from 5

    The Atchafalaya At Idlewild Golf Course

    "Interesting place outside NOLA"

    I stopped by this place on my drive home from NOLA hoping to squeeze in a few holes. Considering I-10 on the way to NOLA was mayhem, I was certainly willing to make the diversion down US-90 instead, which definitely had more character and fewer cars. I was surprised how nice the facilities were for being what seemed like the middle of nowhere (GPS included in carts). The layout is pretty scenic and natural, AND TOUGH! It could play pretty long. It felt a little bit like a PB Dye design, shaping-wise, with pot bunkers and bulkheads, but with larger greens than the Dye family normally builds. I didn't get to see all the holes as I was playing by myself and got to the course in the afternoon after an outing, and storms were brewing on the horizon, but I got most in. A stop on the Audubon Golf Trail, I give it three stars only because it was a little scruffy in spots and checks in below the 4-star courses I played in NOLA like English Turn. But I would recommend it for sure if you are driving thru Louisiana. more »

    5.0 stars from 5

    Colleton River Plantation Country Club - Pete Dye Course

    "One of the best on HHI"

    I recall this round fondly from back in 2008. I had the course all to myself on a misty morning. I thought it was better than the Nicklaus course, even though that layout was getting better ratings by magazines. It's probably in my top five Pete Dye designs all-time and that's ahead of many TPCs & Whistling. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Puntacana Resort & Club - La Cana Course

    "Value with ocean views and fabulous amenities"

    La Cana may check in a notch below Corales, Teeth of the Dog and Punta Espada, but it's probably the best oceanfront value in the destination. This isn't a resort course so much as a member-for-a-day experience. When you book a tee time at La Cana from one of the Punta Cana resorts, bring your swim suit and a change of clothes and make a day of it. There's a private beach steps from the clubhouse, as well as a pool, spa and excellent outdoor dining. When they told us about their $2400/yr membership package, I was ready to start looking at real estate. The Hacienda nine is the most recent addition, added in 2012, but you'll want to stick to the original 18. Each side has oceanfront holes and views. If you're in Punta Cana and want to play golf but are not sure you want to pay the big bucks for Corales or Punta Espada, you will be more than satisfied with La Cana, especially if you embrace the total amenities package offered here. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    English Turn Golf & Country Club

    "Among NOLA's best facilities"

    On the West Bank, English Turn is a former PGA Tour host that remains one of the best publicly accessible courses in NOLA along with Bayou Oaks and TPC. The first thing that sticks out is the clubhouse. It is massive! Be sure to poke around a little bit and go into the locker room, which could hold a full-field event and then some. The way the Jack Nicklaus-designed course is routed is really neat: it's entirely encircled by a lagoon, so that even though it's in the middle of a residential community, all the homes (really, really nice homes) are well off the playing corridors. The finish kicks off with a bang on the island-green par-5 15th. I went for it in two and failed miserably. 1980s Nicklaus designs aren't my favorite era of the architect, but having said that, I still really enjoyed the round at English Turn. It's not terribly difficult, there are some birdie chances, and it's kept in great shape. It's also usually a little less to play than TPC. So all in all it's a solid value to play an upper-echelon course in a destination that doesn't have very many to choose from. I had lunch in the clubhouse afterwards, which as you'd expect in NOLA, has some fine seafood. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Audubon Park Golf Course

    "Just jealous"

    I play a lot of destination courses for my "job." But I can't think of a better course I'd love to play every day in my neighborhood than Audubon Park. The 18-hole routing is genius: each nine has six par 3s, two par 4s and a par 5, so you can use all the clubs in your bag. The parklike setting in Uptown is sublime, and Will and his crew keeps the course in great shape despite a lot of play and unpredictable Bayou weather. It's tough not to see some of the houses on the perimeter of the course and daydream what it would be like to have this gem in your backyard. NOLA has small but solid collection of courses to play in town, but Audubon, despite being a short course, should be at the top of the list. We ate at nearby Camellia Grill before the round and wanted to go to Jackelope's after but the line was nuts. Ended up at Atchafalaya for dinner instead, and it was excellent! more »