The Bluffs on Thompson Creek

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3.9
121
5 Stars
54
4 Stars
46
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.7
85.5%
Recommend this course
110 out of 121 reviews
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4.0
5
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.4
100.0%
Recommend this course
5 out of 5 reviews
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3.9
9
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.3
100.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 9 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7005 yards
Slope 142
Rating 74.4
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.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7005 yards 74.4 142
Blue 72 6446 yards 72.0 131
Green 72 5758 yards 68.9 118
Green (W) 72 5758 yards 74.2 126
Silver 72 4762 yards 64.0 111
Red (W) 72 4634 yards 67.9 112
Scorecard for Bluffs
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.4/142 410 585 418 207 358 405 173 431 531 3518 434 381 518 178 367 400 452 231 526 3487 7005
Blue M: 72.0/131 373 550 378 196 343 378 147 390 494 3249 396 366 468 143 348 388 404 202 482 3197 6446
Green M: 68.9/118 W: 74.2/126 327 501 345 175 291 346 125 344 447 2901 375 338 454 94 304 323 387 142 440 2857 5758
Silver M: 64.0/111 235 435 294 83 236 299 118 276 359 2335 313 281 335 87 247 296 358 112 398 2427 4762
Red W: 67.9/112 230 428 289 77 227 297 113 268 354 2283 309 274 329 81 240 289 329 110 390 2351 4634
Handicap 8 6 12 2 16 14 18 4 10 1 9 13 17 15 5 7 3 11
Par 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 36 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 13 1 7 17 11 5 15 9 3 4 12 8 18 14 10 6 16 2

Course Details

Year Built 1988
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (1988) Ed Seay (1988) Nathan Crace (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed Yes, after 1:00 PM
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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3.9
121

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 13
19th Hole Scenic Views 11
Brunch 10
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 21
Bunkers 20
Water Hazards 20
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 22
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 20
A Weekend Splurge 15
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 22

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3.0
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Previously Played

bunkers lacking

bunkers need alot of attention, we just didnt evenplay out of them because of lack of sand and so many rocks. greens rolled good, fairways were nice, would play again but play out of bunkers. this is a $38- 45.00 course unless bunkers are addressed then maybe 45-55 dollars on weekend, jmo

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Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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The Bluffs on Thompson Creek
Commented On 2019-02-12T17:01:27.000+00:00

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to review us, The Bluffs on Thompson Creek, and for the 3 stars. We're sorry to hear the bunkers may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round, and we appreciate your feedback regarding them so we may work on any necessary improvements. However, we're glad you received a good value for your round and felt that other parts of the course, such as the greens and fairways, were in good condition. Thank you for choosing to golf with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This is great, but...........

Overall, the Bluffs is one of my favorite courses, but I continue to express my frustration with the condition of the bunkers. Some have sand with rocks, others have no sand. I'm not sure if there is a shortage on sand or if they're getting sand from nearby Thompson's Creek, which would explain the rocks I guess. Hole #2 has been shorten to a par 4, but we were not informed of this at check in and the scorecard still shows par 5. It's not a round ender, but we would have played the hole differently.

Conditions Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from The Bluffs on Thompson Creek on 10/16/2018:
Hello, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to review your experience with us, we truly appreciate your feedback and will certainly pass it along to our team. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back to the 5-star experience that you deserve.
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

great course

Perfect day for me to play, pace was great,

course was in excellent shape and staff was

helpful and extremely pleasant. Partner and I

played a replay round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
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 Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course - bunkers not maintained

Course layout is great - very challenging. Condition of greens was very good, and fairway conditions were good. However, bunkers were in very poor condition with virtually no sand. My understanding is that these have been improved since we played - but it was disappointing to see such a great layout that was not being maintained on all facets. Also, the #2 hole was converted from par 5 to par 4, but distance markers, etc.. not changed to provide proper distances.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Wish the greens were faster

The fairways were dry and thus we rolled through several. But it would have been nice if the greens were faster. They were green but very slow.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Close enough to Baton Rouge

The course was under repair for a few of the holes. The grass is almost over it’s winter season. A really fun and challenging course. Will definitely play this course again!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

The course still isn't where it was years ago.

Overall the course is in decent shape. The tee boxes were surprisingly not well taken care of and the par 5 4th hole was cut in half and had a temporary green. Maintenance has to take place at times but there was no mention of this from GolfNow or from the clubhouse. That was disappointing.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Lots of Potential

We played around 9am, cloudy skies, temp about 60 degrees. This course has suffered ftom heavy rains and flooding on several holes over the past year. The good part: greens in good condition, smooth and fast. The not so good part: fairways splotches and inconsistent. Sand traps are abysmal...full of water & leaves, unplayable. The staff is friendly and helpful. The food in the grill is always good as is the service.

If you can get a good deal on tee times, you will like the layout. It's a tough course with lots of potential, but not in good shape.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Staff Omitted Vital Information

What a great piece of land for a golf course. Problem is they forgot to tell us that even though they were charging full price two of the holes were not available to play. On top of that the vast majority of the greens were in very bad shape with huge areas of grass missing or recently sodded over. The fairways were extremely sandy and several of the holes also had damage from what appeared to be flooding. This club realistically is $20-25 club in its current condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

bad greens

No one warned us or told us that holes 2 and three were in playable. Paying full price for that was disappointing and considering the weather for the last three to 4 weeks the greens were poor. Large patches of no grass and where there was grass on the greens it was un-cut and hairy.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Retirement community?

The course is excellent and with certain on line deals, reasonable. However it never fails to get behind groups of 5 or more playing extremely slow.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout. Not so great condition.

The course has always been a great layout with great scenery. It hasn’t been very well maintained as of late. And for $70, there are plenty of other courses around that are in much better shape and surely a much better value. If you can get it on a hot deal I’d recommend it but if not, go to Beaver Creek.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bunkers are malnourished

Course is great even after the flood, but the bunkers need serious attention. I damaged my sandwedge when it struck an imbedded rock.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very slow pace

Pace is very slow. Holes 7-9 took 1:30 to play. Line at hole 10, after waiting an hr with 2 groups still ahead I gave up and left without playing the back side. Course was in good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very Disappointing

I was really looking forward to playing this course, having heard so much about the layout and reviews from others. About a year ago, there were torrential rains and horrible flooding throughout the Baton Rouge area and many courses, including The Bluffs were inundated with water which took a long time to recover from.

The day I made my reservation, I called about course conditions and was told that the course was in "great shape". Well, the course is NOT in great shape...it's not even in decent shape. The greens had recently been verticut and there was sand loosely applied and even clumped all over every green. In fact, there was more sand on the greens than in the traps, which were in horrible condition...hard pans and gravel with many being totally washed out.

After the round, I went to the pro shop and talked to the pro (Tom) about my experience. He seemed rather nonchalant and unconcerned about the course condition and offered me a comment card that he said he would share with the course superintendent. No apology, and a real lack of interest in my input.

A real bright spot, though were the three guys I was paired with. We had a great time and I was fortunate to be able to play with such a fun group.

I would strongly advise players to avoid The Bluffs until they are able to maintain the course properly, and go to Beaver Creek (about 15 minutes down the road) instead. Beaver Creek is usually in good to great condition and the staff there is very helpful.

Hopefully, the management at The Bluffs will actually get out on the course themselves and inspect the product they are offering to the golfing public and upgrade the course maintenance to an acceptable level.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Bluffs is always nice. A cart girl would be a nice addition.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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