The Bluffs on Thompson Creek

4.0665235294 4.1 stars from 5 (114)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7005 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

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  • 14233 Sunrise Way, St. Francisville, LA 70775, West Feliciana County
  • (225) 634-5757, (225) 634-6400
  • (225) 634-7822
  • www.thebluffs.com
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Year built: 1988
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (1988), Ed Seay (1988)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 114 Reviews
5 stars:
52
4 stars:
43
3 stars:
11
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

103 out of 114 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers water hazards   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views brunch  

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jamboul's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


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


u077944317's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Lots of Potential"


u000005447986's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Staff Omitted Vital Information"


kthompson831's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"bad greens"


rsande2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Retirement community?"


rsande2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great layout. Not so great condition."


bgkslk's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



u077944317's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Bunkers are malnourished"


ReadyGolfer123's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u541675372's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very slow pace"


u000006393221's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Very Disappointing"


u000005447986's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course




malcolm1234's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of the best layouts in Louisiana"


u00000973654's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Arnold Palmer design that doesn't disappoint. Unique for Louisiana, an undulating course that will test your ability to get off of the tee. The greens are some of the more difficult to read...definitely pay attention to the grain. If you hit a driver 260+, play from the black tees and enjoy the course as Arnie intended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u506791791's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u709493971's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Bryan9777957's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Best Course in Baton Rouge area"


u174481232's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Views along Thompson Creek are beautiful. The course is a joy to play. My husband and I took our college age granddaughter with us She loved the course and delighted us with her enthusiasm for the game. We hope to play this course again soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Round"


u860457381's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Couple holes recovering from flood but overall good condition with scenic views. Seemed like every par 3 was 200+ which was difficult but some getable par 4s.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



stevenpratt's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course to play. But if you get the hot deal their going to charge you for range balls so your not getting a hot deal. Reg. greens fees come with range balls.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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