A week or so ago I asked for input on the Tom Fazio-designed Contraband Bayou course that is part of the L'Auberge du Lac resort in Lake Charles. Mark Button, editor of the Houston edition of AvidGolfer magazine, recently spent a couple days in Lake Charles playing Contraband and other courses. His full report will appear in the Jan.-Feb. issue of the magazine.
Here's the short version: Mark says of the three courses he played - Contraband, Koasati Pines and Tamahka Trails - he liked Tamahka the most and Contraband the least. But, he points out, Contraband suffered significant damage from Hurricane Rita.
"It lost 1,200 trees (40 percent of what they had). So that was unfortunate. It's a fun course and it's worth playing, but I expected a little more from Fazio. I think if I had played it before the storm, I'd have a different opinion, though. It's so new ... I think in a few years it will be a must-play."
Pick up the Jan.-Feb. Houston edition of AvidGolfer for Mark's in-depth reviews of the three courses and the casino/resort options in Lake Charles.