Links on the Bayou named to Golf Digest's 2009 50 Best Municipal Courses

Golf Digest Magazine

July 21, 2009

The August issue of Golf Digest Magazine has named Links on the Bayou in Alexandria, Louisiana as one of the Top 50 Municipal Courses in America. The course was designed by Athens, Georgia golf architect Mike Young. The course opened in 2003 and was part of an Economic Development project after the closure of England Air Force Base.

Young says, "The recent 2009 US Open at Bethpage State Park, a City of New York municipal course has helped put more emphasis on public golf throughout the States. I am proud for the City of Alexandria and what they have achieved with the project. Their combined efforts have allowed them to put the course in a position where it can be recognized as a premier municipal project."

"For architect Mike Young, a veteran of the Georgia golf scene and also busy in Central America, this could be his much-deserved breakthrough course. Long Shadow combines two styles, with a front nine through wooded riverfront land and a back nine that is discernibly more open and heathlands in style, with a bolder, more scattered approach to bunkering. Unity in the composition comes by virtue of the rough-hewn fescues and native grasses that frame the holes. "