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gallery name:   Copper Mill Golf Club | Zachary, Louisiana (north of Baton Rouge)

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Copper Mill G.C. is named Golf Digest's "Best New Affordable Public Course in America!" 

 

"I'm giving Copper Mill an A+ on the scales of playability and fun!  This wonderfully designed layout begs you to let the driver rip, but also demands precise club selection and your best efforts on approach shots and its unique collection of six testing par three holes. Treat yourself and play at least one of the awesome 600+ yard par fives from the tips!  Copper Mill is what golf is supposed to be.  It's  challenging and adventurous, but straightforward and fair. A truly outstanding value, with plenty of smiling helpful folks on staff."

 

-- Steven J. Austin

Member, The Golf Writers Association of America

Writer for Travel, Golf, and Entertainment Publications Worldwide Since 1982

 


After being named by Golf Digest as the "Best New Affordable Public Course in America" in the January 2005 issue, Copper Mill has also been named by Golf Digest as "Louisiana's #2 Course Overall" in Golf Digest's Bi-Annual rankings of best courses in America!

While serving as the Senior Design Associate for Maxwell Golf Group, our principal architect, Nathan Crace designed Copper Mill Golf Club--a new championship caliber course located in the City of Zachary, a rapidly growing community just 15 minutes north of downtown Baton Rouge.  It would be his final collaboration before "going solo" and co-founding Watermark Golf.  The combination of links-like shot making design features and contemporary golf course conditioning at Copper Mill make this course unlike any other in Louisiana.  Multiple tees on each hole make the course fair and challenging for a wide range of players from high handicappers to those brave enough to test the par-5 12th hole from the championship tees--where it measures 650+ yards! (cont. below)

The inclusion of native areas and a number of holes that play around and over pockets of protected wetlands within the property add to the overall theme of the course--including the "ruins" Mr. Crace designed that were built on the par-4 17th hole.  The unique combination of three par-3's, three par-4's and three par-5's on both nines should make Copper Mill not only a memorable golfing experience, but also an ideal location for a State Amateur or other large tournament.  As evidenced by Golf Digest's selection as the Best New Affordable Public Course in America, Copper Mill provides a unique and exciting atmosphere!

Mr. Crace has recently used the Copper Mill project as a case study for the "Design of the Golf Environment" class at Mississippi State University, where he serves as a guest lecturer to students from the Professional Golf Management, Turfgrass and Agronomy, and Landscape Architecture programs.

In addition to the design of the course, Mr. Crace also provided residential land planning services for the developer at Copper Mill--developing the plan for the establishment of home sites and other ancillary areas within the development.   His administration of the land planning ensured quality home sites without jeopardizing the integrity of the golf course.  A future phase of Copper Mill calls for the creation of more home sites centered around an additional three hole "practice course" and 2+ acre wooded estate lots along the 12th, 13th, 14th, and 5th holes.

Photos of the facility are below and more information can be found at:  www.coppermillgolf.com 

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Hole #12

Hole #13

Hole #7 Hole #17
Hole #17 Hole #1 - Preliminary Grading Plan

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