BATON ROUGE — Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism have been working to promote Louisiana as a golf destination to the United States through the Audubon Golf Trail, the Louisiana outdoors and the Retire Louisiana Commission, a news release said.

“Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail is being re-energized to make Louisiana a renowned golfing destination due to our beautiful scenery while on the course,” Nungesser said. “I look forward to working with everyone as we work to achieve this goal.”

Modeled after the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama, the Audubon Golf Trail began under the Kathleen Blanco administration. It is a service of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and includes 15 participating courses. The trail was established to entice golfers to come to Louisiana.

The courses that were part of the trail at its inception are Audubon Park, New Orleans; Black Bear, Delhi; Carter Plantation, Springfield; Cypress Bend Resort, Many; Gray Plantation, Lake Charles; OakWing, Alexandria; Olde Oaks, Haughton; The Island, Plaquemine; Tamahka Trails, Marksville; TPC Louisiana, Avondale; The Atchafalaya at Idlewild, Patterson; and The Wetlands, Lafayette.

Three courses were added in 2015: The Bluffs Golf Resort, St. Francisville; Santa Maria Golf Course, Baton Rouge; and Copper Mill Golf Club, Zachary.

Retire Louisiana, an initiative established to encourage retirees to move to Louisiana, is using the Audubon Golf Trail to draw retirees to the state through golf and the picturesque outdoors and scenery of the courses on the trail, a news release said. Retirees are a large percentage of golfers in the United States, and they are a major target market to re-engage the trail.

“Following a meeting on Oct. 24 with all course staff across the trail, I am more optimistic about the future of the Audubon Golf Trail than ever before. We have so much to offer in Louisiana, and the golf courses are a major part of the Louisiana outdoor experience. With the help of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, we will establish the Golf Louisiana guide, and this will be an all-access pass to our courses,” Nungesser said.

In Louisiana, assistant secretary Kyle Edmiston said, golf is a year-round sport.

"By increasing the focus on the Audubon Golf Trail members, we want to further showcase Louisiana as a premier location to tee it up, not just in the spring and summer, but also the fall and winter," he said. "Year-round golf is just one of the many activities we can offer that make Louisiana not only a great place to visit for the outdoors but also a great place to retire.”

For information on the Audubon Golf Trail, visit www.louisianatravel.com/audubon-golf-trail/golf-trail.