No two golf resorts are alike. Some have beautiful rooms and delicious food with mediocre golf. Others have average rooms with U.S. Open golf courses — you never know until you check in and tee it up. Most don’t know, but Innisbrook Resort where they play the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship has a bakery the size of a driving range and serves the best desserts in all of golf. There are a lot of surprises out there and finding them is part of the fun.
West of Alexandria, Louisiana on the state line shared with Texas is a rare resort find. Cypress Bend Golf Resort & Spa is built for the outdoors — the golf course layout is as good as there is and the bass fishing is world class. The current large mouth bass record is 15.32 pounds — that’s a hog. The Resort makes incredible use of the rolling terrain, Toldeo Bend Lake, the many tall pines and wetlands.
1. One thing about Cypress Bend Resort we’ll remember in five years?
The beauty of the land and Toledo Bend Lake — the architect makes great use of the area with the eight or nine holes playing near the lake. And the food was good — steak and wedge salad were top-notch. And Toldeo Bend Lake is known to be one of the best bass-fishing lakes in the country which makes for an all-around outdoors weekend.
2. Favorite hole?
There are so many good holes on this golf course that cuts through the pines and cozies up next to the snakes and alligators — it’s a round of golf and Louisiana eco-tour, but the 16th is a beauty. It’s a downhill par 4, dogleg right to a green on a point with views of the Texas on the other side of Toledo Bend Lake.
4. Price? Moderate
5. Location: Cypress Bend Resort & Spa; 2000 Cypress Bend Pkwy., Many, Louisiana 71449; www.cypressbend.com