|Developed in 1976 by the City of Lake Charles, Mallard Cove Golf Course was built at the former Chennault Air Force Base on land donated by the federal government. The course was designed by Jim Wall, a former associate of Robert Trent Jones.|
Since its inception, Mallard Cove has changed its face a few times. The Golf Shop was originally housed in the existing cart barn. Then, it moved to the new clubhouse facility in 1985 at the southeast corner of the parking lot near the #1 tee. A new main access road was built to bring customers in from the far west end of the property and tied into the parking lot. In 2001 the course underwent major renovations to the greens, tees and bunkers.
The original greens were very undulating with limited choices for fair pin placements. It was decided that the greens needed to be enlarged and leveled out to accommodate the high traffic, while the tees were enlarged and some bunkers were removed leaving others to be reshaped and enlarged. The Kevin Tucker Group and Eagle Golf Construction implemented the course renovation introducing “TifEagle,” an ultra-dwarf Bermuda, on the greens. TifEagle’s tolerance to extreme weather conditions and high traffic, while providing a smooth and true putting surface, made it an easy choice for the new greens.