Tom Fazio Championship Course, Contraband Bayou Golf Club surrounds L'Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino on Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The property includes a 26-story hotel complex with 743 rooms and suites and 26,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

View from Lake Charles.

L'Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino First to Bring Championship Tom Fazio Public Golf Course to Louisiana


Contraband Bayou Golf Club to Opens on May 26, 2005


      L 'Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino, a $365 million Texas Hill Country-themed resort currently under construction in Lake Charles, La. has teamed up with world-renowned golf architect, Tom Fazio to bring a championship golf course to Southwest Louisiana. Maintaining the L 'Auberge philosophy of offering guests experiences unlike any other, Contraband Bayou Golf Club will be the only public Fazio course in Louisiana and one of the premiere courses in Texas and Louisiana.
     "We at L 'Auberge are proud to bring the Lake Charles community a Tom Fazio designed golf course," said Daniel Lee, CEO and chairman of Pinnacle Entertainment. The Contraband Bayou course is great through and through, with each hole being as memorable as the last."
     Fazio has been honored for creating award-winning courses throughout the United States and no living designer has more courses credited on Golf Digest's list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses and Golfweek Magazine's collection of America's Best. Fazio attributes his success to maintaining a team concept in design. This visionary group, with a diverse base of knowledge and a united love for the game of golf, enable the Fazio Golf Course Designers to continue to create courses that are noted throughout the industry for excellence.
     "Golf courses should reflect the natural beauty of their environment, and the new course here at L 'Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino certainly was designed with that philosophy in mind" said designer Tom Fazio.
     The Contraband Bayou course will compliment the marsh lowland features of the natural Louisiana environment to enhance this unique 7,000 yard, par- 71 championship golf course. A combination of aquatic and natural vegetation on the edges of eight spectacular lakes will challenge golfers of all skill levels.
     The Contraband Bayou Golf Club will include a driving range to help golfers hone their skills before their rounds and each hole will have four sets of tee boxes to provide a challenge for all skill levels. The golfer's experience will be complete with beverage cart service that will include sandwiches and a visit to the golf shop, featuring a variety of golf apparel.

L 'Auberge is currently under construction on 227 acres of land in Lake Charles, La., two hours from the Houston metropolitan area. Scheduled to open in May 2005, this premier facility is ideal for the business traveler or guest looking for the ultimate in hospitality and dining experiences, plus non-stop gaming action. The property includes a 26-story hotel complex with 743 rooms and suites; an I8-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio; 26,000 square feet of meeting space, including a business center and conference registration area; a pool with a sandy beach and lazy river; full-service salon and spa and cardio fitness center; retail stores; ten innovative food outlets; and top-name entertainment. The casino will be the largest single-deck riverboat casino in the United States and the only single-deck riverboat in Louisiana. To learn more about L 'Auberge or view a live webcam of the construction in progress visit www.ldlcasino.com.
     L 'Auberge is also unveiling its luxury transportation fleet that will shuttle guests to the resort destination in unrivaled comfort and style. Included in the new multi-million dollar fleet are stretch limousines, executive motor coaches and an amphibious seaplane. The plane will ferry passengers directly to a unique room-side dock at L 'Auberge quickly and conveniently.
     "Our transportation fleet is unlike any other service offered in the region and it's yet another way we have set ourselves apart," notes Larry Lepinski, vice president and general manager of L 'Auberge. "By offering such personal luxury transport and service we join a very elite list of destinations in the world that present this level of service. For our guests, the special L 'Auberge experience will begin the moment they step into any one of our Chrysler limousines, Prevost motor coaches or the Cessna Caravan-not just when they arrive at the door of our new resort-casino."
    Pinnacle Entertainment owns and operates casinos in Nevada, Mississippi, Louisiana, Indiana and Argentina, and receives lease income from two card club casinos, both in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Company is currently building a major casino resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana and has been selected for two casino and related development projects in the St. Louis, Missouri area, pending approval of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and the Missouri Gaming Commission, respectively. For more information about Pinnacle Entertainment, call (702) 784-7777 or visit www.pnkinc.com.