If you’re a golf enthusiast, you’re in luck. Besides having beautiful weather for the majority of the year, New Orleans packs in several fantastic courses to enjoy a round or two. In celebration of the Zurich Classic, hosted at the TPC Louisiana (Tournament Players Club) in Avondale from Apr. 24—Apr. 30 (tickets available here), we take a look at the fairways in and around New Orleans. Fore!
Golfing in New Orleans
A new addition to City Park is Bayou Oaks, a lush course that spreads out over 250 acres—and it’s set to open on April 21st! And while this is a new development, there is a clear nod to the past: the new course incorporates parts of the former East and West courses, as well as using the existing lagoons and oaks that make this such a stunning natural feature of the city. Designed by renowned golf course architect, Rees Jones, the course can be adjusted out from 5,100 to 7,350 yards; therefore, it’s playable for golfers of all skill levels.
Following Hurricane Katrina, English Turn was the host course for the 2006 Zurich Classic. Designed by Jack Nicklaus himself, this spacious, Par 72 Championship Golf Course is a must-play for golfers. Wide-open spaces, sculpted fairways, and beautiful water features complete the challenging course. This is truly one of the city’s most carefully curated courses.
Less than a 15 mile drive from downtown New Orleans, TPC Louisiana is both the host to the aforementioned championship tournament and a popular course for locals and visitors alike. After opening in 2004, TPC Louisiana was named the fourth-best “best upscale public golf course” by Golf Digest. Book a tee time here.
Established in 1961 (and once the site that hosted 26 New Orleans Open tennis tournaments), this 18-hole, award-winning golf course is located among gorgeous cypress and oak trees – an idyllic setting for your game. An unusual and one-of-a-kind feature is the red flame traps on the 18th hole, which serve as a tribute to New Orleans Firefighters. In addition to a world-class facility, Lakewood also offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced Junior Golf camps during the summer for kids of all ages, taught by PGA staff and pro golfers in Louisiana.
Originally designed by Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame inductee Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr., the first African American to build a public golf course in the U.S., this par 72 facility is an 18-hole course with a yardage of 6,665 at its longest tees. Emerald Bermuda greens and a good driving range are defining characteristics of the course, originally called the Pontchartrain Golf Course. A name change in 1979 honored Bartholomew and his contribution to the golf world. During his lifetime, he also designed the Metairie Country Club, City Park Number 1, and City Park Number 2 courses.
Want something a bit less competitive and more family-friendly? Opened in 2013 and nestled in City Park, City Putt is a fun, 36-hole mini golf complex with two unique courses that showcase iconic themes and historical facts from all across Louisiana.