New Orleans golf is bouncing back
NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans golf was a lot slower than the Mississippi Gulf Coast to bounce back, but that’s characteristic. They take things slow here in the Big Easy.
The thing I like about the TPC, aside from being a classy layout, is its walkability. The course has actually improved since Hurricane Katrina hit. During the down time that followed TPC officials worked out some of the problems people had complained about, one of which was those nasty, little pot bunkers even the pros said were unfair.
The Carter Plantation course is a beauty, deserving of all the awards various golf magazines have bestowed upon it.
Carter Plantation is no resort pushover. It’s officially listed at 7,049 yards, but they’ve added about 200 yards, and the slope comes in at a healthy 140 from the back tees.
The biggest challenge is probably the greens, which is where the movement really picks up; almost every green has a significant degree of slope and undulation, and they frequently fall off dramatically to collection areas or hazards. They are also usually guarded by one of the 86 bunkers on the course.
The routing takes you through three different types of Louisiana terrain: live oak flats, cypress wetlands and upland pine forests and Tupelo gum trees. There is also water on 11 holes, but this isn’t a course where you come away grousing about losing a bunch of balls to water; much or it is lateral, though you will be carrying several ponds and creeks off the tee and into several greens.
Look for the full stories coming soon.
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Thanks for the kind words about the city. You'd be surprised how many articles make it seem we're still under water in places. We'd love to have folks come down & see how far the city's improved, though parts like the Lower 9th Ward & St. Bernard Parish are still struggling a bit. Politics & red tape can be unbelievable.
The only courses still closed in New Orleans proper are municipal courses Bartholomew & Bayou Oaks'(City Park's three courses). Bayou Oaks had 3 to 8 feet of water for about a month and damage is estimated at 4 million. FEMA says they will only pony up $350,000 repairs but they low-ball everything.
There are some nice courses here and surrounding area. During the summer, folks can get great deals on hotel rooms. Just look around on you're favorite travel website.
And have been enjoying the TravelGolf.com site. Have been poking around while working overnight the past couple of days.
Thanks again, Tim...
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