An 18-hole golf course and full-service driving range, City Park New Orleans bestows ample municipal space where the slacks-clad can drive and putt to one's birdie’s content. Club-wielding novices can fill out foursomes with trophy-holding champs thanks to four different sets of tees, stretching from 5,740 yards at its longest to just under 4,300 yards for beginners. Eight of the holes fill its water hazards with fish specially bred to digest golf balls, and the other 10 rely heavily on fire hazards and quicksand traps. Warm up pre-tee with a bucket of balls on the driving range, then zip from hole to hole in a cart so as to avoid the course's feral herds of LARPers.
In the world of golf, few acronyms are held in the same regard as TPC. Comprising 32 PGA-level venues, the Tournament Players Club network stretches from coast to coast, hosting high-profile pro and senior tour events throughout the year with TPC Sawgrass even serving as the headquarters for the PGA itself. As the Big Easy's contribution to the lineup and a member of the faction that happen to be open to the public, TPC Louisiana does not disappoint. Pete Dye's 2004 design choreographs cypress and oak trees, five ponds, and more than 100 bunkers over 250 acres of the Mississippi River delta. As the permanent home of the PGA Tour’s annual Zurich Classic, the course is, of course, exceptionally long from the back tees––7,400 yards––but furnishes four additional sets of tees to make things easier on amateurs who refuse to cork their drivers.
As with all TPC venues, golf is but a part of the experience. Inside the 24,000 square-foot clubhouse, The TPC Grill couples southern hospitality with an ambiance of relaxed elegance, while luxury lockers provide a place for players to stash their Bourbon Street beads before teeing up on the course.
If your golf ball gets caked with mud or covered in sand while grappling with the 18 holes at Northwood Hills Country Club, there's no lack of options for where to give it a wash. Water comes directly into play on ten holes—sometimes crossing fairways and forcing long carries—and indirectly on another four, where it lies just outside of the line of play but threatens doom nonetheless. If players can keep their golf balls dry and avoid sending them for a mid-round swim, they should leave themselves with a good shot at the par of 72. And if not, they can laugh off the round over hamburgers and hot wings at Flagstone Restaurant after holing out on the 18th green.
Located inside the My Salon Suite building in Kenner, The Beauty Loft is owned by Jamie Humphreys, a licensed stylist who specializes in creative color services and fashion-forward cuts. Come in for a Moroccanoil conditioning treatment, get wildly colored highlights, or get an updo for a special occasion. The Beauty Loft has a relaxed vibe, and Jamie lavishes each person sitting in the styling chair with personal attention.
A sense of excitement begins to build every weekend at BREC BMX Raceway. Each Sunday evening—weather permitting—USA BMX sanctions a race at BREC and invites bike riders to register for the competition. At 5 p.m., the race commences, and 20-inch bikes fly along the dirt track. Before reaching the finish line's glory, competitors must navigate sharp turns, jumps, and the occasional dimensional tear.
At The Spaceport, visitors live out futuristic fantasies via mini golf, laser tag, and arcade games. Players putt through the black-lit mini-golf course, passing by a crashed UFO and a robot factory in an alternate reality filled with space tourists. Alternatively, they can race around the multilevel laser-tag arena, playing in groups or going solo in individual scenarios where it’s every man for himself. Since costumes are welcome, Star Wars character sightings at the arcade aren't unusual as guests man the controls of a nitro-powered motorcycle or a jet-powered speedboat. However, booking a party package can ensure a visit from Darth Vader during laser tag and cake time—though it is important to note that galactic law forbids him from slicing the cake with a light saber.