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.
Designed by renowned course architect Joe Lee, Squirrel Run Golf Club’s 27-hole course incorporates clusters of scenic trees, babbling waterways, immaculate fairways, and smooth, Champions grass greens. Players can fine-tune their swings before hitting the links with a regimen of 10 one-hour clinics, where one of Squirrel Run Golf Club’s PGA-certified aces demystifies the golf swing for small classes with their profound knowledge of golf mechanics and subtle use of hypnotic putter pendulums. Each of Squirrel Run’s three nine-hole courses feature harrowing water hazards on most holes that place a high premium on confident shots and deft club selection. Players loop any 18-hole combination of the 27-hole labyrinth, playing to a maximum length of 6,782 yards when combining the Steeple and Woods course. With five tee options, the treacherous monolith graciously caters to players of all abilities and golfers who insist on playing with bocce balls.
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.
Amid the Louisiana summer heat, Beauregard Country Club stands out like a desert oasis. The bright greens of its 18-hole golf course provide par-hunting recreation for players of all stripes. And guests hone their footwork, agility, and baseline game at the outdoor tennis courts?which provide a valid reason to take a dip in the club's outdoor swimming pool.