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.
Designed with the input of former US Ryder Cup team captain and 1983 PGA Championship winner Hal Sutton, Olde Oaks Golf Club’s 27-hole golf course weaves through 34 acres of wooded terrain teeming with ponds and streams. All three 18-hole combinations span more than 7,000 yards from the farthest tees, though the course’s open fairways offer plenty of space for golfers to unsheathe their driver or airdrop golf balls from remote-control helicopters. Though all three nine-hole layouts showcase plenty of natural hazards that add challenge to rounds, the Cypress and Meadow courses prominently feature ponds and streams, including difficult forced carries on both Meadow’s seventh and eight holes and Cypress’s fourth.
Before rounds, golfers can warm up at Olde Oaks Golf Club’s recently revamped driving range and head to The Grille at Olde Oaks after the round’s final putt and strut to enjoy the social trappings of a full-service bar, burgers, and two televisions.
Course at a Glance: * 27-hole course designed with collaboration of former US Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton * Nine-hole Oak measures 3,622 yards from the farthest tees * Nine-hole Cypress measures 3,638 yards from the farthest tees * Nine-hole Meadow measures 3,681 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating range of 75 to 75.2 from the farthest tees (Cypress and Oak 18 features lowest rating) * Slope range of 136 to 143 from the farthest tees * Five tee options available
When designing Squirrel Run Golf Club's three courses, architect Joe Lee incorporated the verdant charm of South Louisiana, challenging golfers of all stripes with 27 holes of stunning natural beauty. Throughout the Plantation, Steeple, and Woods courses, trees reflect off of glistening pools of water, and greens of Champion grass keep balls rolling with buttery-smooth surfaces. Separate practice greens and facilities allow golfers to fine-tune specific skills, and a well-stocked pro shop carries fairway-ready gear from labels such as Callaway, Cleveland, and TaylorMade or custom-fitted clubs from Ping and Titleist. After strolling the greens and thwacking shots into the stratosphere, guests share frosty beverages, grilled fare, and stories of the time they gave Fred Couples a piggyback ride at The Restaurant at Squirrel Run.