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Monday, December 15, 2014

Golf Course Review - TPC of Louisiana

Today's review comes from the TPC of Louisiana. Home to the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. TPC of Louisiana is located in Avondale, LA, a part of the New Orleans Metropolitan area, and is a 15 minute drive from downtown.

Upon arriving at TPC of Louisiana you first get a feeling of seclusion as you turn into the entrance and head your way to the clubhouse. The entrance, as with every golf course, is the first impression anyone will get of any golf course property. This entrance is a good start as to what one can expect the rest of the day.

Once arriving to the clubhouse itself you get your first taste of Southern Hospitality as you are greeted by the staff at the bag drop. This also becomes the first impression of what to expect from the rest of the staff you will encounter the rest of the day. The outside service personnel will greet you with a smile and make you feel very welcome. Whether it is your first time there or if you are a regular they treat everyone the same.

Your second dose of hospitality comes with the staff in the clubhouse. Whether you decide to first check in with the Golf Shop staff or perhaps you arrived early for a bite to eat and experience the dining at TPC of Louisiana, you will be greeted with the same Southern Hospitality.

Before your golf begins, as you meander your way through the clubhouse, you will find that no amenity is missed. With full dinning, a full service golf shop, and both Men's and Women's locker rooms, just about anything you need or can think of is at your disposal. The dinning experience is filled with the normal golf course favorites, but also has a grand New Orleans cuisine available. The Golf Shop has everything you need to compliment your round of golf. If you want a souvenir or just need to grab a few extra balls for your round you will be sure the Golf Shop has it. Which the staff will also ask, as to remind you in case there is anything you need or forgot. The locker rooms have full showers, lockers, and lounge area's for those not in a hurry or would like to clean up before heading back home or to their hotel. You will also find a very friendly beverage cart service on the golf course seven days a week.



As you make your way to prepare for your round the practice facilities are top notch, as you would expect from any golf course that host a PGA Tour event. A full range, practice chipping green with bunkers, and a large putting green will help you tune all areas of your game before you get started.

The golf course itself, designed by Pete Dye, gives you a true South Louisiana feel as the course winds through native Cypress Trees and natural wetlands. Mr. Dye has also designed two other golf courses for the TPC Network, the AT&T Canyons Course at TPC San Antonio and the more famous Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, which all host PGA Tour events. As his reputation has preceded him, Mr. Dye did not disappoint here at TPC Louisiana.

Although a challenging golf course, TPC of Louisiana is also a very fun golf course. Playing where some of the best in the world have played is always a great experience. You can appreciate the challenges the professionals face each week. An added bonus at TPC of Louisiana, that you do not get at every golf course that host a professional event, is that they do their best to keep the conditions for everyone what they are for the professionals. You may also encounter an alligator or two during your round as well as other Native Louisiana Wildlife.



The course condition were excellent. The greens were not super fast, but still had some speed, and they were rolling very true. TPC of Louisiana also keeps the the rough height short, making the golf course a more enjoyable experience. By no means are we saying it still does not pose it's challenges, the rough is just not 4 inches deep. This also allows golfers to more easily find that occasional shot the misses the fairway. All the bunkers throughout the golf course, which there are plenty, are all well maintained as well. This is great for both the aesthetics as well as the play-ability of each bunker on the golf course. 

There is a really good mix of holes and the golf course is routed through the property very well. There are some very short and unique holes, like numbers 8, 13 and 16, as well as some unique par-5 holes, such as numbers 11(with a giant Cypress Tree in the fairway) and 18. The 18th hole at TPC of Louisiana is ranked as one of the best finishing holes on the PGA Tour. Once you play it you will understand why and if you have never seen the Zurich Classic Of New Orleans in person you can imagine the excitement the 18th provides during the final round. 

If you live in the greater New Orleans area or are visiting the area, the TPC of Louisiana is a must play for any golfer. Not only is the golf course one of the best in the New Orleans are, but it is also one of the best in the entire state of Louisiana and perhaps the Gulf Coast. The course, which is also part of the Audubon Golf Trail, has received numerous awards from Golf Digest and Golf Magazine

The following is our raring for: Overall Experience, Course Conditions, Course Design, Value received, Facilities, and Staff. A 0-10 point system is used with 10 being the highest and 0 being the lowest.
Overall Experience
9
Course Conditions
9
Course Design
8
Value Received
8
Facilities
9
Staff
9

Another great compliment to TPC of Louisiana and it's professional staff is how they operate and accommodate large groups, charity events and celebrity events. Very professional and efficient, whether you have a large group of friends or looking to host an event you can be assured they will make everything they do seem effortless and put you at ease. We know this from experience having participated in several events at TPC of Louisiana.  


Membership to a TPC golf course is not limited to only Private TPC clubs. TPC of Louisiana Membership is very affordable and has some great perks to it. We are surprised that such a premier course can practically give away memberships. It is such a great deal that we are considering joining. 

For those looking to improve upon their game, this TPC is a destination of the PGA Tour Experiences with PGA Tour Academy instructors. We have experienced their instruction first hand and it is by far some of the best instruction in the world. Each instructor must meet a very strict criteria to be part of the PGA Tour Academy. You will experience top quality instruction as well as have a wonderful time. A great example is this following video of Senior Head Golf Professional Brian Long. 



If you have any comments or questions about TPC of Louisiana feel free to let us know by commenting on this post. You can also contact the TPC of Louisiana directly at 504-436-8721 or visit their website at www.tpc.com/louisiana

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