Whether you’re visiting New Orleans for business or pleasure, or something in between, if you want to practice your golf swing in the Big Easy there are ample opportunities! In addition to hosting the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic each year during the spring, New Orleans also boasts several champion golf courses that are open to the public.
No matter if you’re a beginner or you’ve been an avid golfer for years, you’re sure to find a course that offers just the right mix of challenge and fun. Many of the courses offer the opportunity to rent equipment, or you can also take advantage of services like ClubHub, which will have golf equipment delivered to your hotel. You can hit the fairway without worrying about where you’re going to pack your golf clubs.
When you’re ready to get swinging, check out these four top public golf courses in the New Orleans area:
Audubon Park Golf Course — This lush course is over 100-years-old and offers an 18-hole, par 62 course laid out over 4,220-yards of perfectly landscaped terrain. Four strategically-placed lagoons up the challenge, so make sure to bring your competitive edge! This course has been voted one of the top public courses in Louisiana. You can book your tee time online or call the pros shop at (504) 286-1074.
Bayou Oaks City Park South Course — This premiere 250-acre golf course is located in the historic New Orleans City Park and is part of the City Park Golf Complex. Together with the North Course, it is the only complex in the city that offers 36 holes. The course is open daily to the public, and you can book your tee time online.
Joseph M. Bartholomew Golf Course — This municipal, par 72 course features 18 holes with a yardage of 6,665 at its longest tees. It was originally opened in 1956 as the Pontchartrain Golf Course, then renovated and renamed in 1979 to honor the first African-American inducted into the New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame. You can learn more about upcoming events and book your tee time online.
TPC Louisiana — Located about 25-minutes away in Avondale, Louisiana, this upscale public golf course is the host of the annual Zurich Classic. The 18-hole course stretches across 250-acres of amazing scenery and wetlands along with towering cypress trees. There are various challenges including five ponds and over 100 bunkers, sure to challenge even the most accomplished golfer. Book your tee time online!
Of course, if you want to practice your swing or putt in a more laid-back way, there are even more options at your fingertips! Check out City Putt at New Orleans City Park for some enjoyable quality time with friends or family. This top-notch putt-putt course features 36 holes across two mini-golf courses, beautifully landscaped and showcasing fun New Orleans and Louisiana themes.
If you’re looking for a little more socializing (and maybe a cocktail or two) to go along with your golf game, Loft 18 offers premiere simulated golf play in Old Metairie, only minutes from New Orleans. The laid-back atmosphere, great food, an extensive list of wines, draft beers, and cocktails make this the perfect place to practice your swing while kicking back and relaxing.
When the fairway calls, it’s time to grab your clubs and go! Book your stay with us at the comfortable and contemporary Blake Hotel, and you’ll have the perfect place to come home to after a day on the green!