TPC Louisiana Review
Home to the PGA TOUR's Zurich Classic, the TPC Louisiana is located about 30 minutes outside the city of New Orleans. As one of thirteen "daily fee" courses TPC offers, it was a priority for me to play during a recent trip to the Big Easy.
I've been fortunate enough to play a PGA TOUR course before but never weeks before the tournament. As you can see from the picture above, they were setting up the hospitality suites and grandstands as we played which gave this already unique opportunity a little something extra. Just three weeks away from the Zurich Classic, you could see the course taking shape as Jason Bohn looks to defend his title.
TPC Lousiana: The Course
What makes this course special are the conditions and the layout. As they prepare for the PGA TOUR to come to down, I noticed most of the greens were shaved with collection areas surrounding it. If you missed the green just a little, it would run down into one of these collection areas and you would be left with a challenging chip shot into a perched green. Strategically placed bunkers, mounds and water hazards made for some great risk reward opportunities.
The course offers five sets of tees to accommodate players of all skill levels (and those who had late nights on Bourbon Street). The scorecard has recommendations of which tees to play based on your skill level. The Pete Dye course was much friendlier from the Players Tees with a rating/slope of 69.8/129 and only 6,172 yards. From these tees it's clearly an easier course than what the PGA TOUR Pro's will be playing at the end of the month but rather than beat ourselves up we decided to make this a more enjoyable afternoon. It would have been great to play the PGAT Tees but they are by invitation only and we got a good laugh seeing how much further back the TOUR players play than us.
My Three Favorite Holes at TPC Louisiana
3. The 13th Hole: Par 4, 317 yards: I might be bias here because I made birdie but I enjoy risk reward holes. It's not like I was contending for the Zurich Classic title so I pulled out driver and carried the long bunker on the left. I was fortunate enough to avoid the pot bunkers surrounding the green and was in a collection area. A chip up and one putt gave a me a birdie I'll remember for a long time.Continued on the next page