TPC of Louisiana

11001 Lapalco Blvd
Westwego, LA 70094
504) 436-TPC1
Pricing: $101 - $150
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Current Member Rating

Rating: 3.5

Pace of Play

3

Greens

4

Service

3

Value

4

Design/Layout

3

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The Tournament Players Club of Louisiana is located just south of downtown New Orleans across the river, was designed by Pete Dye, opened in 2004. In what was really just flat river bottom land, Dye created a 7,520-yard, par-72, slope 138 tour quality layout from the tournament tees. The course is routed around on three sides by drainage canals, the fairways through stands of cypress trees, and the natural mitigation areas. The course has five ponds in play and 103 bunkers, 69 of which are Dye's patented pot bunkers. Fantastic practice range, double sided, with short game practice area. Bermuda fairways that are over-seeded annually with Rye. The Bermuda greens putt to an average green speed of 10 on the stimpmeter, or so. Great experience, but you will pay for it, probably the highest green fees in New Orleans by far.



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Posted by: GuestReview

Apr 20th, 2013

The course has a really solid set of par 4's with just about as much variety in yardage as a course can have. However, the par 3's and par 5's are a little bit repetitive. It's not really designed to be played in high winds, though it is doubtful that strong winds affect the course all that often. The front nine builds through easy and hard holes, heroic, strategic, all types. On the back nine, the course works through nicely, before building to a solid finish on the final 3 holes. The conditioning was solid, not pristine as one might expect though.

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Posted by: Wamgolf

Apr 22nd, 2011

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. (The 18th hole at TPC Louisiana is guarded by water right and bunkers left) 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. 2. The 17th Hole: Par 3, 141 yards: This was clearly a different hole from the TOUR Tees than our tees. From our tee box there was almost no forced carry over the water which runs down the left side of this hole. If you miss the green left, you're wet. A tee shot right and you're left with a chip shot to a green running away from you. It's a long green and a back left pin placement makes this hole more challenging. I was fortunate enough to hit the green in one and then three putt. 1. The 18th Hole: Par 5, 514 yards: Once again there was a noticeable difference between our tees and the PGA Tees not only in length but in location. While we had some forced carry to contend with, the PGA Tees were pushed back and to the right forcing them to carry it much longer. Water runs the length of the hole on the right while bunkers and hills patrol the left. The tee shot is only part of the battle. The green is guarded by bunkers short and long with a collection area to the left. I laid up and left myself about 80 yards to the green. A good approach and a one putt left me with one of the most memorable birdies of my career. (The 18th green at TPC Louisiana) Overall This course goes in my top 10 of all time. The combination of risk reward shots, layout, and conditions make this course to play if you're in the New Orleans area. The fact that it hosts a PGA TOUR event makes it even that more fun. Coming up the 18th with the grandstands in the background was an experience I'll never forget. Location: Avondale, Louisiana Cost: $90-$170 Rating/Slope: 69.8/129 (3 other sets of tees available to the public) Review at Wam Golf

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