Discover the Vibrant Charm of a New Orleans Golf Club
Golf Digest went to New Orleans to check out TPC Louisiana, where golfers can play alongside the lush wetlands, native cypress trees, and alligators.
Released on 4/28/2016
I think the most famous gator
that people have heard about is Tripod.
It's about a 10 foot gator out here.
It's only got three legs,
so it's certainly been through some fights.
Every year, CBS, when they telecast the Zurich Classic
they've got to show Tripod, and he's quite the star out here
He limps along pretty good.
It takes him about 15 minutes
to go from one pond to the other.
My name is Brian Long.
I'm the Senior Head Golf Professional at TPC Louisiana.
We feel that we've got the best design,
the best conditions, and we host at PGA tour events,
so this is where the best players in the world
come to play and compete.
It's a beautiful facility.
It's a challenging golf course.
It is the quintessential south Louisiana golfing experience
with the Cyprus trees, and the alligators,
especially since we host the Zurich Classic.
People want to play a course where the pro's play.
We've been open since 2004.
Pete Dye was the main architect of the course.
Downtown is about 15 minutes away.
New Orleans, there's so many distractions,
so many great things to do.
I've got an awesome golf course out here.
It's just a great place to come visit.
What'd you get?
Hundred and twenty nine yards.
What club you gonna hit?
Probably nine iron.
Think I'll do the same.
So today, Ryan has teamed up
with one of our members Lee Plotkin,
and it's just another way for us to get to know Lee better,
find out what he enjoys about the facility,
and just see a little bit of his golf game.
My name is Lee Plotkin.
I've been a member of TPC Louisiana since,
I think, just after it opened.
Hadn't seen Lee in awhile so looking forward
to catching up with him,
getting some feedback on the golf course,
and see how his game's going.
I've been out for awhile.
I had back surgery, and getting my game back,
and it was really nice of Ryan to invite me out,
see what I thought about the course
now that I'm sort of getting back into it.
You know, I had this same surgery that Tiger Woods did,
the micro discectomy.
I've been jonesin' to get on the golf course
an for about the last month or so, I'm getting my game back.
So I've been working with Lee
for the past six or seven years.
He's a great guy, great student, loves the game of golf.
I think Lee will give Ryan a pretty good run for his money.
You know, one of the really cool things
about Pete Dye designs, for me, is when you look down there
and you'll see mounding at a bunker,
but it's actually not at the green.
So as a golfer, it throws your eye off,
and it's almost hard to believe it's that much more
to get to the flag, so it's once again,
Pete Dye playing tricks on our minds.
I'll tell you, it's something else.
This golf course was basically built on a swamp,
so it's reclaimed land.
It has a lot of the natural swamp and wetlands incorporated.
The way I understand it,
it's one of the coolest holes on the golf course
because he left that tree right in the corner,
and if you don't' clear it, it's a big problem,
but if you do, you have a nice look at the green.
I'm happy he left it here, although--
I'm happy we missed it.
Yeah, and I don't like
when I'm count up in the roots of it though.
2004 we opened, had the first Zurich Classic that year,
and then you know what happened in August of 2005.
The course was inundated by Hurricane Katrina.
We lost approximately 2000 trees,
so the clean up lasted about nine months.
Everybody lends a helping hand, and obviously,
there have been several in the recent past,
where this city's had to band together
and support each other.
We resumed play here in 2007, and looking forward
to hosting the event again in April of this year.
A week before the tournament,
I have to clear out my locker
and I know that a professional is gonna come in
and put his stuff in my locker, and you know, it gets fun.
We all get excited about it.
I've played in the Monday Pro Am,
so I actually have seen the golfers up close,
and watching them play your golf course,
and watching how they play, is really, just a treat.
If you really want to see what the pros can do,
go back to the back 18,
you can barely see the flag stick from there
much less think about hitting the green in two.
Our goal is to treat every guest like a tour player.
They're coming to play a golf course
where people like Jason Dufner won and Mr. Rose have won,
and those guys are part of the history
of golf in New Orleans.
Golf is very deep in the blood of the city.
Glad I was able to join you, enjoyed it.
Thank you, Ryan.
Appreciate all your support over the years,
and here's to many more.
You got it.