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

Transcript

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I think the most famous gator
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that people have heard about is Tripod.
00:03
It's about a 10 foot gator out here.
00:05
It's only got three legs,
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so it's certainly been through some fights.
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Every year, CBS, when they telecast the Zurich Classic
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they've got to show Tripod, and he's quite the star out here
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He limps along pretty good.
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It takes him about 15 minutes
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to go from one pond to the other.
00:20
(upbeat music)
00:31
My name is Brian Long.
00:32
I'm the Senior Head Golf Professional at TPC Louisiana.
00:36
We feel that we've got the best design,
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the best conditions, and we host at PGA tour events,
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so this is where the best players in the world
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come to play and compete.
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It's a beautiful facility.
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It's a challenging golf course.
00:46
It is the quintessential south Louisiana golfing experience
00:50
with the Cyprus trees, and the alligators,
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especially since we host the Zurich Classic.
00:54
People want to play a course where the pro's play.
00:57
We've been open since 2004.
00:59
Pete Dye was the main architect of the course.
01:01
Downtown is about 15 minutes away.
01:06
New Orleans, there's so many distractions,
01:08
so many great things to do.
01:09
I've got an awesome golf course out here.
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It's just a great place to come visit.
01:14
What'd you get?
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Hundred and twenty nine yards.
01:17
Oh, great.
01:18
What club you gonna hit?
01:19
Probably nine iron.
01:20
Think I'll do the same.
01:22
So today, Ryan has teamed up
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with one of our members Lee Plotkin,
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and it's just another way for us to get to know Lee better,
01:28
find out what he enjoys about the facility,
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and just see a little bit of his golf game.
01:33
My name is Lee Plotkin.
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I've been a member of TPC Louisiana since,
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I think, just after it opened.
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Hadn't seen Lee in awhile so looking forward
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to catching up with him,
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getting some feedback on the golf course,
01:44
and see how his game's going.
01:49
I've been out for awhile.
01:50
I had back surgery, and getting my game back,
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and it was really nice of Ryan to invite me out,
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see what I thought about the course
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now that I'm sort of getting back into it.
01:59
You know, I had this same surgery that Tiger Woods did,
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the micro discectomy.
02:03
I've been jonesin' to get on the golf course
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an for about the last month or so, I'm getting my game back.
02:08
So I've been working with Lee
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for the past six or seven years.
02:10
He's a great guy, great student, loves the game of golf.
02:19
I think Lee will give Ryan a pretty good run for his money.
02:23
(upbeat music)
02:27
You know, one of the really cool things
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about Pete Dye designs, for me, is when you look down there
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and you'll see mounding at a bunker,
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but it's actually not at the green.
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So as a golfer, it throws your eye off,
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and it's almost hard to believe it's that much more
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to get to the flag, so it's once again,
02:43
Pete Dye playing tricks on our minds.
02:45
I'll tell you, it's something else.
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This golf course was basically built on a swamp,
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so it's reclaimed land.
02:55
It has a lot of the natural swamp and wetlands incorporated.
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The way I understand it,
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it's one of the coolest holes on the golf course
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because he left that tree right in the corner,
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and if you don't' clear it, it's a big problem,
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but if you do, you have a nice look at the green.
03:13
I'm happy he left it here, although--
03:15
I'm happy we missed it.
03:16
Yeah, and I don't like
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when I'm count up in the roots of it though.
03:21
2004 we opened, had the first Zurich Classic that year,
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and then you know what happened in August of 2005.
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The course was inundated by Hurricane Katrina.
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We lost approximately 2000 trees,
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so the clean up lasted about nine months.
03:35
Everybody lends a helping hand, and obviously,
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there have been several in the recent past,
03:40
where this city's had to band together
03:42
and support each other.
03:43
We resumed play here in 2007, and looking forward
03:47
to hosting the event again in April of this year.
03:50
A week before the tournament,
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I have to clear out my locker
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and I know that a professional is gonna come in
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and put his stuff in my locker, and you know, it gets fun.
03:58
We all get excited about it.
03:59
I've played in the Monday Pro Am,
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so I actually have seen the golfers up close,
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and watching them play your golf course,
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and watching how they play, is really, just a treat.
04:09
If you really want to see what the pros can do,
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go back to the back 18,
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you can barely see the flag stick from there
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much less think about hitting the green in two.
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Our goal is to treat every guest like a tour player.
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They're coming to play a golf course
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where people like Jason Dufner won and Mr. Rose have won,
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and those guys are part of the history
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of golf in New Orleans.
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Golf is very deep in the blood of the city.
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Glad I was able to join you, enjoyed it.
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Thank you, Ryan.
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Appreciate all your support over the years,
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and here's to many more.
04:45
You got it.
04:46
Alright, buddy.
04:47
Thank you.
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