If you're looking for a new hobby, you aren't going to be short on options when you live at Springs at River Chase or Springs at Fremaux Town Center. So why not try your hand at golf? New Orleans is surprisingly rich in golf courses, whether you’re looking for a driving range, full-length course, or a leisurely round of mini golf.
This full-size, approximately dawn-to-dusk, seven-day-a-week course is run by the city of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways. The course is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day—6:30 a.m. on weekends—and offers 18 holes, nine lakes, two practice greens, and five miles of cart paths.
Prices vary depending on the time of day—you get a slight break if you play toward the end of the day—and you can rent carts or walk as you prefer. The course is open to the public, and is one of your best bets if you want to start learning how to play.
If you'd like a course that’s a little more exclusive—but is still easy to access—there's the membership-based Lakewood Golf Club. The course is for members only, but you don't have to do anything special to get membership other than pay dues and abiding by club rules. This 18-hole course also offers onsite instruction for new players, both adult and junior.
Now here's a course for the adventurous. TPC Louisiana, a membership-based club, offers not only PGA Tour standards but also a golf course you'll remember. Forget your little ponds and sand traps; how about trying to avoid river delta wetlands? This beautifully designed course belongs to the Audubon Golf Trail and incorporates oak, cypress, and marshes. If you want a professional-level course to really test your game, TPC Louisiana is the place for you.
If you don't want a full “hit-that-ball-into-the-sky” golf course, you're in luck with City Putt, which offers two miniature golf courses for a total of 36 holes. This ADA-compliant course is excellent for family outings, small children, and anyone looking for a relaxing but fun time. The courses are part of City Park, so if you want to take a break from golf, you’ll have access to the botanical gardens and other attractions.
What is your favorite golf course in New Orleans? Let us know in the comments below!