AVONDALE, Louisiana (May 8, 2021) – Duininck Golf recently completed the third phase of golf course improvements at acclaimed TPC Louisiana in the suburbs of New Orleans.
Designed by renowned golf course architect Pete Dye, in conjunction with PGA Tour player Steve Elkington and Louisiana native Kelly Gibson, TPC Louisiana garnered high accolades when it debuted in 2004 and remains one of the top daily fee golf courses in the State of Louisiana.
Host of the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans played this year April 22-25, TPC Louisiana is highly regarded for its high-quality turf conditions and provides a stern test of skills with the 18-hole, undulating putting greens and more than 100 bunkers. The course plays from 5,121 yards to 7,400 yards and water comes into play on several holes, including the signature 18th with water along the entire length of the right side of the hole making for an unforgettable finish to a round.
In an effort to maintain TPC Louisiana’s stature in the New Orleans market, TPC Network embarked on a three-phase improvement plan to address areas of the course that had lost its original character and restore the layout to the standards of a tour course.
A member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program and the Audubon Golf Trail, TPC Louisiana is in an area well known for long rainy seasons and wet conditions. TPC Louisiana also has the unique and challenging opportunity of being built alongside the wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta affording stunning scenery, but frequently saturated soil conditions add limits to playability after sustaining heavy rains.
The TPC Network initially engaged Duininck Golf in late 2018 to undertake phase one golf course improvements that included updating irrigations heads, a new pump station, and new irrigation controllers.
Phase two improvements, which included a complete re-grass and renovations of the formal bunkers were completed in spring of 2020. During this phase, organic material was stripped off all fairways and greens surfaces. The fairways were then replaced with new celebration sod and the greens were sprigged to TifEagle.
In October 2020 through the spring of 2021, Duininck Golf, alongside PGA architect Leslie Claytor and course superintendent Brandon Reese, completed the third phase of work consisting of improvements to drainage in waste areas along with new bunkers and new bunker sand.
Course-wide improvements included a total renovation to the irrigation system, renovations to the bunkers, fairways, greens, and lastly the waste areas.
“Working in Louisiana presents challenges due to the wet climate, but we are happy to know that the improvements have been well received”, said Ahren Habicht of Duininck Golf.
“The course improvements that took place over the last few years has been well received by the club, the tour, and the players from the most recent 2021 Zurich Classic. It was a great opportunity to see the results of our work shine on one of the biggest stages”, said Judd Duininck of Duininck Golf.