Inside the course: TPC Louisiana

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A view of the 18th hole at TPC Louisiana
April 22, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Robb R. Arnold
Original architect Pete Dye (2003)
Par value 72
Number of TOUR events as host venue 7 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 20 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 7,520 (2005)
  7,341 (2007-present)
Grass TifSport bermudagrass (tees, fairways, rough); Mini verde bermudagrass (greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 ft
Sand bunkers 71
Water hazards 5
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Course record
Player
Kyle Reifers
Year
2007
Round
1st
Finish
T24
Holes-in-one
There have been 5 aces recorded at TPC Louisiana
Player Hole Year
Darron Stiles 17 2005
Daniel Chopra 17 2007
Matt Kuchar 3 2007
Tim Clark 9 2008
Ted Purdy 14 2010
2011 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-3 215-yard 17th Bunkers to the left were eliminated and replaced by bulkheading but the pot bunker on the right remains. Par will be a great score on the newly reshaped green.
2011: 0 eagles, 32 birdies, 299 pars, 91 bogeys, 24 double bogeys, 4 others.
Easiest hole
The par-5 575-yard 11th fter pounding a driver on this long Par-5, decisions must be made. Going for the green in two requires the 2nd shot to be maneuvered around the tall cypress tree in the middle of the fairway, a mere 80 yards from the green. Laying up on the hole is tricky as well. Make sure the lay-up is well to the right of the cypress tree so you will have an easier approach to a well-guarded, narrow green.
2011: 7 eagles, 176 birdies, 230 pars, 36 bogeys, 1 double bogeys and 0 others.
TPC Louisiana2011 rankings Last 6 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 399 3.929 14 3.947 13
2 5 548 4.662 17 4.709 17
3 3 221 3.058 8 3.140 7
4 4 482 4.264 1 4.226 2
5 4 438 4.002 12 3.982 11
6 4 476 4.229 3 4.257 1
7 5 561 4.667 16 4.621 18
8 4 372 3.94 13 3.860 14
9 3 207 3.189 4 3.162 6
10 4 390 4.018 10 4.005 10
11 5 575 4.662 17 4.764 16
12 4 492 4.131 6 4.197 4
13 4 377 3.813 15 3.788 15
14 3 216 3.087 7 3.043 8
15 4 490 4.16 5 4.163 5
16 4 355 4.031 9 4.008 9
17 3 215 3.264 1 3.220 3
18 5 585 5.004 11 4.950 12
Course origins
The 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans will be the fifth event held at TPC Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina and the sixth event at TPC Louisiana since 2005. The course suffered severe damage during Katrina, but the hurricane did allow for several changes to be made on the course. The new areas debuted during the 2007 Zurich Classic. This is the 52nd anniversary of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the fourth home of this storied PGA TOUR event.

The course is 7,520 yards long and a stern test for PGA TOUR players and guests. The course is designed to give players a good shot, but to also challenge their shot-making ability. The rough is not severe but there is plenty of trouble if players stray from the fairways. --Source: Golf Course Superintendents Assocation of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
City Park GC New Orleans, La. 1938-1962
Lakewood CC New Orleans, La. 1963-1988
English Turn G&CC New Orleans, La. 1989-2004, 2006
TPC Louisiana Avondale, La. 2005, 2007-present

The TOUR heads to The Big Easy for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Learn more about this week's host, TPC Louisiana.

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