Review and Rating of Lakewood Golf Club - New Orleans
Lakewood Golf Club opened in 1961 and was home to 26 New Orleans Open tournaments with some of the winners including: Arnold Palmer, Lanny Watkins, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, and several other golf legends. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina ravaged Lakewood destroying over 2500 trees and doing significant damage to the course. The New Orleans Firefighters Pension Fund purchased the course and made a commitment to bring life back to Lakewood. Ron Garl was hired to renovate the historic grounds and to build a modern layout that gave golfers a challenging yet user friendly design. And in 2009 the "Rebirth of a Legend" reopened for play.
Lakewood Golf Club was a joy to play and from our perspective some of what makes this a great course and a must play include:
In addition to all of the above, Lakewood Golf Club is home to some great holes like:
When we played in October, the fairways were in very good condition and the rough was also in great shape and thick - making for a tough recovery shot. The fairways are flat and cut thin giving you some great roll and off the tee they are wide and forgiving. Most have some trees that you might land under if you spray the ball (if you really spray it you'll be in another fairway) but you'll usually have an easy recovery shot to get back to the fairway. Some nice homes line one side of three holes.
The greens at Lakewood Golf Club are huge, slightly raised, and have some combination of slope, contour, ridges, swales, or tiers. They were fast at 10 to 11, ran true, and held the ball well. Most are guarded by some combination of water or bunkers.
The bunkers are treacherous - they range from steep and deep pot bunkers to long and wide waste bunkers, to multi-fingered monsters. In fact, several of the bunkers are designed in the shape of flames with long skinny flames spreading out from the body of the bunker - these flame bunkers are a tribute to the New Orleans firefighters. Land in one of the long skinny fingers and you'll get burned bad - very difficult to get out of!
Rates: $135.00 to $70.00
Service is good and friendly, the pace of play was good when we played, the pro shop has the basics, and the grill has breakfast and lunch items. The practice facilities are excellent.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.