Joseph M. Bartholomew Golf Course, is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Originally opened as the Pontchartrain Golf Course in 1956, The Joseph M. Bartholomew Golf Municipal Course was renovated in 1979 and renamed to honor the first African-American inducted in the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.
The Joseph M. Bartholomew Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72-course measuring between 5,314 yards to 6,823. Owned and operated by the City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways, the renovated course includes a double ended driving range, putting green and a fully stocked pro-shop.
$21 (cart included), played on Tuesday, December 2014 at 1:15 PM
This course underwent a tremendous renovation after Hurricane Katrina. In 2009, I reported here that the course was closed and nothing was in the works to have it redone. They got the ball rolling and within 2 years of that report got the course opened. Local former PGA Tour golfer Kelly Gibson worked on the redo, which kept the original routing, but upgraded grasses and corrected some course issues. A small drainage canal that crossed several fairways was filled in. The course was given some movement to help with drainage. The green on the 15th hole was moved and made much more challenging. The greens on 9 and 18 are still in the same places, but they were given water features to deal with, and 18 is one of the few carries on the course. It is a locals course, usually not over $30 on the weekdays. There are few bunkers and only a couple of forced shots. The course isn't long or difficult, but there is enough going on there to make you think and work.
$26 (cart not included), played on Sunday, October 2012 at 10am
Course re-opened in November 2011. The course was slightly redesigned but retained its old layout somewhat. The fairways were in pristine condition, and the greens were coming along, they just need time to mature. Overall, this is a great course for the money, play will definitely pick up once word gets out that it is open.
(cart included), played on Thursday, January 2009 at 6am
This course was rendered unplayable in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has not been renovated. There is currently no plan in place to repair or reopen the course.
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