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City Park's North Course to Open in Late August
New Orleans' citizens have waited several years for golf to return to City Park, a 1,300-acre recreational reserve in the heart of the city. In addition to various natural attractions, the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland Fairytale Playground and the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, the facility contains 54 holes of golf.
The three 18-hole layouts - North, East and West - were devastated, like many other parts of the city, by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. But golfers will be returning to the North course later this month following a $1.3 million remodel.
For the past three years North, a par-67, 5,700-yard course opened in 1968, has undergone a major restoration. The work includes the addition of new tees, a re-grassing of greens, widened fairways, a reshaping of the bunkers, a new irrigation system, and a rerouting of several holes on the back nine. The new operator, Billy Casper Golf, has procured new golf carts and maintenance equipment to replace those ruined after being underneath 3 feet of water for nearly a month, post-Katrina.
"Re-opening the North Course for the first time since the storm is very exciting and emotional for the New Orleanians who love to play here," said Bob Becker, CEO of City Park. "Golfers will experience Billy Casper Golf's keen attention to detail and red-carpet customer service. This represents an important step in restoring the North Course as a local favorite."
"Billy Casper Golf is humbled to be part of the ongoing re-birth of New Orleans, and understands local golfers' deep-rooted connections to City Park and its heritage," says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG. "Residents will be thrilled with the course restoration and enjoy their rounds at City Park time and time again. We're confident this is the beginning of a long and productive relationship between Billy Casper Golf, City Park and area golfers."
The North Course is the first City Park layout to re-open. The East and West Courses, also ravaged by Katrina, are slated to be restored in the coming years.
City Park was a regular stop on the PGA Tour for 15 years, hosting the Greater New Orleans Open Invitational. BCG's namesake, Billy Casper, won the tournament in 1958 (50-year anniversary), holding off Ken Venturi in a thrilling playoff. Casper also won the tournament in its second iteration as the First NBC New Orleans Open, held at Lakewood Country Club, in 1975. That victory marked Casper's 51st and final PGA Tour win prior to moving on to the Senior PGA Tour.