In late January, 1930 17yr old Ben Hogan stepped onto the tee at Brackenridge Park, just outside of downtown San Antonio and made his professional debut. His auspicious start in that Texas Open, a WD after opening rounds of 78/74 hardly belied the excellence that was to come. The same could be said for “Old Brack” of the day. Tee shots hit from rubber mats into shaggy fairways was the norm for competitors in the early years of the Texas Open. Yet, Brackenridge Park’s great “bones” were there, and her champions list is as good as it gets. Walter Hagen, Joe Turnesa, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, and Jackie Burke Jr. all won there in the nascent days of the PGA Tour.Read More
There are no doubt many who will read this with incredulity. How can one of the worst golf courses around have the best designed hole? Because it simply does. No other hole in South Louisiana incorporates as many of the ideal design features discussed than does this one. Beginning with the tee shot, the player has a tremendous number of options in choosing how to play the hole. By nature of the extreme angle of the fairway in relation to the tee, the player has a target area literally hundreds of yards wide.
The one place Mackenzie and Jones felt it was ok to deviate from giving the novice a safe route was on shorter Par-3’s. Even the high handicap player has the stuff to hit a quality iron shot on occasion.Read More
I need to make an admission here: I’d have been content to list all short par-4’s as they are my personal favorite holes in golf. However, I realize that to be credible, this list needed to include at least one solid two-shotter.Read More
To create a truly great Par-5 is perhaps Golf Design’s toughest challenge, which is why only one Par-5 made this list. A hole that is reachable only by the longest of hitters gives those players an unfair advantage.Read More
The 5 Best Designed Golf Holes in South Louisiana
The very definition of a strategic hole, and perhaps the finest example of a “driveable” par four that I have played. The setting of the hole is absolutely sublime. Surrounded by ancient oak trees and the sights and sounds of uptown New Orleans, the first hole at Audubon perfectly sets the tone for the course’s unique, yet exceedingly fun layout.Read More