NEW ORLEANS -- The new golf course in New Orleans City Park will open to the public at the end of April, almost two years after construction began on the 18-hole course.

Bayou Oaks Golf Course is a par 72 course with 46 bunkers and multiple tee locations, and it joins the North Course at City Park.

The new 'South Course,' along with the clubhouse and maintenance facilities, cost $26 million and were funded by the state, FEMA and Bayou District Foundation. The course will be operated by the Bayou District Foundation.

The course includes a 13,000 square foot clubhouse with a full pro-shop and equipment rentals. The 120-seat dining room will offer breakfast and lunch and will be open to golfers and non-golfers.

The percentage of New Orleans City Park devoted to golf courses is 38 percent less than previous allotments prior to Hurricane Katrina.

“I’m excited on so many different levels,” says New Orleans City Park Board President Steve Pettus. “The new championship level course is absolutely beautiful and we’re happy to have it accompany our North Course, which is still open and is a great value. Since Katrina, we have reduced the golf footprint in the park by 192 acres, and now offer wonderful amenities such as Big Lake and the Festival Grounds.

Costs to play the new course vary from $59 to $99 per round for Louisiana residents, depending on the day and time. In-state residents may book a tee time seven days in advance. Out of state residents can book a tee time 90 days in advance. Two annual pass options will also be available starting May 1 and include a seven-day pass for $3,000 and a four-day pass (Monday – Thursday only) for $2,000, respectively. Annual pass members are able to book a tee time five days in advance.

For more information on fees and passes, contact Alex Abbruzza at (425) 466-7589 or

Bayou Oaks Golf Course will open to the public with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 21.