April 28-30, 2017
This year for our golf trip, we went a little more low key and spent a long weekend in New Orleans for the newly reformatted Zurich Classic. We hadn’t been to New Orleans in a long time so it seemed like the perfect place for this year’s trip. We are saving up for next year’s trip which will coincide with our fifteenth wedding anniversary and Ashley’s 40th birthday, so we are headed to Waste Management and Pebble Beach.
We stayed well out of the French Quarter and down by the Convention Center. It was a little less noisy and everything was a walk or a quick Uber ride away. We flew in early friday and decided to visit City Park, since we had never spent much time there before. It is a great park, includes a children’s fairy tale area, an art museum, a botanical garden and lots of other fun things to do. We hit up the botanical garden which was a great choice. The weather wasn’t great so we only spent the morning in the park. We had beignets at Morning Call because I had seen an article that said these were better than the ones at Cafe du Monde, we did not find this to be the case, so the next day, we had Cafe du Monde for dinner!
Our day at the tournament was great! The weather was still iffy, but at least it wasn’t hot. The new team format for this event made it more interesting and is in fact why we chose this tournament for this year
Playing from the Tips for the Zurich Classic:
- The Zurich Classic always falls on the first weekend of Jazz Fest in New Orleans. While the two events are on opposite sides of the city, this does mean that flights and hotels will be more expensive. If you are a Jazz fan (this year’s event included Harry Connick, Jr and Stevie Wonder), or an outdoor music festival lover then this may be fortuitous for you.
- TPC Louisiana where the tournament is held is about 30 minutes across the river from the French Quarter area of New Orleans, so plan for a mode of transportation over there. The parking is in a remote lot with shuttles. We took an Uber, which cost about $30 each way, but it did take a while to get an Uber after the tournament was over. The Uber pick up is right where the parking shuttles let off.
- We had tickets for the Acme Oyster House tent and that was the way to go. The food was a little better in the club Tent but it was back from the 18th fairway and doesn’t have a good view of the golf. The Oyster House tickets were relatively afforable and included an entree, oysters on the half shell, a side and a dessert, along with four drink tickets.
We got back to the hotel at about 4 in the afternoon from the tournament, so we still have time for a night out. We decided on a carriage ghost tour of the French Quarter. We went to see parts of the city that I had never seen before and I always love a good ghost story. It is a fun way to hear some of the history of New Orleans.