The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – TPC Louisiana - Apollo Mapping
Posted on May 6th, 2014

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – TPC Louisiana

Our monthly Pléiades 1 tour of golf courses takes us from an Atlantic coastline tourist destination to one of the South’s largest cities, New Orleans, Louisiana. Located in Avondale, about 15 kilometers from downtown, is a renowned course, TPC Louisiana, the permanent site of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to be held from April 24th to the 27th this year. The tournament was first played in 1938 and has been an annual event since 1958. TPC Louisiana is the fourth course to host the Zurich Classic and has been its home since 2005, minus 2006 due to damage from Hurricane Katrina. The Zurich Classic generates more than $30 million annually in revenue for the local economy, and has raised more than $8 million since 2005 for the Fore!Kids Foundation. In 2014, the tournament features a $6.8 million purse with the winner receiving $1.224 million.

TPC Louisiana was opened in 2004 and has been consistently rated as one of the Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest since then. Designed by Peter Dye in 2003, the course is situated on 250 acres of Mississippi River Delta wetlands. TPC Louisiana is part of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary so it was designed to preserve as much of the natural surroundings as possible. The course features TifSport bermudagrass tees and fairways, Mini verde bermudagrass greens with five ponds and more than 100 sand bunkers nestled among stands of oak and cypress trees. TPC Louisiana plays 7,399 for PGA tour events with the Par 3 Ninth hole the shortest at 207 yards; and the Par 5 Eighteenth Hole the longest at 585 yards.

The Zurich Classic has been won twice by nine golfers, with Carlos Franco the last two-time winner in 1999 and 2000. Last year’s event was won by American Billy Horschel – who will take the crown this year? While you mull over this question, check out the 50-cm Pléiades 1 image of the course that accompanies this article.

A 50-cm color image of TPC Louisiana, New Orleans collected on October 26, 2012 by Pléiades 1B. To see this course in 1.5-meter resolution, check out this month’s feature on SPOTMaps. Image photo enhanced by Apollo Mapping. © CNES 2012, Distribution Airbus Defense and Space / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved.

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