How to Do City Putt!

 

My boys and I went to City Putt in New Orleans City Park and despite a few hiccups, which had to do with heat, humidity and sibling rivalry, we had a ball (pun intended). The facility is clean and attractive and it’s a fun outing plus you and your kids can work on hand-eye coordination and math skills. You can buy beer and wine, (along with water, soft drinks and tea) at the concession cart, which could help to calm your nerves when your kids have no more game and they start calling each other names. You can also host a birthday party or corporate event there. Go – and heed these recommendations:

Play one course. There are two 18-hole courses at City Putt. One is the Louisiana Course with holes named for cities and regions in the state and the other is the New Orleans Course with holes named for streets and neighborhoods in the city. We played both but sometime after the 27th hole and after we took this shot with Mr. Bingle everyone fell apart. It was hot and humid (a point driven home by the fact that this giant snowman was sizzling to the touch), so both courses may be more doable when it’s cooler or at night.

 

Play the Louisiana Course. Both courses are good and similar but Louisiana seemed a little less crowded (maybe because it’s starting hole is hidden away on the left), a little more varied and a little more spread out. Having said that if you’re looking for a little more kitsch (ie boiling seafood pots, Louis Armstrong and Mr. Bingle) then the New Orleans course is your gig. Neither have swirling windmills or castles with moats but both have clean, challenging but doable holes with new turf and a range of obstacles. Both are scenic with streams, greenery, trees and sculptures. And both have misters on every hole and festive New Orleans-themed music piped in.

Older kids will like it more. My 10-year-old loved it and wanted to keep score and play for real. My 8- year-old liked it but had had enough half way through the second course. He also accidentally hit me in the nose with his putter when he put a little too much back swing into his putt after he couldn’t get a ball up and over a hill. (Nothing broken or seriously injured but it hurt! I cried. He cried. Then we all kept going). I spied a 3 or 4 year old out there with his dad, who was chasing down balls, hunting down left behind putters, and picking his child out of the water. I’m not sure if they had fun but it didn’t look like good times to me. Then again, I got hit in the face with a putter and had fun so I guess there is something to be said for just being outside spending time with your kids.

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Go when it’s not crowded. Some outings are more fun when more people are around but I think this is probably a good one for an off-day. The day we went we didn’t have to wait for a hole and could take our time finishing out. If you felt rushed by the people behind you or if you were standing around waiting for your turn it might not be quite as much fun. Call the desk at (504) 483-9385 to get a reading on crowds.

Overall — A fun outing. Cost: $32 for 3 of us to play two courses plus $5 for water and ice tea.

My dad would love this: City Park’s new miniature golf complex opens!

When I was a little girl, the one activity my father seemed to always have in his back pocket was a round of miniature golf. As memory serves, my mother never participated in this father-daughter activity. It was our thing. When I walked onto the greens of City Park’s new 36-hole City Putt miniature golf complex, I was met with a wave of nostalgia. My dad would love this.

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Looking out at this beautifully designed, thoughtfully executed addition to our fine City Park, I see my own daughters clumsily swinging and laughing and misbehaving alongside their father as he sets out to create a new generation of memories. Their dad will love this.

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The Design

City Putt features two 18-hole miniature golf courses inspired by local flavor and iconic Louisiana elements. Think swamp, alligators and music.

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One course highlights Louisiana cities, while the other is a New Orleans-themed course featuring our most notable city streets and landmarks.

royal1You even get a little history lesson with each hole.

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The landscaping is perfect with miniature bridges, streams and waterfalls. Adjacent to the course is the Great Lawn, a beautiful, open green space perfect for a picnic or a lazy afternoon with a good book. And having Storyland and the Playground on either side makes it easy for entertaining the littlest ones.

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The Extras

The complex features a concession area, restrooms and a birthday party room. What a GREAT place for a birthday party! And of course it’s also available for private parties and corporate event rentals. Call (504) 483-9458 for birthday parties.

The Details

Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Wednesday, 11 AM to 9 PM
Thursday – Saturday, 11 AM to 10 PM
Sunday, 11 AM – 9 PM

General admission for a single round of 18 holes is $8 for adults (ages 13 and over) and $6 for children (ages 4 – 12). Children 3 and under play for free.

Grand Opening

Opening day festivites, including a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 10:30, begin this Friday. Gates open at 11:00 AM and close at 10:00 PM. The first 150 patrons through City Putt’s gates on opening day will have the chance to win a special prize if they draw a golden golf ball out of the City Putt golf ball bucket. Complimentary popcorn and Arnold Palmers will also be available, while supplies last, for patrons waiting in line.

Parking is available adjacent to the Goldring-Woldenberg Great Lawn in City Park.

Lagniappe

Visit New Orleans City Park on Facebook Thursday, May 23, to enter the City Putt Trivia Contest for the chance to be one of the first players on the City Putt course the morning of the Grand Opening.

See ya on the green!

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