NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Landrieu announced that Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Municipal Golf Course in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood will re-open after a nearly $9 million renovation on Friday, November 25, 2011. The course will host the “My Bayou Classic” golf tournament that morning and open for tee times at 2:00 p.m. that afternoon. Mayor Landrieu and City officials will host a ceremonial “first drive” on Wednesday, November 23, 2011.
"It is truly a joy to be able to open a first-class, public golf facility for all of our residents to enjoy,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “This course will be a critical part of the rebirth of Pontchartrain Park, and we are proud to be a part of it."
District D Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell said, “The reopening of Joe Bartholomew Golf Course as a world class facility that’s public and available to everyone is a tremendous benefit to New Orleans. This course is named after the first African-American to be inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, and to see it restored so beautifully, right here in Gentilly makes me really proud.”
Tee time reservations can be made online immediately at http://www.nola.gov/golf.
The City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways will operate and maintain the course. Eric Kaspar, formerly of the Audubon Golf Trail, will serve as a PGA consultant to the course.
The Joseph M. Bartholomew Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72-course measuring between 5,314 yards to 6,823. Originally opened as the Pontchartrain Golf Course in 1956, The Joseph M. Bartholomew Golf Municipal Course was renovated in 1979 and renamed to honor the first African-American inducted in the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame. It has been closed since Hurricane Katrina. Perez, APC designed the renovation and Duininck Inc., served as prime contractor on the project.
The course’s Club House and Pro shop, cart storage facility, and maintenance building will be undergoing renovations in 2012. They are currently in the design phase. Those renovations combined are worth approximately $4 million.