TPC Louisiana has unveiled the completion of its bunker renovation ahead of hosting the 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
As a continuation to a previous course renovation in 2019, the project – which began in October 2020 – included 14 of the 18 holes being renovated, rebuilt, grassed and/or having through-the-green areas installed, shrinking the overall size of the bunkers from 9.9 acres to 2.7 acres. During the project, many of the bunker floors were raised and new drainage systems were installed, allowing the maintenance staff led by director of golf course operations Brandon Reese to bring the course back significantly faster after rain during the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic.
Additional work completed included the installation of nine rock surfaced stabilized pads for staging of evacuation vans that supports the complete course Zurich Classic Evacuation Plan, along with a rock surface stabilized road and installation of drainage in the practice facility floor. The 2019 course and 2020 bunker renovation was funded by the Louisiana Stadium Exposition District (LSED), the authorizing agency within the Executive Branch of the State of Louisiana.
“This project was vital maintenance to uphold our high standards as the host facility for the Zurich Classic,” TPC Louisiana general manager Luke Farabaugh said. “Through these enhancements our playing surfaces are ready for both the much-anticipated TOUR players arrival later this week, as well as valued members and guests throughout the remainder of the year.”
Home of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans since 2005, TPC Louisiana was designed by legendary architect Pete Dye and features more than 100 bunkers, including several large waste bunkers on holes 10-15.