New Orleans City Park
Family and Friends--
Post-KATRINA, people frisbee, dogs walk, and the solitude of a sunset is still an experience that hundreds of
But you won't find golfers, anymore. Well, I take that back. A rinky-dink driving range still operates.
But what used to be in
Also, the golf courses were the City Park's largest revenue generator.
I go in. I have a sand wedge in my hand--for the rats.
The clubhouse is massive. When a structure is gutted to its planks, you can really get a feel for square-footage, for the true size of it.
It looks like the Bayou Oaks clubhouse had several rooms: a proshop, male and female locker rooms, a bar and restaurant, and possibly a bag room/caddy shack.
The only sense of organization around this place is actually outside. It's a Xerox machine. One of the big ones that once was capable a major collations, copies and faxes. The glass underneath the lid is cracked badly, wires and chips obviously flooded.
As I walk out the back door down the path that Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer used to take to the Championship Course's first tee.
I have to step around the cracked concrete and into the unkempt bush. The course is totally overgrown now. Crabgrass. Weeds. Dandelions. You name it, it's there. I walked out to the blue 200 yard line painted on the first hole cart place. I could see what this place used to look like.
The first tee waiting table and starter booth still stand. All the signs remain. I wonder where the starters, typically old retired military or school teachers, have gone. I'm sure many of them evacuated hoping their golf salvation would be the same when they came back.
As it turns out, several thousand people have not been able to return to And that's sad.
And that's sad.
The marble first tee marker is cracked in half. The 150-yard marker in what looks like the 18th fairway is being overcome by grass.
Hardly the same walk Hogan or Palmer made up the old-18th.
I'm sure people walk through and say, "This used to be the Bayou Oaks golf course."
Soon I hope, it will be a course again. Then someone could check it off as another "used to be" revitalized from the post-KATRINA rebuild list. It'd sure be nice to see people out here again.
At least the sunset is beautiful tonight. And somewhere on these grounds a frisbee game is finishing and a woman walks her dog. A man reads his book.
It's a start. Robert
Best to you,
To donate to the rebuilding of the 1,300 acre