City Park has gotten a serious face lift since getting whacked by Hurricane Katrina. For months, residents have been teased by the lengthy construction of an 36-hole mini-golf course nestled right in the park's center. That wait is over.
There is nothing like playing on a brand new mini-golf course; the greens are fresh, the water is still clean, and the hole gimmicks haven't been played out yet. A New Orleans mini-golf course also comes with alcohol sales, constant jazz music, and themes. One 18 hole course is Louisiana-based, with holes that take you around the state's swamps and marshes. The other is New Orleans-centric, with each hole based around a street (complete with the replica tiles).
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Course difficulty isn't too bad, and with the 36 holes, you never feel too rushed, as golfers (if you can call them that) stay pretty spread out. While there is no "windmill", there are some things out there you wouldn't see on a typical putt-putt course. A few of hole "relics" are genius, with the giant crawfish boiling pot being the best of the best.
Grab the kids or some friends and come spend a few hours hacking the ball around while drinking Abita. There is not a comparable entertainment option on a dollar for dollar basis anywhere else in the city.