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Getting To Know: The National Golf Club of Louisiana

An Insightful Interview With David Kaspar, Director of Golf

By Brian Weis


Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with David Kaspar who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
In its short lifespan, The National Golf Club of Louisiana has become one of the favorites for golfers from SW Louisiana all the way to the Houston Metropolis. With typically outstanding golf course conditions and very competitive pricing, The National offers a challenging layout with water hazards on every hole and 80+ fairway and greenside bunkers. Opened in 2009, The National boasts of rolling fairways and undulated greens with just about every tee shot providing some type of risk-reward decision to be made. Every shot and every club in your bag will be tested as you play this wonderful layout.

The National has hosted several major professional and amateur events including The Adams Professional Golf Tour and the upcoming 2016 State Four Ball Championship. The annual Westlake City Championship is an open event for any golfers that have an established handicap and provides excellent competition from Houston to New Orleans.

The National always has special pricing and promotions with Seniors, Ladies and regular golfers interested in a great golf course at an even great price. You can check the current specials by calling the golf shop at (337) 433-2255.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Besides the fact that the golf course is really great and always in top playing condition, our rates are some of the most competitive in the state. You can always count on some type of special promotion that will get you on the course at a rate that will most likely be as low as anyone in town.

The golf course is friendly for all players...those seeking a very challenging tough layout all the way down to the rank beginner looking to enjoy some sunshine while learning a new sport. The greens are fun, undulated but very playable. There is water on every hole but very few are crossing hazards where the carry is more than a few yards.

All in all, all players will enjoy this wonderful golf course.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The best advice I can give is to pay attention to the layout on the scorecard. There are 4 holes (#4, #7, #13 and #18) that should be played to a layup yardage from the tee. (Driver can be hit but must be placed into a tight area.) There is water on every hole but most are lateral so all fairways provide ample area to hit (with exception of the four above) driver. Also, many of the greenside bunkers are fairly deep and challenging to get ball close to tucked hole locations so sometime best to play to the middle of greens when holes are in some of the corners.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
We have been awarded with the 2016 Louisiana State 4 Ball Championship. Obviously speaks of the quality of the course, as the State Tournament Committee only choose the best layouts and courses for their championships.

Golfweek listed The National Golf Club of Louisiana as one of "The Top New Courses to Play" in October 2011.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
We have a beautiful par 3 near the clubhouse...#5. It has 3 church pew bunkers in the front left of the green and water all the way to it from the tee and around the left side of the green. The hole can play from 100 yards all the way back to over 210+ yards to an elevated and undulated green. Its a wonderful, very beautiful hole.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
We have a stretch of 3 holes on our back nine that will rival any 3 holes in golf in the state or all of golf for that matter. Beginning with a 437 slight dogleg right par 4 #14 that usually plays into a prevailing wind...the hole has a 150 yard long fairway bunker that gobbles up any errant tee shot to the right side of the fairway, the left side of the hole is protected by a lateral water hazard that starts at about 250 yards from the tee and runs up adjacent to the front left side of the green. The green is one of the largest on the course with a heavily sloped from front to back challenge for all putters.

When you leave #14, you get to go to a very tough Par 3 in #15. This hole can play up to 205 yards from the back tees. The green is a kidney shaped design with a huge bunker protecting the front and right side. All the way up the right side is a large water hazard that seems to draw all left to right shots so great care needs to be taken with this tee shot.

Awaiting you after these two jewels is the hardest hole on the course...#16 can play up to 460 yards. This hole is protected by fairway bunkers on the right and left side of the landing areas, plus just past these bunkers are water hazards on each side of the fairway. Straight and long is the best shot for this tee shot to even have a chance at hitting on this green in regulation. Now, even with a great tee shot, a difficult approach awaits...the green has a large bunker protecting it front and right side, and the green is very narrow from front to back but very wide left to right. The slope is right to left so a nice high draw into the green is a great way to approach but you know as well as I do...this is a tough shot from 200 plus yards.

Walking away from these 3 holes in Par or Better is a great goal and a fantastic score. No way to pick a favorite from them.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Your must have dish here at The National is either the Cheeseburger or Chicken Quesadillas and an ice cold Shiner Draft beer.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Course Record under tournament conditions is 62. This was scored in 2013 in The Adams Professional Golf Tour event here.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6946
Slope: 139
Rating: 73.3

More Information
The National Golf Club of Louisiana
1400 National Dr. Westlake , LA, 70669
337-433-2255
www.nationalgcla.com


 

Revised: 11/03/2015 - Article Viewed 20,188 Times - View Golf Course Profile


Written By: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.


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