Review: Oak Harbor Golf Club

Course Name: Oak Harbor Golf Club

Designer: Lee Schmitt (1992)

Location: Slidell, Louisiana

History: Designed in 1992, this course is semi-private and rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest.

Conditions: 7/10, greens were fast but a little bumpy/sandy. Fairways and tee boxes were in good shape for the most part. Bunkers were beautiful.

Value: 7/10, for just over $30 with a cart, this course is a great bargain. Courses like this are usually double that price.


Tee             Par         Yardage         Rating          Slope

Blue          72           6897                73.6                143

White       72           6282                70.5               132

Gold          72           5796                68.5               128

Red            72          5226                 70.5               126

Best Score: 81 (White Tees), 5/10/2016 withGeorge W.

Front 9 Best: 42 (White Tees), 5/10/2016 with George W.

Back 9 Best: 39 (White Tees), 5/10/2016 withGeorge W.

Hole Highlights: Being on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartain, this course has topography similar to that found in the Myrtle Beach area. Dunes line the fairways on the first hole, a short par 4 that eases you into your round. Tight short holes follow until you hit hole 5 and experience the true teeth of Oak Harbor. An 174 yard par 3 with a large body of water along the entire right side, there is no room for error here. This is followed by 6, a 386 yard par 4 with an extremely narrow fairway and water straddling both sides of the hole. A similar design is found on hole 8. Despite a wider fairway, this hole requires driver at 439 yards.

Hole 11 is sort of a throwaway hole. At 310 yards, only a mid-iron is needed to have wedge into this green. A few more unremarkable but pretty holes follow until the signature 15th hole. An 162 yard par 3 surrounded by water on three sides, the only bailout is left of the hole. Pete Dye’s influence comes into play on several of these water hole with railroad ties. 16 is another interesting hole. At just 333 yards, a long iron is needed to hit this wide fairway with water lining the right side. At about 230 yards, however, the fairway narrows leaving a wedge into another water-protected green.

General Comments: The practice facilities on this course are very impressive. A large putting green, chipping green, and grass tees make warming up easy. Pace of play was also great. The holes are very far apart from each other, and it felt like we were the only group on the course sometimes.

Verdict: For the price and conditioning, this course is definitely worth the 30 minute drive from New Orleans.


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