Batholomew GC Continues Rebirth Following Katrina

Joseph Bartholomew Golf Course was literally wiped out when Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans in 2005.

Originally opened in 1956 as Pontchartrain Golf Course, the municipal facility was renovated in 1979 and renamed in honor of the first African-American inducted in the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.

But the course and clubhouse were destroyed by Katrina. The course was rebuilt in 2011, and a new double-ended driving range was added.

The facility is now on the verge of coming full circle in its rebirth. On Wednesday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new clubhouse. The former temporary clubhouse was demolished in May to make room for the $4 million, 8,500-square-foot building.

The new clubhouse will include a golf shop, restaurant and banquet spaces for outside events, such as weddings and other social gatherings. If all goes well with construction, the building will open for use in spring of 2014.

"For anybody that is looking to move into the city of New Orleans, and you wanted a great neighborhood to come in, and you think about the housing stock that's in this area and the amenities that are here - a first-rate golf course, a first-rate clubhouse, a senior center, tennis courts, a baseball facility and immediately adjacent to one of the great historically black colleges and universities - there is a reason why Pontchartrain Park is the anchor for the city of New Orleans," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

"This particular building is critically important because it will be where the community gathers, and it will be every bit as nice as what you see at Audubon Park the other public park that we have in the city of New Orleans," added the mayor.