A Quick Nine: Places to play around New Orleans for Super Bowl week

By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer
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The Super Bowl is headed back to New Orleans and the Superdome on February 3, where head-coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh will be on opposite sidelines as the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens square off.

Who cares? I know, right (Just kidding. A bitter New England Patriots fan here, who's still dumbfounded that his team didn't show up for the second half of the AFC Championship game.)?

It could be argued that New Orleans is the best party town in the U.S., and perhaps among the best in the world. We don't need to tell you to check out the French Quarter or Bourbon Street -- you already know about those.

Instead, we want to help you find something to do in the morning and during the day... you know, like some golf.

With that, we reached out to our friends in Facebook Nation and asked: where are the best places to tee it up within an hour or so of the Superdome?

Here's a look at some of the best answers we received and, yes, we did need to go slightly further away because of some fantastic golf in Mississippi.

Editor's Note: If you've played any of the courses below, please click its name to go to its course page and leave a review for others to see.

9. The Grand Bear in Saucier, Miss. Located a little more than an hour outside of New Orleans, we've been assured that the Grand Bear is worth the drive. Here's the course description from its website: "A wide array of hole layouts makes Grand Bear challenging, yet enjoyable for all. You'll enjoy the game of golf like never before, as Grand Bear takes you through all its majestic beauty, exquisitely sculpted amid protected wetlands in a pristine Mississippi forest."

Facebook fan quote:

"Grand Bear, Saucier, MS (1 hour from New Orleans)." -- Jason Barto

8. Fallen Oak Golf Club in Saucier, Miss. This immaculate Tom Fazio-designed championship course has been named among the 50 best in the U.S. by Golf Digest. Probably the only reason it's No. 8 on this list is because we're trying to get you a little closer to the Superdome for your Super Bowl week golf.

Facebook fan quote:

"Fallen Oak." -- Marilyn Humphries Schoen

7. The North Course at City Park in New Orleans, La. Along with some nice, solid, affordable golf. the North Course at City Park also offers a deal for unlimited range practice.

Facebook fan quote:

"City Park New Orleans North Course. Affordable and conveniently located from all access points within New Orleans." -- Alexander Prosky

6. Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans in Gretna, La. This, from its website, is all you need to know about this 27-hole beauty: "Are you ready for the 2013 Superbowl? Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans is the premier course to have your corporate outing or event. We are now booking tee times for the Superbowl Week! Get your tee times now before they go!"

Facebook fan quote:

"Stonebridge golf club of New Orleans, just 10 minutes outside the city, 27 holes, Taylor Made rocket ballz rental clubs, and friendly service!" -- Nancy Benko Dayton

5. Audubon Park Golf Course in New Orleans, La. With rounds (including a cart) as little as $35 Monday-Thursday and no more than $45 Friday-Sunday, this is one of the best deals you'll find in New Orleans.

Facebook fan quote:

"Audubon Park, it's a executive course in the middle of New Orleans. Get your golf fix and keep on partying!" -- Dave Morgan

4. Lakewood Golf Club, New Orleans, La. The former host of 26 New Orleans Opens, Lakewood celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 and underwent a multi-million renovation recently. The club is offering special Super Bowl Tee Time packages, Jan. 28-Feb. 3. Don't miss out.

Facebook fan quote:

"Lakewood Golf Club... 2012 U.S. Open qualifier is a great challenge for an affordable price. And it is located just 15 minutes from downtown New Orleans." -- Ricky Valenti Jr

3. TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. This Pete Dye gem is home to the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. It's upscale and it's a beast, if that's what you're looking for.

Facebook fan quotes:

"I would pick TPC Louisiana. Absolutely beautiful course." -- Ed LaPreze

"TPC Louisiana." -- Reginald Jacob Mason II

2. English Turn Golf & Country Club, New Orleans, La. Just eight miles from downtown, this is a special, elegant, Jack Nicklaus designed course. But, you're going to need to know someone to get out there.

Facebook fan quotes:

"English Turn in New Orleans." -- Todd Hamilton

"Haven't been there for years but English Turn & Oak Harbour are personal favourites to play, and Cafe Nola in the French Quarter for food, followed by The Cats Meow for entertainment, or any jazz bar!" -- Simon Dewsbury

"Hands down, English Turn. Worked there in late 90's, one of the best in the city. Enjoy!" -- Daniel Gates

1. Carter Plantation in Springfield, La. Facebook Nation has spoken and they say this David Toms Signature Course is the one you want to play. They're running specials that include green fee, cart fee, and unlimited range balls. Check it out.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Carter Plantation or Audobon Park." -- Kenny Cantin

"Carter Plantation." -- Jimmy Guthrie

"Carter Plantation -- Bill Caldwell, PGA will take great care of you." -- Caldwell Says

"Carter Plantation." -- Jill Senter

"Had a great time at Carter Plantation." -- Mike Bowers

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