Locals Supporting Locals: Putter’s Deli, Bar and Driving Range
The modern game of golf is generally considered to be one of the oldest practiced sports in history. Dating back to the late 1200s, golf built its popularity across the ancient world for 600 years before making its way to America. Circulating through college campuses and among the social groups of elite business owners, clubs and courses quickly became the central activity sites for many communities.
The crowds that golf competitions drew built a foundation for a whole new industry in America. The buying, selling, and manufacturing of golf supplies, apparel and other products generated jobs and steady income. The clubs themselves saw an immediate need for grounds staff, landscapers, and janitors to maintain the functionality of the courses as they used this opportunity expand their income beyond membership costs by offering food and beverage services. This also opened many occupational doors for chefs, bartenders, and wait staff.
It wasn’t until the late 1930s that North Carolina’s Pinehurst Resort introduced America and the world to a whole new way of enjoying the sport. Dedicating a portion of their course to an open-range practice area for young up-and-coming golfers, professionals looking to hone a particular shot, or newcomers to the sport, the club found a business opportunity that could appeal to the masses, not just its club members.
Following suit, clubs across the country began opening their own “driving ranges” ultimately creating a subculture within the golf word for those just looking to hit a few balls, have a few drinks and not worry about keeping score. We in the Lake City are fortunate enough to have a number of ranges to visit in our area, though one in particular is flying away from the flock in a major way.
Owner Andy McGregor opened the doors to Putter’s Deli & Driving Range a little over a year ago, and since then, he and his staff have aimed to be above par with every one of their services. Unlike traditional stand-alone driving ranges, Putter’s offers a wide variety of recreational options, from their memorabilia-packed sports bar to their all-ages mini-golf course. Add in their signature po-boys along with their one-of-a-kind side items and you have the perfect recipe for a group outing.
With picture-perfect landscaping and rural scenery, Putters offers that classic club atmosphere with a relaxed bayou twist. And no matter how delicious the food or how refreshing the drinks, the Pro Shop staff provides expert knowledge on all of your equipment and performance needs. The deli’s multifaceted location has become the hangout for an equally diverse customer base: One of their most notable regulars is the Seven Slot Society of SWLA. Putter’s has also become a favorite venue for many local bands and indie music followers. Hosting live shows on the weekend and following up with amazing drink specials, they have created a sweet spot in the local music scene.
Dedicated to maximizing their potential so that they may continue to offer the community their absolute best, Putter’s is undergoing an extensive remodel. The construction will bring about an all-new indoor and outdoor dining area and a new music stage, as well as a kids pay area.
“You know I never looked at this place for what it was, but more for what it could be,” McGregor explains. “I want to offer the community something it can really appreciate.” So the next time you hear someone say, “What do you want to do this weekend?” Tell them to go to Putter’s, and be sure to HashTag Dat!
As always Eat, Sleep, Drink and Support Local!
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Putter’s Deli, Bar, and Driving Range
7795 Lake St, Lake Charles, LA 70605
Owner – Andy McGregor