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English Turn Provides

Great Golf with a Side

of History


Steve Habel

Teeing it up in New Orleans can provide nearly

as many thrills as a trip to Bourbon Street.

When one thinks of New Orleans, it’s usually for

the 24-hour party scene on Bourbon Street, the

hundredsofworld-renownedrestaurants, themighty

Mississippi River, the arts district, the streetcars or…

heck, just about anything besides golf.

But that’s a huge mistake. While there’s not a

lot of golf in the Big Easy, the courses in the city

and its suburbs are some of the best anywhere

in the South and worth traveling to Louisiana’s

easternmost sectors to enjoy and experience.

On our most recent trip to the Crescent City we

teed it up at one of the area’s top private (but

accessible) courses, English Turn Golf.

English Turn Golf & Country Club was built for

the Tour but is playable for everyone.

The golf course at English Turn was designed

by Jack Nicklaus and was designed to provide

as exquisite a visual experience as it is a great

round of golf. Nicklaus fashioned gallery berms

and spectator mounds all along the course that

were built specifically for the USF&G Classic

(now the Zurich Classic), but the Golden Bear

also knew the track needed to be playable for

golfers of all ability levels the other 50 weeks of

the year.

At English Turn, Nicklaus created 18

unique, championship holes on a course

completely surrounded by the Norman

Canal. Despite being the centerpiece of an

exclusive neighborhood the routing was

not designed to divide residential areas –

each hole here challenges players with its

own personality.

Giant sand and waste bunkers guard many

holes, and numerous grass depressions line the

sculptured fairways. The smallish greens are

notoriously tiered and undulating and some are

wickedly shallow, challenging, yet fair, for the

club member and pros alike.

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