Review and Rating of English Turn Golf Course - New Orleans
As soon as you arrive at English Turn's spectacular 43,000 square foot clubhouse which recalls the grace and grandeur of one of Louisiana's legendary plantation homes, you know you're in for a special treat. English Turn is an outstanding Jack Nicklaus designed course that presents a challenging round of golf to all skill levels. Nicklaus created 18 unique holes, each of which have their own personality and set of challenges - meandering lakes come into play of every hole, giant sand and waste bunkers guard the fairways and greens, grass depressions and mounds line the sculptured fairways, and tiered and contoured small manicured greens put a premium on the approach shots and putting.
Don't let all of that scare you - the fairways are generous, the bunkers can be avoided, and you'll stay dry if you focus on course management and staying in the fairway. The conditions from tee to cup are near perfect, the course is very well maintained and manicured, and the scenery (big southern mansions, water, trees, fountains, and landscaping) is stunning. Doesn't get much better than all that!
In addition, English Turn Golf Club is home to some really fun holes, some that we liked included:
Two meandering lakes line one side of all of the fairways and across the lake are some huge beautiful homes. The fairways are wide and forgiving and loaded with bunkers, grass mounding, and lots of contour. Miss the fairway and you're in a rough that was thick and challenging when we played. If you spray the ball you're wet on one side or in trees, natural areas, or OB on the other side of the fairway. When we played the English Turn fairways were near perfect, well manicured, and landscaped with a wide variety of fauna.
The greens at English Turn are all shapes and sizes, very small (22 to 36 yards deep), and well guarded. They were in excellent condition, soft and held the ball well, and ran true and at a great speed of 10 to 11. Slope, contour, and tiers can cause lots of break.
The 95 bunkers are everywhere and range from 200 or more yard long skinny monsters to small pot bunkers. The lips are manageable, the sand is soft and fluffy, and they are well manicured.
If you are in New Orleans, you need to take the time to play this outstanding course.
Service is very good, the pro shop is well stocked, and the club house is outstanding. The practice facilities are very good. The pace of play is excellent
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.