English Turn Golf & Country Club - Bunker
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English Turn Golf & Country Club - Bunker
A large bunker sits beside a lagoon in view of the clubhouse at English Turn. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
English Turn Golf & Country Club - Island green
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English Turn Golf & Country Club - Island green
One of the most notorious holes in New Orleans: The island green on the par-5 15th. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
English Turn Golf & Country Club - Clubouse
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English Turn Golf & Country Club - Clubouse
The Clubhouse at English Turn Golf & Country Club is 43,000 square feet and has a large locker room, plus plenty of event space and places to eat. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
English Turn Golf & Country Club - lagoon
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English Turn Golf & Country Club - lagoon
A lagoon encircles the entire golf course at English Turn and is in play on most holes. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 4
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English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 4
The short, par-4 4th hole has a peninsula green at English Turn. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 18 green
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English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 18 green
No. 18 is a long par 4 finish at English Turn. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 1
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English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 1
The opening hole is a modest par 4 that is guarded by bunkers at English Turn. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
English Turn Golf & Country Club -
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English Turn Golf & Country Club -
English Turn Golf & Country Club Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 9
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English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 9
The 9th hole is a dogleg par 4 with water in play on the tee and approach shot. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 11
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English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 11
With a good drive, the par-5 11th is reachable in two, but diagonal bunkers await errant shots. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 8
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English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 8
The par-3 8th hole is guarded by water left at English Turn. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 18
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English Turn Golf & Country Club - No. 18
A semi-private facility, English Turn is a former host of the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Tour English Turn Golf & Country Club, former Zurich Classic of New Orleans host

NEW ORLEANS -- The "West Bank" in New Orleans is, in fact, east of the city, one of many lay-of-the-land intricacies of the Crescent City. It's named as such because it's on the western bank of the Mississippi River, which snakes to the east once it's south of downtown. This area is where you'll find a handful of top semi-private and daily-fee courses like English Turn Golf & Country Club.

English Turn, which opened in 1988, was a longtime host of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA Tour from 1989 until 2004 (and once more in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina) when TPC Louisiana opened in Avondale. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, English Turn has a novel routing. A large lagoon was created from the soil that was dug up to create higher ground for the course, which is entirely surrounded by the water feature. The result is -- you guessed it -- a lot of water holes. The lagoon is in play on practically every hole, and none more so than the par-5 15th hole, which features an island green.

Otherwise, this is a vintage, late-80s Nicklaus design, where greens are on the small side and there are plenty of bunkers to deal with off many tee shots. You can certainly pick how long you want to play this 7,078-yard championship layout, with six sets of tees rated (which include two combo sets).

The English Turn development is home to some of the most desirable residential properties outside the city center, but good news for golfers, all the homes are on the other side of the lagoon, so you won't be in any backyards here.

The facility has a full driving range and practice area, and another neat feature of English Turn is the 43,000-square-foot clubhouse. Be sure to stop off for lunch in the lounge after your round. Better yet, spend some time in the men's locker room, which is massive and could certainly still host a full-field event and then some. How it stacks up vs. TPC Louisiana, a Pete Dye design, is a popular topic for debate among area golfers. We compared the ratings in this 2015 data article, and English Turn actually had the edge, thanks largely to a higher value score. Local Golf Advisor TwillDog1 summed up the choice as such:

"Overall, if I had one round left to play, I'd probably choose English Turn over TPC Louisiana; mostly because of it's charm, but also because of its shot values and the layout itself. But for overall conditioning, TPC has got it on over the Turn."

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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Tour English Turn Golf & Country Club, former Zurich Classic of New Orleans host