English Turn 
Golf Club
Featured 15th 
thru 18th Holes:

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Our Caddybytes.com 'Featured Holes of the Week' are from this week's 2006 Zurich New Orleans Classic golf tournament and Jack Nicklaus's English Turn golf course on the PGA Tour.   The New Orleans Open golf tournament has been a regular tour stop for professional golf since the late 1930's and was formerly played at the old Lakewood C.C. before the current venue which began at English Turn a little over a decade ago.  The warm annual Spring weather this golf course plays considerably shorter and the scoring will usually be low.  Here's our Caddybytes.com review of our Featured Holes of the week, #'s 15, 16, 17, and the tough 18th finishing holes, from English Turn and this week's HP New Orleans Golf Classic!  This is the final year for this tournament at this English Turn venue, next year it's a new TPC course!

Our first picture is of the 520 yard 15th green looking back to the second and third shot approach area's into this island green par 5 hole.

The tee shot is guarded all down the right side with bunkering left as well.

The player needs a good number and lie to go for this green in two.  The green is 43 yards deep and typically here as in all Nicklaus designs, the pro pin positions are shot valued and guarded by bunkering and water.

Here is a view from the green looking back down the 425 yard par four 16th hole at English Turn.

The tee shot is guarded by a waste area all down the right side with bunkering left off the tee as well.

The green sits up and elevated and falls away at many points, in the back right, back left, into bunkering front and right, and off the left side as well.  The green is only 25 yards deep on the right side and 16 yards deep on the left.

This view is of the 17th green looking back towards the tee box of this 208 yard par three at English Turn.

As you can see here there are many possible pin positions and corner pins protected by bunkers, ridges in the green, and drop off waste areas and bunkers.

This green is 38 yards deep on the left and 34 yards deep through on the right side.  Depending on the wind, tee, and pin location, it can be as little as a 7 to a three iron into this green.

Here's a view from the left side of the often difficult 466 yard par four finishing hole at English Turn.

There is a waste area all down the left side with a forced carry for a second shot hit over water to the green here.

It's a narrow landing area between this left side rough and cluster of bunkers in the pro landing area to the right.  (see next pix)

It's 325 yards or so to drive the tee shot through the fairway and into the waste area here.

Here's that look at the bunkering off the tee box to the right.  It's 245 into this first one in the foreground of pix left.  And it's 270 to carry that one on the left of this pix.

They're almost like green side bunkers and steep and will not often yield a lie that will allow the player to get home with a 200 yard approach left into the green.

The tee shot landing area here is approximately only 30 yards wide in the preferred landing zone.  (Left of here and right of waste area)

Should you not have a good lie in the rough, or be in the waste area left with too long a shot and bad lie or those bunkers to the right, then you must play your second shot into the safe 'lay-up' area pictured here to the right.

It's narrow in there, but this angle at least gives you  an opportunity to get your third shot in there close and up and down for a par four. 

Often the wind plays havoc here with club selection and this green is rather narrow from front to back.

Here's the look from behind the green looking back down the fairway and tee box in the distance.

The 18th green is only 30 yards deep on the left side and 15 yards through it on the right.

The green slopes from back to front, so a miss  over with recovery bunker shots are sloping away from the player, requiring only brilliant execution to get it close for a save.

This golf hole can be as brutal and demanding as any finishing hole on tour.  It is and has often been a pivotal golf hole, where a par four is a good score!

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