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About The Course

A Piece of New Orleans History

English Turn is named after the historic location, here on the Mississippi River. At the end of the 17th century, one of the founders of New Orleans- Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne (also known as Bienville) was exploring the area where he, his brother (Iberville) and their group of men had claimed in the name of France. Bienville and two canoes of men followed the bend of the river and came upon an English frigate. Not wanting the ship and its crew to come any farther, Bienville and his men gladly informed the captain of the ship that the land was already under control of the French and that they would defend it with plenty of firepower (that did not exist) upstream. Luckily, the English captain believed the lie, and turned the ship around. That bend in the Mississippi has been known as English Turn ever since.

Picture of map of Mississippi River in 1931

Golf Course Details

This Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, Par 72 Championship Golf Course presents a unique challenge to golfers of all skill levels. Every hole has an individual personality including numerous bunkers, large waste bunkers, plentiful grass depressions and mounds which line the sculpted fairways. The property was designed with meandering lakes surrounding the golf course giving a separation from the community and a magnificent Plantation Style Clubhouse making your visit at English Turn an unparalleled experience.

The Signature Course at English Turn was originally designed in 1988 for the New Orleans PGA Tour event, which was held at the facility until 2004 and in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. The Inaugural event was the USF & G Classic in 1989 and the course proved to be a challenge for the PGA Tour with notoriously undulating greens, water in play on seventeen of the eighteen holes and the signature fifteenth Island Green. In Addition, the 18th Hole had been ranked the hardest hole on tour many times during the tournament tenure.

The 15th hole at English Turn Golf and Country Club is the signature hole with its island green.

Tee Yards Rating Slope
Gold 7,078 74.6 140
Blue 6,449 71.5 130
White 5,955 71.0 119
Red 5,376 72.1 126

Meet the Staff

Sean Rooney, Head Golf Professional at English Turn.

PGA - Head Golf Professional

Sean who is originally from New York was raised primarily in California as well as Europe and Saudi Arabia. While earning his BS in Psychology and minor in Marketing at the University of Oklahoma, he began to develop his golf game. After spending five years in the Hotel Management field, he began his career in golf at New Orleans Country Club. Sean later joined the Golf Professional Staff at English Turn Golf & Country Club in May of 2000 as an Assistant Golf Professional and has held the position of Head Golf Professional since 2009.

Brian Manzella, Teaching Professional at English Turn Golf and Country Club

Teaching Professional

A 51 year-old New Orleans native and resident Brian Manzella has been teaching golf for 29 years.

Brian is a 2-time Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, a 24-year member of the PGA of America, and was the PGA Kentucky Section Teacher of the Year in 2003.

In 1987 he began a long tutelage under world-renowned instructor Ben Doyle, and in 1988 began a long teacher-student relationship with PGA Champion David Toms who he continues to work with to this day.

Brian's extensive work with David in 2011 resulted in Toms moving up 80 places in the world rankings, finishing second at the Players', and winning at Colonial.

A former G.S.E.D. of The Golfing Machine, Brian now heads up the Project 1.68 team, synthesizing golf swing scientific research for use by golfers and golf instructors.

Manzella has seventeen Brian Manzella Academy instructors in nine states and Australia, and his Golf Teacher Excellence teacher education program is now in its 5th year, and has conducted multiple seminars across the country including two Anti-Summits, a science based golf seminar with world-renown golf scientists in an open discussion format.

Brian's website,, averages over 30,000 unique visitors per month, and is ranked in the Top 50,000 websites in the USA.

An avid TrackMan user, Brian has produced several videos on the real world application of the "new ball flight laws" that the D-Plane has brought to light.

He has produced a dozen retail instructional videos, appeared the PGA DVD Instructional Series, and is a featured contributor to Golf Magazine and

Brian was the featured instructor for the 2012 Sports Illustrated at the Majors promotion, teaching over 600 golfers in four cities, as well as participating event analysis for

Brian does several seminars, golf schools and 'tour stops" through the country each year, visiting over 10 states a year.

Manzella's Academy home base is English Turn Golf and Country Club in New Orleans.

Mike Pizzitola, Assistant Golf Professional at English Turn Golf and Country Club

Assistant Golf Professional

Mike Pizzitola is originally from Destrehan, La. He attended Jesuit High School and played on the golf team for 3 years, and the team  finished runner-up in the State tournament in 2002. He then  attended Mississippi State University in the PGM program, and moved to Atlanta to work at Alpharetta Country Club. Mike played some mini-tour events while in Atlanta. He moved back home in 2013 to pursue a career in insurance but learned quickly that a career in golf is where he wanted to be.  Mike won  the 2016 Mississippi Mid-South golf tournament at Hattiesburg Country Club along with Paul Maholm and the 2016 Gulf States Ping Sterling-Cut Pro-Scratch at Audubon Golf Club with PGA pro Jared Smith.