Manchester Country Club
Manchester Country Club opened in 1917 and was designed by two early 20th century course architects, Tom Bendelow and Devereaux Emmett, the latter creating famed Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C.
Manchester features superb conditions and bunkers placed strategically around the fairway landing areas and putting surfaces, which puts a premium on accuracy both off the tee and on approaches to the medium-sized greens. The course plays only 6,339 yards from the tips and has a par of 72, but the slope of 128 gives you an idea about the challenge you will face here. There are some elevation changes and water comes into play on several holes.
The course is a fine example of what is called “old New England design,” meaning the natural character of the land has been used to advantage, not bulldozed away to fit an abstract concept. The layout does not require great length or power, but rewards these assets when properly used. There are alternate ways to play many holes to allow players with different skills to be challenged.
The first hole is one of the best starters in the state. It measure sonly 324 yards from the tips but the par-four has water all along its left side. The sixth is the number one handicap hole, a 410-yard par-four that has trees on both sides of the fairway, which bends slightly left to the green. A well struck and placed tee shot is a must to have an unfettered approach shot. The course ends in an unusual manner, with a par-three that plays 192 yards from the tips.
After golf, take the time to enjoy one of the best views from any 19th hole in New England, the newly-renovated Waterview Café, which overlooks the Globe Hollow Reservoir. The menu offers tasty and affordable luncheons seven days a week with the doors opening at 11 a.m. There’s a new dinner menu Tuesday through Saturday evenings 4 p.m. to close.