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4.3
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4.5
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4.1
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6339 yards
Slope 128
Rating 70.6
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Manchester Country Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1917
Greens Bent Grass
Architect Tom Bendelow (1917) Devereux Emmet (1917) A. W. Tillinghast (1935)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Jeans, tee shirts are NOT permitted on the golf course. Collared shirts, khaki type slacks or Bermuda shorts are required for play.

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Cafe

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

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4.4
107 Reviews (107)
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The course was in very good shape. The greens were a little slow and a few spots were still showing signs of the aeration. Play was a little slow because it was free golf day for town residents. Over all a very good course. The New restaurant in Club House is Fantastic!!

Conditions Good
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Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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3.0
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Dress Code

First of all I like the course. A lot of fun to play. However, when I entered the pro shop yesterday I was informed I could not wear my jeans out on the course. I understand dress codes as father belonged to two private courses in RI. However, in December to spring opening nobody really cared about how you dressed back then.
I that is your policy that is fine but it does not make a lot of sense to me financially. Obviously you will not be seeing me any time in the future.

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 12/07/2020

Hello. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We would like to apologize for the negative experience you had. Please be advised that we are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Manchester Country Club. We hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviews 1
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Great course

Great course to play. Excellent condition all year round. Good challenging holes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 3
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Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
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3.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 11/18/2020

Thank you for reviewing us! We see you rated the course 3-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve before your next round? Feel free to comment on this review or reach out to the team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Manchester Country Club, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Beautiful golf course

I got to go out early with 3 members and had great time. They were very helpful with telling me where to hit it. And where not to hit it . Also one of the members had his dog . Loved it . Overall outstanding day . Will be back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Autumn golf at its best.

Beautiful day, beautiful foliage, and the course was in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 123
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Connecticut Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Enduring Excellence

One measure of the finest golf courses is their memorability. Manchester Country Club delivers eighteen holes that linger long in the memory: each maintains an individual look and plays with a different feel. There is also a vigor and quality to both nines that stems from a superior routing, which perhaps should be credited mostly to Tom Bendelow, the original architect. Then there is the inspired and carefully positioned bunkering of A.W. Tillinghast. And doubtless Devereaux Emmet put his own distinctive stamp on things here—and this (who knows?) could have been the strongest contribution among these three designers. Like Bendelow, Emmet was a naturalist who did not believe in disturbing the landscape excessively. And these holes flow beautifully and naturally over the landscape.

Sometimes the bunkers and the greens themselves seem to fit imperceptibly into the terrain. For example, look at the green at the fourth, closely and from the front, and you’ll notice the subtle downslope from front to back, which conforms closely to the land’s own slope. It’s a useful design feature, one that may trap the unwary into an unplanned visit with one of the green’s rear bunkers.

Not having played here in some time, I reflected throughout my round on the overall appeal of this layout. Manchester is not the toughest golf course in this state, and far from the longest. Nor is the most dramatic looking, though the elevation changes here supply plenty of scenic views. Yet how many Connecticut public-access courses are truly superior to this one? That number has to be very small. Or maybe zero.

The holes at Manchester are often carved beautifully out of the Connecticut woodlands. They also sidle up to a reservoir, run through some open, nearly field-like terrain, and even parallel the road. As a rule, the fairways here are neither tight nor punishing. Some of this has to do with Tillinghast’s philosophy, which maintains that precise approach play is of utmost importance in playing a hole. What part of the fairway you hit here at Manchester often becomes critical. On the second, for example, a short 4-par, you’ll need to hit down the left side of the fairway, almost to its edge, to have the best angle into the green. The tee shot need be an exacting one to set up the ideal second shot, on which it would be far less desirable to be flying your golf ball in over a bunker (which would further limit the available landing area on this smallish, fairly narrow green).

Tillinghast, also a great believer in the primacy of par-3’s in any design, was the last architect to modify Manchester: it’s no surprise, then, that this course offers four excellent one-shotters. A final key facet of Tillinghast’s design principles was his insistence on “inspiring” holes rather than sensational ones. A couple of ideal examples of come at eleven, fourteen, and even eighteen, where making smart strategic choices from tee to green often will serve any player best. These holes are attractive enough, yet not the stuff of glossy magazine ads; its three architects exercised restraint, not self-indulgence.

Two Best Holes: 15 and 17
Fifteen, a five-par of 531 yards, challenges both your strategic planning ability and ball-striking skills: tight landing zone off the drive, to which your drive must thread clusters of trees; uphill approach to a perched and tilted green. You likely need five capable strokes before your ball finds the cup. On the other hand, seventeen is a straightway 4-par requiring a relatively routine drive. The approach, however, must find a well-defended green. This green complex and what precedes it—most notably the big mounds on the left—is unique in Connecticut.

Most interesting Hole: 12.
Simply put, a terrific short par-3. From a high tee, your short iron must find the pedestal green with a very unfriendly false front. Miss short, though, and you’ll almost surely be pitching over a large hump. No easy task.

There is far more to say about Manchester Country Club, but I’ll save if for next time.

I’m guessing that the members here realize just how good they have it at MCC. This course, comparable to Bethpage Red in Long Island, doesn’t quite measure up to the Red’s extraordinary driving challenge—primarily because the latter has so many long 4-pars, on which quality matches length. With a virtual showcase of excellent holes, though, Manchester can hold its own against great Golden Age designs across the Northeast, which is where—I’ll write with a touch of personal bias—the best ones are located. If you’re serious about classic golf, here is a venue that should be at the top of your list.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great a shape

course is green, and greens are rolling nice
Held up to the drought very well.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course

Played here quite a bit years ago and course always seemed to get burned out in the summer but not anymore! The fairways and green areas were in great shape. The greens themselves were bumpy for the speed they played- they were quick. Got stuck behind a foursome with no golf etiquette or skill. Had a whole open hole in front after the first hole! No rangers in sight. We had to jump ahead of them as they wouldn't let us play through. Course is nice but very busy.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Sweet course

Manchester CC layout, gives you different types of holes every 3 holes... from fairway elevation changes to length changes to green challenges, to Dogleg LF / RT...
Sweet course... we play 20 different courses in Hartford/ Springfield area and Manchester is in the top 4 .SBRO

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Decent layout.

Liked the course layout. Greens were much slower than I’m use to. Generous wide fairways. A little lost of grass here and there. Because of drought conditions this summer probably. My wife really enjoyed the course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very disappointed

Pace of play was so slow. People jumping on the course from the street. There was no ranger to notify.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 09/14/2020

Hello, thank you for reviewing the course. We apologize for the delay of play during your round. Please know that this is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. With an uncharacteristically full day, we work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and allow our guest the chance to complete their rounds. With that in mind, we are working to best control pace and allow everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We will continue to look for ways to improve. Thank you for playing Manchester Country Club. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 52
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

One of the best courses around

I really enjoy playing at MCC. The course is well maintained and is the perfect balance of challenging and fun. The scenery is amazing and always makes for a great day of golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 96
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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