Manchester Country Club

Another Top 10 course.  The beauty of this course is seen right when you check in at the pro shop. Holes 1 and 18 sit right on the lake along with the putting green. Hole 1’s tee box is adjacent to the outdoor dining area and reminds me of Merion. Being a short hole and water on the left I suggest not using your driver and starting off on the right foot. You can break out the big stick on #2 which is a decent length downhill left breaking par 4. Now you need to cross a busy main road that’s actually called Main St to play #3 and #4 before crossing back over the road to play the rest of the front 9. You get a nice break on the downhill short par 3 before playing the hardest hole on the course. #6 is a dogleg right with an elevated green and if you let your drive get away right its all but gone. Rounding out the front 9 is a decent length par 4 with a creek, a par 3 that requires you to hit the green and a tough hole that is protected by that same creek but grew and sits at the bottom of a large hill in front of the green. Before taking on the second half of the day there is a nice halfway house to refuel at. 10 ,11, and 13 are somewhat short quirky par 4s with another short downhill par 3 jammed in between. To get to #14 which is my favorite hole there, you need to cross the street again and this time its on the top of a hill and can be somewhat blind. From this elevated tee box you can see all of the hole except the green. Its nestled in the back left behind a large pond. Even if you lay up here(which most will need to) there is a lone tree in front of the pond that can block your third shot in. 15 is a dogleg left par 5 that brings you to the home stretch, 16 and 17 are straight away simple 4s but for some reason I really enjoy them. Onceeee again you need to cross the road for the finishing hole which is a long 3 with water long and left. As you could tell I do not like the fact that you need to cross a busy road often but I’m sure that road probably wasn’t there when the course was built.The only other thing I do not love about MCC is that the par 5s are both back to back on the front and then back. Besides that I love this course and will be going there often.  When I do I  will prob warm up at Minnechaug or use MCC’s range which is located in the middle of the course.

Tee times can be made on their site

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