Manor Country Club has completed its restoration of its Championship 18-Hole Golf Course. This course opened for play on October 12, 2005.
Golf Digest named Manor Country Club as being one of the top five renovations in 2006.
In the summer of 2008, Manor completed the short game facility to rave reviews.
The basic interest of the members was to improve the course by recovering many of the original William Flynn design characteristics from 1922. Enhanced bunkering, greater risk/reward strategy opportunities, added length, improved greens, and carefully located tees are part of that effort. Additionally, the plan was to define opportunities for improved playing conditions throughout and will examine all aspects of the golf facility and their context within the Club. To that end, refinements were proposed which respect the desirable characteristics of the course and build upon the existing routing.
Manor Country Club has a documented history in the Washington D.C. area. The implementation of the proposed improvements will make the course more playable and enjoyable for the current membership and more attractive to new members.
1. Restore the original William Flynn design characteristics to the extent possible throughout the course. This includes the re-introduction of various strategic design elements to enhance the course appearance, drama and risk/reward strategies.
2. Improve the quality of the turf throughout. This involves installation of additional drainage, removing tree roots and removing large shade trees that prohibit the movement of the air and light required for healthy turf.
3. Where possible, add length to the course to compensate for improved equipment and players skills, just as Mr. Flynn acknowledged.
4. Rebuild the greens to USGA specifications. The greens are to be constructed to exhibit to the nearest possible extent the characteristics of William Flynn's original greens and those that are most similar to his work. Size, shape and contouring are part of that effort.
5. Rebuild the tees, creating the size (5,500 square feet for par fours and fives and 7,500 for par threes) and growing medium upon which good turf can be kept.
6. Rebuild the bunkers to improve playing conditions, playing strategies, maintenance and aesthetics. Consistent playing conditions are important.
7. Rebuild/repair and relocate cart paths as necessary.
8. Establish a tree and landscape program to maintain, remove and plant trees, shrubs and flowers.
Manor Country Club is well located and can expect to remain where it is for the foreseeable future. This premise is basic to further improvement planning. The present membership wants to have a top quality course, replete with championship characteristics, many of which may be recovered from the original William Flynn design.