The Manor G.C.
Weather & Course Condition
On the day I played there had been quite heavy rain prior to my arrival and it was still light rain falling when I Started my round but by the time I’d finished the first hole the rain had stopped and the sun was trying to come out. Due to the poor weather conditions the course did suffer a little with some very wet area’s but overall had held up very well, the greens were in very good condition and ran true.
The course is just outside Uttoxeter and after turning off the main road into a single track road after around half a mile you turn right, at first I thought it was a mistake as I was driving into a farm yard but continuing on I saw a nice new clubhouse in front of me, there is a small car park in front of the clubhouse with overspill parking behind one of the farm buildings, the limited parking is the only negative I could find here as a warm welcome from the pro shop which is well equipped put the parking issues behind me. Upstairs is a small but well equipped bar area with good well priced food available and the service I received here was first class. Visiting many different clubs around the UK I have found some members can be very friendly whilst others keep to themselves, here all the members welcomed me and I felt I had known them for years as they treated me as though I was a member there.
All yardage is from the yellow tee’s
Hole 1 – 336yds – Par
The raised first tee is alongside the clubhouse and just to put you under more pressure when teeing off members can be watching from the balcony alongside the teeing ground. With a wide fairway in front of you but the green is not visible from the tee as it is tucked behind the bushes on the left of the fairway, so a good drive onto the fairway will leave a second into a green that still may not be visible depending on your lie, but should you decide to go for it from the tee beware of the bunker waiting for you on the left of the fairway. You should be able to reach the green on your second but if not there is plenty of room around the green for any wayward shot. The greens here were in very good condition and this green was large and ran true, easy green to read so a 2 putt from anywhere on this green should be all that is needed. A good starting hole, for the good players a birdie is on the cards for the rest of us a par or bogie at the worst should result.
Hole 2 – 153yds – Par 3
Just off to the left of the first green is the second tee, standing on the tee it can look a little daunting as in front of you is a deep hole which has well established growth in it as you can see from the photo. The green is multitiered and slightly above the tee but has plenty of room around it, I went with my recovery wood which turned out to be a good choice as it landed just off the righthand side of the green but more importantly I cleared all the trouble just in front of the tee, walking up to the green I noticed quite a few balls buried amongst the undergrowth in the hole so it has claimed many a poor shot.
Hole 3 – 570yds – Par 5
From the tee take in the far reaching views for a few minutes, then look at the fairway stretching out below you with a dog leg right, a good tee shot should get you to or near the dog leg but anything drifting left could cause a few problems. My drive was just short of the dog leg but on the fairway, with the green not visible from where I was my trusty rescue wood came into play followed by a three wood which left me just short of the large green, the fairway is wide and open so unless you mishit anytime you should be clear of the trees.
Hole 4 – 371yds – Par 4
Finding this tee from the 3rd was a little confusing as the 9th tee has to be passed to get to the 3rd which is behind a hedge and not visible from the 3rd green but maybe it’s just me. Another open fairway waiting for a good drive, as you may notice from the photo it looks like a rough area just in front of the green but in fact is water, for the better players getting on the green in two is no problem but for myself a poor second sent my ball swimming so after a little curse I duly managed to put my fourth shot into the water as well. Eventually I landed on the large green, once there everything is straightforward but this is a hole that can reward or punish you big time which in my case is what happened.
Hole 5 – 153yds – Par 3
Thank god this par 3 is a straightforward one after the last hole, a birdie is on the card for all of us, in my case I was happy with par.
Hole 6 – 313yds- Par 4
After a short walk crossing a brook and the 7th fairway you’ll reach the 6th tee, from here looking down the hole there is not too much trouble as long as you don’t drift to far off the fairway. As you will see from the photo a relatively easy hole if your striking your ball well but the same can’t be said for the next one.
Hole 7 – 409yds – Par 4
From the tee which is back against the hedgerow you will see three large well-established trees sitting in the fairway. Club selection and line is so important here, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to go over the trees the decision was to play down the left and hope not to go into the bushes with my driver or play down the fairway with a 3 wood hoping to leave me a shot under the trees. After thoughtful consideration which took all of 5 seconds the driver was selected and luckily it nearly went to plan as it stayed out of the bushes but was in the rough but had taken the trees out of play. From the trees it is still a long way to go to the green and as you near the green watch out for players crossing the fairway from the right and the brook also comes into play from that side as well. Once on the green all is straightforward, although it was a par 4 I recorded a 5 and was more than happy with that.
Hole 8 – 317yds – Par 4
This is a dog leg left hole to a raised green protected by numerous bunkers, a good high draw is the ideal shot but remember you will not see where the ball is from the tee as was the problem for one of the players in front of me who had hit a superb ball but was unable to find it. The sensible shot for the rest is straight to the dog leg leaving a reasonable shot to the green which for me I decided to play short of leaving an easy pitch onto it and the chance of a one putt for par, err which I didn’t get as I took two.
Hole 9 – 375yds – Par 4
A long downhill par 4 stretches out in front of you with no problems to worry about, time to open those shoulders and let rip, a good tee shot could leave you in a position to get on the green in two. A large flat green with plenty of room all around it with no bunkers to worry about.
Hole 10 – 345yds – Par 4
A slightly uphill tee shot with the green behind the trees on the right which attract many a drive I can tell you, as you can see from the photo the group in front had a couple of players taking their second from there. Staying on the fairway with your drive you should be able to see the green ahead, taking a 3 wood aiming to the left of the green seemed the best shot and amazingly the result left me just on the front of the green and happily a par was recorded.
Hole 11 – 465yds – Par 4
Apologies for the poor photo.
A bit of a blind drive from the tee but as long as you don’t go left not to much trouble, should you reach the top of the rise the green is within range for a good second but even if your not on the green in two you could still record a par as long as you stay on the fairway which is very wide.
Hole 12 – 330yds – Par 4
This hole can cost you shots as it did me, it looks straightforward with the green some 100yds past the large tree on the right of the fairway all that is needed is a good drive a sensible second leaving you on or near the green, in reality it may leave you like me costing two shots as my drive ended up leaving me at the bottom of the large tree with no shot to the green I could only play back onto the fairway and my approach shot from there was not one to mention, even so I did enjoy this hole.
Hole 13 – 115yds – Par 3
From the tee it is a short par 3 to the square green with a bunker in front protecting it, one of the easy par 3’s this one as long as you don’t follow my example of putting my drive into the bunker but even so managed to par it.
Hole 14 – 290yds – Par 4
Having par’d the previous hole standing on the 14th tee the nerves came in as a good drive is definitely required with very little room for errors. Although a short hole which big confident drivers could reach the green in one there are so many traps waiting here, with a brook running all the way down the left hand side, bushes down the right hand side and a good sized tree appearing to be in the middle makes it a challenging shot. As I have said big hitters can go for the green but run the risk of losing their ball in the brook or they can drive just to the left of the tree which should leave them just short of the green but will have a second shot, for the rest of us you could play just short of the tree and then go for the green which in my view is not the best idea or you play over the tree and hope to clear it. As you can see from the photo your drive is the most important shot on this hole and can make or break you, once passed the tree the rest is simple.
Hole 15 – 369yds – Par 4
What a deceiving hole for distance this one is, crossing the 17th fairway and uphill all the way it looks easy to get on in two but in reality getting on in four is the most likely outcome. With trees on the left hand side once you have crossed the 17th fairway waiting for your drive, should you be in them it could be a challenge just to get back onto the fairway. From the fairway a good two shots may be required to reach the raised green which does have a bank behind it to stop any ball disappearing to far past the green.
Hole 16 – 154yds – Par 3
Another straightforward par 3 this one, a good straight drive to the elongated green can return a birdie chance but with no serious problems around the green a par is possible from wherever your drive lands.
Hole 17 – 570yds – Par 5
A long par 5 that crosses the 15th fairway awaits you here, from the elevated tee a reasonable wide fairway awaits and as long a you don’t end up in the trees which lines the fairway the whole length then par is possible for the lower handicappers but if like me you will be happy with one dropped shot.
Hole 18 – 270yds Par4
A good T shot needed here, as you can see from the photo there is O.O.B. on the right, past the O.O.B. are a large group of trees and with bushes just to the left in front of the green and if like me tiredness creeping in your T shot could end up anywhere. The ideal line is to go over the trees on the right hand side land on the fairway leaving a pitch upto the raised green which is well protected by bunkers. Deciding I was to weary to swing the drive the 3 wood was my choice and by some kind of luck I cleared the said trees and just managed to land on the fairway, unfortunately due to the amount of rain the course had taken this fairway did suffer from it and the ball was well plugged in a waterlogged area, I ended up having to drop ball some 5yds further back leaving a blocked out shot to the green. With no room to talk about behind the green you do not want to go off the back too far and with bunkers all around the front it leaves a challenging approach shot.