One Manor Road – Pocono Manor
Architect: Donald Ross
18-Hole Course Par: 72
Length: 6565 yards Slope: 118 Rating:
Designed by Donald Ross and William Flynn, Pocono Manor Golf Club at the historic Pocono Manor Resort & Spa has a long and proud past of hosting professional and celebrity tournaments. As a matter of fact, in the 60s, the East Course was a stop on the All-Star Golf TV Show.
Since opening in 1912, back when the club began as a 9-hole course, countless golf giants and celebs have played the links that meander up and down the hillsides of Pocono Manor’s 5-acre property, including but not limited to Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Tommy Bolt, Doug Ford, and Art Wall, Jr. As for celebrities, they have included Bob Hope and ex-President Gerald Ford. As a testament to the superstar personalities that have frequented the course, the club’s 19th Hole Bar & Grill boasts a far wall that is lined with framed and autographed photos from that time period.
For an in-depth look at the Pocono Manor Resort & Spa and its many amenities, click HERE.
Pocono Manor Golf Club includes 2 courses – the East Course, designed by Donald Ross in 1927, and the West Course, designed by George Fazio in 1959. The two are entirely different to each other and therefore play much differently, with the East Course being shorter, faster, and containing grass bunkers (reminiscent of courses in the British Isles). It also houses much in the way of trees and blind spots, flat greens, and trouble areas due to the course following the hilly terrain. The West Course is flatter, longer and with bigger greens. Having been constructed much later, essentially it is more traditional in nature.
Our experience dealt with the East Course, as seen in these photos.
Hole #1 starts near a scenic pond and is relatively close to the Manor Sports center, where guests of the historic resort utilize a Trap Shoot facility. Better known as a skeet shoot, it causes the sound of shotgun fire to split the air on a regular basis. If you are a novice player on the course, chances are that you might find the threatening noise somewhat of a distraction to your first shot. But if you can block it out and get on your way, the course soon becomes much more serene.
Players will find the course’s Signature Hole on #7, where a challengingly small green sits 60 feet below the tee (as seen in the full-size lead photo). The shot is a Par 3 at 77 yards. Catching up with the ball requires that golf carts face a steep incline that disappears under a low bridge before coming out the other side to a picturesque scene that involves forest and creek.
Cart paths are beginning are showing signs of wear and tear but that is to be expected of the historic course. Nevertheless, enthusiastic golfers play the links from sunrise to sunset, with often a bit of a back-up on warm, sunny days. As a matter of fact, that seems to be among the only negative feedback the course receives, is that it is so very popular it can sometimes become a bit crowded.
Our advice – take a deep breath of that fresh mountain air while you wait your turn, and slow your roll enough to enjoy the scenery and wildlife in the area, including wild turkey, pheasant, herds of deer, and a black bear that goes by the name of Archie.
In the meantime, take a ride with us around the historic course by viewing our video below.