Founded as an eating club by a group of textile managers in 1887 and named the Manufacturers' Club of Philadelphia, the club moved from the city centre to its current location at Ridgewood Farm in 1925 to play on a newly fashioned William Flynn golf course. When the impressive clubhouse overlooking Sandy Run Creek was completed in 1933, the club changed its name to the present Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club.
Of course, excellent dining is still on offer at the club, along with tennis and swimming. The hillside site extends to some 250 acres of the historical suburb of Fort Washington, where General George Washington thwarted a British attack on the colonists in 1777.
“It’s scary to think a course this good doesn’t always make lists of Philadelphia’s top 10”. Wrote Tom Doak in The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses – Volume 3 – The Americas (summer destinations). “(It would be there with room to spare on my own list).”
“Like most of its neighbours, it lies in a valley with some steep holes along the top edges and a creek in play on several holes along the bottom. The five par-3 holes offer great variety, from the strong uphill 199-yard 6th to the 117-yard 8th guarded by its own small quarry.”
I played Manufacturers the day after I played Rolling Green last September. It’s another solid Flynn design which I’m going to rate higher than Rolling Green because the conditioning at Manufacturers was immaculate compared to RG. Manufacturers is a good test from the back tees and the valley was cleverly used in the routing with exciting elevated tees and raised greens. It’s a very good course and in my opinion better than both Weyhill and Grace courses at Saucon Valley which are both ranked higher on this site. Loved the short par four 8th in the quarry.