White Manor - Pennsylvania - USA

White Manor Country Club,
831 Providence Road,
Pennsylvania (PA) 19355,

  • +1 610 647 1070

  • Jason Voit

  • William Gordon, David Gordon, Bobby Weed

  • Mike Krick

The Philadelphia area is chock full of classic golf courses that have either received or are waiting to receive a full renovation. White Manor Country Club’s course was not necessarily one of those. Built during 1948 by the father and son duo of William and David Gordon, the club later turned to Bobby Weed to transform the course into a style more befitting the historic golf region.

The result was something equally befitting of Tillinghast and Ross (ironically William Gordon handled course construction for Ross, Park Jr. and Emmet), featuring large, ruggedly-shaped sand hazards, as well as plateau greens that repel overzealous approach shots for a tricky chip back up. Weed’s heritage as an employee of Pete Dye also shines through at moments.

Early on, players will grapple with a set of centerline bunkers that pinch the left fairway at No. 4, which of course is the most straightforward approach into a well-guarded green. At just 402 yards, it hardly seems like it should play as a par 4.5, but those with shaky hands may play it as exactly such. Such centerlines, as well as water features including a creek running between the No. 11 and 12 holes, will make you think twice before every shot.

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Description: Sympathetically redesigned and renovated by Bobby Weed in 2003, the course at White Manor Country Club offers its members a very walkable game of golf in secluded surroundings. Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Bill Vostniak

This course underwent a true transformation. The Gordons weren't the greatest of architects working under Flynn who also despite his overall level of design quality relied on a lot of repetition; one learns when truly familiar with all their designs how similar some efforts are. So a renovation of a Gordon Course is no great loss, this new course is outstanding in spots.

I attended the Media Day for the new course's opening in 2003 and have played tournaments over the years on this course. I know it very well. It is very difficult for A) and new course and B) any course in the GAP (Golf Association of Philadelphia) to stand out. This course's property also handcuffs it a little bit as there is a crossing stream about 500 yards downhill from the clubhouse that is hard for an architect not to use this sloping plateau for anything but 1, 9, 10 & 18. Consequently, Weed got as good a result from such a dull feature with 1 & 10 playing significantly downhill and 9 & 18 straight uphill.

That stream is dammed in three places to make ponds play a significant role in several holes including a near do-or-die par 3, reminiscent of Weed's time with the Dyes.

Where this course shines is in the utilization of angles, elevation changes and some centre-line bunkering. A genuinely interesting short drivable Par 4 is the 15th hole has real merit and interest.

The routing of this course is notable and worth studying including the switching back and forth of the second nine.

It would be easy to take a month to explore the wealth of the general Philadelphia area and one would find White Manor having at least several stretches and holes outstanding. Due to the aforementioned plateau limiting 4 holes and the necessity of getting back to them prevents this form being a top of the pile course, but it is not to be missed. 11 - 15 and 2 - 5 are the exciting stretches emphasizing variety, strategy and angles.

July 28, 2022
8 / 10
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