Manchester Country Club has a Unique History


In the 1960's, increased demand for golf posed a problem for the Manchester area’s innkeepers and residents. The only course that could be played on a daily fee basis was the Equinox Links, which the hotel management would close to public play whenever they booked a large convention. At the same time, individuals acquiring either retirement or vacation homes encountered full memberships at the private clubs.

In the mid 1960's, the owners of several area lodging properties began to consider whether a new golf facility might be developed, one at which they could assure access for their vacationing guests as well as membership for local residents. Invitations for a series of planning meetings were extended to all that were interested in golf to see if the combination of play by lodge guests and by local residents would make a third course in Manchester feasible.

Two early developments were crucial in what proved to be the successful launching of the Manchester Country Club. The planning committee established close ties with the National Golf Foundation (NGF), an organization whose primary goal is to assist in the sound development of new golf facilities. The NGF referred the group to Geoffrey Cornish of Amherst, Massachusetts, a golf course architect of long excellent reputation who at that time was also serving as President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

At about this time, an option became available on 165 acres of the former “Senecal Farm”, the present site of Manchester Country Club, which Cornish viewed as very suitable for a first class 18 hole golf course.

The front nine was opened for play on May 29, 1970 with a member cookout and an inaugural first shot by Robert Brewster. Meanwhile work continued on the back nine with play on the full 18 holes commencing on July 3, 1970. Throughout the effort to launch the Manchester Country Club there was heartening cooperation and assistance from both the membership and the community at large.

By the early 1980's, the club was flourishing with a membership mix of full time residents, summer residents and second homeowners. The members’ needs had outgrown the original modest clubhouse, and a major expansion of the kitchen, dining facilities, locker rooms and golf shop was approved by the members.

In 1999, Manchester Country Club had agronomic evaluations of the golf course conducted by the U.S.G.A. and golf course architects Steve Durkee and Geoffrey Cornish. The committee presented its recommendations to the Board and the membership in the summer of 2000 and the members approved a full renovation of the back nine. Off-course work began in mid-summer 2001, with the back nine closing and reconstruction beginning immediately after Labor Day. Years earlier, the Club had purchased an adjoining 34-acre parcel that allowed for the lengthening and relocation of certain holes. Greens, tees and fairways were rebuilt, new irrigation was installed and a minimum of 4 inches of topsoil was spread throughout all back nine holes.

The renovated back nine was opened in July of 2003, and has quickly been recognized as one of the finest in Northeast. The course is a fine test of golf and as a result, the Club proudly hosts some of the top events in the New England.  MCC has hosted the Men's and Women's Mid, Senior, and State Amateur Championships in recent years. Annually MCC hosts the Vermont 4-Ball Championship as well as a state Pro-Am. The Club is also home to the highly regarded men's Battle on the Battenkill and women's Sarah Hunter Invitational. MCC is excited to host the prestegious Men's Tri-State Championship in 2015. It will feature the top amateurs of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 

MCC continues to thrive as a popular club for the locals, second home owners, and visitors from our inn partners. The Club offers a casual but premium expeience where golf, tennis, fine food, and most importantly camaraderie is shared by Manchester Country Club members and their guests.