The Manor Golf Club

The Manor Golf Club, Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England, BD11 1AB

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The Manor Golf Club - Drighlington
The Manor Golf Club - Driglington The Manor Golf Club - Drighlington

18 reviews of The Manor Golf Club

Played here for the first time on the 31/05/10 after spending many years using the driving range facilities and par3 course. After coming here for more than 10 years and never playing the course, I was quite dissapointed.
As others have said, the tee's are a disgrace. Unlevel, balding, small, and seemingly just stuck on as flat a piece of land as they could find.
The fairways are also quite tatty, covered in clover patches and weeds, it is quite difficult to sometimes tell where the fairway stops and the rough starts.
The greens follow on much the same theme, with patches of longer grass on them. They were very slow.
I can't comment on the bunkers as I didn't go in one for a change!!
Having said all that, this could be a good course if it was maintained properly. Some good holes, decent length, although there are far too many blind shots which can make things difficult for a first time play. Quite often I had to either hit irons off the tee or irons up the fairway to the point I could see, as I had no way of knowing where the greens or flag were!
The 10th is a poor hole, on a severe right to left slope. The only way to hold the fairway would be to hit a severe fade. The 11th looks a great hole from the tee, but like someone else said unless you can produce spin like a pro, you have no chance of holding the green. I hit a 4 iron which left a pitch of about 40 yards, chipped with an 8 iron 15 yards short and still ended up in the fringe off the back.
Best holes for me were 4, 7, 9, 17 and 18.
Not worth the £22 I paid when you consider some of the high quality course's in the West Yorkshire area for very similar money. Seems to be one those golf courses that has gone down the route of weddings and parties first, golf course second and thats a shame.

Posted by Tom Woollard on 02/06/2010
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After playing this course for the first time for a corporate competition, I found the course was very good, the fairways were short and tidy, the greens were very smooth, albeit a little slow.
My 2 negatives about the course are:
1) the bunkers are not looked after, landed in one, it was like trying to get out of a concrete hole, it was that solid, if the bunker was a fair distance from the hole it would of probably been ok, but as I was close to the hole, no way on this earth could I have used the sand to push ball out, the club barely made a mark in the sand.
2) on the 10th hole, it runs paralell to the driving range, which there are a lot of driving range balls down both sides of the fairway, and as the fairway slopes down considerably from right to left, hitting a shot down the middle will take your ball down to the left of the fairway, were there are lots of driving range balls making it impossible to find your ball. (Higher fence at the sid eof the driving range maybe an idea)
All in all, was a good day, enjoyed the course and the hospitality of everyone involved.

Posted by Phil Adamson on 16/07/2009
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Not good, recently played in a corporate day and was amazed how slow the greens were, and how untidy the course was which probably explains y they have less than 200 members, of the course is great if only the course lived up to the first impression you get when you drive down the drive,,,,wont be playing there again....FACT

Posted by PHILLIP GOLDING on 12/07/2009
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Can be a good course at certain times of the year. Not recommended before May 2009, as in early November 2008 course was wet through and still open. Damage to the course was much in evidence. Similar courses maintain greater quality through closing when appropriate (Bradley Park, Huddersfield springs to mind).
Disappointing lack of information when booking. Only when we arrived at the course and one green fee was safely in the till did it transpire that two hole were closed, hole one would have to be played twice and hole two had been reduced to less than half its length. A reduction of a pound on the 21 pound green fee was not generous. Taking into account the Somme like condition of the course, ten pounds would have been more appropriate, or better still close the course and stop money grabbing.
I don't expect perfectly manicured courses in November, but I do expect a degree of fairness towards customers.
By the way I'm not moaning because I had a bad round. I chipped in for a birdie on 17, and won the threeball competition. This is genuine disappointment. Leeds Golf Centre (Shadwell) here I come.

Posted by Michael Bradley on 10/11/2008
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Played 3/10/08 on a Corporate Day invite.
Let's start off with the positives.
The Clubhouse is a very modern, well equipped building that provides everything you'd expect. Catering was ok, staff helpful enough. The pro shop is reasonably well stocked and adequate for most peoples needs. Ample practice facilities abound so no excuses for not being loose on the first tee.
Considering the amount of rain we'd had the previous couple of days the fairways ran pretty well, though I was amazed they weren't playing preferred lies as the ball got mud on just about every tee shot.
Now to the negatives!
First of all, playing your second off the 1st and 10th holes, put your helmets on as stray balls from the driving range pepper both fairways with alarming regularity despite the high protective fencing.
The greens generally were extremely poor. They had been hollow tined, which I don't have an issue with as I accept all courses need doing from time to time. I suspect by the state of some of these greens, however, it was too little too late. Some greens have patches that have simply turned to mud due to poor maintenance and will take some serious recovery time before they are anywhere near right. Again, whilst accepting they have had work done on them recently, I was amazed at how slow they were. Everything had to be clattered to get anywhere near the hole and this wasn't down to the remedial work alone.
The tee beds are generally appalling. It is difficult to understand why, when so much money has clearly been spent on facilities, you can not produce tee beds that can be described as even remotely level. We all know that over time you may find some movement in ground conditions, but these have clearly just been thrown down with a "sod it, that will do" attitude. These have to be some of the very worst I have played on, and in all honesty, they should all be dug up and rebedded over the winter months.
There are some decent holes on the course, 7, 9 and 16 spring to mind, but there are some really poor holes. Too many holes on this course require an approach shot that owes more to luck than ability, with some greens needing shots to be deliberately played 15 to 20 yards short in the hope that they will run out and finish on the putting surface.
One in particular, the 11th, is probably the worst hole I have EVER played in 15 years of golfing - a hole of monumental Mickey Mouse proportions. Off the tee it looks a decent enough hole, a long iron to the corner then a chip of some kind to a green tucked to the left in a copse of trees. You get to your ball, can see the flag but little or nothing of the green, you throw a ball up in line with the yardage chart, only to walk down to the green to find all 4 balls of the back of the green. I'd love someone to explain why you would ever design a hole with a downhill approach shot to a green that slopes steeply down the same hill, leaving anyone who pitches the green with absolutely no chance of holding the said putting surface. The only way to play the hole is to chip 15 yards short, drop to your knees and pray. A simply ridiculous hole.
I've checked the website for green fee rates having not paid, thankfully, to play, and have graded the value for money part of this accordingly.

Posted by Richard Lupton on 04/10/2008
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I have played the Manor on a number of occasions over the last 3-4 years and today's round will be my last. The course has dipped well below its previous standards and you can now find local municipal courses for half the cost in better condition.
Where to start? How about the condition of the greens. Patchy and exetremely slow. They have the look of greens that get cut once a week. This leaves you putts which you can't judge due to the difference in pace in different areas.
Then we've got the tees which should be easy to maintain. They're scruffy-looking and again need some urgent attention.
The fairways are poor at best with patches of long grass in places and plenty of weeds, but worst of were the bunkers. They are either rock solid with very little sand in or they have puddles in them. Absolutely ridiculous that a course so high up should have puddles in the bunkers. One of them was completely filled with water! Bearing in mind today was warm and sunny, that is a disgrace. The good clubhouse and pro shop doesn't compensate for the poor state of the course. It was never the greatest course (the 10th and 11th holes are embarrassingly bad) but it always used to be neat. Now that the neatness has disappeared there seems little point in paying over 20 pounds for a sub-standard municipal course.

Posted by Chris Earl on 03/08/2008
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Its a cracking course everyone play there!!!!

Posted by Dave Crank on 28/11/2006
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I have been using the driving range at the Manor for a while now, but this marked my first round on the 18 hole course.
I booked a tee time 3 days in advance, when the advertised price was £12.50 if I remember rightly. However, when I turned up for my round, I found the price had gone up to £20 that day. Not something you can really bemoan too much, but I did feel a little cheated that I wasnt told at the time of booking.
Considering the foul weather we were having at the time, the course was in pretty good condition. One hole (10th) was closed, and the 2nd was on a temporary green, but apart from that all was well. Play was from tee mats on all holes (no surprise there).
I thought the course was pretty good, but lacked a certain something. There are several lakes and ponds, but they only come into play on 2 occasions. Likewise, bunkers dont seem to feature that much (apart from the 9th, which is a very good hole that could be great if 50yds longer). The land the course is built on is not the most inspiring, although sensible planting has added to the interest.
Drainage was good, and the greens, while not the best, were all good too.
The highlight for me was the par 3 4th. An accurate tee short required over a densely wooded valley, with more trees to left and right. One slip and you can say goodbye to your ball.
The clubhouse is very nicely presented, airy and welcoming. Just lacked intimacy, and felt a bit 'corporate'.
The pro shop has a good range of just about everything you need. However, having once asked for advice on rescue clubs, I was just handed a demonstration club and told to take it on the range (at my own expense). What I was REALLY looking for was some decent advice!
Practice facilities are very good, comprising of a 20 bay range running out to 300 yards, a putting freen and a 6 hole par 3 course.
Overall, I would advise you to give the Manor a shot, but try to go when fees are reduced. I will be going back, but its certainly not my favourite course.

Posted by Stuart Rayner on 02/05/2006
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Playable all year except a couple of holes. Tees poor, need levelling off. Greens improving but still way too slow. A lot of pay and players/ societies for profit. Members brass just keep em going through the winter and pays wages, with no real input to the club. One of the most expensive around! The owners (Bill & Eric)are too involved in course conditioning which I think is preventing it from being one of the best in the area. Clubhouse great, pro's welcoming and friendly, pro shop well stocked with all sorts. About the same as a municiple without the crowds but costs twice as much.

Posted by A. C. Champion on 19/03/2006
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I have just recently played at the Manor Golf Club with my chronies. The course is briliant i have never had soo much fun in my entire life. I had a quick lesson before hand with the teaching pro David Hey he is a very good teacher with a lesson only costing £11 it was a great bargin. Although i didnt learn much he still made me laugh which is the main thing. The course greens were in very good condition and i would say the tee boxes need quite alot of work but thats pretty much my only complaint ohh and the water features could come into play abit more as well as raking the bunkers and trimming them. i would score this course 8/10!!! RECOMENDED

Posted by Darren Purdey on 16/02/2006
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A quite plain course, with perhaps only one signature hole that being the 16th par 3 over water. Usually well drained and well maintained.
Quite often find that the play is from temporary tees, even when ground conditions are good. The 10th and 11th holes are not very well planned and perhaps spoil the course a little. Otherwise for £20 ish per round it is quite honest value for money.

Posted by Andrew Grabowski on 02/05/2005
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I have played this course many times over the past couple of years. At £15 for a midweek round it is nothing short of excellent value for money. The fairways and greens are kept in great condition. One or two tees are a little tired just now but the club are working on them.
The course is a challenge for all golfers, with some relatively easy holes and others a real test of skill and accuracy, especially the sloping 10th. Plenty of water to keep the ducks happy and great scenery.
Will continue visiting this lttle gem and highly recommend it to anyone in who happens to be in the Yorkshire area.

Posted by Tony Beckwith on 15/06/2004
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A well kept and maintained course and good value at £15 for a midweek round. Found the greens to be quite true, although not particularly fast. Thought some of the holes were quite bland such as the first, some holes you could get away with poor tee-shots like the second, some holes with ridiculous cross fairway slopes like the third and tenth, some ridiulous holes like the ninth where you have a better chance of missing the bunkers by aiming at the rough and some pretty picturesque holes like the sixteenth with a 9 iron over the pond. A good variety of holes, excellent facilities but a little slow going at times. Give it a try!

Posted by Dave Mccabe on 04/05/2004
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I have played golf at the Manor on many occasions. I have found it an enjoyable round of golf (with a little frusration) The course broken down Hole 1 Shortish par four straight couple of bunkers for miss hit drives - good hole to get warmed up on. Hole 2 tee off down a hill to a postage stamp green good chance of birdie. Hole 3 has a ridiculous slope from right to left which means that you have to get very lucky or drive the green 250 yards fantastic putting surface on this hole. Hole 4 daunting prospect of a 171 yard par 3 over a valley of trees & two well placed bunkers. Hole 5 long par four with wayward drives punished by the valley you have just teed over for the 3rd. Hole 6 a long par 4 that dips and slopes away with a good green. Hole 7 a dogleg par 5 with a good chance of birdie. Hole 8 a long par 4 fairly non descipt. Hole 9 a fantastic finish to the first 9 with a drivable green with more bunkers than fairway. Hole 10 is a nightmare which I may as well just throw a ball into the driving range before I start Hit anything from a 7 iron to a driver but you need to be very straight Hole 11 is an elevated tee with a postage stamp green Hole 12 is a very good long dog leg par 4 with a good green. Hole 13 is another long par 4 with a well placed water hazard. Hole 14 is a short par 3 with a green surrounded by bunkers (not too hard) Hole 15 is a long par 5? almost identical to hole 8. Hole 16 is a cracking par 3 with a large pond that says (hit your ball in here!) Hole 17 is another good par 4 with a water hazard for dreadful shots and a good green surrounded by bunkers. The final hole should be a par 7 as you usually play straight into the wind, up hill at a time when you can barely walk another step! Enjoy the course everytime!

Posted by larry doolal on 26/07/2003
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Many new golf courses, built on unexciting terrain have imaginative use of water features and extravagant use of bunkering in their layout, the Manor fails spectacularly to utilise such features. The layout is the course's cheif letdown. There are far too many very poor holes, the 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 10th and 11th are pure Mickey Mouse holes, 3 and 11 in particular are shocking, here the designers have tried to squeeze holes into too little space. The greens are slow and bumpy, and the many water features barely come into play. If you're looking for a beautiful clubhouse and good driving range, look no further. If you're looking for a good, testing golf, you're sat on the wrong horse - 3/10

Posted by Harry Putter on 01/01/2003
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The Manor is a good course that could be a fantastic course. Just a few points of improvement could be made, such as cutting the rough back beyond the fairway bunker to the left of the 15th fairway to reward an accurate long drive taking on the afore mentioned bunker. The 11th green needs banking towards the fairway or else a bunker adding to the rear to catch well struck shots as they inevitably run off the back. The grass on the greens needs cutting shorter to speed them up as they can be awfully slow at times. Drainage pipes around the course need covering up as they are an eyesore. I am assured the club is looking into these aspects.
On the plus side the course boasts some great holes such as the intimidating though picturesque 4th. The links style 9th is great fun. The 10th an extremely tight par four that rewards two accurately struck irons with par and a feeling of accomplishment. The 13th 16th 17th and 18th where the lakes come into play are fine holes.
On the whole a great demanding course but as my old school reports used to say "could do better".

Posted by David Jones on 18/08/2002
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Very good course, first nine are steady and not to demanding,the ninth is fun !!! The back nine can be a bit more interesting, especially the 10, 11 and the 12th,where local knowledge of these three helps a lot.
Only complaint was lack of course map,for as we went round we tended to get slightly disorientated and had to ask for directions !.
A lot of new trees have been planted,so in five years time this may well become the best in the area.

Posted by ian christie on 17/08/2000
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The first thing you meet upon entering the drive,is the new £1 million clubhouse.A great first impression!A superbly laid out course,with great water features.The greens are most impressive.Smooth and true,with tricky undulations.Built to USPGA spec,these greens can take all of the rain mother nature can send.A good mix of holes,something for everyone.If you can play round 'Amen Corner'(10,11&12)only dropping 3 shots,you can give yourself a pat on the back!!
The facilities are superb.Covered floodlit driving range,6 hole par 3 course,2 putting greens,chipping area,practice bunker,and THREE teaching professionals,to help you with your game!The staff are all friendly,and happy to help.
The clubhouse is most impressive.Spike bar,lounge bar,super dining room,with views over the course.Catering all day,and a superb evening menu,Friday and Saturday,with Sunday lunch not to be missed.
I have been a member here for just about a year.I'm glad I became a member.It's a friendly club,with a keen set of competitive members.
One thing though.If the wind is blowing,bring your 'A' game with you,and a few spare balls!!!
Try the course,its a good test.

Posted by Nigel K Fox on 25/08/1999
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