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What You Need To Know: Pocono Manor Golf Course

What You Need To Know: Pocono Manor Golf Course

An Insightful Interview With Tom Stem, General Manager

By Brian Weis


Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Tom Stem who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Designed by legendary architects William Flynn and Donald Ross, our 18-hole golf course, surrounded by stunning mountain views, offers a unique experience unlike any other. You'll encounter interesting par-3 holes, as well as a cool layout with an old-school feel, that will keep things fun and challenging all the way! In the last 110 years, countless golfers of all abilities have played our one-of-a-kind course, from beginning players to PGA Tour champions.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
At Pocono Manor, we offer top-notch course conditions and green speeds in the area on a daily basis. We are also known for our friendly customer service in a laid back peaceful environment. All of that, paired with our unique early 20th-century course design and unparalleled history makes Pocono Manor a must-play golf destination in the region.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Please ask for a copy of the "Greg Wall's Golf Tips" sheet at our pro shop if it is your first time playing the course. Our PGA professional put together this detailed hole-by hole guide to attacking our course for new players to our facility.

Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
This past offseason, the course underwent tree removal on dead and dangerous trees, as well as strategic tree removal around the course. Additionally, we continued with green expansions for #s 4, 8,10,11, and 18. As always, Pocono Manor is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of its golf course design by preserving its history. Last year's conditions were excellent, and our goal for 2022 is to make them even better!

Many exciting upgrades have been made in the last year. An important change to our facility was the renovation of our golf shop and uncovering a structure from many years ago. This construction led to the discovery and return of the original logo.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
We talk a lot about how proud we are of our history at Pocono Manor Golf Course. From the course designers to our past touring pro, Art Wall Jr., and all of the golf legends who have played here. More recently, we have focussed on course conditions and greens speeds, which are among the area's fastest on a daily basis.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Pocono Manor's world-famous par 3 #7 is only 77-yards long and straight downhill. Fun fact, in 1968 Arnold Palmer double-bogeyed this signature hole on his way to a 69!

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is #11 a 385-yard par four with a beautiful view from an elevated tee shot. The fairway is wide at the beginning but narrows with a naturalized area on the right and trees on the left for longer hitters. The second shot plays downhill to a tricky green that slopes from left to right. Don't leave your approach shot above the hole!!

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
We keep it simple with cocktails, beer, and soft drinks available along with sandwiches and hot dogs and snack options available in our bar area as well as on the course on our beverage cart. We cater dinner options for larger groups with fully custom packages.

For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
While we do not have on-site lodging, we are partnered with The Carriage House and offer a special rate when you stay as a guest. We are also partnered with a variety of Airbnb rentals in the area.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Andy Panko 62

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6565
Slope: 115
Rating: 68.6

More Information
Pocono Manor Golf Course 395 Manor Drive Pocono Manor, PA, 18349 (570) 839-1389

https://www.golfpoconomanor.com/



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About: Brian Weis


Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.



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