(WILMINGTON, DE) - Rock Manor Golf Course - owned by the City of Wilmington and managed by Billy Casper Golf - has been voted "Best Public Golf Course" by Delaware Today readers in the magazine's upcoming July issue.
After a two-year closing for major renovation, the course - established in 1921 and just off Route I-95 - re-opened in April 2008 after being lengthened from 5,779 yards to an 18-hole, 6,403-yard championship design by renowned golf-course architect Lester George. Rock Manor boasts new tee boxes, bunkers and fairways in addition to a state-of-the-art irrigation system for top playing conditions all season.
In partnership with the City, BCG oversaw the facility enhancements and directs all aspects of golf course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.
"Rock Manor has become a favorite among golfers," says James M. Baker, Mayor of the City of Wilmington. "To provide citizens with an award-winning layout and positive, affordable experiences with a game that so many people enjoy makes us proud that we moved forward to preserve this great public asset."
"We're honored to be recognized by this influential local publication," says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of Billy Casper Golf. "This award is testament to the hard work of our staff to provide golfers with superb playing conditions and personable attention each day."
A circa 1921 building was restored to retain the flavor of its original structure, and serves as Rock Manor's clubhouse. A grill room and separate pub provide comfortable dining for golfers and non-golfers. For golf tournaments, weddings and other social engagements, a new outing pavilion makes Rock Manor a premium events destination.
Rock Manor's practice area features a 20,000 square-foot, natural-grass, lighted driving range; a putting green; and chipping area and bunkers. An expansive golf instruction program - led by Clark Gregory, Rock Manor's Director of Instruction - includes a partnership with The First Tee of Delaware for youth education programs promoting character development and life-enhancing values through golf.
For more information about Rock Manor or to schedule a tee time: www.rockmanorgolf.com or 302.295.1400.