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Restoring Pride For Wilmington

Rock Manor Golf Club

Disrepair at “The Rock”

Since 1921, Rock Manor Golf Course had been the pride of Wilmington, Delaware. Over the years, however, The Rock lost some of its shine. City officials wanted to offer a better golf experience to area golfers. They created the Rock Manor Golf Corporation to renovate the course and revitalize its image. The Corporation sought a golf management company – a partner who would design and oversee a complete face-lift, and then operate the new Rock Manor. Billy Casper Golf earned the job. It was simply in our wheelhouse.We welcomed the opportunity to work on the much larger.

Master Plan that included:
• Course renovations • Road construction • Better waste water treatment • Creation of recreational parkland •
This meant Rock Manor would have to close its doors for at least two years. 

Rock Manor Plan of Action:
In a true public/private partnership, Billy Casper Golf went to work with
• Delaware Department of Transportation
• Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
• New Castle Conservation District
• City of Wilmington, Delaware

Renowned golf-course architect Lester George transformed the course from a mundane 5,779 yards into a 6,403-yard championship 18-hole facility. Billy Casper Golf oversaw and invested in all the enhancements:
• Course grow-in • New cart paths • New maintenance facility • New cart storage building •

Needing a larger clubhouse, BCG restored the circa 1921 building, retaining its historical flavor. A grill room and separate pub provide comfortable dining. We added an all-weather pavilion for golf tournaments, weddings, and other social engagements, making Rock Manor a premium events destination.

Improvements Galore

Rock Manor’s completely revamped practice area now features:
• 20,000 square-feet of natural grass
• Lighted driving range
• Putting green
• Short game improvement area

Add to all of that Billy Casper Golf’s proven operating platform:
• Property maintenance
• Clubhouse operations
• ACE the GUEST Experience™
• Marketing and public relations
• Financial management
• IT systems design and support

BCG helped create an expansive golf instruction program for kids, men, and women of all skill levels, plus partnerships with:
• The First Tee • EWGA • Golf FORE Women • Get Golf Ready •

Worth the Wait

Rock Manor Golf Course re-opened in April 2008. During the first partial year of operation, rounds exceeded 35,000. Revenue topped $1.9 million. Today, rounds and revenue continue to grow at “The Rock,” the Pride of Wilmington. 
“Rock Manor has become a favorite among golfers. 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.”  James M. Baker, Mayor of Wilmington