Golf Bucks County

By Bob Oliver

Middletown Country Club

Middletown is a compact 80 acres of challenging golf, with rolling hills and large specimen trees that have watched many golfers travel its fairways over time. It has retained its old time feel with tees and greens in close proximity, allowing golfers to walk the course if they choose.

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21 Feb
2020

Frederick, Md. a very fine destination

Written by Bob Oliver

 

FREDERICK, MD --Everyone needs a golf road trip once in a while.  For those in Pennsylvania, we’ve penciled in trips to such areas as Myrtle Beach and Pinehurst for years. 

Those are seven-hour jaunts, however, and that time away from home extends to six or seven days in you want it to be worthwhile.

Want a shorter trip? Williamsburg isn’t out of the question, nor is the Ocean City, Maryland area. Both have a wide array of outstanding tests.

But while you are thinking of venues, don’t forget the Frederick, Maryland area.  Seriously! It’s a three-and-a half hour drive from Northeast Pennsylvania right down Interstate 81. If you reside in the Greater Philadelphia area, you can shave off some time.

 

In any event with some simple planning you can start your drive in the morning and be teeing off around noon.  No hurrying to get your round in before dark, no driving all day and hitting the first ball of the day tight as a well pulled garden hose.

Once in the area, there are a dozen wonderful tests, courses from outstanding designers, and challenges to test all levels of golfer.

A guy who knows the area inside and out is Chris Moore of GolfFrederickMd.com and the host of an area golf radio show. He’s seen the explosion of good golf in the area, and knows a thing or two about other attributes of the Frederick area.

“We have an outstanding array of golf courses which will challenge golfers of all ability levels,” explained Moore. “But we aren’t just golf. We have wonderful restaurants, lodging, attractions and experiences. Frederick and the surrounding area have a lot of great things to do when one isn’t on the golf course.”

The golf? Golfweek Magazine lists several on its places to play in Maryland. Favorites include Musket Ridge, Maryland National, Clustered Spires, Worthington Manor, Hollow Creek, Whiskey Creek and P.B. Dye, among others.

“These are fine tests of golf,” explained Moore. “You can’t go wrong playing these layouts.”

Worthington Manor has golf chops, as evidenced by its selection as a USGA U.S. Open qualifying site and its hosting of the 98th Maryland State Open Championship.

Designers such as Arthur Hills (Maryland National), P.B. Dye (P.B. Dye Golf Club), Ault-Clark (Worthington Manor) and Joe Lee Musket Ridge) have created distinct challenges throughout the area. Each has crafted layouts which perfectly make use of former farmlands, rolling countryside and mountain views. 

Downtown Frederick comes alive at night with a wide variety of food and beverage options. There are brew pubs, distilleries and more, all within close proximity to one’s hotel. History can be sampled both in town and nearby. Civil War buffs should know ir less than an hour from historic Gettysburg. 

Clearly Frederick Maryland is a great destination for a wonderful quick and cost-effective golf vacation

13 Feb
2020

Gov. Wolf is so very wrong

Written by Bob Oliver

 

First things first.  Golf Bucks County has, at its heart, provided information about golf in the county and in general. For 20 plus years it has reported on professional and amateur golf that affects the area, bringing everything it can to its viewers.

Sometimes it varies from golf into other arena, but only when the issue has a serious impact on the area. Today, that issue centers around Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Wolf's proposal to steal from the Horse Racing Development TRUST (emphasis intended) Fund.  Like our legislators in Washington, who have raided the Social Security TRUST fund for years, Wolf now wants to raid something that isn't his to raid. 

Fact is - and many proponents of Wolf's plan to fund higher education with money from the Trust don't understand is that robbing Peter to pay Paulette just isn't appropriate. The Trust fund established for horse racing was a deal which started when casino gambling was proposed in the state. It was negotiated that horse racing would receive a portion of slot revenues and in return the casinos were allowed in Pennsylvania.

Bottom line is horse racing - standardbred and thoroughbred - was impacted with the addition of casino games, and the two industries were tied at the hip going forward. Fact is, Parx, Penn National, Presque Isle Downs, Mohegan Sun and Harrah's Chester among others all have the combined racinos. 

The state oversees to ensure no hijinx occurs, and of course tax the businesses to the tune of nearly $70 million annually, but the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Development Trust is a separate entity. It should not be raided. That’s the law.

At West Chester University today Governor Wolf was quoted as saying he does not care the fund is a trust with a specific beneficiary. He knows all. "I't a bill I'm happy to die on," said the Democratic governor. 

Clearly misguided. Short sighted. 

Okay, he's all for raiding a trust fund. But of more importance, he's in favor of killing a thriving industry. Breeding alone has increased in multiples since the Trust was established. Horse racing generates more than $1.6 billion in economic impact to the state, employing nearly 25,000 Pennsylvanians who are not fat cats but everyday citizens. The fund helps in keeping open spaces green, protecting thousands of acres from development. 

Hundreds of broodmares have been added to the Pennsylvania roster of moms, while Smarty Jones came home to Pennsylvania, Hoppertunity relocated to the state and Uptowncharlybrown has developed into a class dad. 

All without taxpayer funding. Only generation of taxes. All from the knowledge that the Pennsylvania Horse Development Trust was safe from stink-filled swamp dwelling politicians sticky fingers. 

The Governor is willing to end all of these positives by stealing from a trust fund. What will his next attack me?

Rather than raiding a trust fund, but keeping with an idea to help higher education, he could direct the Pennsylvania Lottery to offer games which would benefit the state's higher education system. As a Bloomsburg graduate I'd support such a program. He could cut government pork. 

Heck, that would be a win-win for the state. 

Instead he wants to risk thousands of jobs and millions in tax money by crippling an industry.  Clearly, not a well thought out plan and a plan best known as Wolf's Folly. 

In golf, this would be a triple bogey of a plan.  

Hay ride - According to section 1405 of the Trust Fund act, the trust funds "are not funds of the State (of Pennsylvania). "The Commonwealth shall not be entitled to any money described under this section...Numerous breeders have been skeptical about breeding in Pennsylvania given the Governors decision to pick winners and losers. This will severely impact the industry now.