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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27 May
2020

New and improved Middletown CC

Written by Bob Oliver

 

The Middletown Country Club has been a Lower Bucks County staple for nearly 110 years, providing area golfers challenge and opportunity at a reasonable price. 

Over the years it's lost some land to growth of the community, but one think it's always kept is it's hometown course feeling and strong customer service.

Reopened a month ago after the Governor removed restrictions due to COVID-19, Middletown has been bustling with activity.

"Of course we are doing our part to social distance and follow CDC guidelines," explained head professional Dan Hoban. "The players have been enthusiastic about our reopening, and our tee sheets have been bustling with activity. The course is in good shape, and we are doing our best to make this a fine experience for our customers."

Over the last year architect Tyler Raw has provided his expertise in sprucing up the course, originally opened in 1913. 

New greens were installed on holes 11 and 13, allowing for more playability and options for hole placement.

"With the change came more usable hole positions, giving us options we didn't have before.  We cleared our a few trees, improved overall conditions and are very happy with the response," added Hoban.  "Also, we purchased 75 new carts, a wonderful addition."

The 6,100-yard, par 69 Langhorne layout is fun for players of all abilities. A very nice place to play a round of golf. 

20 May
2020

ShopRite Classic delayed until fall

Written by Bob Oliver

Just when you thought it was safe to pencil new dates for the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer into your calendar, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a second change. 

The LPGA Tour has announced the event, played annually at the Stockton Seaview Golf Resort, will be moving to the fall.   First the event was postponed from June to July dates, and now it will be held October 2-4.

"We appreciate the flexibility of the management of the event," said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. "The LPGA is looking forward to returning to the shore in October."

It has been a wild ride for professional golf.  All tours went on hiatus with the pandemic, and changes are still being made.  There is a possibility the October dates may allow the tournament to be played with fans in attendance.  Time will tell.

"Given the challenges of today's environment (with the disease) we are excited to move to the fall," explained Tim Ehrensen. "Autumn golf in South Jersey provides great conditions and we know Seaview's staff will continue to do an outstanding job on the course."

There's another great thing with the move in timing, in that instead of heading overseas after the original new dates, the October dates will be the week before the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. "That's being held at Aronimink (in Newtown Square) so we are excited to be a part of a couple of weeks of great golf in the Delaware Valley," added Ehrensen. 

Given the uncertainty of the COVID response, the rescheduling of the event to October is great news for the tournament, fans and players.  

CHIP SHOTS: THe event generates more than $1 million annually for charity, having generated more than $35 million since its inception...While it's too early to think about player commitments, it's expected the ShopRite will have its usual outstanding field