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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New and improved Middletown CC

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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. 

Practice at "short" venues

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Bucks County has a number of venues where one can hone his or her game on a practice range or short course. The price is right, and the practice can really help one's game.   

 

Spring is zipping past and I just heard a DJ on the radio say the Fourth of July will be here before we know it. That means area golfers should be getting their swings in shape for the season if they haven't already done so.

 

While some players are already in midseason form, others, well, haven't taken their clubs out of the garage.

5 Ponds matures into must play

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It has been ages since I'd visited Warminster Five Ponds Golf Club. At the time it was the youngest course in Bucks County.

 

These days that distinction is held by Makefield Highlands Golf Club. Over the years Five Ponds has matured into a fine layout.

 

Five Ponds --- its name taken from the water hazards found on the course --- was an almost instant success in 1988. It provided a newer, varied, and challenging design from the older established courses in the immediate area while it presented a longer track for today's game of technology and big hitters.

 

Neshaminy Valley a real deal

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I always liked things that didn't pretend to be something they aren't.

 

If the representatives of the United States Golf Association were looking for a poster course to portray public links golf in America all they have to do is drive down Almshouse Road. As they approached the sign for Neshaminy Valley Golf Club and turned onto the one lane tree lined driveway they would strike gold.

Middletown: A fun, challenging test

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When one pulls into the Middletown Country Club parking lot the first thing you notice is a stately clubhouse that dates back to the early 1900s. Look toward the left of the entrance and you see the 18th green and a cavernous bunker that guards its left side. That initial view gives you a strong clue that you are about to tee it up at a historic, old time golf course.

 

Middletown dates back to 1913, when Scotsman Alexander Findlay designed the course. It was known as the Langhorne Country Club then and it opened with nine holes. The course didn't expand to 18 holes until 1927, and while development and later owners made changes the current layout has much of the character of the original Findley vision.