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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Shore Club a south Jersey gem

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In just a bit over a year the rebranding from the former Wildwood Country Club into the Shore Club has been a near complete success. 

Hardly a month goes past without visitors noticing improvements to the clubhouse and other facilities as well as the wind swept 1921 Wayne Stiles design. And why "near" complete? Well, the enhancements are still occuring. 

"We are very happy with the upgrades around the entire facility, from the golf course to our structures," explained Fred Reidel, the Director of Golf who has worked at the Cape May Courthouse club for 17 years. "We have our plans and we are following them and you can see many of the improvements already with more happening."

On our recent visit, roof work was being completed, while the club's pub was drawing nice reviews for food, drink and ambience. Further enhancements are being completed. Gazing toward the golf course, there was hustle and bustle as renovations are ongoing.

"We are in the process of reworking sand bunkers on holes one, six and nine," explained Reidel. "We've complete several bunkers, and will have a handful more to do before summer as we present players with challenges."

There has been small harvesting of overgrown bush and trees to facilitate movement of air to help with turf growth, something that naturally occurs over time. It also helps with pace of play and overall beauty and challenge.

And what a challenging course The Shore Club provides. A bayside layout, the course can be blanketed by the breezes which in turn makes ball flight and club selection critical. 

The Shore Club continues to host numerous weddings and functions which go on hand in hand with stellar golf.

When making plans for shore golf, The Shore Club is a must visit attraction. 

CHIP SHOTS - For information on all aspects of The Shore Club contact 609-465-7824.

High Heat provides excellent performance

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If you’re an amateur golfer who blends a few perfect swings with a number of other problematic swings, you have to read a bit more of this testimonial.

Admittedly, I am not the world’s best golfer. Some at the club know me as “Bulldog” because I’m never out of a match. I don’t give up, even on the worst of days. And on the best of days, well, I can have some fun on the golf course.

Clearly I love the game. Heck I’ve played in 32 states, 12 foreign countries, and have amassed more than 900 different courses played. Only once into a single digit, for years I’ve been in the 12-14 handicap range. But along the way came less practice and more work, and a few pounds around the waist led to less swing speed and a loss of distance.

A couple years ago I came across the High Heat driver from Knuth Golf at an International Network of Golf conference in Utah, and loved it from my first swing. I stroked drive after drive down the range, loving the feel, the distance and accuracy. Still, I’ve been schooled to stay with the big guys, and didn’t want to ruin my game with a move to a new club despite knowing the technology was sound.

The club earned product of the year honors from the ING, and recently won a similar award at the PGA Merchandise Show.

Now, maybe from desperation of losing yardage as well as a bit of accuracy, I needed help. Oh, my driver was still decent, but my fairway woods? Embarrassing.

Running into Knuth Golf’s Stephen Trattner, he suggested the newly redesigned club I’d loved so much a couple years ago, the High Heat Three Wood. I am here to tell you, I am glad I did. While two years ago I was reluctant to change sticks, this time I hit this magical want numerous times and fell in love with the club.

There are reams of information on the website on the details of the club I hit at the ING Conference in Biloxi, MS., but suffice it to say I know totally understand what goes into the stew, only the result: magnificent.

Make no mistake about it, the High Heat is designed with innovation and technology. It promises more distance and accuracy on non-perfect hits, something I can attest to.

The technology behind the High Heat’s CG makes for a user friendly tool that not only delivers distance and accuracy but feels and looks the part. It’s perfect for the average golfer who doesn’t always make a stroke that delivers a club’s sweet spot.

Knuth Golf’s slogan is Helping Amateurs play better golf, and the High Heat line does just that.

“Each and every week when watching the Tour everyday players yearn to become more proficient with their drives and fairway woods,” explained Trattner. “Yet most continue to moan over mishits that end up in the rough or just don’t go an optimum distance. We can’t guarantee perfection, but we have developed a club that straightens mishits, sending more balls to the fairway.”

Balls ending up in the short grass are earlier to hit to the green, and that means lower scores. The unique High Heat design results in a consistently straighter shot, and that goes into a better scoring equation.

At we can’t guarantee your results will be like our results, but we can assuredly say that the High Heat driver and three wood clearly are a club we’d stand up against all for an average players performance and scoring.  

Ban the belly, long putter?

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This is one of those stories that has been told dozens of time and simply gets better with age.


Playing in a tournament along the Grand Strand years more than 20 years ago my foursome after a long night of libations trudged its way onto the golf course.


Somehow, nobody remembers the number of shots, each of us found our way onto the first green.


Tour Edge offers technology, playability

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In the world of golf equipment, it's all about getting "the buzz".


Manufacturers spend millions of dollars to get that buzz, paying large endorsement contracts to PGA Tour professionals to play their equipment, wear their logos and make special appearances pushing product.


Endorsements help sales, and with more sales come more endorsements.