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.

The Traveling Golfer

With host Tony Leodora will travel both near and far to bring viewers a look at some of the most spectacular golf destinations in the world!

21 Dec
2015

Don't Stop "Kidding" around

Written by Bob Oliver

 

Okay, pop quiz.  What strikes intense fear into the minds and hearts of a business traveler?

 

a)     Turbulence

b)     A flight attendant named Genghis Khan

c)     A co-pilot’s first landing

d)     A baby stroller sitting near the gate

e)     All of the above

 

If you answered “e”, you wouldn’t be far off.  When pressed to pick their single biggest fear many veteran travelers would quickly and emphatically pick “d”, the dreaded youngster. 

 

Business travelers hate baby strollers and their precious cargo.  Fact is, some children have a difficult time with air travel.  Turbulence scares many, the pressure which builds their ears hurts, while inability to move around sends their growing bodies into Defcon Four levels.

 

The world, however, need not end if one is seated near a little darling.  First off, adults should act like mature adults.  Paying customers, even those under the age of 12, are paying customers, and free “lap babies” are legal too.

 

Second, it is imperative that adults follow the three rules of successful air traveling: 1) Patience; 2) Patience; 3) Patience.

 

Parents should understand their darlings aren’t the only people on the flight, though, and should attempt to keep their children in check.  Kids running up and down the aisle are bothersome and a safety hazard.

 

With a wee bit of planning, the wee ones will be perfect little darlings on the flight.

 

Of course, getting to your destination is only half the battle.  Once there is the endless struggle between kid’s time and your time.  Golf or ballroom dancing and young children generally do not mix. 

 

Unless you want to find yourself in the local constable’s office, locking up the little ones in your room all day or leaving them dangerously stranded alone at the pool is no option. A little bit of research will find a hotel, which caters to young visitors.  At many major hotel chains kids can participate in daily-supervised activities.

Hilton’s Waikoloa Village, for instance, allows youngsters to swim with the dolphins in the morning at the on-site Dolphin Quest, and spend the rest of the day learning about the sea’s wonderful creatures.  There is an additional fee for such programs and reservations are required, but well worth it.

 

Most major hotels also have affiliations with experienced, bonded babysitters to allow more adult freedom.  For a bit higher cost, grandparents will gladly join the vacation and happily watch over the little ones.

 

Remember:

 

1)     Plan ahead.  Ask questions before booking accommodations.  Is the resort “kid” friendly?

2)     Are special discounts available at nearby attractions? At hotel meals?

3)     Bring small bag of food and drink onto airplane. Nothing is worse than waiting for the beverage cart to reach the back of the plane.

4)     Reduce boredom with games, books, drawing materials or audiocassette stories (with headphones).  If Pokemon is their diversion, remember to keep the sound down or off.

5)     Don’t forget to bring appropriate medicine, just in case.

6)     Leave yourself plenty of legroom on plane.  Check all unnecessary baggage

7)     Be considerate of others.

8)     Break extended trip into parts.  There’s nothing worse than three hours on the plane followed by three hours of driving.

9)     Tour hotel upon arrival to acclimate children with surroundings and staff.

10)   Be flexible. Things indeed happen.

 

Everyone was a kid at one time or another, so there is no need to be embarrassed about taking a vacation with a youngster.  They might be a little fidgety, but they are generally far better than the bald-headed guy in the row in front of you who reclines his seat as far back as possible, crushing your laptop computer and knees in one swoop.

 

 

 

 

16 Dec
2015

Benvenuto 57th in LPGA Q-School

Written by Bob Oliver

After a successful season on the Symetra Tour, the top developmental circuit for the LPGA Tour, Langhorne's Brittany Bevenuto advanced to the final stage of 2016 LPGA qualifying in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

It was a good news, bad news event.

Benvenuto scored a five-round total of 365, finishing 57th in the tournament (72-72-77-70-74). The bad news is despite that strong performance it did not qualify for the 2016 LPGA Tour as only 44 players earned status. She did re-earn Symetra Tour status for 2016.

Earlier in the fall Benvenuto, who attended Neshaminy Langhorne High School and the University of Arizona, placed 43rd in the Symetra Tour Championship Tournament on a 72-75-69-73--289 effort.

CHIP SHOTS: Erik Greene scored the second ace on the 15th hole at Northampton Valley Country Club in six years. This time he used an 8 iron to stroke his perfect shot on the 145-yard test...At Bensalem, Richard Charlino aced the 14th hole.

06 Dec
2015

Remote, satisfying, demanding Streamsong

Written by Bob Oliver

If you are an avid golfer you most likely are thinking about your next challenge. 

Challenge means a lot of things to a lot of people, but to mary avid golfers it's the walk in the park out among the elements. Walk is important, as so many courses either require a power cart or by virtue of terrain or distance between holes make one necessary. Most avid golfers would love the challenge of walking a fine layout and battling the course using all their skills to have that perfect day.

There is no better place on the east coast of the United States to have that battle than Central Florida's nature walk named the Streamsong Resort.

It is in the middle of nowhere - some 30 miles south of Lakeland and about two hours from Orlando and Tampa's airports. Remote yes, but worth the trek - absolutely. While there is a wonderful spa, walking trails, fine dining, sporting clays and bass fishing, it's really all about golf. 

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed the Red Course, while Tom Doak the Blue Course. Gil Hanse has a course under construction. 

Built upon the grounds of an old phosphate mine, the Blue and Red provide  stunning, unique and exhilarating golf. Both are walking courses, and forecaddies and caddies are available for hire. 

The Red Course features superb golf, views and definition, while the Blue is what could be called somewhat minimalist and down to earth. Each course has ample fairways, but each is also filled with, well, obstacles from bunkers to fescue to lakes and mounding. 

These are thinking person's courses, as your caddie will undoubtedly keep you from gripping and ripping while being more in favor of shot placement and strategic attack. Navigating elevation changes, wild grasses and windy conditions means thinking about each shots on its own. 

Streamsong is a unique, remote and satisfying challenge. Both the Red and Blue courses are ranked among the Top-100 Modern Courses in the Golfweek Magazine rankings, and deservedly so. This is a must play destination!

CHIP SHOTS: The Hanse course will be known as Streamsong Black and should be ready for play in 2017...The accommodations provide ample space and comfort, and there is a little bit of everything from a food perspective...Don't miss the striking rooftop terrace for a late night beverage...Make sure your gas tank has fuel, as the closest service station is about 12 miles away...Each of our three rounds were played - walking - in under 3:45. Very comfortable pace. 

29 Nov
2015

Shore Gate a class act

Written by Bob Oliver

The Jersey Shore has a wealth of outstanding golf challenges. Wonderful venues that can satisfy each and every level of golfer.

With that in mind, have to give a major shout out to one of if not the finest open to the public layouts, Ocean View's Shore Gate Golf Club.

We at golfbuckscounty.com previewed the course elsewhere on the site years ago, calling it a gem. "A Must play".  Years have passed, and this gem is polished and has gotten even better with age. 

A recent visit - Annual Day after Thanksgiving Shootout - saw a couple writers visit this outstanding venue.

Not a single disappointment, as Shore Gate was in perfect shape, the fairways manicured to perfection and the greens rolling like glass. Superb.

The golf boom since fizzled has meant some area courses have weaved their way through bankruptcy and ownership changes. Blue Heron Pines, The Vineyards at Renault and Mays Landing come to mind. But Shore Gate is rock solid and commands a player's attention as a challenging layout with all the fixins.

From the first tee box to the 18th green, Shore Gate is one heck of a golf destination.

Simply stated, if you haven't sampled it, you must, and if it's been a while, get back there.