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!


Know your golf rules

Written by Steve Gordon on .

Golf is a game of honor and integrity. It is the only game where players call penalties on themselves. In team sports like football or hockey for example players often throw their hands up in the air as if to say, "Who me, what are you talking about?" even if they may have committed an infraction calling for a penalty.

In golf a player will, and is required by the honor the game is played by, call a penalty upon himself. A good example is when in 2010 PGA Tour pro Brian Davis notified a rules official to report he believed he had incurred a two stroke penalty for touching a loose impediment in a hazard.

2011's Most Viewed Stories

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Last year was a stellar one for  We thank you, our viewers for a great 2011!


We've learned long ago that you can't be all things to all people. Clearly though, we are about the great game of golf and how it impacts Bucks County. Of course, there are golf happenings in the Delaware Valley, out region or nationally that impact Bucks County golf, and we attempt to bring you stories of interest from anywhere.


As is every year, the number one story accessed on this side is "Bucks County Golf Courses," our summary of courses in the county. Nearly 9,000 people viewed that story in 2011 looking and finding information on the area's wonderful golf opportunities.

2011: Herr heads Year in Review

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In 2011 scores of area golfers had outstanding achievements. Here's quick lookback at the year's top stories.


When it comes to golf in Bucks County, 2011 was a year of firsts.


Oh, there were the annual assortment of winners, no doubt about it. But there were also some historic firsts that "lap" the list of firsts.


Oliver earns writing award

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Winning a writing award is a difficult task. There are so many great writers out there with outstanding talent. These writers can make a story sing, bringing out the best in a topic. Driving the reader toward a smile, grimace or important information.


But every once in a while a blind cat finds a mouse.


At the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, this reporter earned an Outstanding Achievement Award for Profile Writing in the International Network of Golf's Annual Media Awards. The award was for the story: Eskin, passionate about golf, a story about WIP Radio's Howard Eskin that appeared in last spring.



Smeraglio claims 10th club title

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Glenn Smeraglio may not be the most prolific of area club champions, but he's one of them.


The Newtown resident, a 9-time men's champion at Yardley Country Club, moved his game across the rover to Mercer Oaks this year. It's no surprise he captured his first club championship on the east side of the river. Smeraglio claimed his first Yardley men's crown in 1987 and defended it in 1988. He added another in 1995, then began a run of six consecutive titles in 1999.