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 Dec
2018

2018 Cavalcade of Champions

Written by Bob Oliver

The weather may be awful for golf, but 2018 saw a storm of great golf in Bucks County. 

Highlighting play were the often rain-delayed club championships. In between the raindrops area players garnered prestigious club championships.

Here's a familiar name: Glenn Smeraglio. The local stalwart claimed the LuLu Country Club's men's title, adding to a career which has seen him win men's titles at Yardley (9), Mercer Oaks (2) and Commonwealth National. Like fine wine, Smeraglio gets better with age. Friend Terry Sawyer claimed the senior men's title. 

Another familiar champion again excelled at Northampton Valley Country Club, Jonathan Radick, who won for the eighth time. Jeff Hilton added a senior men's title. 

Ryan Pfeifer successfully defended his men's crown and has three overall, while Keith Wilson took home the senior men's title. Ron Davis was the super senior men's winner while Liz Wojcik claimed the women's title.

Dan Charen successfully defended his Makefield Highlands men's title, while Rich Driscoll claimed the senior crown and Bob Woods the super senior title. 

Another repeat winner was Griffin Smith at Jericho National, where Mike Cavanaugh claimed another senior men's crown and Joan Redeyoff the women's championship. 

Dave Gardener won his fifth men's crown at Middletown, while WD Horan added the senior title and Ed Congdon the super senior title. At Yardley Mike Lam won the men's crown and Greg Buliga the senior men's title as Samantha Krier took the women's title. 

Elsewhere:

Bucks Club: Curt Biehn (men), Fred Porter (senior men), Janice Visconto (women).

Doylestown: Russell Hartung (men) Rick Payne (senior men), Peter DiMaggio (super senior men), Maggie Sivak (women).

Five Ponds: Neil Gordon (men), Brian Rothaus (senior men), Drew Endy (super senior men), Chrissy Palmeri (women). 

Lookaway: Mike Anton (men), Mark Hutchinson (senior men), Martha Robinson (women). 

Trenton: ANdy Strock (men), Mike Moonan (senior men), Denise Viola (women).

Spring Mill: Bryan Keeling (men), Ron Zemnick (super senior), Kathleen O'Dell (women). 

Other notable wins were recorded by Neshaminy grad Fred Snow, who claimed the Stonewall men's crown. 

 

 

03 Dec
2018

Hidden Creek ownership change

Written by Bob Oliver

One of the finest private courses to be played at the Jersey Shore is Hidden Creek in Egg Harbor Township. 

The Coore-Crenshaw design annually sits among the top-100 Modern Courses in America as rated by Golfweek Magazine.

The challenge of Hidden Creek have bedazzled players for close to two decades, and held up well in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship. Difficult yet fair, rough yet beautiful, Hidden Creek is a true walk in the Jersey park. 

Owner and developer Roger Hansen has decided to pass ownership on to a new group, the Dormie Club Network, once the deal is sealed. The concept is a nationwide group of clubs, wherein a membership in one course extends to membership at all. Included in the Dormie Club Network are such layouts at the Dormie Club in Pinehurst, another Coore-Crenshaw design, as well as the Tom Fazio gem at Victoria National and Ballyhack in Roanoke, Va.  Other clubs are in such locales as Atlanta, Nashville, Richmond and San Antonio. 

"The time is right, we wanted to pass the ownership of Hidden Creek on to someone with a passion for the game, and the Dormie Club Networks fits that agenda," explained Hansen in a telephone conversation. "We are very happy."

Hansen, who will remain a member of the club, is proud of Hidden Creek. "It is a very special place."