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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22 Jan
2020

2020 PGA Show amazes

Written by Bob Oliver

The PGA Merchandise Show brings together all aspects of the world of golf.   

 

Luminaries such as Greg Norman speak on the state of the game while the giants of golf display their newest equipment.   Tourism outlets attempt to attract visitors while everyone with a new swing training device and clothing designers display their wares.  

 

“This is a great event and brings together all aspects and constituents of the game to one place,” explained The Shark. “I’ve been coming for decades and it still amazes me.”

 

And  there is is always something new to observe.  

 

Day one at the Show saw and explosion of  CBD products.  These natural products claim —- and testimonials are abundant —- to be helpful in pain management which helps golfers rebound from those pesky pains that impact their bodies after flailing away on the course.  Legal CBD is developed from the hemp plant without theTHC so it’s not a hallucigen.  

 

”Our Muscle MX product has been well received, and make no mistake it’s perfectly legal,” said Marketing Director Clark Bateman.   “Our big challenge is education of the consumer.  Once people try our product the reviews are great.”

 

But beware, not all CBD products are the same, so shop and research for what best fits your needs.  

 

Around the Show we ran into Pro golfer Ken Green, whose career includes five PGA Tour titles and participation on a Ryder Cup team. Ken’s like was upended in a terrible vehicle accident, which was chronicled along with his life story in “Hunter of Hope - A life lived inside,outside and on the ropes.”   A great read.  

 

Club manufacturers like Ping, Tour Edge, Calloway and Yonex blanketed one end and attracted Pros and buyers, as orders for the season were signed.

 

“”Things are good   Our products are well received and it’s a nice buzz,” commented Ping’s Andy Solheim.

 

Ping's new line includes the 410 Plus drivers, with increased Dragonfly crown and movable weights to fit your swing and overall game. THe i500 irons are geared for distance and the company's women's array are awesome.    

 

The Pitchfix products are excellent sources of ways to make your home club‘s greens remain flat  by allowing easy replacement of ball marks    More to come on their products.

 

Rows and rows, booth after booth of apparel providers bedazzle buyers.  Of particular interest were Golftini, Oliver Thomas and Coral Coast brands. A great variety of product awaits.  

 

The Show is a cornucopia of golf, and a great way to log 15,000 step in a day.  

 

CHIP SHOTS—-Philadelphia Eagles great Rn Jaworski was on stage with Norman discussing golf, football, nutrition and physical training.  At one point Jaws joked that he loves playing golf at age 68 as it’s a game for life while football isn’t.  Ron Jaworski Golf operates seven courses in the Delaware Valley.   Jaws was asked his Super Bowl prediction....”Simple, I played a year in Kansas City so it has my vote!”...Norman on state of game: “Lots of great things occurring.   From design perspective the players are hitting farther and farther.    We have to address or else we’ll will be building 8,000 yard courses.   “

18 Jan
2020

Does Crenshaw argue with Coore?

Written by Bob Oliver

There is no doubt that when two successful artists work on a tandem product, there is often disagreement.  Sometimes emphatically as each wants their thoughts heard. 

One would think that over the nearly 30 years they've worked together on the design of golf courses, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw would have had some of those knock down, drag out discussions?

Who could blame them? Each has a distinct personality and each has his own thoughts on the design of a golf course. 

The team has created outstanding layouts. Having played Streamsong (Red) in Florida, the Dormie Club near Pinehurst, Bandon Trails in Oregon, Sand Hills in Nebraska and Hidden Creek in New Jersey, I know first hand that Coore-Crenshaw develop outstanding, fun and challenging courses.

But do they always agree, and when they don't, who wins the argument? 

"Wow, that's out of left field," said Coore at the Saguaro Course at Wi Ko Pa in the Valley of the Sun near Phoenix.  The Saguaro  Course is heralded by many rankings as the top public access course in the golf happy state. 

"I can't say we never disagree on something, but truthfully its never a real argument," said Coore. "We may disagree on shaping or direction or aspects of a design, but we generally come to the same conclusion in the end. We see the same land, understand what we are trying to accomplish, and while we might not totally come up with the same ideas we are professional and friends enough to talk it out and in the end have a great result."

Crenshaw is a PGA Tour Hall of Famer while Coore is a disciple of Pete Dye with a long background in the game. Each has their own ideas, but each also knows what looks and feels great to golfers.  Minimalists in design, their creations are well received by players of all abilities. 

At We Ko Pa, for instance, they teamed to create a course that has fangs that attack the strong player but enough freedom to challenge and keep higher handicap players in the game assuming they play from the correct tees. The fairways are wide, the desert does not impede every shot, and the chipping areas large enough to give a player options. 

The course penalizes poor shots and decisions, but rewards smart play. Its greens are full of challenge and quickness, and the course conditioning is immaculate. 

This Coore-Crenshaw design is outstanding, and hey, there was not a lot of arguing in its development and design. 

"Ben and I are proud of this course," explained Coore. "We are happy so many golfers find enjoyment and challenge here."