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 Apr
2020

Golf courses opening

Written by Bob Oliver

Today area pro shops reacted to something they hadn't in more than a month --- their telephones were ringing at a brisk rate.

Governor Tom Wolf removed the restrictions on play, reducing the rules which had been in place for the last five weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To be clear, social distancing remains critical, and courses will be implementing policies that allow their courses to be open while enforcing various procedures.

Some of the restrictions could mean a longer distance between tee times, limits on players using golf carts, keeping flagsticks in the hole at all times and keeping gathering areas closed. 

Representatives of Bensalem, Northampton Valley and Neshaminy Valley said tee times are available for the weekend, but that all procedures are being reviewed for the reopening. To a person they said safe rather than sorry is the message.

NVCC will make tee times at 20 minute intervals to ensure spacing of golfers. It's driving range will not be open this weekend. Flagsticks may not be removed and other protective methods will be enforced.  

THe Governor cited residents physical and mental health as being atop the reasons for reopening, along with the drop in COVID-19 cases in general. He had been giving through to reopening portions of the state but in the end went with the blanket removal of restrictions on certain industries.

"As we start to take measured, limited steps to reopen the Commonwealth, reopening some industries will help rebuild our economy and strengthen our mental health," explained the Governor.

The Center for DIsease Control reminds all that one should NOT play golf if your sick or recently were diagnosed with COVID-19.  It also recommended not to take part in organized events (e.g., leagues where multiple people would be on hand).   Social distancing remains critical.  But it did not recommend playing with a mask, although one could.

Still, with practicing in the basement may be nice for a while, playing the game is much better.

Swing away!

03 Apr
2020

Golfers Beware - "The Law" Watching

Written by Bob Oliver

We've been keeping you apprised of where golf is being played and where it's prohibited. And while 28 states are allowing play, several are not allowing play of non-residents in his time of COVID-19. 

Yesterday three Massachusetts residents were issued summons which could result in 90 days in the pokey for playing in Rhode Island at the Meadowbrook Golf Course.   Police said the three were in the state for a non-recognized work purpose. 

For Bucks County golfers, the closest state allowing golf is Delaware, which like Rhode Island clamped down on non-resident play Monday. While courses are open for business, that business must come only from residents of the state.

"We had been getting about 30 percent of our play from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland residents, but no more," explained PGA professional and course operator at Frog Hollow, Patrick Keefe. '

The 1978 grad of Neshaminy High School had been seeing lots of old friends from the Keystone state in recent weeks. "The directive is pretty clear, and we've had troopers visit."

Apparently it won't be long before state line crossing golfers will be sharing cells with sharing jail cells wtih bank robbers and arsonists said one wag.

Keefe did assure that social distancing, spacing of tee times, flagsticks are not to be touched and similar precautions are being taken.

CHIP SHOTS: Keefe played for coaches Dick Chubb and WIlliam Smith while playing for the Redskins. He's a former head pro at Inniscrone...Frog Hollow is a nice residential course in Middletown, Delaware, which challenges all level of player....From the optimsm department, the LPGA has announced a tentative schedule of events assuming the season restarts. Aronimink, in Newtown Square, will host the KPMG Women's PGA Championship June 25-28, while the ShopRite LPGA Championship will be held at Seaview (Bay) Golf Club July 31 through August 2. Of course, this is subject to the COVID-19 problem being stopped.