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 Feb
2019

Shore Club a south Jersey gem

Written by Bob Oliver

 

CAPE MAY COURTHOUSE, NJ ---

In just a bit over a year the rebranding from the former Wildwood Country Club into the Shore Club has been a near complete success. 

Hardly a month goes past without visitors noticing improvements to the clubhouse and other facilities as well as the wind swept 1921 Wayne Stiles design. And why "near" complete? Well, the enhancements are still occuring. 

"We are very happy with the upgrades around the entire facility, from the golf course to our structures," explained Fred Reidel, the Director of Golf who has worked at the Cape May Courthouse club for 17 years. "We have our plans and we are following them and you can see many of the improvements already with more happening."

On our recent visit, roof work was being completed, while the club's pub was drawing nice reviews for food, drink and ambience. Further enhancements are being completed. Gazing toward the golf course, there was hustle and bustle as renovations are ongoing.

"We are in the process of reworking sand bunkers on holes one, six and nine," explained Reidel. "We've complete several bunkers, and will have a handful more to do before summer as we present players with challenges."

There has been small harvesting of overgrown bush and trees to facilitate movement of air to help with turf growth, something that naturally occurs over time. It also helps with pace of play and overall beauty and challenge.

And what a challenging course The Shore Club provides. A bayside layout, the course can be blanketed by the breezes which in turn makes ball flight and club selection critical. 

The Shore Club continues to host numerous weddings and functions which go on hand in hand with stellar golf.

When making plans for shore golf, The Shore Club is a must visit attraction. 

CHIP SHOTS - For information on all aspects of The Shore Club contact 609-465-7824.

12 Feb
2019

Makefield Highlands hosts Open qualifying

Written by Bob Oliver
 
Will the endless inclimate weather end? Let's hope so. Because golf season is approaching and players are itching to get out an challenge their favorite layout. 
 
There is an added bonus this year as Makefield Highlands Golf Club will be one of 100 local qualifying sites around the world for the 119th United States Open Golf Championship.
 
Local qualifying for those with a USGA handicap index of 1.4 or lower can apply to play in the 18 hole event, with generally the top several players advancing to Sectional Qualifying where they will compete for a slot in the national championship at Pebble Beach. 
 
Last year 21 players advanced through local and sectional qualifying and into the 156-player field at Shinnecock Hills. Of those 21 players, seven made the 36-hole cut in Long Island. 
 
Makefield Highlands expects to be played at about 7,100 yards and to a par of 72 for the event. The Golf Association of Philadelphia will oversee the contest. 

 

CHIP SHOTS: The Symetra Tour, the LPGA's top feeding source, returns to the Philadelphia area at Raven's Claw in Montgomery County and the Valley Forge Invitational May 31-June 2. Jenny Haglund claimed the inaugural event.