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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"Dean" Bogan a Bensalem fixture

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There is not a bit of a doubt that over his tenure at Bensalem Township Country Club that Jim Bogan has seen it all.

Bogan caddied at the then-Cornwells Country Club in 1962, graduated to working in the pro shop, and after college joined Al Wilfong's professional staff. In 1971 he was named head professional. Suffice it to say he's the Dean of area golf professionals. 

Now known as Bensalem Township Country Club, the municipally owned club has undergone numerous upgrades and revisions over the years. Superintendent Jim Stauring has done a masterful job on the course, making it a challenge for all levels of player.

And through 2019 Bogan in his 50 plus years at the club thought he'd seen it all.  Then came the COVID-19 pandemic and the shuttering of the club for a couple of months.  These days, using the best of breed in COVID-19 policies and procedures, the club is welcoming players.

"We've been doing a land office business," said Bogan. "The phones are ringing off the hook as players had a pent up demand and were chomping at the bit to play once some of the restrictions were lessened.  We are complying with the restrictions - extended time between tee times, cleaning carts, ensuring players wear masks inside and social distancing - and we've worked hard to make it all work."

Originally designed by William and David Gordon in 1960, the layout is basically unchanged although great steps have been taken to improve playability by trimming trees, manicuring fairways and rolling greens. The course plays to a par of 70 and about 62200 yards and can be as challenging as a player likes. 

"We have a fair test of golf. The nice thing is we've been very busy after restrictions were removed. The players tell us the course is fun but always a challenge," said Bogan. "We've worked hard to give the players what they want both on the course and off."

Bogan has the course record of 64, a mark that has been tied but never broken. "This isn't an easy course!"

Over the years it has seen its share of great players.  PGA Tour Hall fo Fame player Johnny Miller played it numerous times.  Former Tour player Gary Hardin joined the professional staff for a while, and on the amateur side of things Keith Wilson earned numerous club championships. 

Bensalem Township Country Club has matured and is a fine test of golf.  Check it out!