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.

The Traveling Golfer

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13 Feb
2020

Gov. Wolf is so very wrong

Written by Bob Oliver

 

First things first.  Golf Bucks County has, at its heart, provided information about golf in the county and in general. For 20 plus years it has reported on professional and amateur golf that affects the area, bringing everything it can to its viewers.

Sometimes it varies from golf into other arena, but only when the issue has a serious impact on the area. Today, that issue centers around Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Wolf's proposal to steal from the Horse Racing Development TRUST (emphasis intended) Fund.  Like our legislators in Washington, who have raided the Social Security TRUST fund for years, Wolf now wants to raid something that isn't his to raid. 

Fact is - and many proponents of Wolf's plan to fund higher education with money from the Trust don't understand is that robbing Peter to pay Paulette just isn't appropriate. The Trust fund established for horse racing was a deal which started when casino gambling was proposed in the state. It was negotiated that horse racing would receive a portion of slot revenues and in return the casinos were allowed in Pennsylvania.

Bottom line is horse racing - standardbred and thoroughbred - was impacted with the addition of casino games, and the two industries were tied at the hip going forward. Fact is, Parx, Penn National, Presque Isle Downs, Mohegan Sun and Harrah's Chester among others all have the combined racinos. 

The state oversees to ensure no hijinx occurs, and of course tax the businesses to the tune of nearly $70 million annually, but the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Development Trust is a separate entity. It should not be raided. That’s the law.

At West Chester University today Governor Wolf was quoted as saying he does not care the fund is a trust with a specific beneficiary. He knows all. "I't a bill I'm happy to die on," said the Democratic governor. 

Clearly misguided. Short sighted. 

Okay, he's all for raiding a trust fund. But of more importance, he's in favor of killing a thriving industry. Breeding alone has increased in multiples since the Trust was established. Horse racing generates more than $1.6 billion in economic impact to the state, employing nearly 25,000 Pennsylvanians who are not fat cats but everyday citizens. The fund helps in keeping open spaces green, protecting thousands of acres from development. 

Hundreds of broodmares have been added to the Pennsylvania roster of moms, while Smarty Jones came home to Pennsylvania, Hoppertunity relocated to the state and Uptowncharlybrown has developed into a class dad. 

All without taxpayer funding. Only generation of taxes. All from the knowledge that the Pennsylvania Horse Development Trust was safe from stink-filled swamp dwelling politicians sticky fingers. 

The Governor is willing to end all of these positives by stealing from a trust fund. What will his next attack me?

Rather than raiding a trust fund, but keeping with an idea to help higher education, he could direct the Pennsylvania Lottery to offer games which would benefit the state's higher education system. As a Bloomsburg graduate I'd support such a program. He could cut government pork. 

Heck, that would be a win-win for the state. 

Instead he wants to risk thousands of jobs and millions in tax money by crippling an industry.  Clearly, not a well thought out plan and a plan best known as Wolf's Folly. 

In golf, this would be a triple bogey of a plan.  

Hay ride - According to section 1405 of the Trust Fund act, the trust funds "are not funds of the State (of Pennsylvania). "The Commonwealth shall not be entitled to any money described under this section...Numerous breeders have been skeptical about breeding in Pennsylvania given the Governors decision to pick winners and losers. This will severely impact the industry now. 

 

 

 

27 Jan
2020

Zero Friction Bedazzles

Written by Bob Oliver

 

ORLANDO --- If there is one for sure thing about Zero Friction and its product line, it's that one knows innovation and attention to detail is at the forefront.

Oh, that's two things, but seriously, who's counting.

Zero Friction continually comes up with stellar innovative ideas and transforms them into designs that satisfies really needs of golfers. It's legendary golf gloves are not only form fitting, but it offers a wide array of styles to satisfy everyone.

A favorite is its DistancePro glove which is not only a wonderful fitting product but additionally has Bluetooth technology including a GPS devide which allows technological access to more than 36,000 golf courses worldwide.  Yes, the device and its ZF app that talks to your Spartphone provides a player everything from distance tracking to an overview of the green. 

The glove fits so well and the app is so light one doesn't know its there...unless you need information. 

The entire line of Zero Friction gloves are well thought out and feature a perfect fit. There is breathability, durability and they are comfortable as its Compression Fit technology guarantees a great fit. 

The Americana line of gloves has a patriotic spirit, and a portion of the proceeds of glove sales is being donated to the Veterans Golf Association.  Not to be outdone, there is also an Oh Canada glove for those who favor the great white north. 

It should be pointed out that Zero Friction not only has wonderful golf gloves, but also has an active wear line of gloves for those who are out int he great outdoors. These gloves mold to your hands and allow you to enjoy everything from walking for exercise or when your dog walks you!

New to the product line this year is the groundbreaking Power 3 Tees who promote less resistance and promotes more distance. This environmentally friendly product could add several yards to one's drives, and what could be wrong with that.

Based in America, Zero Friction continually accomplishes a goal of making quality products at a great price.  Check it out at www.zerofriction.com. 

 CHIP SHOTS: Zero Friction offers a wide array of products.  While it offers outstanding golf gloves and innovative tees, it also has a wonderful line of golf bags, licensed team balls and gloves, as well as an assortment of well made products that will bedazzle golfers of all abilities. 

 

 

25 Jan
2020

Check out Callaway's Mavrik

Written by Bob Oliver

Innovation is the name of the golf game, as the designers of equipment have taken leaps and bounds over the years leading to a dramatic increase in distance and accuracy. Club fitting has elevated long and straight into longer and straighter. 

 

Each year there are new and different clubs and shafts that elevate player's game to new levels. This year is no different. One example found at the PGA Merchandise Show comes from Callaway Golf, where artificial intelligence has led to the creation of the Mavrk driver and fairway woods. 

 

Somehow AI has allowed Callaway to design clubs which have unique faces matched with various lofts with the result being ,ore swing speed and maximum distance. Who doesn't like that?

 

Hey, if AI can let self driving cars navigate through traffic and computer doctors providing medical opinions at least as good if not better than actual human doctors, why can't AI help in the design of masterful golf clubs?

 

The feel of these clubs is great. The results, greater. And these clubs were the pick of the litter of innovation at The Show.

 

But golf isn't only golf clubs and balls.

 

Fashion was the name of the game at numerous vendors. Several earned notice of this corner, not the least being the Golftini "Happy Hour Collection" of women's skorts. These are built for comfort, fit and are fun and fashionable. 

 

"We pride ourselves in quality items that look great and are attractive," explained Golftini representative Julie Heidt. "We have a great rapport with our customers and they come back to us for repeat business. Our customer service survey responses are superb."

 

Another gem found was Coral Coast of Bermuda, which has a number of great offerings with dress shirts, linen dress shirts, performance polos and a wide array of Bermuda shorts.

 

"We are the look of Bermuda and around the world," offered co-Founder Adam Petty. "We have sharp clothing, from shorts and shirts to swim wear. And we are all about fun. Check us out." 

 

No question, you should. 

 

Destinations and tour operators were prominent at The Show.

 

We've often revealed that Cape May's Celtic Golf operated by Jerry and Josephine Quinlan can be wonderful providers of trips to Ireland and Scotland, and if one is interested in the 2021 British Open they have packages for everyone.

 

Hidden gems can be found throughout the Emerald Island, so it helps to have the Quinlan's expertise by one's side. 

 

Innovation also hit the walking golf cart samplings, as Walker Trolleys introduced a push cart that's easy to use, pushing around the golf course, and easy to fold away. If a nice addition to what has been boring. 

 

Bob Oliver writes about golf for numerous publications. He''s a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, Golf Travel Writers of America and International Network of Golf. 

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.   “