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

With host Tony Leodora will travel both near and far to bring viewers a look at some of the most spectacular golf destinations in the world!

16 Dec

Benvenuto 57th in LPGA Q-School

Written by Bob Oliver

After a successful season on the Symetra Tour, the top developmental circuit for the LPGA Tour, Langhorne's Brittany Bevenuto advanced to the final stage of 2016 LPGA qualifying in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

It was a good news, bad news event.

Benvenuto scored a five-round total of 365, finishing 57th in the tournament (72-72-77-70-74). The bad news is despite that strong performance it did not qualify for the 2016 LPGA Tour as only 44 players earned status. She did re-earn Symetra Tour status for 2016.

Earlier in the fall Benvenuto, who attended Neshaminy Langhorne High School and the University of Arizona, placed 43rd in the Symetra Tour Championship Tournament on a 72-75-69-73--289 effort.

CHIP SHOTS: Erik Greene scored the second ace on the 15th hole at Northampton Valley Country Club in six years. This time he used an 8 iron to stroke his perfect shot on the 145-yard test...At Bensalem, Richard Charlino aced the 14th hole.

06 Dec

Remote, satisfying, demanding Streamsong

Written by Bob Oliver

If you are an avid golfer you most likely are thinking about your next challenge. 

Challenge means a lot of things to a lot of people, but to mary avid golfers it's the walk in the park out among the elements. Walk is important, as so many courses either require a power cart or by virtue of terrain or distance between holes make one necessary. Most avid golfers would love the challenge of walking a fine layout and battling the course using all their skills to have that perfect day.

There is no better place on the east coast of the United States to have that battle than Central Florida's nature walk named the Streamsong Resort.

It is in the middle of nowhere - some 30 miles south of Lakeland and about two hours from Orlando and Tampa's airports. Remote yes, but worth the trek - absolutely. While there is a wonderful spa, walking trails, fine dining, sporting clays and bass fishing, it's really all about golf. 

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed the Red Course, while Tom Doak the Blue Course. Gil Hanse has a course under construction. 

Built upon the grounds of an old phosphate mine, the Blue and Red provide  stunning, unique and exhilarating golf. Both are walking courses, and forecaddies and caddies are available for hire. 

The Red Course features superb golf, views and definition, while the Blue is what could be called somewhat minimalist and down to earth. Each course has ample fairways, but each is also filled with, well, obstacles from bunkers to fescue to lakes and mounding. 

These are thinking person's courses, as your caddie will undoubtedly keep you from gripping and ripping while being more in favor of shot placement and strategic attack. Navigating elevation changes, wild grasses and windy conditions means thinking about each shots on its own. 

Streamsong is a unique, remote and satisfying challenge. Both the Red and Blue courses are ranked among the Top-100 Modern Courses in the Golfweek Magazine rankings, and deservedly so. This is a must play destination!

CHIP SHOTS: The Hanse course will be known as Streamsong Black and should be ready for play in 2017...The accommodations provide ample space and comfort, and there is a little bit of everything from a food perspective...Don't miss the striking rooftop terrace for a late night beverage...Make sure your gas tank has fuel, as the closest service station is about 12 miles away...Each of our three rounds were played - walking - in under 3:45. Very comfortable pace. 

29 Nov

Shore Gate a class act

Written by Bob Oliver

The Jersey Shore has a wealth of outstanding golf challenges. Wonderful venues that can satisfy each and every level of golfer.

With that in mind, have to give a major shout out to one of if not the finest open to the public layouts, Ocean View's Shore Gate Golf Club.

We at previewed the course elsewhere on the site years ago, calling it a gem. "A Must play".  Years have passed, and this gem is polished and has gotten even better with age. 

A recent visit - Annual Day after Thanksgiving Shootout - saw a couple writers visit this outstanding venue.

Not a single disappointment, as Shore Gate was in perfect shape, the fairways manicured to perfection and the greens rolling like glass. Superb.

The golf boom since fizzled has meant some area courses have weaved their way through bankruptcy and ownership changes. Blue Heron Pines, The Vineyards at Renault and Mays Landing come to mind. But Shore Gate is rock solid and commands a player's attention as a challenging layout with all the fixins.

From the first tee box to the 18th green, Shore Gate is one heck of a golf destination.

Simply stated, if you haven't sampled it, you must, and if it's been a while, get back there.



01 Oct

Lutz claims USGA Senior Amateur

Written by Bob Oliver


Chip Lutz is no stranger to a national senior championship, having posted the Canadian and British senior amateurs on his resume. But the Reading, Pa., native had a big hole on that resume: he had never won his own national championship.

That is no longer the case, as Lutz added the United States Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship to his portfolio with a 5 and 3 victory over Tom Brandes in the tournament finals at Hidden Creek Golf Club. Lutz was steady throughout the week.

Lutz won the 2010 and 2011 Canadian Senior Amateur and the 2011 and 2012 British Senior Amateur championships. He battled Hidden Creek to a 1-under-par total through the 15 holes of the final match.

Newtown's Glenn Smeraglio advanced to the round of 64, but lost there to North Carolina's Gary Robinson, 4 and 3, despite being just 1-over-par through the 15th hole.

Hidden Creek was a spectacular test for the players, garnering rave reviews.