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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23 May
2016

"GumbeeGolf" aids warm up

Written by Bob Oliver

 

Okay, when is the last time you sped into your local golf course, putting on shoes as you looked for a parking spot.

Your foursome had been there for an hour, ate lunch and hit warm up balls. You stayed at work. banging away at the computer.

Now you were heading to the first hole totally tight. You swing a couple clubs as people select partners and bets. You hit your tee ball, poorly, and for the first five holes you complain about not being warmed up.

Sound familiar?

Too many times it is true to life. If you can't properly warm up, there is a way that you can get loose, relax your muscles, and get the body ready for golf in just a few minutes.

The solution for a quick golf warm-up routine? The Jelly Roll "GumbeeGolf" warm up and training tool which comes in multiple flexes for all kinds of body sizes. Marketed in the U.S. by TK International, the Jelly Rope simply works! It's inexpensive (retails for $19.99) and allows for a variety of different positions to allow your muscles to warm up in minutes.

"We have been in the U.S.-Japan marketplace as distributors for various products for years, and when we find something that solves a problem we bring it to new markets," said TK International president Tom Kotter. "The Jelly Role product, which we are marketing as gumbeegolf, fills a void and has had excellent tributes from those who've used it."

It comes in several styles which affect different muscle groups and helps with different swing moves. The simple to use, easy to maneuver Jelly Rolls allow one to add tension to the muscle groups and loosen the body and allow that first on course swing to be fluid and productive. Flexibility improves with use. Use can also help with the basic mechanics of a golf swing, so not only does flexibility improve, warm-up time decreases, and swing motions get better with repetition.

The Jelly Rope, which has reached more than 600,000 sales in Japan but is relatively new to the U.S. marketplace, has multiple uses. For instance, those stuck working at the computer for extended periods of time can wear one of the "Ropes" in a way to perform as a back brace. Details are available at gumbeegolf.com.

The Jelly Rope (gumbeegolf.com) was a featured product at the 26th annual  International Network of Golf annual conference held at the Zermatt Resort in beautiful Heber Valley, Utah.

 

 

21 Dec
2015

Don't Stop "Kidding" around

Written by Bob Oliver

 

Okay, pop quiz.  What strikes intense fear into the minds and hearts of a business traveler?

 

a)     Turbulence

b)     A flight attendant named Genghis Khan

c)     A co-pilot’s first landing

d)     A baby stroller sitting near the gate

e)     All of the above

 

If you answered “e”, you wouldn’t be far off.  When pressed to pick their single biggest fear many veteran travelers would quickly and emphatically pick “d”, the dreaded youngster. 

 

Business travelers hate baby strollers and their precious cargo.  Fact is, some children have a difficult time with air travel.  Turbulence scares many, the pressure which builds their ears hurts, while inability to move around sends their growing bodies into Defcon Four levels.

 

The world, however, need not end if one is seated near a little darling.  First off, adults should act like mature adults.  Paying customers, even those under the age of 12, are paying customers, and free “lap babies” are legal too.

 

Second, it is imperative that adults follow the three rules of successful air traveling: 1) Patience; 2) Patience; 3) Patience.

 

Parents should understand their darlings aren’t the only people on the flight, though, and should attempt to keep their children in check.  Kids running up and down the aisle are bothersome and a safety hazard.

 

With a wee bit of planning, the wee ones will be perfect little darlings on the flight.

 

Of course, getting to your destination is only half the battle.  Once there is the endless struggle between kid’s time and your time.  Golf or ballroom dancing and young children generally do not mix. 

 

Unless you want to find yourself in the local constable’s office, locking up the little ones in your room all day or leaving them dangerously stranded alone at the pool is no option. A little bit of research will find a hotel, which caters to young visitors.  At many major hotel chains kids can participate in daily-supervised activities.

Hilton’s Waikoloa Village, for instance, allows youngsters to swim with the dolphins in the morning at the on-site Dolphin Quest, and spend the rest of the day learning about the sea’s wonderful creatures.  There is an additional fee for such programs and reservations are required, but well worth it.

 

Most major hotels also have affiliations with experienced, bonded babysitters to allow more adult freedom.  For a bit higher cost, grandparents will gladly join the vacation and happily watch over the little ones.

 

Remember:

 

1)     Plan ahead.  Ask questions before booking accommodations.  Is the resort “kid” friendly?

2)     Are special discounts available at nearby attractions? At hotel meals?

3)     Bring small bag of food and drink onto airplane. Nothing is worse than waiting for the beverage cart to reach the back of the plane.

4)     Reduce boredom with games, books, drawing materials or audiocassette stories (with headphones).  If Pokemon is their diversion, remember to keep the sound down or off.

5)     Don’t forget to bring appropriate medicine, just in case.

6)     Leave yourself plenty of legroom on plane.  Check all unnecessary baggage

7)     Be considerate of others.

8)     Break extended trip into parts.  There’s nothing worse than three hours on the plane followed by three hours of driving.

9)     Tour hotel upon arrival to acclimate children with surroundings and staff.

10)   Be flexible. Things indeed happen.

 

Everyone was a kid at one time or another, so there is no need to be embarrassed about taking a vacation with a youngster.  They might be a little fidgety, but they are generally far better than the bald-headed guy in the row in front of you who reclines his seat as far back as possible, crushing your laptop computer and knees in one swoop.

 

 

 

 

16 Dec
2015

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
2015

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.