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!

Home

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.   “