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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14 Jan
2019

Quest for 1,000 courses played

Written by Bob Oliver

 

It is no secret I'm a golf fanatic.  Love watching in person, on TV and especially love playing the game. 

It's an addiction. 

Today it's 5 degrees and I am thinking about golf. About how I can get to my next goal of having played 1,000 golf courses.  I'm at 956 played, and truth be told for the most part I'd rather play a new muni than a course I've played before.  I just need the new courses to hit the 1,000 course milestone. 

2018 saw me play 39 new golf courses. I've played in 35 states, the District of Columbia an 11 countries. I want more...more...more.

My home state of Pennsylvania has seen me play 135 of its layouts, while New Jersey is runner-up with 110 played. South Carolina has seen me on 100 courses. 

States rounding out the top-10 are Florida (80 played), Arizona (65), Virginia (64) California (48), North Carolina (34), Maryland (44) and Nevada (38). 

That's a lot of golf on a diverse set of layouts. Bunch of Donald Ross courses, as well as the likes of Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Tom Doak, Stephen Kay, Gil Hanse and a special favorite designer, Ron Garl.

The last year saw me playing several Garl gems, like Money Hill and Lakewood in Louisiana and Golden Ocala in Florida. A new special find was Eagle Creek near the Orlando airport. Garl just designs playable, fun courses for every level of golfer and just doesn't receive the plaudits he should. 

So what is on the horizon for 2019. Nothing set in stone, but Hammock Dunes and Creighton Farms on the list, as well as any new ones I can traverse as part of my Golfweek Magazine Course Rater duties. 

Stoneleigh in Virginia and Stonewall in Pennsylvania are the exceptions to my one and done prescription, as I'm a regular at both. 

But the bottom line is that I must play 40 new courses this year and best the 1,000 threshold early in 2020.  If not sooner. 

See you on the golf course. 

27 Dec
2018

2018 Cavalcade of Champions

Written by Bob Oliver

The weather may be awful for golf, but 2018 saw a storm of great golf in Bucks County. 

Highlighting play were the often rain-delayed club championships. In between the raindrops area players garnered prestigious club championships.

Here's a familiar name: Glenn Smeraglio. The local stalwart claimed the LuLu Country Club's men's title, adding to a career which has seen him win men's titles at Yardley (9), Mercer Oaks (2) and Commonwealth National. Like fine wine, Smeraglio gets better with age. Friend Terry Sawyer claimed the senior men's title. 

Another familiar champion again excelled at Northampton Valley Country Club, Jonathan Radick, who won for the eighth time. Jeff Hilton added a senior men's title. 

Ryan Pfeifer successfully defended his men's crown and has three overall, while Keith Wilson took home the senior men's title. Ron Davis was the super senior men's winner while Liz Wojcik claimed the women's title.

Dan Charen successfully defended his Makefield Highlands men's title, while Rich Driscoll claimed the senior crown and Bob Woods the super senior title. 

Another repeat winner was Griffin Smith at Jericho National, where Mike Cavanaugh claimed another senior men's crown and Joan Redeyoff the women's championship. 

Dave Gardener won his fifth men's crown at Middletown, while WD Horan added the senior title and Ed Congdon the super senior title. At Yardley Mike Lam won the men's crown and Greg Buliga the senior men's title as Samantha Krier took the women's title. 

Elsewhere:

Bucks Club: Curt Biehn (men), Fred Porter (senior men), Janice Visconto (women).

Doylestown: Russell Hartung (men) Rick Payne (senior men), Peter DiMaggio (super senior men), Maggie Sivak (women).

Five Ponds: Neil Gordon (men), Brian Rothaus (senior men), Drew Endy (super senior men), Chrissy Palmeri (women). 

Lookaway: Mike Anton (men), Mark Hutchinson (senior men), Martha Robinson (women). 

Trenton: ANdy Strock (men), Mike Moonan (senior men), Denise Viola (women).

Spring Mill: Bryan Keeling (men), Ron Zemnick (super senior), Kathleen O'Dell (women). 

Other notable wins were recorded by Neshaminy grad Fred Snow, who claimed the Stonewall men's crown.