Lehigh Valley has a whole slew of golf courses, one of which is a mere two-minute drive from my front door. That course is Olde Homestead Golf Club.

I’m far from being the next Paula Creamer, so I enjoy Olde Homestead mostly because of its beauty. The views of the Blue Mountain and the surrounding farmland, the lush green fairways and greens, and the tranquil ponds always make me forget that Route 309 is just outside the gate

Considering my beginner status, I always play from the Frontiersman tees, which at 4,953 yards is the forward-most of the five tees Olde Homestead offers. I rarely par a single hole - I usually end my round in the high 120s even though par for the course is 72 - but that’s probably because I spend far more time working and not enough time on my game.

The front nine is by far the more challenging of the nines. For instance, on hole 4, the first par 3 on the course, you have to hit your tee shot over a woodsy area to the green; honestly, I think I lost more balls there than in the ponds on holes 9 and 10. My favorite hole on the entire course has to be hole 7 (pictured) because it’s a straight shot from the tees to the green.

On the back nine, the course seems to open up, almost like it’s stretching after a long nap. Hole 12 is a completely blind shot off the tee to the green, which is where the GPS units on the carts always come in handy. The full-color GPS units offer exact yardage from the position of the cart to the pin on each hole as well as show if there are other carts on the hole (a good idea since I rarely ever hear people use “Fore!” like they apparently used to).

Once the snow is gone in New Tripoli, Olde Homestead will be opening for the season. My guess that’ll be March 26. What’s yours?