“The crowd is just on its feet here. He's a Cinderella boy. Tears in his eyes, I guess, as he lines up this last shot. He's got about 195 yards left, and he's got a, looks like he's got about an 8-iron. This crowd has gone deadly silent... Cinderella story, out of nowhere, former greens keeper, now about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac... It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!"
To any golfer, this Bill Murray (as Carl Spackler) quote from the 1980 movie Caddyshack immediately takes you to a flower bed with a sickle. With the 2012 Masters just over two weeks old, it was a great treat to watch Bubba Watson make such a remarkable shot on the second playoff hole to win one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments. So much so that it made me finally dust off the clubs from the long cold winter, ok so it wasn’t that cold, but it sure was long.
Having worked a fair number of golf trade shows recently, I’m always asked: "what are your top five courses (see the nice tie into the title) in Lehigh Valley?" So here goes:
1. Whitetail Golf Club – Bath
This is my favorite because it brings me back to my best round ever of even par 72. It was just one of those days where everything seemed to go right. This course sits on the Old Klein's Grove Property, overlooking the town of Bath. The scenic view from the clubhouse is a breathtaking and refreshing sight to experience. The course offers eight man man-made lakes and rolling terrain which makes it a challenge to golfers of any skill level.
2. Riverview Country Club – Easton
Set along the scenic Delaware River Corridor, this course offers an upscale golf course at very competitive pricing. Consistently offering great course conditions and many challenges it comes in at number two on my list.
3. The Architects Golf Club– Phillipsburg, NJ
This course is a must play. Modeled after the styles and characteristics of some all-time great course architects, this facility offers a backdrop of wooded hills with breathtaking views. Having completed their beautiful club house, it definitely now offers the upscale amenities you would expect at a course of this magnitude.
4. Olde Homestead Golf Club – New Tripoli
Fore or four! Sorry I couldn’t resist. Get ready to be taken back in time. The course features a restored 1910 farmhouse (now the Clubhouse), a 1700's summer kitchen with bake oven, a one-room schoolhouse, and drive-through corn cribs. Always well maintained, this facility offers superb and challenging play. Don’t leave this place off your list.
5. Allentown Municipal Golf Course – Allentown
Location…location…location, the old saying hold true. You can’t beat its proximity to where I live and work and for that it makes my top five. The course has gone through some much needed renovations over the past couple of years and for a municipal golf course it truly is a nice place to squeeze in a quick round. As is the case at most municipal courses, the number of rounds the course sees in a season is great and sometimes leads to overcrowding, but for the price and location I can overlook it.
I’d be curious to hear what you think about my list and welcome thoughts on your top 5. Feel free to share on your facebook page as well.
Here’s to all your drives landing in the fairway.