What’s the Hidden Gem in New Tripoli?

July 29th, 2011 posted by

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Tucked away in the north western portion of Lehigh Valley you will find the small town of New Tripoli. It’s a scenic drive from Allentown that will take you past the Trexler Nature Preserve and the Lehigh Valley Zoo. So, what’s the hidden gem in New Tripoli? That definitely has to be Olde Homestead Golf Club.

I’ve played the course a couple of times and absolutely love being in the middle of nowhere. It’s pretty much just you and nature! A few Saturday’s ago I actually checked out their Par 3 course. I had not played it before and I thought it would be the perfect way to get back into the golf world after surgery.

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Team Heffner is a winner

July 13th, 2011 posted by

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You know that someone is loved in Lehigh Valley when you can sell two shotgun starts with 52 foursomes in a golf memorial tournament to honor a dear friend, mother, teacher, coach and wife.

That’s the way I spent my Friday before the 4th of July, all in memory of Patti Heffner.

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Lehigh Valley Generosity

May 25th, 2011 posted by

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Having an aunt with cerebral palsy since birth, I have a first hand account of the time and effort my grandmother, grandfather and now mother and father have put into my Aunt Toni’s well being. So when I was asked by my good friend, Bill Raven of Raven One to One Marketing, to take part in the annual Via Golf Tournament this past Monday I couldn’t resist.

In Lehigh Valley since 1954, Via is a non-profit human service agency that needs and depends on the help and generosity (both financial and volunteer support) of others to provide the much needed care for individuals with disabilities like Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome to name a few.

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Swing away!

May 6th, 2011 posted by

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We’ve had some pretty nice weather lately in good ol’ Lehigh Valley. One of my top five summer activities is golfing. So the first nice evening that came along, my sister and I threw our clubs in the car and went to the driving range at Two T’s Log Cabin Creamery in Forks Township.

Two T’s has a nice driving range with both covered and uncovered stalls, an irons only area and a small chip and putt spot. They also have a 9-hole, par three golf course and miniature golf. Whoever wins mini golf buys the other ice cream at their ice cream stand (ok that’s my rule, not theirs).

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The Swing of Things

March 8th, 2011 posted by

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The weather finally broke for a day this past Saturday in Lehigh Valley and my golfing buddies everywhere were ringing each other up to play Allentown Municipal Golf Course.  Slash contacted me… I contacted Bird… Jackie reached out to Bob “O”… Before anyone knew it we had 16 guys ready to play on Saturday morning.  Friday night was like Christmas Eve… didn’t sleep all that much in anticipation of the following morning’s round.  Showing up early enough to get good and loose on the range, which took much more time than it did at the end of last season… a year older… hopefully a year wiser in many respects.

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February golf shows bring March Lehigh Valley golf

February 24th, 2011 posted by

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Each year around this time Discover Lehigh Valley heads out to the two North Coast Golf Shows in the Mid-Atlantic area to promote its Lehigh Valley Stay & Play Golf Packages. My personal experience at this year’s shows at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ and at the Greater Oaks, PA Expo Center reinforced the fact that Lehigh Valley has a ton to offer when it comes to golf. While golfers of all ages attended both shows, it’s my recollection that the Greater Oaks, PA golf show really impressed as far as overall attendance and in the amount of Lehigh Valley information we handed out.

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Lehigh Valley’s ultimate golf championship

September 24th, 2010 posted by

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This year will be the first in eight or nine years that I will not be competing in the annual Lehigh Valley Amateur at Green Pond Country Club. But I’m still pretty close to the action, as my cell phone bill for September will show.

Whoever said “a man with many friends is truly blessed” obviously did not own a cell phone. Many of my friends are playing in this year’s LV Amateur – where the rough is high, the greens are fast and the pressure of competing is wicked – so all week long I’ve been getting texts from them that say things like:

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A course for the real golfer … The Club at Morgan Hill in Lehigh Valley

September 9th, 2010 posted by

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I am a golfer. In fact, one might say that I am addicted to the sport. I thoroughly enjoy the game (most days). I have a great year going too; several wins in Lehigh Valley tournaments and my handicap has come down six strokes. Kudos to my instructor (who you can read about here).

Last week, one of our vendors invited me to play at The Club at Morgan Hill in Easton to show their “customer appreciation”. Let me tell you, this was one of those days that I hated golf. I was in great company, but even if you take the 97 degree blistering sun out of the equation, the course ate me up! Had we been playing a scramble format I might not have minded it so much.

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A golf epiphany

August 24th, 2010 posted by

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I had quite an interesting experience this past weekend and it all centered around the sport of golf.

I’ve been an avid golfer for the better part of nine years now. There isn’t an excuse or a reason that I haven’t conjured up to get myself on a tee box somewhere. Heck, I’ve even made the personal and financial commitment that goes along with being a member of not one but two Lehigh Valley golf clubs this season – Allentown Municipal Golf Course and Blue Ridge Country Club.

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Jack Frost National Golf Club is “big” in more than one way

July 6th, 2010 posted by

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Every weekend I play golf with the girls. Our home course is Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton, right on the outskirts of Lehigh Valley. Two weeks ago we got the boot because it was the men’s invitational so we decided to make a short trek to Jack Frost National Golf Club in Blakeslee, about 30 minutes from Lehigh Valley.

I’ve been hearing rave reviews of Jack Frost National, so we decided this would be a nice escape from our normal playing grounds. The tee time was booked for 10:20 a.m., the match was determined (losers buy lunch) and we were all super excited to hack up the course.

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