Reviews & Articles

Reviews & Articles

Golf Styles

 Fall 2013  "The Bungalow Hole"

"The golf course property has been in my family for 250 years and my grandfather used the bungalow for his wagon train. People could stay there for a weekend, hook their horses up to it and then be on their way. There are a lot of buildings on the property we wanted to keep and we just planned around them when designing the course, says Olde Homestead general manager Justin Smith."

SEPA Golf

August 23, 2013  "Olde Homestead Golf Club, a top-10 public course in PA"

"With continuous cart paths that literally go over the river and through the woods, along with some that follow the rolling hills of Pennsylvania's countryside, Olde Homestead is truly one to be seen."

The Morning Call 

August 20, 2013  "Local courses get creative in prodding golfers to play faster"

"Normally, the New Tripoli course sets its 18-hole pace of play at 4 hours, 30 minutes. But every Friday through the fall, Olde Homestead will ask players to shave a half hour from that time. The course calls it "Fast Fridays," and it hopes to prod golfers to play just a little bit quicker. "We explain it when people call for tee times, and they say 'Great, we hope you enforce it,'" says Justin Smith, general manager at Olde Homestead."

The Morning Call 

June 8, 2013  "A chance to help out Brett Snyder coming next weekend"

"Olde Homestead Golf Club and the Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund are teaming up on June 14, 15 & 16 to provide fun golfing opportunities and at the same time raise money for the Brett Snyder Family. Former Northwestern Lehigh High School and Lehigh University football standout, Brett Snyder has been battling ALS for 10 years and is now in need of additional care. An additional $5.00 donation at check in, will position you to win prizes and help this local family in need."

Lehigh Valley Live

June 7, 2013  "Colonial League names Athletic Director and Coaches of the Year for 2013-13 school year"

"The following coaches received Colonial League Coach of the Year awards for their respective sports: Golf, Tim Miller (Northwestern) and Head Teaching Professional at Olde Homestead Golf Club."

The Morning Call

June 6, 2013  "Northwestern High grad to get up-close look at U.S. Open at Merion"

"Sean Palmer grew up on Lehigh Valley public golf courses. He rode his bike to Olde Homestead in New Tripoli, where he shagged range balls and worked in the clubhouse. Now, the 28-year-old Palmer, who graduated from Northwestern Lehigh High School, is the first assistant professional at Philadelphia's Merion Golf Club, site of next week's U.S. Open."

Golf Styles

Summer, 2013  "Must - Play Courses in your Area"

"Another Jim Blaukovitch - design, Olde Homestead has been a Lehigh Valley favorite since it opened. Formerly a family farm, that theme has been maintained on the moderately hilly course."

The Times Tribune

May 9, 2013  "Bonda, Peregrim take AGA event"

"Robin Bonda and Mike Peregrim Jr. won the Ben Marshall Four Ball at Olde Homestead Golf Club in New Tripoli with a 4-under-par 68."

Philly Blurbs

Summer 2012  "Olde Homestead Never Disappoints"

"Olde Homestead Golf Club is like an old friend you don't see enough. But when you do, you always have a good time and tell yourself you need to do that again soon."

The Express Times

June 5, 2012  "Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2012"

"A winner of many long-drive contests with a personal best of 367 yards, Jeff Wambold recently won a senior-age qualifier at Olde Homestead Golf Club with a drive of 318 yards."

Golf Links

Summer 2012  "The Finest 50"

"Olde Homestead has been a Lehigh Valley favorite since it opened. There is an open-to-the-public, full-service driving range attached to the golf course, making practice as easy as playing."

Reading Eagle

May 24, 2012  "For Father Frink, it's a matter of focus"

"'I was thankful to God that it started raining,' said John Frink. That round earlier this month at Olde Homestead Golf Club in New Tripoli included three pars and 11 holes of double bogey or worse."

Discover Lehigh Valley Blog

May 10, 2012 "My Lehigh Valley Mother's Day Top 5 'Payback' Wishes"

"A round of golf at one of Lehigh Valley's finest courses. There's too many to choose from, but Olde Homestead Golf Club would do the trick."


The Morning Call

May 5, 2012 "Olde Homestead RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Super-Qualifier, May 5"

"Supporting Charity for Children, at Olde Homestead Golf Club practice facility, 6598 Route 309, New Tripoli ... 11 a.m.-4 p.m. … $40 and can sign up in advance … spectators welcome."

The Morning Call

May 5, 2012  "Carbon Lehigh Special Needs Children's Foundation Golf Tournament, June 19"

"9 a.m.-10 a.m. registration/open practice, 10:15 announcements, 10:30 a.m. shot gun start at Olde Homestead G.C. … dinner and beverage will be served immediately following golf."

The Morning Call

April 10, 2012 "Lehigh Valley Golf Course Thrive in 2012"

"Normally for us, you can cross out at least two or three months every winter," Smith said, "But in out 17 years here, this is the most winter business we've done by far. Sometimes in winter, the numbers are so small that it's fool's gold to remain open. This winter, it was nice enough that it definitely wasn't fool's gold."

The Morning Call

April, 2012  "Courses that Care: Miles that Matter Fundraiser for Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund"

"Area golf courses will sponsor golf outings to donate gas cards to families who transport their children to Good Shepherd Rehab Center for medcal care. Aug. 22, at Olde Homestead Golf Club (senior specials apply), tee times 11:30am - 2:00pm."

The Morning Call

April, 2012  "Animal Center Sponsoring 100-Hole Golf Marathon"

"The Center for Animal Health & Welfare is sponsoring a 100-hole golf marathon on April 21 at Olde Homestead Golf Club, Route 309, in New Tripoli. Players will golf, eat and drink while raising money for a great cause. Each individual's fundraising goal is $1,500. Participants gather pledges per hole played. Best of all, they say, everyone who enters has a private use of the course for the day, while being treated like a VIP!"

Pennsylvania Golf

2011 "Olde Homestead in New Tripoli is a Premier Facility"

"The historic use of the land for farming has been preserved. The old farmhouse, circa 1910, was converted into the clubhouse. The large barn remains a focal point as you pull up to the club drop. There are also two drive-through corn cribs on the cart track. An old one-room school house sits near the 13th tee box.."

Golf Link

October, 2011 

"This is a really great public course that is well maintained and very challenging. The golf cart GPS is accurate and helpful. The rates are great and the adjacent practice facility with par 3 course is worth checking out. Highly recommend." -Anonymous

Golf Link

October 2011 

"What a great golf course. With free range balls and a gps golf cart the rates for this course are very low. The course is laid out on two hills one of which has an abundance of corn fields,so the views are exceptional with the assortment of colors and textures within your view. The fairways are wide and forgiving ,and in good shape." -Anonymous

Club and Resort Business


October 2010 "I Was/Am Wrong!"

"... correctly pointed out that if we want younger members, then we had better be, at the very least, friendly to their preferences."

Golf Styles Magazine

September 2010 "What's New at Olde Homestead?"

"If you keep trying to improve things, it becomes a place the golfer wants to go back to. The economic environment has changed and the core and avid golfers are playing less. To keep them coming back, you have to provide excellent all-around service and that's what we try to do."

Golf Business Magazine

August 2010 "Addition by Subtraction"

“One intangible is longevity of employment,” says Smith, referring to those extras that come only with experience. “A new golf course superintendent isn’t going to know where those localized dry spots are.”

Club and Resort Business

July 2010 "Cutting Through The Blog Fog"

"Yes, this may put me in the same camp as the "traditionalists" that Justin Smith of Olde Homestead Golf Club says are holding our industry back in his very thoughtful, and thought-provoking, Letter to the Editor."

Eastern Pennsylvania Golf Magazine

July-August 2010 "Olde Homestead Deploying Marketing Strategies to Benefit Playing Public"

"We have partnered with a company called ProShop USA which now handles all our merchandise, Justin Smith, general manager, says. According to Smith, this is much more cost effective and allows his merchandise to be more competitive with major retailers."

Golf Styles

Summer 2010 "63 Public Courses Every Player Should Experience And Why"

"Transformed from a sprawling farm by Jim Blaukovitch, this course is one of the finest in the Lehigh Valley."

Links

Winter 2010 "Special Report"

"Last year,...Olde Homestead Golf Club in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania unveiled a promotion dubbed the "Preferred Golf Membership" which provides unlimited access to five clubs in the area for a $1,495 annual fee."


Times News

October 2, 2009 "GNLCC recognizes New Tripoli golf club"

"The course itself is phenomenal from the aspect that there are 18 uniquely different holes that have great character. There's no dull holes, which can be attributed to the piece of land we had to carve the course out, Justin Smith."

Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce

September, 2009 "Business of the month: Olde Homestead Golf Club"

"Their goal is to offer the best golf experience and value in Eastern, PA."


Eastern Pennsylvania Golf

July/August, 2009 "Olde Homestead makes fundraising events easier"

"Olde Homestead provides a website for any organization. Olde Homestead's website service makes setting up and coordinating the outing, large or small, much easier to do."


Eastern Pennsylvania Golf

May/June, 2009 "Olde Homestead mixes hot wheels with golf"

"The course has come to an arrangement with a day of golf and racing."


Eastern Pennsylvania Golf

May/June, 2009 "More golf for your buck"

"Although the idea of golf courses collaborating is not unique, this one is because each course is individually owned and the competition among the courses have been eliminated."

Golfing Magazine NJ/PA Edition

Spring 2009 "The Preferred Golf Membership"

"The PGM is a group of independent golf courses in the Lehigh Valley area that offers golfers the benefit of membership at all four facilities for one fee."


The Morning Call

April 22, 2009 "GPS can help prevent golf-cart vandalism"

"The systems at Olde Homestead, meanwhile, offer features such as course fly-bys and updated sports scores."


Lehigh Valley Marketplace

Early Spring 2009 "Swing Into Spring"

"This award-winning 6,800 yard championship links style course winds through the rolling hills of New Tripoli."


Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal

Spring 2009 "New membership program offers unlimited play at 4 Lehigh Valley courses"

"When Olde Homestead's General Manager, Justin Smith was brainstorming late last year about what might be a new and creative way to stimulate more revenue and benefit the golfer, he came up with what is now known as the Preferred Golf Membership."
 

The Morning Call

January 24, 2009 "Joint Adventure"

"'This is an interesting idea and one I have not heard of before,' Mike Hughes, CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association."

Northwestern Press

January 22, 2009 "Olde Homestead is now offering new four-course membership"

"Golfers who now register for the new Preferred Golf Membership will be able to play at Center Valley Club, Olde Homestead Golf Club, The Club at Morgan Hill, and Hideaway Hills Golf Club."


Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal

January 19, 2009 "4-course plan geared to lure golfers"

"They are now offering a Preferred Golf Membership, which will allow golfers to use one membership at all four courses."


Club and Resort Business

January 2009 "Preferred Golf Membership introduces new program at four courses"

"'The fact of the matter is golfers like to play a variety of courses. Instead of fighting the trend, we've decided to embrace it and give the golfers what they want,' says Justin Smith, General Manager of Olde Homestead Golf Club."


Times News Now

January 7, 2009 "Preferred Golf Membership announces new program at four local golf courses"

"Preferred Golf Membership is the first time four courses, under separate ownership, are collaborating on this type of venture in the Lehigh Valley region."

The Northwestern Press

November 20, 2008 "Olde Homestead GM chosen to speak at National Software Users Conference"

"Under Justin's leadership, Olde Homestead continues to pioneer the industry in Internet Marketing."

The Times Tribune

July 8, 2008 "Olde Homestead offers terrific vistas"

"There are so many good holes, so many terrific vistas, it would be difficult to pick just one."

Golfing Magazine - New Jersey / E. Pennsylvania Section

Early Summer 2008 "Golf in the Lehigh Valley"

"...a delightful routing that is links in character, but a track that also offers a wide array of shot values."

The Northwestern Press

June 12, 2008 "Guensch Tourney is a great success"

"It looked like a course for a Nationwide Tour event."

Philadelphia Golfer Magazine

June/July 2007 "Golf Variety in the Lehigh Valley"

"Worth the trip."

On The Money

June 14, 2007

Lehigh Valley Style

May/June 2007 "The First Swings of Spring"

"Olde Homestead is a rare find."

Pennsylvania Golf

June 2007 "New and Noteworthy"

"Be prepared for a challenge ... "

The Patriot News

May 3, 2007 "History Colors Olde Homestead"

"The history of Olde Homestead is prevalent. But there is a certain air of sophistication that's well worth the drive and a weekday greens fee."

Philadelphia Golfer

May 2007 "GPS System Installed at Olde Homestead"

"Olde Homestead Golf Club will offer a new GPS system ... which is currently utilized at less than 100 courses in the U.S."

Golf Business

May 2007 "The Tradition Continues"

"Times and practices have changed, but the cornerstone of family owned golf courses remains the personal touch."

Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal

April 16, 2007 "High Tech Golfing Comes to New Tripoli"

"GPS units ... are being made available for all customers at the 18-hole course for no additional cost."

Times News

April 12, 2007 "Olde Homestead Installs State-of-the-Art GPS System"

"Olde Homestead is only the third golf course in Pennsylvania to acquire this GPS system."

Northwestern Press

April 12, 2007 "Olde Homestead Gets High-Tech GPS"

"Olde Homestead represents the first course in the Lehigh Valley to have this technologically advanced system."

Golf Business

April 2007 "Family Traditions"

"Despite a burgeoning number of management companies, many golf operations remain a multi-generational affair."

The Morning Call's Golf Guide

April 4, 2007 "What's New for 2007"

"Olde Homestead has a cool new toy this season."

Golfing Magazine - Long Island / Metro NY Section

Spring 2007 "Stay and Play in Lehigh Valley"

"A truly beautiful course ... the epitome of picturesque."