Date Played: July 17, 2010
4.0 out of
My group (about 15 - 18 of us) have played this course every since it opened in 2000. Molded from an old family dairy farm along the fringe of Amish and Mennonite homesteads, it is a bucolic setting. Out of the 60 rounds we schedule a year, about 20 rounds are played here. Why? Well, there are a lot of reasons, but mostly because the course is always in great shape. Without argue, it is one of the better upscale public courses in southeastern and south central Pa. Honeybrook's greens are always among the best maintained. Their fairways are always in excellent shape (unless there's been a flood along the creek and then a few of the back nine can take a hit), but it is the rough that is the secret to the course's challenge. Fairways are generous, but venture off and you encounter very thick grass that forces you to re-think your club selection and challenges your shot making ability. You can score at HB as long as you stay in the fairways. Other than #1, I don't think there's a gimme hole on the course. The back nine is particularly challenging on holes 14 - 16. We call it "Amish Corner" and many a good game has been put to rest because of a "blow up" on one or more of these holes. The staff is exceptionally friendly (among the best we've experienced anywhere -- another reason we keep coming back) and in the summer, you will see a cart girl at least 2x during your round. They have a "real" driving range (price of which is included with the weekend fee). Right now they are adding on to their clubhouse so the outside seating area has been pushed over to a grassy area near the putting green. It will be nice to get that area back. Greens are not slow nor are they blazing fast. Mostly, they are consistent, which is really what you want. We just played again on July 17 and the course seems to be holding up very well despite the excessive heat. It's not a cheap round at HB on the weekend ($67 w/ cart), but priced fairly for what you get. We play a lot of courses in the area throughout the year, but we regard Honeybrook as our home course and it has yet to disappoint us.