Date Played: August 16, 2015
4.0 out of
This is a really challenging and unique golf course. No two holes are exactly the same. Some parts of the course take you through a wooded area, some are wide open. The Par 5's are long, narrow and, in some cases hilly. The Par 3' are also long with the shortest one at about 175 yards. The front and back nine "closing' holes take you through the woods and up a hill with blind shots to both greens. So you better be playing you best.
Now the bad news. The greens are not as good this year as they were last year. They are rolling about 2 down on the 'Stimp' meter, meaning, if you are used to playing on fast greens (and they certainly were), then you won't like Honey Run right now. The greens are slow.
You can score well at Honey Run if you know where to attack this course. The opening hole is a big dog-leg right Par 4 and a long tee shot is needed to get around the corner. After that you have a big target and can easily start the round with a birdie. However, #2 will eat you up. This short Par 4 has a side hill lie to an uphill approach with a small green surrounded by bunkers. And two make matters worse, a creek crosses the fairway. So hit it too far and you are taking a penalty. Then a narrow, but long Par 5 greats you. The tee shot better be good because the fairway narrows to about 50 yards wide with woods on one side and trees on the other. You must hit three quality shots to reach this 560 yard beauty. Then a 200+ yard Par 3 and another 550+ yard Par 5. Then you hit another wooded area as the next two holes #7 and #8 take you into the forest. Really nice Par 4’s.
On the back, you have more of the same. A really challenging, #13 Par 5 at over 550 yards with a really narrow approach with a hill on the right and woods on the left. Guess which way the hill slopes…towards the woods, you guessed it. Then a drivable Par 4 and then another monster uphill Par 5. Finally you get the #1 handicap, over 400 yard Par 4 with water on the right. Don’t miss that approach shot. You finish with a really nice downhill Par 3 and then the final uphill Par 4 #18 to a blind green. You just can see the green. You can see the flag.
So welcome to Honey Run. Challenging. Unique. But the greens need to be faster. And one other thing, the front nine took over 2 ½ hours to play (because of slow play). Or inexperience. Please, if you want to play this course by all means play and enjoy. But if you are relatively new to golf, you might consider another place (especially on the weekend) when it’s busy. Be kind to the other golfers. You can lose a bunch of balls here.