Honeybrook Golf Club
1422 Cambridge Road
Hoenybrook, PA 19344
Located about 40 miles west of center city Philadelphia, on the border of Chester and Lancaster County, Honeybrook Golf Club was built on a previously working milk farm. As one would expect, the terrain is flat by most standards especially being located in the rolling hills of Chester County.
Many holes parallel to each other and losing a ball is difficult but by no means impossible. The perimeter of the course is mainly surrounded by working farms.
On this particular day, the course was in very good shape. For late in the golfing season, I was impressed with the quality of the greens, especially for a public course. The course plays a little “back and forth” but each hole has its own identity. The first hole is a little sophomoric in that it is a short straight away par 4 with little personality with the exception of a water hazard that is not really in play. The second hole is more of the same except heading the other direction.
The course starts to take shape with holes 3-6. The par 3 third was playing particularly long that day and the undulation of the green makes for a challenging par. The next couple of holes include a well-designed par 5 with trouble all around and the 5th hole is a well-designed and challenging downhill par 4 with water and hazards at every turn.
There is one stream that flows through the layout and comes into play from time to time. The 8th hole is another challenging par 3 that plays over 200 yards from the blues. The 9th and the 18th hole are almost identical as they run parallel to each other and back to the clubhouse.
At the turn you can get something to drink or eat at their recently remodeled clubhouse. The club gets a bogey for not having any fresh water on the course and no signs of a cart service.
The back nine is a little more open than the front nine but has some really challenging holes. Overall there are three par fives on the course as the course plays to a par 70.
The back nine has what I think is one of its best well designed holes with the short par 4, 14th. This is a drivable par 4 with danger everywhere. Left is woods, short are fairway traps and the entire right side lines the stream. Going for it can have great rewards but can also put a double on the card very quickly.
The finishing several holes are pleasant to play with a dog leg par 5, another short par 4 that is really not reachable due to well-placed traps and a moderately challenging par 3, 17th. This hole plays much more difficult from the tips. As mentioned, the closing hole is a disappointment as it is identical to the 9th hole.
Overall, it was a good day on the course. Pace of play was about average. The starter got us off about 15 minutes late and I suspect that a group several ahead of us was slowing things down. There were no rangers on the course and as mentioned, no cart service.
There is a practice area with range, putting green and a short game area including bunkers.
The club house is very nice; it’s a rustic barn style structure with a bar, pro shop, indoor and outdoor seating and a locker room with the usual amenities.
The holiday fee was $70, which is about average for the area but probably a little higher than it was worth. Not a bad value, but by no means a great value.