#1 Par 4 Blue 367 yds - White 361 yds - Yellow 334 yds - Red 323 yds
A gentle handshake to welcome you to your round, there is trouble in the form of ponds on your tee shot, but you've got to be about 40 yards offline either way to worry about them. The green slopes back to front and is only slightly influenced by the bunker guarding the left side, making this the third easiest par four on the course.
#2 Par 4 Blue 367 yds - White 359 yds - Yellow 337 yds - Red: 330 yds
You'll want to stay left off the tee to avoid the ponds and to give yourself a better angle in to this green. The prevailing winds are almost always pushing left to right, and they love carrying poorly hit tee shots into the water. Sand traps guard the front and back of this green, which slopes toward the ponds.
#3 Par 3 Blue 185 yds - White 180 yds - Yellow 158 yds - Red: 151 yds
The first of many challenging par threes you'll play, this hole usually plays into the prevailing wind. The only trouble is behind the hole in the form of sand, but find yourself on the mound left of the green and good luck hitting a chip shot that will hold as the green runs away from you.
#4 Par 5 Blue 552 yds - White 546 yds - Yellow 444 yds - Red: 437 yds
Big hitters will fly the traps on the right side of the fairway and cut the corner off this dogleg right. Depending on the wind and the tee location, you usually need about 250 off the tee to carry the last bunker. Safe shot is center of the fairway.
This version of a centerline bunker forces you do decide if you'll lay up on your second shot and have 120-140 in, or if you'll try to carry it and go for the green in two. The green slopes from back to front and right to left, making it tough to keep short game shots on the green if you miss it right.
#5 Par 4 Blue 417 yds - White 413 yds - Yellow 339 yds - Red: 333 yds
The No. 1 handicap hole because of a blind tee shot and an approach shot that has to carry water. A great drive will leave you a short iron in, but you'll be punished with anything but great off the tee as you'll likely have 170-200 yards in over water on a downhill lie.
Here's the green befor the first player of the day has arrived.
#6 Par 4 Blue 397 yds - White 392 yds - Yellow 355 yds - Red: 353 yds
While Hole 5 plays as the number one handicap hole, many members will tell you that Hole 6 is a tougher hole to par on most days. It plays straight up the hill, and usually into a prevailing wind. While there's not much trouble around the green, just a bunker on the left and right, it's a tough green to find in two shots. Pin position #3, in the back right, is the most challenging.
#7 Par 4 Blue 336 yds - White 329 yds - Yellow 271 yds - Red: 265 yds
A short but challenging hole as a fairway that runs out at about 235 yards forces many players to hit less than driver. The approach into the green features a significant elevation drop, and the green itself is surrounded left, right, and behind by an environmentally protected area with red stakes.
#8 Par 3 Blue: 212 yds - White 187 yds - Yellow 145 yds - Red: 142 yds
The eighth hole is a tough par 3, and the unpredictable Honeybrook wind sometimes complicates the issue. You're dead short or right, but there is plenty of bail out to the left. If you fail to keep it in play off the tee you can drop it on the other side of the bridge.
#9 Par 4 Blue 403 yds - White 366 yds - Yellow 283 yds - Red: 277 yds
Elevated tees for the blues and whites help, but its still a long uphill run to the ninth hole.
The right side of the fairway is usually preferred as there's a deep bunker guarding the left side of the green. Be careful not to go long with your approach shot as there is a red-staked area behind the green.
#10 Par 3 Blue 227 yds - White 192 yds - Yellow 151 yds - Red: 146 yds
A long par 3 made more difficult when the prevailing west wind blows into you. Three bunkers guard the green that runs very deep.
#11 Par 4 Blue 423 yds - White 410 yds - Yellow 329 yds - Red: 325 yds
This long par 4 has a slight dogleg to the left and usually plays downwind. Cut the corner by going over the penalty area on the left, and if you can carry the three bunkers you'll have less than 150 in. Aim out at the fairway bunker straight ahead, and if you can avoid it, you'll have 150-175 in.
#12 Par 5 Blue 561 yds - White 551 yds - Yellow 460 yds - Red: 454 yds
The longest and most beautiful hole at Honeybrook. With a tailwind you may be able to hit the green in two, but be careful because the fairway pinches in around 75 yards out by an environmental penalty area on your left. Pin position #3 in the back left is considered by most members to be one of the toughest holes to putt to on the course.
#13 Par 3 Blue: 168 yds - White 158 yds - Yellow 128 yds - Red: 125 yds
It's an easy par 3 if you don't get freaked out by the Brandywine Creek running along the left side. Careful - prevailing wind can knock one or two club lenghths off your tee shot.
#14 Par 4 Blue: 314 yds - White 276 yds - Yellow 260 yds - Red: 211 yds
The start of Amish Corner features this short par 4, where leads can sometimes vanish in a flash. From the blue tees it is one of the most daunting shots on the course, but up ahead 40 yards from the white tees it is less visually intimidating. There's a moderate forced carry over an environmental area, and the Brandywine Creek runs up the entire right side of the hole. You don't need to hit driver here, but if you can keep one in play, you're rewarded with a 50-75 yard pitch shot in.
#15 Par 5 Blue: 545 yds - White 532 yds - Yellow 449 yds - Red: 446 yds
The 15th hole is the last par 5 and a beautiful place to be. Other than the tee shot from #14 Blues, this is probably the most demanding tee shot on the course. A butter cut through a cathedral of tall oaks will put you in position to give it all you have on your second shot, and you still probably won't reach the green in two. Standing on the green, you're on the farthest point of the course with grazing white Amish work horses on one side and a grand view of the clubhouse on the other. The second hole of Amish Corner is a true 3-shot par five for just about everyone.
#16 Par 4 Blue: 280 yds - White 268 yds - Yellow 258 yds - Red: 242 yds
The final hole of Amish Corner is a short birdie hole if you're good with your wedge or deadly accurate with your driver. There are red-staked woods that run along the right side, and plenty of bail out left. If the pin is up front in position #1 or #3, some members lay back with an iron off the tee to have a longer shot in. The green is relatively small and hard, and protected by a menacing front bunker.
#17 Par 3 Blue: 185 yds - White 156 yds - Yellow 128 yds - Red: 280 yds
The shortest and easiest hole at Honeybrook, this is your reward for making it through Amish Corner. A couple of bunkers surround the green which slopes to the right. Its built on a former archeological site that shows evidence of human activity going back 2,000 years, when the Brandywine valley was a prolific hunting and fishing ground.
#18 Par 4 Blue 402 yds - White 355 yds - Yellow 283 yds - Red 280 yds
You're not home yet but you can see it from here. Take your drive straight up the fairway an avoid the tall fescue on either side. Catching the power alley on the left side gets you closer to the green, which is long and relatively easy to attack. Bunkers on either side need to be avoided. Time to doff your hat, shake hands and enjoy a visit to the Greenside Grill.