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Greenside Grill Patio Pt. 2

When the golf course was in its infancy, a small snack trailer parked in the parking lot served hot dogs, chips, candy and soda to our hungry golfers. We later expanded into a snack bar in the pro-shop which eventually evolved into a full service restaurant open to the whole community, which we named Greenside Grill. We have certainly grown & expanded our service to the community we love so much, and with this new patio project we continue to provide a welcoming place for golfers & the surrounding communities.

Welcoming & relaxing with a modern twist on old world design tied together with that Chester County farm feel. That was our overall aesthetic goal with this patio project (and another project which will be revealed shortly) and the team at Chris & Claude Co. hit the nail right on the head. This project has been one of the biggest since we opened Honeybrook Golf Club in 2000 and one of the most rewarding. We love seeing families and friends come together for a good meal and to enjoy the beautiful golf course views.

Joining us on our Blog post today is Chris Beiler, here to talk a little bit about this project.

Tell us a little about yourself and your role with Chris & Claude Co.
I am the “Chris” in the Chris & Claude Co. My wife and I started in design by buying homes, remodeling them and reselling them. Since then we have moved to doing design/build projects for our clients. My primary role is in sales but I’m also the team leader so I touch on a little bit of everything that we do.

Tell us a little bit about the process of working on a project like this.
Our process continues to be refined but in essence we break the project down into two main phases – the design phase and the build phase. During the design phase we connect with our clients and dream with them about what they are wanting to create. We then take these dreams and their budget and refine it until we have a detailed set of construction plans that can be handed to the Build team. During the Build phase we work to complete the plans drawn up by the Design team.

What got you excited about this project?
Our goal in every project is to create a space that reflects the personality and brand of our clients. We really fell in love with the people who own the golf course, their vision for a beautiful space full of character and an old world feel, and their desire to create a space where their guests could relax and feel like they were experiencing something really special. The core values of the Honeybrook Golf Club team resonated with us on a lot of levels and so it was really special to be able to partner with them on this project.

Where did you draw inspiration from during the design process?
A key concept of the project was for it to have an old world feel similar to the feel of the area of rural Chester County where there are a lot of horses and fox hunting. This area, the buildings, restaurants, and pubs in this area became an inspiration for the project.

Was there anything that surprised you about this project?
The cost of construction in the post pandemic world continues to be a surprise. LOL. Otherwise the project had not major hiccups or surprises besides the normal challenges.

Greenside Grill Patio Pt. 1

When Honeybrook Golf Club opened 22 years ago, we sought to create a friendly and encouraging atmosphere for all who walked through our doors. We know that part of creating a friendly atmosphere is having a comfortable space for people to gather & connect so to further encourage both golfers and the community to come together, we have been working with an incredible team to improve our space. The first phase of this project is finally complete and we are excited to share with you our brand new patio space!

Honeybrook Golf Club sits on land that had been a dairy farm for decades, even being farmed for many years by owners Tom & Ted Piersol. We knew we wanted to celebrate the rich history of the property so it was important for us to find a team who felt the same way. The Chris & Claude Co. and their team has been such a joy to work with. Their eye for design, their passion for authenticity & love for the Honey Brook community made them an easy choice for this project. They were excited by our ideas and they helped create a modern design with odes to the Chester County farm history. One of the first things you may notice is the giant stone wall that surrounds the patio, much like the stone walls that surround farm properties all around the Chester County area. This wall, built by the talented Steve Fisher Masonry consists entirely of stone taken right from the property.

Before & After

Whether you come to Honeybrook Golf Club & Greenside Grill to play a round of golf & have a beer with your buddies or you come to share a delicious meal with your family & friends, we desire for you to find peace & relaxation here. The world can be busy & chaotic, but we want your time spent here to be calm & enjoyable. Our hope is that you can slow down, have good conversations, a filling and delicious meal, take in the views and remember to just enjoy life.

Stay tuned for part 2 where we discuss more about the inspiration and the process behind this project & a little interview with members of The Chris & Claude Co. team.

2022 Golf Season is HERE!

Is it just us or did this winter seem to go on forever? Now that the weather is warming up, we can finally get excited that the 2022 golf season has officially begun! If you’ve been to the course lately you may have noticed a few new changes & upgrades. First, our brand new patio space is now OPEN! We are thrilled to have this project complete in time for spring. A HUGE thanks to our friends The Chris & Claude Co. who designed this space and who brought together a talented crew of skilled craftsmen to complete this project. We hope you enjoy many memorable moments in this space. Keep an eye out for a future blog post with an interview with Chris from The Chris & Claude Co. and more details on the design process and construction of the patio.

The next addition to the 2022 season is our on-the-turn options. Just a Bite, is our new food truck full of delicious snack foods, light sandwiches, hot dogs, drinks, etc. available for you to grab on the turn. You will find Just a Bite parked conveniently in the pavilion just beside the 10th hole.

At the current time of this post (May 2022) the truck will be open Wednesday-Sunday, with the goal of being open 7 days a week soon! Keep an eye on our social media accounts for updated hours!

Another perk of golfing at Honeybrook is the ability to check in to your tee time through our phone app. When you book on the app, use the “Check in Now” option to pay for your tee-time right from the app before you hit the first tee. After you pay for your round on the app, check in with the bag drop staff to let them know of your arrival and to grab a bucket of warm up range balls. Learn how to check in by watching this video.

Honeybrook has a handful of options available for lessons & instructions this year. From Ladies Clinics, Junior Golf Camps, One-on-One lessons, Introduction to Golf for the beginner golfer, or High School Golf Ready to help your teenager get ready for their high school golf team season, we have so many great options for you to learn or advance your golf game! We have two incredible golf instructors, Duane Lent and Jen Cully who are eager and ready to help you!

Memorial Day is only a few days away and we want to send thanks to all who have served. We especially want to honor those who have lost their life in the line of duty, thank you for your sacrifice.

Patio Construction Update

If you’ve been to Honeybrook this month you have probably noticed the construction. Greenside Grill’s outdoor patio is a local favorite as the views are incredible and the food is delicious, but it’s time for an update. We are so thrilled to be working with The Chris and Claude, Co. team to create a bigger, better outdoor space for our golfers and the local community to gather.

The new patio space will include a pergola, fireplace and of course views of the golf course and neighboring farmlands. The rock wall surrounding the patio will contain rocks sourced directly from the property here and is being created by a highly skilled crew of local masons.

Continue to follow us here on our blog and on our social media pages for updates and more information!

Women Love Golf- Colleen!

Welcome to our third post in our Women Love Golf series! At Honeybrook we support and encourage all golfers. We believe golf is not exclusive and is beneficial for everyone. Golf is a great way to get exercise, get fresh air, be social, network with others and to build self-confidence while having fun. But we also understand the intimidation factor of being a new golfer, especially being a new golfer and a woman.

In this post we will be talking to Colleen, who plays as part of our Ladies League!

Tell us a little bit about you?

In the prime of my 50’s!  Active and love being outdoors.  I’m married 25 years with 3 great sons and a lovely step daughter.  We also have two dogs and 4 chickens.  I work full time for a Tax Compliance, software engineering firm in King of Prussia.

How long have you been playing golf?

2 years. 

What got you interested in golf?

I had actually played a full year and was losing interest on the edge of quitting.  I was terrible and not getting better.  I am a strong athlete in other areas, but strength and endurance didn’t seem to translate to this sport.  Just as I had lost all interest, and was about to give up, two key things happened.  COVID-19 hit, and golf became the go-to socially-distance acceptable sport out there.  My sons and husband and I all played together and enjoyed some great time, when most other things were typically pretty sad and scary. Secondly, my good friend Mindy, encouraged me to stay with it, as I didn’t want my husband and my sons to all keep on playing and I would miss out on this quality family time, and fun.  I stayed with it and now I’m not only interested in golf, I am a bit obsessed.

Did you feel intimidated or reluctant to start playing?

My husband was the one to help me remove the barriers of intimidation.  He encouraged me to NOT keep score, and to use each and every outing as a practice opportunity, to relax and have fun.  The rules and scoring when just beginning can be very hard, and I found it demoralizing and embarrassing.  It was hard to feel good about a 10 on a par 3 hole.  So for me, to focus more on the fun, the companionship, the practice factor with each new shot, and less about the formals rules was the successful path for me.  I am just now learning the important rules and scoring. 

Do you have any “golf victory” moments that made you proud?

Once I really started to relax when playing, I really did begin to enjoy the process and voilà….i began getting much better.  I distinctly remember my first par, and once while playing with family, I hit the pin off the tee box! (it was a par 3, 121 yards).  But a dead straight shot and that was so super exciting.  Not a hole-in-one, but darn near close. 

Has golf had an impact on any other aspect of your life?

Once my husband and my sons and I all got into a groove on how we play together (pace of play, do not offer input unless specifically asked, and don’t take yourself or the game too seriously.  Our family golf outings helped provide a much-needed relief during the pandemic time and continues today to provide us much happiness as a family.

Do you have any advice for ladies who might be interested but may feel intimidated to get started?

Give you a shot, don’t quit easily, and have fun.  It takes time to get to a place where you are feeling comfortable.  I have found that 99.9% of golfers are completely gracious with new players, as long as you keep with the pace of play, and for petes sake, just pick up if you are on your 10th shot. The next hole is another chance for getting it done better.

Women Love Golf- Mindy

Welcome to our third post in our Women Love Golf series! At Honeybrook we support and encourage all golfers! We believe golf is not exclusive and is beneficial for everyone. Golf is a great way to get exercise, get fresh air, be social, network with others and to build self-confidence while having fun. But we also understand the intimidation factor of being a new golfer, especially being a new golfer and a woman.

Our second Women Love Golf spotlight is on Mindy! Learn more about Mindy, how golf has impacted her life and if you see her around the course, don’t be afraid to say hi!

Tell us a little bit about you!

Married with 2 rescue pups and a husband that does not play golf (would rather ride his bike) and is very supportive of me playing!!  In a sales role selling IT consulting services to hospitals.

How long have you been playing golf?

On and off for 30 years –(actually gave my clubs and clothes away at one point) which is funny as for the last few years I keep saying “This is the year…………I am going to practice more and score better.”

What got you interested in golf?

Being outdoors and the friendships of others playing.  The challenge of trying to get better.

Did you feel intimidated or reluctant to start playing?

When I started I was always nervous on the First Tee – but when I realized that “everyone” can hit a bad shot I became more relaxed about it.

 What got you over any anxiety or intimidation that came with being a new player? 

Realizing that most golfers are out there trying to do their best – and rarely are there fantastic players  – we are all trying to do better

Do you have any “golf victory” moments that made you proud?

 Breaking 50 for 9 holes – and a few birdies and pars keep me coming back

Has golf had an impact on any other aspect of your life?

Life long friends  – we are now playing golf together!! So fun!! And for business I have been able to take clients out and attend their fund raising events.

Do you have any advice for ladies who might be interested but may feel intimidated to get started?

Learn the rules, etiquette and speed of play.  No one cares how you play (good or bad) but they do care if you are slowing up play.  Pick up your ball and start again on the next hole.

Anything else you want women to know about golf? 

It’s a fun, beautiful outdoor activity –  and the clothes have gotten better!! Cute outfits!  Life long sport for all ages!

The Balance of Power- The Golf Swing

We have all been there. It’s a long, wide-open par 5 and you are playing in the Annual Township Tournament with three of your buddies. It’s a scramble format and the best part is, it’s the Longest Drive hole! At this point you have thrown back a couple of White Claws, feeling good about that putt you made three holes ago and for one fleeting moment on the golf course, you visualize hitting a drive farther than you ever have in your life…and most certainly farther than you’re capable of.

After watching the first two players on your team “play it safe”, it’s your time to shine. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. (Which typically is a $25 gift certificate for the Golf Shop) That $500 driver that promises to be the longest club on the market that you gifted yourself for the holidays never felt better in your hands. It’s all systems go!

With a light breeze in your favor, you take one last look down that fairway to spot where the current longest drive marker is, breathe deeply and think of one thing and one thing only-it’s your name they’ll be calling at the ceremonious buffet following the round. You will proudly take that red-carpet walk to receive that coveted $25 gift card and float back to your seat high fiving every hand you can manage.

Head still, weight properly distributed, you begin the swing. Obviously to hit the longest drive of your life, it requires the club to mirror the likes of John Daly and Bubba Watson. In other words, you will have to have the longest backswing of your life as well! And as the clubhead itself almost hits you in the left knee at the top of your swing, it’s now time to increase your hand speed and swing as wildly as you can, because in golf, that always works.

The moment the club contacts the ball is one of the best feelings you’ve ever had playing the game. But when you look up to watch the majestic flight of the ball, two things have occurred. One, you have ended up in a finish position with only your left hand holding the club and three feet back of where you started your swing. Two, as you track the ball down the fairway you notice that although for the first 75 yards or so the ball flight looks straight as an arrow but then for some odd reason decides to turn dead right and fly violently into the woods (on the adjacent hole) never to be seen again.

As the laughter from your so-called friends reaches its peak, you keep your head down, walk back to the golf cart and as you place the club back into its rightful place in the bag, you loudly proclaim, “the shaft in this club is too weak for my swing!”

The noun definition of “balance”, as it reads in the dictionary, is “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady”. In the game of golf, balance is one of the keys in optimizing your potential distance. Other factors figure into it but without good balance, you’ll never achieve the consistency you are looking for.

GOOD BALANCE- More specifically:

  • Is required for consistent distance and accuracy with the driver and longer clubs. Maintaining good balance throughout the swing will allow you to apply power from the club to the ball without straightening up (loss of spine angle) causing off-center hits.
  • The foundation of being able to coordinate your legs, trunk, shoulders, and arms in the golf swing so that you can achieve the proper weight shift or, “dynamic balance”.  Getting the weight loaded on the rear leg at the top of the golf swing and transferring it the lead leg during the downswing without swaying is the goal.
  • Starts with a good stance. The heels of the feet should be slightly outside the width of your shoulders. The driver is the longest and lightest club in your arsenal and it’s also the one you will swing the fastest. Therefore, in order to maintain good balance, get a slightly wider stance.
  • Good golfers have good balance.

Probably the biggest leading factor of losing your balance is trying to hit the ball too hard. The classic overswing causes errant tee shots thar don’t travel very far either. Once the left arm (right hand player) breaks down the club is now out of position at the top of the swing causing timing issues. Coupled with too much hand speed, finding the fairway is a difficult proposition.

Having taught the golf swing for the last 19 years, I see time after time that golfers don’t swing the club when they go to hit the ball the same as they do in their practice swings. It’s remarkable what happens when we put that ball on the tee. Practice swings are fluid. There is no bracing for impact and the follow through is on balance with the chest facing the target, most of the weight has shifted to the outside of the lead foot and the knees are almost touching. Overswinging the club does not allow for this “tour” finish position with a proper follow through.

Power can be achieved by finding your proper swing speed and ultimately your good balance. Try varying your swing speeds during practice sessions. If you can find the one that allows for maintaining good posture position throughout the swing where proper weight shift occurs, then that’s your power swing. I know it’s counterintuitive to slow your hands down especially when swinging the driver, but for most amateurs that have a hard time hitting long and straight drives, it’s a necessity!

If you need help with this, or any part of your game, simply email me to set up an appointment.

Duane@honeybrookgolfclub.com

The Art Of Putting- One Pro’s Approach

For those of you that play the game, you’re probably familiar with the old saying, “Drive for Show, Putt for Dough.” In an era when distance, in the way of a $500 driver, is the biggest focus on the game, I challenge everyone that the old saying is as true as it has ever been. It’s proven each week on all Professional Tours that distance is not everything…just ask Bryson. Getting the ball in the hole consistently can only be done with one club-the putter. (Well at least most of the time!)

The greatest players of all time possessed the highest level of skills in distance, ball striking, chipping/pitching and of course putting. Whether you know it or not, the two greatest players of all time, Jack, and Tiger (in my opinion) were amazing with the flat stick. Both had an extreme amount of confidence in all aspects of their games, including negotiating the greens of the toughest courses in the world. One of my favorite quotes in all of golf is from the Golden Bear himself, “I never missed a putt in my mind.” I’ll speak more about the confidence and the mindset of approaching putting later but rest assured, the best putters in the game had to start somewhere, and that ladies and gentlemen is what I offer here.

Some Fundamentals First

Posture & Setup

I’m constantly asked by students on how to setup to the ball. “Am I too far away? Too close? Should I choke up on the club?” All valid questions without a doubt. Getting into a comfortable posture position is the beginning of becoming a better putter.

-Stand as vertical as you can with the putter held at “belt buckle” height. Extend your arms away from you at the same height but keep your biceps against your torso. If you’re doing this correctly, the club and your arms are perfectly parallel to the ground.

-From there, bend from the waist only. Let the club touch the ground without any knee bend.

-Next, comfortably get some knee bend avoiding a sitting position. With a slight spine angle and knee bend, your arms should hang freely under you and put you in a great posture position!

Stance & Ball Placement

-For now, I’m going to suggest that with respect to how far apart your feet should be, let’s stick with “Shoulder Width” A shoulder width stance works well for a lot of golfers.

-Ball placement within your stance should be “forward.” Not middle of the stance and never back in your stance. Picture the ball in line with your heart underneath your eyes.

-A forward ball position encourages the ball to roll off the club face at impact versus one that jumps into the air. This is important for both speed and direction of the putt. (We’ll talk about that more in a minute.)

Grip

-You’ll see many different types of golf grips on TV or in magazine articles. The key thing to remember is that gripping the putter is not like gripping another club used for a full swing.

-I like to see the thumbs of both hands down the center of the shaft with your hands connected. I use the “cross hand” or “left hand low” grip myself which simply means even though I am a right-handed player, I hold the club as if I were left-handed. I do this because this allows me to hold the club more stable during the stroke as well as hitting the ball too hard with my right hand. A lot of tour players, both men and women, use this grip.

-Golfers should experiment with different putting grips to find what’s most comfortable but more importantly, what works best for you!

Aim

Your target on the putting green is almost never the hole itself. Most putts break to the left or right to some degree with a very small percentage going dead straight. As you consider which way the ball is going to roll when struck, you’ll need to set up properly.

-Get your feet, hips, and shoulders in line to where you want the ball to start rolling. This is called our “target line”. Getting square to the target line with your body is key to getting the ball to roll in the direction you want it to go.

-Once you have established good body position, set your club face to that same line as both your feet and your club head are perpendicular to your target line. Now imagine a straight line that runs infinitely from your target back through to the ball and then directly behind the ball. This line is what I refer to as “straight back and straight through”. This, folks, is the desired line of target that the putter head should follow. In other words, the club head should not travel inside or outside when making a complete putting stroke.

The Putting Stroke

I could write a book on putting but for now I’ll spare you all the intricate details of stroking the ball and simplify it the best that I can. Now that we have our grip, stance, ball & head position, and aim, it’s time to practice putting the ball.

-I firmly believe in a ‘Pre-Shot Routine’ for all golf shots, but especially for putting. Do the same routine regardless of the length or difficulty of the putt. This involves:

-Taking at least two practice strokes while looking at your target. This is good for the brain and to get an idea of how hard you should hit the putt.

-Visualize the ball going into the hole. You may have heard the saying “see your shot” for full swings but trust me this works well for putting also. The first key to gaining confidence on the green is to make more putts. I believe this is where it starts!

-When addressing the ball, place the club directly behind the ball and in the middle of the club face. Take a quick look at your target one last time and, without hesitation, look back down at the ball and make your stroke.

-As you strike the ball, practice keeping your head down to watch the club head go back, through to the ball, and then to the follow through position. Simply turn your head to the left or to the right to watch the ball roll.

Some Common Mistakes

As a teaching professional for the last 18 years, I given my fair share of putting lessons. From beginners to high level players, there are some common mistakes that golfers make on a consistent basis when their putting goes awry.

-Bracing for Impact- It’s not enough to just “hit” the ball in any part of the game. I see the putting stroke as a very small full swing. The club head must continue to accelerate through the ball and not stop at impact.

-Head Movement- Keeping the head still while looking at the ball is very important to making the stroke you want to make versus one where everything starts to move up.

-Wrist Action- Perhaps one of the most important topics to consider in this article is that when one hand becomes to dominate in the putting stroke, the ball is struck with too much power and/or is hit away from the intended line of target. The biggest reason that I putt left-hand low is because it allows me to take the wrists out of the equation and to make my putting stroke, what many of you probably already know, a Pendulum motion where neither hand is hitting at the ball, BUT MY SHOULDERS ARE SWINGING THE CLUB! In future blogs I will be discussing hitting at the ball versus making a proper golf swing.

-Speed vs. Direction- Repeatedly I ask all my students what is more important, speed or direction? More often than not they choose direction as the correct answer. The answer is SPEED. Don’t get me wrong, direction (line of target) is certainly part of making more putts, but without the proper speed we put ourselves in a three-putt situation or one where making a par or birdie is impossible because we either hit it too hard or not hard enough. Generally, we can tell which way a putt is going to break, but without good speed, they’re not going to find the bottom of the cup!

The Importance of “Feel”

The golf swing and the putting stroke are learned. They are taught to golfers through professional advice, on-line videos and in golf magazines. We learn the game by watching, listening, and then practicing. The practice part is where you develop feel. The kinesthetics (the physical activity) part of the game is the one that I feel is most important for all golfers.

Before you, you have an entire article on how I approach putting fundamentally. Feeling the difference between a good putting stroke and one that might be flawed can only be determined kinesthetically. What do I mean? Simple, I want everyone reading this article to try this drill at least once. You can do this anywhere and with or without a ball.

•Select a target- In my house it’s either an inverted tee or one of my son’s action figures.

•Set up to the ball, using a pre-shot routine and visualize the putt you’re about to make.

•Look back down at the ball (or imaginary ball) and right before you start to make that stroke, CLOSE YOUR EYES!

Are you taking the club away with your shoulders and not your hands?? Are you decelerating the club head or are you making a smooth golf stroke versus hitting at the ball? Is the club head traveling straight back and straight through? Is your lower body stable and not moving in any way? Are you using too much of your wrists? Is your head remaining still? Do you feel your core muscle tighten? (It should by the way) Do you feel like you have the proper speed with which to stroke the ball? I can guarantee you by simply not looking at the ball, you will be much more in tune with what it feels like to make a great putting stroke!

The key to having more confidence as a putter is to make more putts. That’s why the great ones put so much time into the art of putting. I hope that this information helps you to become a better putter and to knock three to four putts off your score…how great would that be?

In the words of the legendary teacher Harvey Penick. “A good putter is a match for anyone. A bad putter is a match for no one.”

Written by: Duane Lent

To register for our instructional clinics or lessons with Duane visit us at https://www.honeybrookgolf.com/duane-lent

Golf is Great For Your Health!

It will never be a bad time to start caring for and prioritizing your health. From eating nutrient dense foods, to getting enough sleep and exercise, there is a lot you can do to benefit your overall wellbeing. Caring for your physical and mental health will provide many benefits and increase your overall quality of life, so let’s look at the game of golf and how you can improve your health while having fun!

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Golf is a great workout for all ages and abilities. For those who are able to walk the course, you’ll be walking around 4-5 miles total (maybe more if you are like me and end up roaming around the rough looking for your ball way too often) and for those who aren’t able to walk the length of the course, taking a cart is a great option as you’ll still get steps in walking to the tee box, walking to your ball if it’s in a location you can not drive your cart to or walking to the green.

Although being mindful of caloric intake is important when taking charge of your health, it should not be a major priority when focusing on overall health. Things like nutrient dense foods and quality physical activity are much more important than counting calories for most people. As an example eating 100 calories of strawberries are much more beneficial than eating 100 calories of jelly beans. But for those who are paying attention to calories an 18-hole round of golf could burn anywhere from 600-1400 calories. This obviously depends on a few different factors, are you walking? Taking a golf cart? Keeping your cart on the cart path and walking to your ball? Using a push cart or carrying your clubs? Is the golf course flat or hilly? In addition, any activity that gets your body moving, gets your muscles stretching and gets you outside will benefit your physical and mental health.

Another great benefit of golf is that it is time spent in the great outdoors. Breathing fresh, oxygenated outside air has a number of benefits to our lungs and our overall health. When I am on the course, I spend a few minutes during my round practicing belly breathing to help strengthen my diaphragm and lungs, but also to help clear the “crud” (as my herbalist friend calls it) out of the lungs. Every cell in your body needs oxygen to thrive, so proper breathing and fresh air benefits our whole body. Check out this article to learn how to properly do belly breathing and next time you’re on the course take a big deep breath of that fresh country air!

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Fresh air is not the only benefit to spending time in the outdoors.  The sun is one of our best sources of Vitamin D. Evidence suggests that vitamin D may prevent against certain cancers and improve cognitive health, it also promotes cell growth, helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus to help maintain bone mass, reduces inflammation, improves immune function, increases mood and supports neuromuscular function. Deficiency in vitamin D can lead to many issues, but perhaps right now the most alarming vitamin D deficiency increased risk and susceptibility to respiratory infection, including COVID-19.  It’s estimated that somewhere around 40% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D, which is why it’s so important to take responsibility for your health, spend time in the outdoors, eat right and if you suspect you aren’t getting enough vitamin D, talk to your doctor. They may suggest a nutrient panel so you can see if you have the proper amounts of vital nutrients.  

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And lastly, what is a round of golf without a delicious snack? At Honeybrook we try to offer a variety of snacks and meal options. Next time you are out enjoying the course, opt for trail mix, a granola bar or some fresh fruits and veggies instead of chips or a chocolate bar. Stay hydrated by drinking water instead of sugary sports drinks and sodas. After your round stop in at the Greenside Grill! We have many options available, including gluten free and vegan options for those on restricted diets. My personal favorite is the Warm Brussels Sprout Salad!

In conclusion, there are a lot of health benefits to golf. Making healthy choices like walking if you are able and enjoying nutritional snacks and staying hydrated with water is a great way to make a fun day of golf even more beneficial for your health.

Women Love Golf- Stephanie

Welcome to our second week of Women Love Golf! At Honeybrook we support and encourage all golfers! We believe golf is not exclusive and is beneficial for everyone. Golf is a great way to get exercise, get fresh air, be social, network with others and to build self-confidence while having fun. But we also understand the intimidation factor of being a new golfer, especially being a new golfer and a woman. Which is why Honeybrook has Ladies Golf Clinics! It’s not too late to sign up and join other awesome women in learning or improving your golf game.

Our second Women Love Golf spotlight is on Stephanie! Learn more about Stephanie, how golf has impacted her life and if you see her around the course, don’t be afraid to say hi!

What first got you interested in golf?

S: When I was a young girl, maybe 10 or 11, I had an adult friend named Ed (he was like a second dad) who was left-handed like me and he taught me how to play. He and his wife would take me on vacation with them to the Poconos and they would take me to a nine hole course pitch and putt course. I remember really enjoying the challenge of the game.

Q: How long have you been playing golf?

S: I borrowed a left handed set of clubs about 20 years ago to play the whole course and that was it, I fell in love with the sport.

Q: Did you feel intimidated or reluctant to start playing? What got you over any anxiety or intimidation that came with being a new player?

S: I absolutely felt intimidated! I had pretty much only played pitch and putt. I thought the full game would be way easier than it was. I am pretty competitive so it was hard to not be good at it in the beginning. I eventually came to the acceptance and realization that everyone has to start somewhere and just build. A few strokes off here, a few strokes off there. A great shot followed by two terrible shots followed by a great putt. I remember when I could hit in the 110-115, then 100-110 and then in the 90’s which is where I am now. It’s was milestones like that kept me coming back.

Q: Has golf helped you in other aspects of your life?

S: Golf is definitely “my thing”, I love the zen of it. It gets me outside, keeps me physical (I enjoy walking the course) and it is a huge stress reliever. I have met many friends through golf including one of my best friends Maryann, we’ve been golfing together for almost 20 years now.. The socialization aspect just adds to the fun of the game. It’s always great to meet new people and chat at the 19th hole!

Q: Is there a moment you can think of that really made you excited about golf?

S: I think the first time I hit below 90 was so incredibly eye opening. I never thought I would be able to do that. I’ve only ever done it a handful of times but knowing that I COULD accomplish it did so much for my mental game.

Q: If you had to give advice to a new golfer or to someone looking to start playing but who feels intimidated, what advice would you give?

S: Golf is a patience game, you have to take small strides with it. Celebrate all of your small victories, golf with your friends who understand you are a beginner and will be encouraging. Try and laugh a lot even though it can be frustrating. Everyone makes terrible shots….. EVERYONE.

Q: Anything else you’d want other women to know about golf?

S: Golf is never perfect, even for the pros, though maybe at the end they might have a perfect score. Don’t ever judge your golf game on what you see on TV. You do you, embrace your own game, be patient and celebrate the small victories. I have had rounds that start well and end up laughingly terrible and vice versa. I used to get really upset but now I just try to laugh it off. Get out there and swing. As Wayne Gretzky said, “you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take”