GreyStone Golf Club
A Tom Lehman Signature Course in
SAUK CENTRE, MN
Story by: Dr. James A. Mohs
When any business comes under new ownership there is always the expectation there will be major changes in how it operates and in what services and opportunities it will provide. However, this will not be the case with GreyStone Golf Club. GreyStone, located only four miles north of Sauk Centre, and 92 miles west of Maple Grove, was purchased last fall by the Sauk Centre Country Club. According to long time board member Loren Beste, “This was an opportunity to provide a quality golf course to our area now and well into the future.” He was quick to add that the board does not have any plans to alter the course—at least not at the present.
|GreyStone has an impressive design pedigree and offers lots of challenges.
GreyStone has an impressive design pedigree. The Tee Times Press July 2013 issue named five candidates for the Minnesota golf architect who has had the biggest impact on Minnesota Golf History. Three of those gentlemen, Kevin Norby, Don Herfort and Alexandria native Tom Lehman were members of the original architect/design team. This eighteen-hole championship gem opened in 2001 as a Tom Lehman Signature Course and is one of the few legitimate signature courses in our state. The only other Lehman designed public course in our area is Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wisconsin. Although still in its relative infancy, GreyStone has already been honored twice by Golf Digest as a “Best Place to Play in Minnesota.”
Designed as a Scottish links style course, there are five holes that play into the woods, and water can come into play on ten of the holes. With four tee boxes players of all abilities can be challenged anywhere from 5,395 to 7,059 yards.
GreyStone offers numerous superb holes, and I’ll preview just a few for you. The first hole, a slight dogleg to the right demanding a carry over fescue and a small stream, is a great 4-par and sets the stage for your round. The rolling green is protected by four sand traps and don’t go long with your second shot or you’ll have to deal with water. Number three, the #1 handicap hole, is a 383-yard par four designed to make you think on the tee box because of the water that comes into play in front of the green. The fifteenth hole is another unique and fun hole. Playing 620 yards from the tips, it parallels Highway 71 and it is not unusual to have your best effort noted by the blast from the horn of a passing trucker. Just think of it as his way of applauding your shot. Now if you can avoid the water on the right and the ditch on the left you might reach the green in regulation.
|Hole no. 17 of GreyStone is one of the most picturesque on the course.
Number seventeen is one of the most picturesque holes I’ve played. The tee is elevated and offers a shot from 103-145 yards depending upon your choice of tee box. There is water on three sides and the green slants to the water. It’s one of those holes that, no matter your score, you simply smile when you walk off the green. The eighteenth, a 431-yard par four cut through the timber, is my favorite. A beautiful drive, any one that finds the narrow fairway, is surpassed in beauty by the scenic view of Big Sauk Lake that awaits you as you approach your ball. This majestic picture can make it difficult to focus on the green some fifty feet lower than you.
Everyone loves a special deal and I’m no exception. GreyStone has lowered its already competitive regular rates across the board (they’ve seen a 60% increase in memberships to date) and is offering a special post-Labor Day rate of $27 Monday-Thursday and $35 on weekends. This outstanding deal includes the use of a cart. During the summer it will cost you $39 and $49 respectively.
GreyStone is the site of several charity events and this year has been chosen to host the 2014 state high school 8AAA Sectional Championship for both the boys and girls.
And if you’re looking for a new place to eat lunch or need a mid round snack, Chef Brady Allen’s totally revamped GreyStone Grill menu has something for everyone. He will also be offering affordable, casual dining with varying themes Friday and Saturday evenings.
Their impressive banquet facility offers a panoramic view of Big Sauk Lake and is available for weddings, receptions, reunions, etc. I’ve attended a dusk wedding at GreyStone and the setting is spectacular with the sun easing toward the horizon.
Jamie Alderman, the new pro, is one of the most engaging young men I’ve had the opportunity to visit with in a long time. He is committed to promoting and improving the game of golf as well as the course and said his goal is to “. . . treat everyone equally, yet make each individual feel special.” If you are just beginning to play or your game needs tweaking, this summer he will begin a junior golf program, schedule ladies clinics and be available for private lessons.
The Sauk Centre Country Club board and its stockholders should be proud. Their new home is a superb golf course on a great location and will serve them well in their drive to unite the golf community of the Sauk Centre area. GreyStone should be on every golfer’s must-play list.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
GreyStone Golf Club
10548 Andrews Drive
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
Jamie Alderman, PGA Professional