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Fairways & Greens
June 23, 2017

GreyStone Golf Club - A Tom Lehman Signature Golf Course
GreyStone Golf Club #17
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GreyStone Golf Club #17
GreyStone Golf Club #14
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GreyStone Golf Club #14
By James Mohs


GreyStone, a Tom Lehman Signature Course, is located only four miles north of Sauk Centre and 92 miles west of Maple Grove. GreyStone was purchased in the fall of 2013 by the Sauk Centre Country Club with the hope of providing a quality golf course for local golfers now and well into the future. And with head pro Jamie Alderman's guidance they are accomplishing their goal.
GreyStone is, in my estimation, the premier golf course in the area. 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 has an impressive design pedigree; Kevin Norby, Don Herfort and Alexandria native Tom Lehman were members of GreyStone's 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. Although still in its relative infancy, GreyStone has already been honored twice by GolfDigest as a "Best Place to Play in Minnesota."
GreyStone offers numerous superb holes. 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, but 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.
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.
Offering an opportunity to play a premier golf course at a fair price does not mean GreyStone skimps on maintenance. The grounds crew does a superb job of assuring you will find the course in great condition from the manicured tee boxes to the great-lie fairways to the impeccable greens. There are numerous bunkers on the course and Alderman said the board and grounds crew are committed to a maintenance program to ensure they will be the best in the area. And golfers always enjoy gathering in the GreyStone Grill after their round to sample something from Chef Pat Hooker's menu.
Alderman said one of his goals at GreyStone is to provide a fun and friendly atmosphere for golfers and it begins with him. He is very customer service oriented and the young, friendly staff Jamie has assembled does an outstanding job from answering the phone to scheduling tee times, greeting golfers in the pro shop and assisting with the carts. But Alderman does not leave these tasks to just his staff. He makes an effort to be accessible and the majority of the time he is in the pro shop working with his staff greeting people or answering the phone. Or you will meet him at the first tee or out on the course when he is rangering. In the last article I wrote for Tee Times Magazine I said Jamie Alderman was one of the most engaging young men I have had the opportunity to visit with in a long time, and that hasn't changed.
GreyStone is not just about golf. If you are looking for a new dining experience, the GreyStone Grill menu offers a variety of selections for lunch. And their banquet area, with its panoramic view of Big Sauk Lake, is open evenings for affordable, casual dining. This is also an excellent setting for weddings, receptions or reunions.
There is no doubt in my mind, GreyStone is a superb golf course set on a beautiful location and should be on every golfer's must-play list.






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