As keen golfers in the region around Oakville and Burlington, we are blessed with an abundance of courses to test our skill. There is a course for any skill level or price range, and the number of courses in this region is simply astounding.
There is plenty of variety too, ranging from hilly Escarpment hikes such as Lowville or Indian Wells, to flatter terrain with challenging links at Piper’s Heath.
This year, due to a particularly violent and damaging winter, many golf courses in the area were faced with unprecedented winter kill. This was particularly evident in courses that featured poa annua greens. This spring all golfers in the Golden Horseshoe have been challenged to find courses that have withstood our tough Canadian winter.
For this issue of Look Local, we journeyed up into Escarpment Country — where the putts break hard and the wind is always swirling — to review Greystone Golf Club, a ClubLink property in Milton.
HACK & SCRATCH GOLF REVIEW: Greystone Golf Club
Ryan Murphy and Trevor Lush present their review from the point of view of an average duffer and an elite golfer. Ryan, or “Hack”, is a weekend warrior who enjoys golf for the camaraderie and the joy of an occasional purely hit shot. Trevor, or “Scratch”, has been hitting shots better than most since he was 3 years old.
Like many other courses, this year’s harsh winter showed no mercy to Greystone. The course lost many greens, and has battled back to be in its top notch usual shape. Greystone plays almost 6,900 yards from the tips, and with the tricky greens due to its location on the Escarpment, it’s not a simple track to play. Regardless of its challenges, however, it is a picturesque course and offers wonderful vistas of the GTA, in addition to some very scenic tee shots.
Having played many major courses and tournaments across the continent, I am always looking for a golf course that is physically and mentally challenging. Greystone Golf Club is the epitome of that challenge.
The course demands precision from tee to green, and near perfection on the putting surfaces. While length can be beneficial, golfers of all skill levels will pay dearly for errant shots and mental mistakes.
Greystone has many memorable holes, but none more beautiful or impactful as the 301 yard par 4 15th. A perfectly placed drive can leave you putting for a much needed eagle. Anything less will leave you scrambling for a par or worse on the deceivingly undulating green.
One big lesson I learned after playing Greystone is that the Escarpment has an effect on the speed and break of putts. Of course, the club keeps the greens in great condition, but that giant cliff in the distance plays with the breaks at will.
Another thing I love about this course is the elevated tee boxes on some of the holes. The 16th, for instance, allows a great view of the surrounding region, and the wide swath of fairway beneath beckons you to swing as hard as you can.
In all, Greystone is a challenging course, not only on the greens, but in length, shot selection and layout, as well.
By: Ryan Murphy and Trevor Lush
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Crosswinds Golf & Country Club
Dragon’s Fire Golf Club
Hidden Lake Golf Club*
Indian Wells Golf Club
Lowville Golf Club
Burlington Golf & Country Club*
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Tyandaga Golf Course
Deerfield Golf Club
Glen Abbey Golf Club*
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Blue Springs Golf Club*
Granite Ridge Golf Club
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