Review: The Links at Greystone

Course Name: The Links at Greystone

Designer: Craig Schreiner (1996)

Location: Walworth, New York

History: Opened in 1996, Greystone is recognized as one of the best public courses in the Rochester area, being ranked #19 public course in all of New York in Golf.com’s 2016 ranking.

Conditions: 7/10, We played this course in April in upstate New York and were amazed how good of shape it was in. Fast greens and thick rough had grown in nicely already.

Value: 8/10, this course offers some great value. A course like this only being $36 to walk during peak hours and much less in the offseason is a steal.

Scorecard:

Tee                                 Par         Yardage         Rating          Slope

Championship          72           7215               74.3               130

Blue                               72           6594              71.6               127

White                            72          6110                69.8              125

Red                                 72          5277              70.8               116

Best Score: 94 (Blue Tees), 4/7/2012 with Dad, Uncle Tom, and Chris N.

Front 9 Best: 48 (Blue Tees), 4/7/2012 with Dad, Uncle Tom, and Chris N.

Back 9 Best: 46 (Blue Tees), 4/7/2012 with Dad, Uncle Tom, and Chris N.

Hole Highlights: Like Playa Paraiso, this is a course that I played too long ago to remember every hole. I do, however, remember extreme elevation changes occurring around hole 5. The 6th hole is a downhill short par three named “Ponderous” due to an intimidating pond on the right side of this green. I distinctly remember the 7th hole, a 380 yard par 4 that play literally 30 yards uphill. I remember hitting a good drive and being forced to hit a 3-wood in. The 8th hole goes straight back downhill – so much so that a bunker in the middle of the fairway about 300 yards out is definitely in play for many players. A long par 5, the 9th hole features an extremely long green with water on the right side. This green is long because it is shared with the 18th hole.

I remember the 11th and 16th holes being very challenging. At over 440 yards the 11th hole plays uphill and a large creek runs through this fairway, making driver a risky play. The 16th is a long par 5 at over 600 yards from the Championship tees. Water lines the left side the entire way along this dogleg left. The 17th hole is a tiny uphill par 3 that provides a breather after some brutal par 4s and 5s. The 18th hole was also a memorable one. This downhill medium length par 4 requires a drive short of a large pond. From the fairway, an approach shot must carry the water to the same narrow green as the 9th.

General Comments: With a nice putting green and range straight uphill, Greystone provides a nice warmup for your day. The clubhouse is also superb and a great place to get a drink after the round. Pace of play was pretty slow on the day I played, but it was one of the first nice days of the year and you don’t get many of those in upstate New York.

Verdict: Affordable and in fantastic shape, Greystone is one of the finest courses in the area and a must-play in upstate New York.

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