The Greystone Golf Course is the most celebrated of Baltimore County’s five municipal courses, tucked far north of the city in agricultural surroundings that members of Baltimore Country Club’s Five Farms campus enjoyed a century ago. Although comparisons to that course may seem a stretch, the property enjoys a similarly hilly nature.
Perhaps the only comparison that can be made between Tillinghast’s work there and Joe Lee’s work here is the No. 10 par five, which follows Tillie’s double dogleg concept to a “t.” Although the Golden Age icon did not expect players to reach this signature par five in two shots, Lee brings the sensibility of his own era into play, offering a green angled to reward those brave enough to attempt carrying the wetland tucked at the front of the green.
This area accompanies seven additional ponds, as well as more than 80 bunkers, on its way to accomplishing Lee’s goals. It features more than 6,900 yards from the back tees, however these distances can seem either longer or shorter, depending on what part of the property’s 140-feet of elevation change you are experiencing.
Greystone is a beautiful and challenging layout. I will say that this course is by far the best public course of the Baltimore County owned courses. However, with the uptick in recent pricing, this course does not meat the standard of what the course is now asking from its patrons.
Greystone Golf Club in White Hall, MD is a Joe Lee design. It is very hilly and walking should not be undertaken by the faint of heart.
The first hole is a welcoming par five. Yes, there are several fairway bunkers on each side, but average shots should avoid them fairly easily. There are 3 greenside bunkers with a sharp dropoff right. The long par four 2nd is demanding. Slight dogleg left, there is a bunker on the outside elbow. However, if you go to far left, you run the risk of being blocked out by trees. Take an extra club on the uphill approach. The first par three is slightly downhill, long and over gunch. A demanding green that is especially difficult if the pin is back right behind the front bunker. The 4th is a long par four, with two fairway bunkers left and right. The green is chiseled into a ledge with bunkers right and back. Two good birdie oppties coming up. The downhill dogleg left 5th is a reachable par five. Best line is to hug the left fairway bunkers. Ideally you want to be at the top of the ridge to have a go at the well protected green. If you miss right you are dead. For the short, uphill 6th favor left of center off the tee. This should set up a short iron to the green. The 7th is a good hole, you must hit two good shots to earn a par. A dogleg left, the drive must clear gunch to set up a long approach over water. The 8th is a mid-yardage par three with some carry over water. The number one handicap hole is the 9th. Deservedly so, long, uphill, favor the left side off the tee to avoid the fairway bunker right.
The back starts with a downhill S shaped reachable par 5. Off the tee aim at the furthest right of the leftside fairway bunkers. This will give you a greenlight to go for it, albeit you will have to fly gunch and a few bunkers. The 11th is a downhill dogleg right. There is a gaggle of bunkers on the outside elbow, cut as much of the corner as possible. This is multi-tiered green shaped like a sock with bunkers left and right, club selection is key. The 12th is a short par 3 and is rated as the 8th most difficult hole. Yes, you have to carry gunch and it is a multi-tiered redan green with bunkers in front but it is 161 yards from the tips. The 13th is a reachable uphill par 5. The right side will give you the shortest distance home. Good birdie hole. The 14th is the easiest hole on the course a short gimme par 3. The 15th is the shortest par 4 on the course, an uphill dogleg left with a bunker on the inside corner. May want to lay up on this one, anything over 230 straight off the tee is through the fairway. You can try to cut the corner, but with the bunker the landing area is pretty skinny. Consider a 180-200 yard tee shot. Now come three pretty tough finishing holes. The 16th is a long downhill par 3. Short is better. The 17th is a long uphill slight dogleg left. Favor the left off the tee to avoid the fairway bunkers right. The finishing hole is a long uphill par 5. Take an extra club on your approach. Trust me that front greenside bunker is not the way to finish your round.