Nashville is known for a lot of things like its world famous music scene, an ever-emerging food scene and as a great sports town for both professional and college sports fans alike. What many visitors and local overlook though, is the golf destination Nashville is becoming. The mid-state area has dozens of courses within a half hour drive of downtown that present a fun challenge for golfers of all skill levels.
Throughout the summer, we here at S&E Nashville, are going to take you on a tour of some of the Nashville area’s top public golf courses. With each we will explore the playability of the course, value of the green fees, history of the course and what makes it a special place to tee it up.
We began our summer golf tour with Harpeth Hills Golf Course, which many consider the jewel of the seven golf courses owned by Metro Nashville. Now we take a short drive west to Greystone Golf Club, situated amongst the picturesque rolling hills in Dickson, Tenn. In the world of golf courses, Greystone is still fairly young when compared to its counterparts, having only opened in 1998. While not as long of a storied past as other courses in our area, once you step on the first tee you will find why it is quickly writing its own impressive history, and why so many of the top tournaments in Tennessee have been contested there.
Greystone is a unique course that allows has a variety of teeing grounds, allowing the weekend warrior to enjoy a round at only 6,000 yards, while also stretching to over 7,100 yards to test the most seasoned of players. If you decide to challenge yourself and play from the tips, beware, just as quickly as Greystone can provide you with an amazing view it can also eat your lunch if you are not accurate off the tee. Greystone’s zoysia grass fairways and bent grass greens are some of the best you will find around, providing near perfect lies anywhere you put the ball in the fairway. (Notice I said, “in the fairway”).
The course rewards accuracy, but if you stray too far from the fairway, you could find yourself in fescue up to your knees. The design of the course is also one that will make you think a great deal. The strategic placement of bunkers, water hazards and boulders force you to really plan out your attack on each hole. It is far from a forgone conclusion to grab your driver for every non-par 3 on the course.
For the purists who love to walk 18 holes, it is certainly possible at Greystone as this author has done it a number of times. Fair warning though, there are a number of hills and there are a couple tee boxes that require a little bit of a hike from the previous hole’s green. There are a number of water and restroom stations around the course, so it is very walker friendly – but I may not recommend it on the hottest days or if you have not walked 18 in a while.
For the quality of course you’ll find at Greystone Golf Club, it is an excellent value! It will set you back $59 for a round of 18 (with cart) on a weekend, but if you can play after 2 p.m., or on a weekday, it is an even greater value at only $39. Plus for seniors during the week, or anyone that wants to play after 2 p.m., it is only $29 to play this amazing course.
As mentioned earlier, Greystone opened back in 1998, and in its 17 year history is has been home to the both the Men’s and Women’s Tennessee State Open numerous times, the Opening stage of PGA TOUR Qualifying School, The Ohio Valley Conference Championships, the United States Junior Golf Tour Championship, and was also where the Monday qualifier was held the former Bellsouth Senior PGA TOUR event.
Some of the best golfers, amateur and professional alike, have teed it up at Greystone with major implications on the line. You know when you step up to the first tee, a blind tee shot at that, you are looking over the same shot as players who have gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament, hoist Tennessee’s most coveted trophy in golf and even walk the fairways of the PGA TOUR.
What makes Greystone special
There are many things that make Greystone a special place like the amazing views you have of the course, the immaculate condition it is in, or even the great value it is. Most special about Greystone though, is the unique challenge it presents to you as a player mentally. For golf purist out there, the traditional course with straight tee shots to wide open fairways are a dime a dozen it seems, but one that will really make you think, use a variety of shots and challenges you just enough is what you’ll find just off I-40 in Dickson.