"Cross Winds Golf Course could be the fourth course in the rotation at the BMW.com golf tournament," Stan Olenik, Golf Club Magazine
BMW Charity Pro-Am is played on three courses in the Upstate but Thornblade Club, Greenville Country Club and the Reserve are not the only courses that pros visit while they are in town.
Cross Winds has become an unofficial fourth course for the Web.com event.
It is not a course that is played in the tournament, but tournament officials, Golf Channel staff and a few pros who need some extra short game practice all play the Par-3 course during tournament week.
“All these people have been coming here over the years, but it seems like the last few years we are seeing more and more come to the course,” said Jim Cadieux, Cross Winds manager.
Former big league pitcher and Greenville resident Jose Alvarez organized a special Fellowship of Christian Athletes tournament to benefit junior golf at the course this year.
The tournament field included 20 Web.com Tour players, caddies and local amateurs who played the course on the Monday night before the start of the BMW tournament.
The team of Greenville’s Kyle Thompson and Bill Silva won the tournament.
During the week announcers from the Golf Channel visited the course a few times after their on-air work was completed.
The course received high praise from the announcing staff assigned to the tournament.
“I have played par-3 courses all over the world and this is the finest course I have played,” said Craig Perks, the Golf Channel announcer and the winner of The 2002 Players Championship.
In addition to the tournament announcers, PGA Tour officials made several visits to the course in the evening to play under the lights.