Golf Business Magazine Calls Cross Winds a "unique experience" in a June 2013 Article by Stephen Tingle.
Drive by Greenville, SC's Cross Winds Par-3 any weekday evening and you'd swear the golf business is as healthy as it has ever been. The parking lot is full, there are groups on every hole, and the cash register is humming inside the tiny pro shop.
"After work is our busiest time," says Sam Pate, who along with a group of partners that include golf course architect John LaFoy, built Cross Winds in 1997. "People can come out at 5:15, play 18 holes, and be home in time for dinner."
Located adjacent to I-385 and in direct line of one of Greenville's executive airport's runways, Cross Winds is a 29 acre, 18 hole executive course that's a blessing to time-stretched Upstate golfers. "We're definitely seeing an uptick," says Pate, who credits today's busy lifestyles for Cross Winds' growth. "With people working longer, it's hard to find five or six hours [to play a full round]. They're much more able to fit a two-hour round into their schedule."
Despite the success his facility has enjoyed, Pate realizes that golfers still want a quality experience. "Cross Winds is in better shape than many of the longer courses," he notes. "People say our greens are as good or better than any greens in the Upstate."
In addition to superb putting surfaces, Cross Winds benefits from a unique design philosophy: Each of the course's 18 holes was designed by a different, yet renowned, golf course architect. LaFoy, who designed the No. 18 hole, convinced 17 of his friends--architects such as Bob Cupp and Rees Jones, among others--to design one hole. Each readily accepted the challenge.
"Some people hear 'Par-3 course' and think of a little pitch-and-putt," Pate says. "But here, we have 18 championship holes. And you can play them in two hours." --Steven Tingle.T.