Start your fun day of golfing with breakfast at Stax Omega. Order their delicious Lite and Fit Omelet that includes egg whites, sliced turkey, fresh baby spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions-all healthy ingredients to fuel your body for a long, fun day of golfing!
Late Morning:After breakfast, head right across the street to locally-owned Farrell's Golf Headquarters to pick up some new golf balls (they're also happy to custom fit some of your favorite clubs!). Now you're ready to get in a little practice on your golf swing at Shank's Driving Range and Learning Center. While you're straightening out your swing, you might even run into the owner of Shank's, celebrity Greenvillian, Robbie Biershenk. Golf fans will know Robbie from the Golf Channel's Big Break Indian Wells and Chasing the Dream. Insider's Tip: If you're lucky, and can make him laugh, Robbie might even show you some of the amazing long shots he's famous for!
After you've worked up an appetite perfecting your golf swing (wink, wink!), make your way to Brixx Wood Fired Pizza located in the Shops at Greenridge for a slice or two of tasty pizza! My favorite is the Chicken Florentine. Then you have a big decision to make...spend the rest of the afternoon hitting a fabulous par 3 or venturing onto a traditional 18-hole course!
If shooting par 3's sounds like fun, then Cross Winds Golf Club is the place for you! Known for having some of the best greens in Greenville, this unique 18-hole, par 3 course is affordable ($20 or less for 18 holes!), fun and memorable to play and has enough variety to make everyone happy! Insider's Tip: Did you know that each hole at Cross Winds was conceived by a different course designer? From Tom Fazio and Ed Seay to Greenville's own Jay Haas, each "contributing architect" had a hand in helping to create one of the best par 3 courses in the Southeast!
If you're feeling a bit more traditional, head out to The Preserve at Verdae Greens (at the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center) to play their par 72 championship course designed by William Byrd. You'll enjoy playing among the purposefully natural surroundings that combine a forest, native grasses and plants, hills, and mountain-like brooks. Don't be surprised if you see some of the nearby woodland creatures, including turkeys and hawks, venturing out for a visit on any given day!
Evening:After a beautiful and challenging round (no matter where you choose to play), finish your day with a casual dinner and drinks at Papas and Beer. Try a margarita and their fabulous "table side" guacamole-made right in front of you with the freshest ingredients! I also recommend the Burrito Organico (loaded with lots of organic veggies!).
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Coming in from out of town?
Welcome to Greenville! Here are some hotels (to suit every taste and budget) that are conveniently located for the courses and restaurants I've recommended: Crowne Plaza Greenville, Baymont Inn & Suites Greenville, Hilton Greenville, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Woodruff Road, Hyatt Place Greenville/Haywood, and La Quinta Inn & Suites (2 locations).
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In the spring each year, be sure to grab tickets to the BMW Charity Pro-Am, where you can watch some great golf...live and up close! Hollywood celebrities and amateur golfers are grouped with pros for four days of golfing fun! This important tournament showcases area golf courses and helps bring needed funds to many Upstate charities.