Return to Crosswinds

I spent last Friday afternoon playing in a media day Texas Scramble at Crosswinds in Burlington. I last played the course a few years ago and had a horrible experience. Playing as a walk on I was added to a group that was shoe-horned onto an already crowded tee sheet and what resulted was an excruciating 6 hour round. I vowed never to return and sent a letter to the GM to that effect.

Well it looks like things have changed. There is a new management team who seem to get that you put the customer first. They have invested in landscaping that adds to the esthetics of the course and have made a few changes to the course, all for the better.

Though there are no elevation changes, the layout at Crosswinds leads you to some pretty interesting holes. You only have to hit a long iron or rescue off the first tee but your second shot to the green needs to go through an narrow opening in the trees. The third, fourth and fifth holes all present problems of their own. Number three is a long par 3 that always plays directly in to the wind (every time I’ve played here at least). You’ve got to hit a solid drive over a large pond and that still leaves a long iron in to a green with huge undulations. The fourth is a monster 600 yard par 5 dogleg right that is so severe that you need to get to at least the 150 marker before you can see the green. And the par 3 fifth is essentially an island green with water on three sides and a putting surface that slopes the way you you wished it didn’t.

The back nine opens with a fun shortish par 4 that gives you a good shot of cutting off the corner of another dogleg right. The fifteenth is a short par 5 with an unassuming but treacherous pond to the right of the green. The home hole plays to a green perched beyond a stream surrounded by a tall thicket. There is much more variety on the front than on the back but everyone in my group agreed that the course was in excellent condition from tee to green. The clubhouse and pro shop are state of the art and the food is terrific.

Over the weekend, I told a bunch of friends about Crosswinds and was surprised that most had never heard of it. Granted we were in the east end and Crosswinds is at Derry Road south of the 401. But like the commercial for a leather factory says… “it’s worth the drive.” I will give the owners the benefit of the doubt regarding the new management team and tell you that if you’ve never played Crosswinds, make the trip and you won’t be disappointed.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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