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The Crossings Golf Course celebrates 20 years

April 7th, 2014 10:09 am by Pat Kenney

The Crossings Golf Course celebrates 20 years

The Crossings Golf Course will celebrate its 20th anniversary in September.

The 18-hole championship golf course, designed by internationally-known designer Gary Roger Baird, is a links-style layout situated on 150 acres of gently rolling and scenic countryside. Baird also designed the Hermitage in Tennessee, and did remodeling and renovation work on Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville and the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club. He has designed courses all over the United States as well as in the Far East.

Often referred to as "the best kept secret in the Tri-Cities," The Crossings is the only course in the area with cool season grass fairways that stay green year-round. It also features bent grass greens.

The tee boxes consist of blue grass, bermuda and some zoysia grasses. The fairways are blue grass with fescue roughs. Spectacular views of the mountains to the east and the rolling countryside make The Crossings an idyllic setting for a round of golf.

"We think we have a hidden gem here," said long-time Crossings member Lindsay Harp. "Not only is the setting beautiful, but the course is very playable.

"Novice golfers can easily negotiate their way around the course and, from the championship tees, the layout can prove to be very challenging."

A design feature of The Crossings is well-placed mounds that separate many of the holes on the course.

"On several of the holes, you see just the hole you are playing," said Harp. "It's one of the unique features of our layout."

There are 25 bunkers on the course, most placed where they would not be considered penal. In addition to the links style holes, there are holes that are tree-lined and water comes into play on a couple of holes, although there are minimal "water carry" shots.

As The Crossings has matured, the playability of the course has continued to get better and better.

"We've made it a point to cut back the grasses on the course so that players can enjoy their round even more," said Harp. "From tee to green, we want the golfers to enjoy every stroke they play."

The tee boxes are set for ladies (red), seniors (gold), regular men (white) and championship (blue) plays.

The outstanding greens at The Crossings provide just enough undulation to give each golfer a challenge.

Located just 3 miles from Exit 50 on I-81, The Crossings is easily accessible and within minutes of the entire Tri-Cities region. It has a full driving range, practice green and a grill located in the clubhouse.

There are also on-course restrooms available.

The course is maintained by a diligent staff under the direction of superintendent Josh Olinger, a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

A full fleet of golf carts is available while private carts are allowed with storage available for members.

While private memberships are offered for single, family, corporate and young adult golfers, public play is allowed each day. Tee times for non-members may be made three days in advance (seven days for members) by calling 423-348-8855. Our tee time service is accessible 24 hours a day by calling or going to www.EZLinks.com. Walk-ins can be accommodated on most days.

Additionally, The Crossings is host to tournaments for various charities, churches, schools and businesses throughout the year.

"We have a wonderful facility for tournaments and outdoor activities," said clubhouse manager Jo Ripley.

"The outdoor pavilion with picnic tables is an added feature. It has a great view of the golf course and is very convenient to the clubhouse," added Ripley. "It's a perfect setting to wind down in after an event."

"For outings, we can arrange catering or the groups can provide their own food," said Ripley.

If you have an event to discuss or a group of 12 or more golfers, just contact Jo Ripley at the clubhouse and your play date can be pre-booked.

Special seasonal promotions and senior rates are available. Check on special promotions at www.thecrossingsgolfclub.com or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecrossingsgolfclub.

"The Crossings has a family-oriented environment," said Harp. "We welcome golfers of all skill levels to come down and enjoy this majestic setting. Ripley added, "We want everyone to feel welcome and leave with having a pleasant experience."

"It's a great place to play 18 holes or just nine holes after work," added Harp. "We know, if folks will come play the course once, they'll keep coming back."

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