If you are looking for a place to have some fun, get some phys-ed time for your home-based learners, or just a place to squeeze in a date night – we’ve found a place for you.
3’s Greenville Golf & Grill is conveniently located just south of Downtown Greenville, and we went to check out this family-friendly golf course.
It’s been a long time, but having spent most of my adolescent years just a mile from a golf course in Florida provided me with ample opportunity for time on a fairway. This was my first time on a golf course since moving to Greenville and my son’s first time on a real course, so I was excited at the opportunity to share a new experience with him. Visitors to 3’s have two different options: you can choose the 12-hole, the par 3 course, or the 17,000 square foot “Humps & Bumps” putting course. Let’s talk about the difference.
Thanks to 3’s Greenville Golf & Grill for sponsoring Kidding Around for the purpose of this review. All opinions and words are honest, genuine and those of our team member.
The 12 Hole Course at 3’s
One of things that make this course family-friendly is that each of the 12 holes is a par 3. For those of you that are new to golf, the “par” is the number of swings it takes you to get that little golf ball into the almost-as-small hole. On a typical course it could be a par 4 or 5 with 18 holes, which makes the game last a lot longer. The way the course at 3’s has been designed, it allows for players to never be too far from the clubhouse. The course being a par 3 also makes it seem less intimidating for people who are new to golf, or are rusty like I was. It had been almost 20 years since I had played more than putt-putt, and I still managed to make par on one of the holes. That was more than I expected I would be able to after all this time.
If you are new to golf, or need a few pointers, 3’s offers instruction programs. There are clinics for women and children as well as open clinics.
And David Lee and Gravity Golf have been endorsed by quite a few impressive golfing legends. There are half-day workshops, 3-day classes, and even golf and yoga retreats.
Towards the 12th and final hole, you’ll see a behemoth of a sand trap. The kind of hazard that would give Tiger Woods nightmares. They would be justified too, as this is (I’m told) the deepest sand trap in all of South Carolina!
Humps & Bumps “Himalayas” Putting Course
Think of this as mini-golf, minus the silly themes and fake grass. The natural obstacles on this mini-course are made up of, you guessed it, humps and bumps! It’s easy enough for a child to play and enjoy, and still challenging enough for an adult. While we were there, there was a family enjoying the putting course, with a group of (what appeared to be) seasoned golfers playing in behind them. That’s the kind of thing I believe would make 3’s owner, Davis Sezna, very happy. He wants 3’s to be a place where everyone can come enjoy golf, and that’s what I witnessed while there.
One of the other things I noticed was that the way the putting course is designed, it wraps around the clubhouse. If you had tween or teen age kids who wanted to enjoy the putting course, you could sit back in the shade of an umbrella and relax while they played. If one was so inclined, you might also enjoy a frosty signature cocktail from the clubhouse like the “3’s Freeze”, a frozen wine slushy, with a floater of rum. This could also be the perfect spot for a socially distant date night (distant from strangers, not each other). Or a double date, and while the guys play, the ladies can sit on the patio and enjoy a drink. Might I suggest the “3’s Transfusion,” a Welch’s grape juice cocktail made with Tito’s vodka. This was my favorite, garnished with frozen grapes it was the perfect drink to cool you off after a warm day on the course.
The clubhouse also has a menu with things like hot dogs and burgers for the kids. For the grownups there are short rib, or Waygu beef sandwiches made with meat smoked on the premises.
There are still plans to expand the property offerings with a toddler-friendly mini-course. The course will feature Sezna’s grandchildren’s favorite characters: Paw Patrol. He also hopes to eventually include events on the unused portion of the greens where the original course extended. Live music, moonlight movies, and tailgating parties are all things that are being talked about for the future of 3’s.
The best thing about a trip to 3’s is that it’s affordable when compared to other golfing venues. The putting course is just $5 per person, and the 12-hole course is $29-$32 per person depending on the day of the week. My son had me promising I would bring him back to 3’s SOON. I think that is a promise I can agree to!
If your child is interested in golf like mine is, there’s a program that meets at 3’s just for kids. The First Tee Upstate is a program that according to its website teaches and reinforces values like integrity, respect and perseverance through golf.
Have your kids tried playing golf? Let us know what they thought in the comments!
3’s Greenville Golf & Grill
61 Villa Road, Greenville | 864.233.6336
Monday-Wednesday 8 am – 10 pm
Thursday-Sunday 7:30 am – 10:30 pm