ClubCorp Blog

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The Texas Tech Club in Lubbock recently highlighted the Scottish heritage and living legacy of Scotland’s Poet Laureate Robert Burns (1759-1796) during the second annual Robert Burns Supper. The celebration is an international tradition with people from all over the world gathering to honor Burns on his birthday (Jan. 25) by reading poems, addressing the haggis and enjoying a glass of Scotch or two.

This year more than 185 Members and Guests gathered for the event at The Texas Tech Club – more than twice the turnout last year and the club teamed with The Lubbock Arts Alliance to showcase local art and with the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, which posted photos of the event on its website. 

Kudos to the club for hosting the event, which falls in line with club’s WE ARE Community advocates and reaches beyond the four walls of the club to the West Texas community.

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For the third consecutive year, The Employee Partners and Members of The Greenspoint Club in Houston stepped up to hit another home run and raised more than $100,000 during the club’s Charity Classic event. The Board of Governors Ball/Charity Classic event – One to None – raised a grand total of $104,236 for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Improving Lives, Curing Type 1 Diabetes – as well as Augie’s Quest and the Employee Partners Care Foundation.

One to None was an elegant affair which began at the entrance where attendees were greeted by two Board
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who presented each lady with a long-stem rose. 

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The lobby was filled with balloons for the grab bags as well as a display of live auction and bid board items. The main dining room, decorated in black, red, and silver draping linens and chair covers with beautiful centerpieces, was the perfect setting the elegant gourmet dinner. Entertainment followed with a live magic show, live auction, music and dancing. A highlight of the night though was General Manager Steve Westlund and one of the Board members taking pies to the face in the "Pie T1D Challenge" benefiting the JDRF.

Kudos to the Greenspoint staff, who really did hit it out of the park!

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Tampa Bay Community raised more than $4,000 and collected food, toys and bedding to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay during its recent 5th Annual Chili/Salsa Bowl at East Lake Woodlands Country Club. In addition, seven dogs were adopted out to forever homes from the Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Bus during the event, which was sponsored by local businesses.

In all, 13 teams competed for the coveted “Chili/Salsa Bowl” trophies with more than 300 Guests and club Members sampling entries from all of the contestants and voting for the People’s Choice winners. Team Charlie’s Pride won for both salsa and chili this year. Panel judges, Fox 13 Meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne, DreamFIT Ice Cream Co-founder Nick McNeil and Corporate Executive Chef of First Watch Restaurants Shane Schaibly voted on their favorite entries, announcing Team HEAT Yoga as the amateur salsa winner and Team Hot Stuff (East Lake Woodlands Country Club Members) for the amateur chili prize. Team Countryside Country Club claimed the best Pro Chili and Pro Salsa awards.

“Every year this event gets bigger and better!” said Amy Jo Blevens, Area Network Manager for ClubCorp. “I am so thankful for our hard working ClubCorp staff, club Members from all of our Tampa Bay area clubs and their Guests. It is through these wonderful people and the local community who gave their time and effort that make a difference to this worthwhile cause.” Funds and products will be used to help end animal homelessness and provide care and comfort for companion animals in need through the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

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Reggie Kratzer, General Manager at The Country Club of the South has been named the General Manager of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). This award honors the General Manager who displays unwavering support of the AJGA and junior golf by creating a memorable tournament experience for players, families, staff and volunteers. The Country Club of the South is the site of the AJGA’s Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Mizuno held each spring.

Kratzer has been heavily involved in Wells Fargo Junior Classic since taking over the role of general manager at Country Club of the South in 2012. While he has been in that role, the tournament has received four AJGA tournament awards, including the 2011 Hospitality Award, the 2012 Open Tournament of the Year Award and the 2013 Charitable Giving Award. 

Congratulations, Reggie!

The brand new year is bringing a brand new reinvention to Hackberry Creek Country Club! Named one of the Best Country Clubs in DFW (Avid Golfer, 2014) Hackberry Creek is working hard to make Members’ country club lifestyle better than ever before. With the upcoming 2015 clubhouse reinvention, Members and their guests can enjoy:

NEW Casual Family Dining Area
Bring the whole crew for our signature dishes and watch your favorite team on the big screen TVs, while the kids play games in the entertainment zone. 

NEW Bar and Lounge
Connect with friends and colleagues at happy hour as you sample local craft beers and a great selection of wines, and grab dinner from our Chef’s Table.

NEW Outdoor Terrace
Lounge and visit with friends on the terrace while enjoying stunning golf course views, weekly live music and so much more!

Updated Driving Range Amenities
Relax at the pool in style in one of our new cabanas or at the poolside bar, while your kids enjoy the new slide and kid zone.

NEW Resort-Style Pool Experience
Enhance your game with improved hitting stations and target greens, enjoy music on the range and more!

With this exciting new reinvention on the way, there’s never been a better time to join the fun. Whether it’s recreational enjoyment you seek, or simply a place to join friends and colleagues for a fine meal and casual conversation, the vibrant green hills and foliage surrounding Hackberry Creek provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing game or an exquisite dining experience. 

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Congratulations to Director of Instruction, Aurora Kirchner-McClain, and Teaching Professional, Lori Tatum, from the Golf Advantage School at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, who coached Team Texas to the PGA Junior League National Championships in Atlanta this past fall.

To get to the Championships, Team Texas – an all-star team narrowed down from 80 kids from the program’s summer league – won post-season matches against teams from College Station, Texas, and The Woodlands, Texas, before defeating all-star teams from Denver, Little Rock and St. Louis in the Oklahoma City JGL Regional Championship.

Team Texas finished sixth out of eight teams at the National Championship – quite impressive as more than 1,500 teams (18,000 junior golfers ages 13 and under) competed in the PGA Junior League Golf in 2014.

Congratulations to Aurora and Lori!

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Congratulations to Randy Mattingley, Director of Tennis at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, who has been awarded the Alex Gordon United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Professional of the Year at the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference in New York.

This is the highest award that a USPTA professional can attain. Randy is a USPTA Master Professional with more than 36 years of experience and has served in many capacities of the Texas Division of the USPTA as well as on the national USPTA Board of Directors. He has also been named the USPTA Professional of the Year twice in Texas.

Congratulations again, Randy!

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The first-ever LA Club Classic was held recently with Members from Porter Valley Country Club (Northridge, California); Braemar Country Club (Tarzana, California) and City Club LA enjoying a fun-filled weekend that included a Saturday night cocktail reception at the City Club LA and Sunday golf tournament at Braemar followed by an award ceremony.

Mingling among Members during the cocktail hour spurred a friendly competition that fired up the players for the next day’s tournament. The day of the tournament, participants and their family members attended a brunch hosted at Braemar, where Executive Chef James Morris showcased a variety of dishes and got rave reviews afterward.

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During the tournament, two players from each club were teamed with two players from another club, leading to new friendships on the course. To spur on the competition, Director of Golf, Seth Jamison, included two closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive contests, with beverage stops along the way.

The day ended with an awards ceremony on the club’s scenic patio that was attended by the golfers as well as their family members. First, second, and third place teams received engraved LA Club Classic 2014 beer mugs and, after combining the top five scores from each club, Braemar was named the winning club and received the LA Club Classic Trophy to be displayed at the club until next year. Members were thrilled to represent their home club in this year’s tournament and are looking forward to playing again next year.

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Members and staff of The Houston Club bid a Fond Farewell to the club’s previous location when the building – within viewing distance of the club’s current location – was recently imploded. The club held a viewing party breakfast for the 7:00 a.m. implosion with Members showing up as early as 4:00 a.m. to ensure they had a good view and to give themselves time to reminisce. In addition, a local television news station was on hand to cover the event.

As the club was in its previous location for more than 50 years, it was an emotional morning with many Members, including four past Board of Governors Presidents, remembering old times but also celebrating the club’s new location as well. The staff also was able to get some bricks from the old building, which were then sold during the club’s Charity Classic event.

The event gave the Members an opportunity for a long goodbye that really took only a few minutes.

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Carlos Aguirre, Director of Tennis at April Sound Country Club in Montgomery, Texas, and Neal Cohrs, Assistant Tennis Professional, went back to school recently as guests at a local elementary school. The two were there to raise awareness about tennis and the 10-and-under tennis programs at April Sound but also to provide some fun for the kids.

Neal put his kinesiology background to use and put together a lesson plan about human movement and tennis that worked for all the kids from kindergarten through fourth grade.

The children had a great time, the teachers got a break from their daily routine and the club was able to get the kids excited about tennis and share information about their various tennis programs and summer camps. A real win/win for everyone and extra kudos to Carlos, who helped implement tennis into the elementary schools in 2011, making a difference in increasing young tennis players in the surrounding areas.

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