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Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp President and CEO, was named No. 1 on Golf Inc. magazine’s “Most Powerful People in Golf” list for the second year in a row. This prestigious list contains only 30 people across the entire golf industry, and is frequently dominated by golf course operators. The list also includes Jack Nicklaus (No. 3), Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA Tour (No. 4), Mike McCarley, President of the Golf Channel (No. 8), Donald Trump (No. 11) and professional golfer Jordan Spieth (No. 18).

This is the third time Eric has topped the list – he was also ranked No. 1 in 2010 – which is based on the influence of an individual and their organization to positively impact the golf industry.

Congratulations to Eric and to the entire ClubCorp family. The Employee Partners’ hard work and dedication to Building Relationships and Enriching Lives have helped ClubCorp stay on top in the industry.


The holidays are just around the corner, and we know this Fall a lot of Members are working hard to tone up for the holiday season. Some of our clubs in Houston and Central Texas are bringing you some tips to reach your health goals and get in shape for this holiday season.

Drink More Water

Not only will water keep you hydrated and make your skin glow, but drinking water can keep your stomach full. Dehydration from a lack of water can often cause you to mistake thirst for hunger. According to, “Dehydration causes you to believe you need to eat when you really need liquid intake.” To avoid confusion between hunger and thirst and taking in excess calories, keep your body hydrated at all times.

Live Up to Your Potential
 7,000-square-feet of it, to be exact! The Hills of Lakeway offers Members a 7,000-square-foot facility to tone muscle and get their hearts pumping. With state-of-the-art equipment, group fitness classes and personal training, these thousands of square feet are chock full of pure fitness potential. 


Work Out Where You Are
 For Houston-area Members, few locales are more convenient than Hearthstone Country Club. Recently renovated with rustic Texas charm, the Club offers Members and guests a world of fantastic amenities in the heart of central Houston. Stop by before or after work, on your lunch break or late in the evenings to get your workout in – Hearthstone is located right where you are!

Use Your Resources
 At Wildflower Country Club in Temple, Members can enjoy a full array of fitness resources at their fingertips. Besides premier exercise equipment and other amenities, Members can enjoy extraordinary personal training. Wildflower’s personal trainers can target their areas for improvement and help them prepare a plan to reach their goals.


Grab a Friend 

At The Clubs of Kingwood, Members can work out on two brand-new spin bikes – part of the Club’s extraordinary reinvention! When you work out with a friend, you not only have a built-in buddy to share the experience, but someone to encourage you when things get tough. So grab a friend and head to your Club and take control of your fit future!

Photos via The George W. Bush Presidential Center

This week, Las Colinas Country Club welcomes the return of the Warrior Open, a competitive 36-hole golf tournament that honors U.S. service members who serve and sacrifice to defend the United States of America. This tournament also honors the many organizations that support the military and their families, and Las Colinas Country Club could not be more proud to welcome participants.

After a warm-up round yesterday, the first official round of the Warrior Open begins today with warrior-only competition. Tomorrow the warriors will be paired with PGA tour professionals for an exciting 18-hole Pro-Am. During the tournament, service members have the opportunity to chat with President Bush, who frequently travels around to every hole visiting the players and taking pictures with family members.

"We will crown a champion. More importantly, we will honor all those who serve and sacrifice to defend our freedom." –President George W. Bush

The Warrior Open is a part of the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, whose mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of post-9/11 veterans and military families by improving their well-being and unleashing their potential.

We are proud to open our Club to these extraordinary service members, and look forward to an amazing tournament. We wish the participants luck, and thank them for their service and sacrifice. 

The Hackberry Creek Country Club ladies’ USTA 3.5 tennis team is heading to Palm Springs, CA for the national competition October 9 – 11!

The ladies’ journey to nationals began this spring, when the team won their division 8-0 to qualify for the city championships. At that competition, they battled fellow ClubCorp clubs, Brookhaven and Canyon Creek Country Clubs, to win five straight matches and cinch the victory.

Texas is such a huge and very competitive state, that it is a section unto itself. At sectionals, the team played well, and was 3-1 going into the semis. They won the semi competition, defeating Dallas Country Club 4-1. In winning sectionals, they defeated the best that Texas could offer, including teams from San Antonio, Austin, Amarillo and Dallas.

Good luck to the Hackberry ladies as they take on the best 3.5 teams across the country!

Meet the Team


Captain – Melissa Szabo

Co-Captain – Alicia Harris
Co-Captain – April Newman

Amola Bagri Abrol
Kim Adkins
Lisa Croley
Blaine Eschenberg
Shannon Gregg
Angela Havard
Linda Hopkins
Ranika Klipsch
Kelly Lewallen
Myung McClure
Alissa McKinney
Lisa Meadows
Linda Van der Merwe
Ydiana Mulderrig
Kathy Myers
Vieng Nguyen
Dania Ramirez
Renee Thibodeaux

Coach – Brian Tennery, HC Director of Athletics


Another Brookhaven Country Club junior golfer is born! At only 5 years old, Grayson McCool was the youngest boy at Brookhaven’s half-day golf camp, but he didn’t let that stop him. Even though the youngest age for the class was 7, the director was confident that he would be fine in the big kids’ camp, which included high school kids. Mom was concerned because he can be shy when trying new things, but “he did great and absolutely loved it.”

On the first day, he ended up partnering with one of the coaches because all the other kids already had a partner, but something exciting happened. As Grayson tells it, “I hit one ball and boom, it went really far. Then another and boom, it went really far. Then the coach said, ‘Hey Mike, come look at this kid!’ ‘cause he thought I was good.”

At snack time, Grayson was ready to order at the snack bar with his grandfather’s Member number that they had practiced together until he memorized it. To his disappointment, Teri, who has served three generations of McCools, already knew who he was and didn’t need his number.

By the middle of the week, he was starting to make friends. During a putting contest, Grayson defeated one of the big kids and, from then on, he became the class favorite. Among the kids, he was known as a really good golfer and they would chant his name during his turn. On the last day, Grayson received the “Big Heart” award and glowing reviews from his coaches and the other campers. Mom considers his first year a success and is “so happy that he had a great time and that everyone was so nice to him!”

Grayson's story is just one of many, and thanks to One Night at McCools blog, we are able to share it with you. Brookhaven Country Club is living out our mission of Building Relationships and Enriching Lives. Well done, Brookhaven!

Original story and photos by One Night at McCools blog
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Congratulations to Philip Barbaree of Southern Trace Country Club! On July 25, he won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, South Carolina. Down by 5 holes with eight left to go, he made a dramatic comeback for a 37-hole win. It will go down in USGA championship history as the most holes played in the past 10 years. With this victory, he became the first Louisiana resident since 1977 to win this championship. He also matched the largest comeback in the 68-year history of the event.

Philip grew up in the junior programs and on the courses of Southern Trace Country Club. His Dallas-based instructor, Cameron McCormick, also coached 2015 U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth.

Way to go, Philip! We’re proud to have you as a Member in the ClubCorp family!

Source: USGA

We are proud to announce that The Houston Club was recently featured in "Weddings in Houston" magazine – an impressive honor for this elegant, upscale wedding venue. For Houston brides looking for the perfect location to host their big day, The Houston Club is the perfect place.

The feature appeared in the magazine’s “Real Weddings” section, and included a beautiful three-page photo spread, on pages 168-170, showcasing a recent wedding hosted at the Club. The perfect venue for modern, urban weddings, The Houston Club’s expansive views of downtown Houston stunned in the feature.

In addition to portraying the stunning views the Club offers, the magazine story also highlighted several of the many ways brides can customize the beautiful clubhouse to their taste. The photos illustrate that the Club is the perfect backdrop for a sophisticated and intimate wedding ceremony and reception venue.

Happy #WeddingWednesday!

Photo source: Weddings in Houston Magazine, July 2015 issue

Las Colinas Country Club and Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas, recently hosted the 4th Annual North Texas Tennis Championship, an annual tournament with teams North Texas ClubCorp clubs that continues to grow each year. All levels of play make for a tournament that a beginner or seasoned tennis player can enjoy. 

This year, 194 players played 140 matches - that's 350 sets – during two days of sweat, emotion and giving it their all on the court. Gleneagles Country Club in Plano walked away as the "2015 ClubCorp North Texas Tennis Champions” and the club will proudly display the traveling trophy until 2016 crowns a new champion. 


Adding to the excitement was the celebrity sighting of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks, who was in attendance cheering on his wife who represented Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield. Hendricks also was kind enough to pose for photos with tournament organizers.

Kudos the host clubs and all the North Texas Tennis Pros for bringing this type of Member tennis experience to North Texas! 

As the U.S. Open swings through Chambers Bay this week, Brent Cohen, General Manager of nearby Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Canterwood, Washington, was treated to a pretty unique experience. Thanks to two Canterwood Members, Cohen and Head Golf Pro Dale Davis were invited to serve as first tee starters during a practice round. Member Larry Gilhuly is a USGA agronomist and has worked on the Chambers Bay course for several years, and Member Danny Sink is the Championship Director for the U.S. Open — and because of them, Cohen and Davis found themselves standing next to some of golf's brightest names as they teed off for a practice round. And to add to the fun, one of the golfers lining up to tee off at his very first U.S. Open was Kevin Lucas, a former Employee Partner who is now playing professionally. Ironically enough, Cohen hired Lucas, who was still in high school at the time, as an outside services attendant at Empire Ranch in Sacramento. After playing at the University of Nevada-Reno, Lucas took a turn playing through the mini-tours, including the Golden State Tour, where he collected wins. On June 11th, Kevin shot 68-66 to win his Sectional Qualifier, earning a place in the field at Chambers Bay. "It was a blast from the past to not only see him," Cohen says proudly. "But to get to announce his name on the first tee at his first U.S. Open was really something special." A Magic Moment, indeed.

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It’s going to be a busy weekend at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California, as the club serves as the site of the 17th annual Celebrity Championship Hosted by Marshall Faulk, former NFL player and now NFL Network Analyst. The event, which officially began last night with an 800-person party on the tennis courts, includes a two-day celebrity-amateur tournament, a 36-hole celebrity-only competition, Military Appreciation Day and evening parties every night with from 250 to 800 in attendance. Celebrities slated to compete include former NFL players Jerry Rice and Marcus Allen, former NHL Dallas Stars’ player Mike Modano, retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning, actors Alfonso Ribeiro (Dancing with the Stars winner), and Brian Baumgartner (The Office).

The event is scheduled to be televised live on the NFL Network from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, taped for later viewing on Fox Sports West and with live interviews broadcast interviews each morning on iHeartRadio.

As if the event alone will not keep the staff busy, other weekend events include two graduation parties with a combined 600 Guests, a Member birthday party for 30 and a wedding for 130. Never a dull moment at Morgan Run!

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