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Eric Affeldt

Congratulations to Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp CEO, who was inducted into the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor last night during the 21st Annual Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor reception, dinner and induction ceremony at the Hilton University of Houston, planned and executed entirely by a team of student managers. Joining Eric at the event were several ClubCorp Employee Partners, Eric’s two daughters, Ashley and Marisa, and Eric’s childhood friend, Brad Quail, who gave a funny and personal introduction of Eric to attendees that included photos of the two as children.

The Hall of Honor, housed at Hilton College, was created in 1996 to recognize industry leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to American and international business and society. As the Hall of Honor’s 68th inductee, Eric joins the ranks of industry innovators and icons – including Walt Disney, S. Truett Cathy (founder of Chick-fil-A) and Ernest and Julio Gallo – who represent the world’s most successful and recognizable brands. Eric also follows in the footsteps of ClubCorp’s Founder and past Chairman, Robert Dedman Sr., who was inducted in 2000.

Eric was congratulated in a half-page ad that ran in this past Tuesday’s USA Today.

In the days leading up to the event, Eric also participated in a series of “Think Tank” sessions alongside other hospitality leaders. The Think Tanks were open to the entire student body, giving participants a chance to network and learn from the best in the industry about trending topics.

Congratulations, Eric!

The Champions Club is an enhancement to the University Center Club which includes premium club seating located in the South Endzone with access to a new 70,000 square foot venue located on the 4th floor.

Game Day Access 2016

  • University Center Club Members:
  1. 3rd Floor Ballroom
  2. 3rd Floor New Open-Air Concourse
  3. Miller Hall

*University Center Club Members will have the opportunity to purchase singe game Club Seats or more commonly known as "Grille Tickets" starting in May 2016. These tickets will allow access to the following spaces listed below for Champions Club Seat Holders. 

  • University Center Club Member Seat Holders
  1. 4th Floor Champions Club
  2. 6th Floor Grille/Terraces

The University Center Club welcomed our Members back from the holidays and into the New Year at our monthly Member Mixer last night. Members were able to not only socialize with one another after a long break, but were able to see the new temporary safety wall that was put in place during the holidays for renovations. 

The temporary safety wall is in place so the ceiling for the Champions Club can be constructed. During this time the field view dining area will be raised to the existing floor level and new windows will be installed. 

We have high expectations for this coming year as the club expands with the renovations. We look forward to experiencing the journey of the club with our Members.

Make sure to continue to check our blog for weekly updates on construction and club events.


You decided and the votes are in – we’re excited to announce the winners of the Best of ClubCorp 2015! Find out which clubs Members voted their Favorite Country Club, Favorite Business Club, Best Service and more. Don’t miss the full spread in the current Access issue inside of Private Clubs magazine, and see all the winners below!


Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

City Club Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA

University of Texas Club


The Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, GA

Firestone Country Club, Akron, OH

Indian Wells Country Club, Indian Wells, CA


Aspen Glen Club, Carbondale, CO

Columbia Tower Club, Seattle, WA

University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA


Firestone South No. 18 | Firestone Country Club, Akron, OH

Mission Hills No. 18 | Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA


Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

Commerce Club, Atlanta, GA 

University of Texas Club, Austin, TX


Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, TX

Firestone Country Club, Akron, OH

Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA


Aspen Glen Club, Carbondale, CO

Las Colinas Country Club, Las Colinas, TX

The Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, GA


Bananas Foster Tableside | Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

Banana Pudding | Commerce Club, Atlanta, GA

Overall Selection | Harbour Club, Charleston, SC


Aspen Glen Club, Carbondale, CO

Braelinn Golf Club, Peachtree City, GA

Brookhaven Country Club, Farmers Branch, TX

The Clubs of Kingwood, Kingwood, TX

Seville Golf & Country Club, Gilbert, AZ 


Brookhaven Country Club, Farmers Branch, TX

Downtown Club at the Met, Houston, TX

Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA


Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, Coto de Caza, CA

Downtown Club at the Met, Houston, TX

Houston City Club, Houston, TX

Morgan Run Club & Resort, Rancho Santa Fe, CA


Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

Commerce Club, Greenville, SC

La Cima Club, Irving, TX

University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA


Capital City Club, Columbia, SC

Commerce Club, Atlanta, GA

Silicon Valley Capital Club, San Jose, CA

University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA 


Capital City Club, Columbia, SC

Center Club Orange County, Orange County, CA

Downtown Club at Houston Center, Houston, TX

Morgan Run Club & Resort, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA 


Overall Selection | Buckhead Club, Atlanta, GA

Seafood Salad | University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA


Lamb Chops | Buckhead Club, Atlanta, GA

Steak | Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

Steak and Lobster | Harbour Club, Charleston, SC


Mardi Gras | La Cima Club, Irving, TX


Braemar Country Club, Los Angeles, CA 

Firestone Country Club, Akron, OH

Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA

Congratulations to all the winners!

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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
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