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!
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The North Texas Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) has honored ClubCorp President and CEO Eric Affeldt with a 2015 Support Future Military Award for continued support to men and women serving – and who have served – in the armed forces. Retired United States Navy four-star Admiral Patrick Walsh served as keynote speaker during the annual awards breakfast, held Saturday, March 21, at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch.
ClubCorp serves annually as a sponsor of the George W. Bush Institute’s Warrior Open –– a 36-hole golf tournament now going into its sixth year that features and honors post-9/11 members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were severely wounded in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. In addition, numerous ClubCorp clubs throughout the country host a variety of charity events benefiting military causes.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the AUSA, an organization that gives so much support to past and present service people and their families,” said Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp’s president and CEO. “I am so proud of ClubCorp’s involvement with the Warrior Open and how our clubs have taken on their own roles in giving back to the men and women who so courageously and admirably have served our country.”
The event benefited the AUSA educational programs, including the Army Scholarship Foundation, which provides grants to children of soldiers and spouses of active duty enlisted soldiers to assist them in achieving their educational dreams.
AUSA is a non-profit professional, educational association representing America’s Army on Capitol Hill and in local communities. AUSA North Texas focuses on programs raising funds and awareness in support of “Wounded Warriors,” providing educational support for Army families, and coaching, teaching and mentoring young veterans and emerging Army leaders. For more information, visit http://www.ausanorthtexas.org/.
AvidGolfer recently revealed its highly anticipated Best of Private Clubs 2015 listing, and we’re pleased to announce that ClubCorp was ranked among numerous categories!
In the Best Country Club – First Class Category, meaning the Initiation Fee is between $25,001 and $59,999, two ClubCorp clubs nabbed top spots. Stonebriar Country Club was named No. 2, and Gleneagles Country Club, called “the best of the best,” was named No. 4.
The Best Country Club – Mid-Priced Category (Initiation Fees between $10,001 and $25,000) saw two more ClubCorp clubs win titles. Las Colinas Country Club came in fourth, and Stonebridge Ranch Country Club won the No. 5 title with its innovative and “unbelievable” dual membership – a great value for its Members. Touted for its consistently excellent service, AvidGolfer said, “If you like Sunday brunch, it doesn’t get much better than Las Colinas Country Club.”
In the category Best Country Club – Value-Priced Category, ClubCorp clubs swept all top five places! Coming in at No. 1 was Trophy Club Country Club, followed by Brookhaven Country Club at No. 2. The Clubs of Prestonwood earned the No. 3 spot, followed by Canyon Creek Country Club and Hackberry Creek Country Club in the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively. AvidGolfer said, “This category could be dubbed, ‘The Category that ClubCorp Built;’ it is true, all five of these clubs are ClubCorp clubs, and that just further proves how the company excels at cultivating top-notch, family-friendly country clubs that don’t cost an arm and a leg.”
Stonebriar Country Club came in first place in overall Best Value, and Stonebridge Ranch Country Club was named No. 3 on the same list, followed by Trophy Club Country Club at No. 4. Timarron Country Club was named the No. 1 Best Golf Club in the First-Class Category, as well.
Congratulations to our wonderful DFW-area clubs!
Nearly 100 Members at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas, were at the club yesterday to watch 20-year-old golfer Jordan Spieth play his final round of the Masters at Augusta National. Spieth grew up playing golf at Brookhaven and his parents are still Members.
Spieth was tied for the lead with Bubba Watson at 5 under going into fourth round and, though Watson went on to win the green jacket – his second in three years – Spieth held his own, leading by two strokes after seven holes. Had he won, Spieth would have been the youngest player to ever win the Masters.
It wasn’t just the Members who were interested in Spieth’s play – several local news shows were on hand at Brookhaven to cover the club’s support and each one interviewed Teaching Instructor Joey Anders, who began working with Spieth when he was 8 years old and continued working with him until he was 13.
This won’t be the last time a crowd comes to the club to support Spieth as he competes. No doubt, he has a long career ahead of him and the Members and staff at Brookhaven will be proudly cheering him on through every par, birdy, bogey and eagle along the way.
Today the Masters Tournament officially tees off at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia! Even though Tiger Woods and the famous 17th hole Eisenhower Tree won’t be there, the tournament still promises a lot of drama. Star veterans are returning like Roy McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson are returning, but this year a record 24 Masters rookies will begin play, including Brookhaven Country Club’s Jordan Spieth. We'll see what happens! You can follow the tournament leader board here.
Aside from this morning's exciting tee-off, Augusta also hosted fun junior festivities earlier this week!
Leo Cheng, an 11-year-old representing Porter Valley Country Club, holed a 6-footer on the 18th hole to win his age bracket in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition! Leo's trophy was presented by Masters Champion Adam Scott.
Falling behind Cheng, Brookhaven Country Club’s Kyle Cox placed fourth in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition. We are so proud of our young Members and wish them great future success!
Happy Masters Week everyone!