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Today is the official day of the 2014 ClubCorp Charity Classic. Although most clubs already have held their events or will be holding them at a later date, eight clubs are holding their events today with several more clubs' events taking place through the weekend. In addition to the golf tournaments and dinners, activities and events include a:

When a club hosts their Charity Classic, the doors to the club are open to the public to help support three great causes: the ClubCorp Employee Partners Care Foundation, Augie's Quest/ALS Therapy Development Institute, and the local charity you have chosen to support. It is a day to create a fantastic community event, showcase your club to non-Members, and to raise money for charity.

Good luck with your events!

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This past weekend the Tennis Department at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas held a 12-hour continuously running marathon doubles tennis match to raise money toward the club’s Charity Classic fundraising.

With a goal of raising $400, doubling the Tennis Department’s contribution over last year, more than 20 participants played two hour shifts, with a new team rotating in every hour. Players included both Members and Guests – including a reunion of mixed doubles partners, a father/daughter team, and old friends – plus several Tennis Department staff members and even Membership Director Joe Cotter, who surprised everyone with his skills on the court. 

Play was nearly interrupted at one point when a team had to cancel at the last minute but, luckily, the continuity was saved when one of the doubles team volunteered to play an extra two hours, for a total of four hours on the court.

At the end of the marathon – which began at 8 a.m. and ended at 8 p.m. – and thanks to one player’s extra contribution, the event raised a total of $500 – exceeding the goal.

The club already is discussing next year’s event and extending the marathon to 36 hours, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and playing through 8 p.m. on Sunday with playing going round the clock through the weekend. A great idea and a great reason to hit the courts!

After being challenged by Sequoia Golf and some of our own clubs, the ClubCorp executive team accepted the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. The team consisted of:

  • Eric Affeldt - President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Curt McClellan – Chief Financial Officer
  • Mark Burnett - Chief Operating Officer
  • Ingrid Keiser - General Counsel, Secretary and Executive Vice President of People Strategy
  • Dan Tilley – Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

ALS is a cause close to ClubCorp’s heart and this particular Ice Bucket Challenge was accepted in support of Augie Nieto and ALS TDI

Augie Nieto, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2005, founded Augie’s Quest, which has raised more than $36 million in donations to support ALS Research. 

Each year all of the ClubCorp Clubs open their doors to host annual Charity Classic fundraising events where Members, family and friends alike give, golf, dine and celebrate. All of the collected proceeds are divided between each Club’s local charity of choice, ClubCorp’s Employee Care Foundation (E.P.C.F.) which helps Employee Partners of ClubCorp’s family of clubs in need of financial assistance in times of need, and Augie’s Quest, an organization determined to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). 

Visit classic.als.net to learn about Charity Classic events happening at Clubs in your area!

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The #ALSIceBucketChallenge is in full swing across Facebook and Twitter, and the ClubCorp family of clubs can’t get enough! Especially since ALS is a cause that is close to our company’s heart.

Each year, the ClubCorp Charity Classic opens the doors of our private clubs to help those in need. Members, family and friends alike give, golf and dine during our nationwide, one-day charity event, donating more than $10 million since the Classic began in 2007.

The proceeds are divided between each Club’s local charity of choice, ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation (E.P.C.F.) which helps Employee Partners of ClubCorp's family of clubs in need of financial assistance in times of crisis and Augie’s Quest, an organization determined to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Since its inception in 2006, Augie's Quest has raised more than $36 million in donations to support ALS research. Its founder, Augie Nieto, was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 and since then, Augie and his family have worked with the ALS Therapy Development Institute towards effective treatments and cures.

So how can you help? Besides accepting the #ALSIceBucketChallenge and raising awareness along with making a charitable donation, become a part of your Club’s Charity Classic event! Visit classic.als.net to learn more and find upcoming Charity Classic events.

Do a lot of good. Have a lot of fun. Sign up for your Home Club's Charity Classic today!

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Congratulations to the staff at Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, California! The club raised a record-breaking $200,000 during its 2014 ClubCorp Charity Classic events weekend, topping the previous company record – set by Aliso Viejo in 2013 – by more than $40,000. 

More than 110 attended the June 6 dinner and gala with live and silent auctions while 144 participated in the June 7 golf tournament and an additional 60 enjoyed an outdoor concert on the greens by Retrograde.

Attending the dinner and gala were Augie Nieto, founder of Augie’s Quest and chairman of the board of directors at ALS TDI, and his wife, Lynn; Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp president and CEO; and Beau and Brandi Bianchi, owners of Bianchi Vineyards. During the event, attendees got the opportunity to bid on a variety of auction items, including wine tastings and packages, golf getaways and trips to Italy and Nicaragua. 

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Among those participating in the golf tournament was Brian Smith, CEO and president of Signature Control Systems – title sponsor of the event – playing in a foursome with Kim Goldenstein, who hit a hole-in-one on the par-3, 155-yard No. 5 hole. Other attendees included Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and Heather Smith, vice president of QURE Water

“I am so excited and proud that Aliso Viejo has, again, set a company record raising funds during this year’s Charity Classic, which benefits three worthwhile and deserving charities,” said Matt Zuckerman, Aliso Viejo general manager. “This year’s events were amazing and are a testament to the generosity and hard work of our members, the club’s staff and the community.”
Congratulations again to Matt and his entire staff, who dedicated hundreds of hours of their time to make the event such a success.

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Eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro and Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith’s extreme talent doesn't end on the football field – he’s taking fundraising to the next level and raising money for underprivileged youth.

Smith and his wife, Pat, created the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities to “offer kids education and experiences that broaden their opportunities for success.” To help raise funds for their organization, the Smiths host seven qualifying golf tournaments around the country, evaluating a team’s “fundraising skills [and]…golf ability.” At the end of the qualifying rounds, “the highest fundraising team and the best golfers from each tournament will be invited to the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational” in Dallas in May 2014. 

The Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge kicked off last month at The Clubs of Kingwood, and is now headed to Austin, TX. The Hills of Lakeway welcomes the Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge on March 3, 2014.

We look forward to the next qualifying round in Austin, as well as future qualifiers!

Tampa Palms Country Club — March 12, 2014

Queen’s Harbor Yacht & Country Club — March 17, 2014

Bear’s Best Atlanta — March 25, 2014

Las Colinas Country Club — March 31, 2014

Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club — April 14, 2014 

(Quote and logo courtesy of emmittsmithgolfchallenge.com)

From January 1st  to today, 2013 has been a great year for ClubCorp! For our final blog post of the year, we wanted to highlight 13 great events that happened this past year.  

1) Cherry Valley Country Club, Oak Tree Country Club and Chantilly National Golf & Country Club were added to the ClubCorp family.

2) The first major of the LPGA Tour in 2013, The Kraft Nabisco Championship, was held at Mission Hills Country Club

3) Las Colinas Country Club hosted President George W. Bush’s Warrior Open.

4) The Carolina Club opened their doors to University of North Carolina students who were on campus on Thanksgiving.

5) Matt Ginella journeyed to Vista Vallarta Club de Golf to showcase the club in his Golf Channel show Morning Drive.

6) Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club hosted a record-setting Charity Classic event by raising roughly $167,000.

7) Avid Golfer magazine recognized 12 ClubCorp clubs in its "2013 Best of The Private Clubs" list: Stonebriar Country Club, Gleneagles Country Club, Timarron Country Club, Las Colinas Country Club, Stonebridge Ranch Country Club, Trophy Club Country Club, Brookhaven Country Club, Hackberry Creek Country Club, Canyon Creek Country Club, Walnut Creek Country Club, Oakmont Country Club and Shady Valley Golf Club.

8) Gainey Ranch Golf Club raised more than $110,000 for the Yarnell community and the Granite Mountain HotShots to benefit the families of the fallen.

9) Tiger Woods claimed his 8th Bridgestone victory at Firestone Country Club.

10) Santiago “Jimmy” De La Cruz, executive chef at the Club at Cimarron, was named "2013 Chef of the Year" by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Texas Chef Association.

11) Oak Tree Country Club’s team won the Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic.

12) ClubCorp CEO Eric Affeldt shaved his head to raise awareness and funds for the St. Baldricks Foundation and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

13) Brookhaven Country Club’s Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic at age 19.

See you next year! 

Emmitt Smith, eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro and Hall of Famer is at it again…but this time off the football field! Emmitt and his wife Pat care deeply about underprivileged kids' futures, which led them to create the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities “which offer kids education and experiences that broaden their opportunities for success.”

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To help raise awareness and funds for their organization, the Smiths will host seven qualifying golf tournaments around the country, evaluating a team’s “fundraising skills[and]…golf ability.” At the end of the qualifying rounds, “the highest fundraising team and the best golfers from each tournament will be invited to the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational” in Dallas in May. 

ClubCorp is a proud sponsor of The Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge, and will host the seven qualifying rounds on the following dates:

-        The Clubs of Kingwood — January 20, 2014

-        The Hills of Lakeway — March 3, 2014

-        Tampa Palms Country Club — March 12, 2014

-        Queen’s Harbor Yacht & Country Club — March 17, 2014

-        Bear’s Best Atlanta — March 25, 2014

-        Las Colinas Country Club — March 31, 2014

-        Haile Plantation — April 14, 2014 

(Quotes courtesy of www.emmittsmithgolfchallenge.com)
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