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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! 

You may be familiar with our Charity Classic events annually hosted by our Clubs. These events are great opportunities to rally the Clubs' communities for a weekend filled with activities such as golf and tennis tournaments, lunches and dinners, festivals, games, and much more. All proceeds go to MDA's Augies Quest, Employee Partners Care Foundation, and one charity chosen by the Club.

On October 14, Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in California hosted a record-setting Charity Classic event by raising roughly $167,000! More than 170 members and guests participated in the lunch and golf activities which included hole-in-one and putting contests. The afternoon activities were followed by dinner and live and silent auctions. Coto de Caza's third charity of choice was Never Ever Give Up (NEGU), a global childhood cancer foundation. 

Coto trio photo

From left to right: Member and guests, Stacy and Erik of NEGU, Dave Johnson of Regal Wine

Thank you so much to the Clubs and participants of all Charity Classic events for making a difference your community and changing the lives of people everywhere. If you haven't already, check out the Charity Classic page for an event happening near you.


Although the game didn't end favorably for Dallas, Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas was able to represent the metroplex during the halftime show at the February 24, 2013 Mavericks game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Staff members from Hackberry Creek and ClubCorp President and CEO Eric Affeldt were invited out on the court to present a check for $10,545 to Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban who accepted the donation on behalf of The Dallas Mavericks Foundation.

The donation was made possible by the Club’s 2012 Charity Classic event, which raised more than $35,000 during two sold-out golf events, a tennis tournament, a fun run family day and a silent auction awards dinner featuring Mavericks guard Roddy Beaubois, Mavericks cheerleaders, Mavs Maniaacs, and play-by-play announcer Mark Followill.

The Dallas Mavericks Foundation assists young people through programs stressing the importance of education, good health and other skills crucial to their future success.

Even though ClubCorp Charity Classic season is coming to a close, its’ positive impact continues year-round.

Thank you again to everyone who helped make this year our best year yet!


ClubCorp Charity Classic featured on the Fashion Mall sign on the Las Vegas Strip across from the Venetian and Wynn Casinos.


ClubCorp Charity Classic story displayed on the 23 stories tall Reuters Sign in New York City's Times Square, one of the largest digital signs in the world.

Our record-breaking Charity Classic was recently the talk of the town, with the story getting picked up by more than 259 news outlets and displayed in some of the most visible places in the world.

Nearly 14,000 individuals participated in a wide variety of fundraising events and activities including golf and tennis tournaments, formal dinners, concerts, swim-a-thons, chef competitions, cookouts and auctions at more than 125 ClubCorp clubs throughout the country.

The 2012 events raised more than $2.07 million -an amazing 25 percent increase from 2011- and brought the grand total raised since 2007 up to more than $10 million.

"[I] would like to thank our Clubs, Members, employees and sponsors, who have come together with their communities to support so many great causes,” said Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp president and CEO. “This initiative has always been close to my heart and is a strong reflection of ClubCorp’s commitment to Building Relationships and Enriching Lives.”

Over the years, Charity Classic has been able to raise funds for and impact numerous charities, including MDA’s Augie’s Quest, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boys and Girls Clubs, Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Employee Partners Care Foundation and hundreds of smaller local charities in our Clubs' communities.

“I’m extremely grateful for the continued support from the ClubCorp family,” said Augie Nieto, chief inspiration officer, Augie's Quest, and co-chair of MDA's ALS division. “The long-term partnership has allowed us to meet exciting research milestones. In 2012, we discovered and are set to launch a Phase 2A clinical trial of Gilenya in ALS Patients. We also expanded the research institute at ALS TDI, tripling the size of our in vivo drug screening capabilities. I see 2013 as a year of momentum and hope for ALS families thanks to the dedication of ClubCorp and the members and employees.”

Hopefully, all the exposure will only mean a much bigger and better year for Charity Classic in 2013. After all, we've already made it to Times Square, and if we can make it there we'll make it anywhere!

The official date for the Seventh Annual ClubCorp Charity Classic event is October 4, 2013, with events throughout the country to be held from April 2013 through November 2013.
For more information on the ClubCorp Charity Classic, please click here.


ClubCorp President and CEO Eric Affeldt presents Lynn and Augie Nieto with $689,702 raised during the 2012 Charity Classic events

The long-awaited results are finally here!

We are so proud to announce the 2012 ClubCorp Charity Classic raised a record-breaking $2.07 million for MDA's Augie's Quest, the Employee Partners' Care Foundation and various charities nationwide.
And now, because of the combined philanthropy, generosity and dedication of our Clubs, employee partners, Members and attendees, Charity Classic has officially raised more than $10 million for charity since it began six years ago, in 2007.

We are so overwhelmingly grateful to everyone who helped make this milestone possible!

2012 ClubCorp Charity Classic's Top 10:
1. Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, Calif. - $143,137
 2. Greenspoint Club in Houston, Texas - $100,503
 3. Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio - $73,726
 4. Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas - $72,294
 5. Seville Golf & Country Club in Gilbert, Ariz. - $62,058
 6. Anthem Golf & Country Club in Anthem, Ariz. - $56,553
 7. Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, Calif. - $53,854
 8. Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose, Calif. – $45,840
 9. Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield, Texas - $44,046
10.La Cima Club in Irving, Texas - $42,369

Once again, thank you for making Charity Classic such an incredible success in 2012 and all throughout the years.
We look forward to breaking our record again this year!


Knock three times and tell ‘em Joe sent ya!

Attendees at the 2012 Charity Classic at The Greenspoint Club in Houston on October 20 were whisked back to the glamorous 1920s, for a night of fine dining, dancing and entertainment to benefit three separate charities.

A night of surprises awaited everyone at Greenspoint, which was completely transformed into a wonderland. Attendees arrived dressed in Roaring Twenties garb and the Clubhouse was covered in huge white feather plumes, gold lamé draping and crystal beads.

The night began with a cocktail reception in the Cotton Club, before everyone proceeded into the 21 Club for a delectable, gourmet four-course dinner. The night was going very well until the joint was raided by the 'police', which naturally forced everyone into the gym, magically transformed for the night into a speakeasy. Then the party really began!

The event continued far into the night as the ladies and gentlemen placed bids in the auction, played games and gambled in the casino, listened to live music and sipped on bathtub gin and other decade favorites. The event was held in honor of Dan McIntyre, former ClubCorp executive for 24 years and a two-time cancer survivor, and his choice for the event’s third charity was Golfers Against Cancer.

Around 160 people came to the event, which ended up being a beautiful evening full of fun and philanthropy, raising over $100,000.

Just like all ClubCorp Charity Classic events, the proceeds raised that evening went to three wonderful charities, MDA’s Augie’s Quest, the Employee Partner Care Foundation and one local charity.

For Greenspoint, that local charity was Golfers Against Cancer. A very worthy cause, Golfers Against Cancer has raised and donated over $22 million for cancer research since its’ inception in the summer of 1997 in Kingwood, Texas.

The event was made possible by the Club's Charity Committee, which is a joint effort of the Club's Social Committee and their Board of Governors.
Thank you and congratulations to all the organizers and attendees who made the night such a success!

Los Angeles, the second most-populated city in the United States, is known for being home to many colorful cultures.

068-City Club 10-5-2012 6-36-10 PM

For its’ 2012 Charity Classic event on Friday night, October 5,2012, The City Club on Bunker Hill in LA decided to explore the culinary diversity of the city.

At the event, dubbed “Love in LA”, attendees enjoyed a wonderful four-corner station dinner, representing the Latin, Middle Eastern, Asian and American corners of the city, with delicious wine pairings.

The event, which was open to the public, had more than 150 guests. In addition to supporting three worthy causes, throughout the course of the night attendees were entertained by a magician, enjoyed live jazz music, participated in a silent auction and were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportuity to kiss a pig.
Yes, for a charitable donation, you could have kissed a pig. And many participants did, since Bueller the Pig 'single-hoovedly' raised over $1,000!

The event raised almost $18,000 for MDA’s Augie’s Quest, The Employee Partner Care Foundation, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Youth Foundation.

The LA Sheriff’s Youth Foundation strives to offer safe alternative opportunities to at-risk youth in Los Angeles County, a county notoriously plagued by gangs, drugs and violence. These opportunities focus on activities for the youth that build character, instill leadership skills, boost self-esteem and help them establish a positive outlook on their own life and future.

Thank you to all the organizers at The City Club and to all who attended and made the event such a great success!


Every year, our Clubs open their doors to the public to attend the wide array of events offered during the annual ClubCorp Charity Classic. But for those who just can’t get enough and want to bring the philanthropy home with them, we proudly announce our annual online auction! The bidding starts at 8 a.m. EST on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 and ends at 9 p.m. EST on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, so cast your bids and don’t miss out!

ClubCorp’s Charity Classic is a great opportunity to give to worthy causes. The two beneficiaries of the Charity Classic online auction this year are MDA’s Augie’s Quest, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease; and the Employee Partners Care Foundation, a fund to assist ClubCorp Employee Partners in times of crisis. Both of these wonderful organizations will each be receiving half of the donations raised during the online auction.

This year, we are thrilled to offer a unique selection of items up for auction. From Sept. 17- Oct. 1 you can fight for the highest bid on everything from trips to Costa Rica and Las Vegas to a cowbell autographed by comedian Will Ferrell and a football signed by Dallas Cowboys legend Daryl Johnston.

Last year during the 2011 Charity Classic, 61 total items were on the online auction and bidders were able to raise just under $40,000. The highest bid on any item was $15,400 for a 12-night Ker and Downey South Africa vacation valued at twice as much. For this year's online auction, we need you to help us reach our goal of raising $100,000.

Click here to visit our online auction and start bidding for good!

Oneida has pledged to donate $1 per new fan who clicks the LIKE button on their page, up $1,000, to the ClubCorp Charity Classic. To help us get to our goal, please SHARE the link to this this post with your friends and click the link below. Then, click LIKE at the top of the page.

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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 charity event. Money raised from these events benefit MDA's Augie's Quest, the Employee Partners Care Foundation and a local charity selected by each club. Last year, ClubCorp raised more than $1.7 million through its Charity Classic events and has the bar set even higher for this year.

Starting this week, The Charity Classic will be posting event reminders, updates and pictures to their new Facebook page: We'd love for you to LIKE this page to follow the Charity Classic.

A list of all Charity Classic events being held this year, plus additional information on the program itself, is still available on the Charity Classic website at:

We encourage you to visit both sites and participate in an event near you!

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