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Lobster-mania hits the clubs this month as we celebrate ClubCorp National Lobster Month! All of the clubs are excited to host their events and they have taken to Facebook to create some buzz, or…. wait, do lobsters even make noise? Nevermind then! Here’s a look at how three clubs have been having some fun with their events:

Lobsters have taken over the Carolina Club… literally! The bar, the conference room, their logo… they’re everywhere! We have also been informed that lobsters breath and listen with their legs. We didn't know that, did you?!

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Larry the Lobster, Canterwood Country Club’s newest mascot, has been spotted around the Club. Every week Canterwood posts Larry’s latest location and the first Member to guess it correctly receives a complimentary appetizer. Also, all Members who correctly guessed the location are entered into a drawing to receive two complimentary tickets to Lobster Feast on October 18th. So far Larry has been spotted at the Pro Shop – booking his tee time, of course – and in the storage area checking out the golf clubs and bags. 

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Looks like Larry hopped on a plane to the east coast, because he’s also been spotted in Tennessee at Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club reading and planting cabbage!

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In honor of Larry and all of his friends – both human and crustacean – here are some fun facts about lobsters.

- Their brains are in their throats and their teeth are in their stomachs.

- Their approximate age is equal to their weight times four, plus three.

- They come in every color except red; until they're cooked, that is – then they're solid red!

(http://thelobsteringlife.com/2010/02/10-fun-facts-about-lobsters-and-one-dull-one/)

To all Members and Guests attending Lobster Feast, have a great time! 

Every fall 70 teams from ClubCorp country clubs, business clubs, and societies from across the country compete together in the Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic. This year's team event was held at Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. The play-your-own ball format teams Country Club Members with their respective golf professional, while Business Club, and Society teams are paired with a ClubCorp golf professional. Competition at the event is always close, this this year being no exception as one stroke separated the top 3 teams.

The team of Andy Sheen, Stephen Grimes, Drew Litsch, Devin Davenport (pro), and Mike Scheitzach from Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Oklahoma came out on top this year, followed by teams from Shadowridge Golf Club, located in Vista, California, and Canyon Gate Country Club, located in Las Vegas.

Congratulations to all teams participating in this year's Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic. Watch for details on next year's event coming soon! 

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The Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic began this week at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. With more than 80 teams competing through this weekend, the 54-hole tournament promises to be a fun and spirited competition. 

At the welcome reception and dinner, Australian golfer Greg Norman made an appearance. He spoke about life lessons he learned on the golf course and then opened the floor to questions from the audience. The crowd learned that Norman practiced golf techniques for 10 hours a day, six days a week and did not play rounds of golf between tournaments. His favorite tournament is The Masters and his favorite competitor was Seve Ballesteros, who passed away in 2011. Norman said that both of their games improved when they played together; Ballesteros had a strong short game, while Norman was better at long drives.

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When they're not on the course, players and their spouses can enjoy Acura test-drives through the beautiful Texas Hill Country, visit Austin’s local attractions, meet new friends over dinner or cocktails and even win door prizes. 

Members of ClubCorp clubs now have 54 new holes of golf to play! ClubCorp recently announced the addition of Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Oklahoma, and Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, New Jersey.

 

Oak Tree Country Club, one of Oklahoma’s premier private country clubs for families and golf enthusiasts, is located approximately 15 miles north of Oklahoma City and is the only private country club in the metro area featuring 36 holes of golf. Meticulously designed by legendary golf course architect Pete Dye, Oak Tree’s two 18-hole golf courses earned spots on the Golf Digest 2013 Top 10 “Best in State” rankings. Renowned for their splendor and challenging play, the East Course and West Course wind gently through the Oklahoma landscape and rolling terrain, preserving the character of the land while offering a challenge around every bend.

Located four miles from historic Princeton, Cherry Valley Country Club serves as the preeminent family club in the area and features an 18-hole Rees Jones-designed

 

 championship golf course. Well known for its undulating greens, contoured fairways and meticulous grounds and playing more than 7,000 yards from the championship Rees’ Tees – the Cherry Valley course is challenging yet fair for golfers of all skill levels.

Multimillion-dollar capital improvement projects are currently being planned for both clubs. The news releases announcing the additions of each club are here: Oak Tree Country Club and Cherry Valley Country Club

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On September 14, 2012, Coto de Caza Golf and Raquet Club in Coto de Caza, Calif. embraced the charitable spirit of the 2012 ClubCorp Charity Classic wholeheartedly, with numerous events for every age and interest, and raised a record-breaking $140,500 for charity, with donations still trickling in!

In addition to MDA’s Augie’s Quest and E.P.C.F, the chosen local charity of the event at Coto was NEGU, otherwise known as the Jessie Rees Foundation.

“Never Ever Give Up” (NEGU) was the motto of Jessie Joy Rees, a 12-year-old girl who courageously fought two inoperable brain tumors until she passed away on January 5, 2012, 10 months and two days after she was diagnosed.

There are more than 250,000 American children currently fighting cancer and in the past year, the Jessie Rees Foundation has made a difference in the lives of more than 12,000 of them.

Coto kicked off their day with a tennis event in which each team chose to play in honor of six local children who have fought or are currently fighting cancer.

Both the Coto Masters Swim Team and the Junior Swim Teams held events during the day. The Masters bravely set out to swim a 12.6 mile ocean relay from Anacapa Island, Calif. to Oxnard, Calif. and raised $15,000, even though the shark-infested waters and high winds forced them to abandon their goal early.

Lastly, the Club held their golf tournament with 160 players playing in 100+ degree heat! The list of speakers after the tournament was impressive, feauturing Lynne Nieto of MDA’s Augie’s Quest; Erik Rees, Jessie’s father; Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp’s president and CEO; and Kaitlin Sandeno, Olympic swimming gold medalist and spokesperson for the Jessie Rees Foundation.

Thank you so much to all those who made the day and the charitable donations possible, and congratulations to Coto for setting the bar high!

Last Friday, August 24, 2012, La Cima Club in Irving, Texas participated in the sixth annual ClubCorp Charity Classic with “A Night in Tuscany”, a fun-filled philanthropic night of auctions and wine-tasting that raised more than $40,000 for three different charities.

Twenty-six floors above the historic Mustangs of Las Colinas, with a stunning panoramic view of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, La Cima Club was bustling during the event, which was open to the public and welcomed more than 300 attendees.

“We’re thrilled to be able to open our club to the community during this exciting event,” said Mike Goff, general manager at the Club. “It is an honor to be a part of this ClubCorp tradition.”

After the elevator doors opened, attendees were given a passport to fill with stamps from the six tasting stations. Each station had two Italian wines from different regions, one red and one white, and once your passport was filled, your name was entered into a raffle.

According to Lauren Waddell, member relations director for La Cima, the chefs who prepared the hor d’oeuvres were given the wines in advance and paired them with the various dishes to be served that evening, such as flat-breads, seafood and cheeses.

Another element of the event was the silent and live auction, which Waddell said was extremely successful and competitive, with a very animated auctioneer and participants outbidding each other up until the very last second. Included in the items up for auction were all-inclusive trips to resorts and vacation destinations.

But it wasn't all wine and vacations, gourmet cake, a sweet addition to the tasting, was also up for auction. Nothing Bundt Cakes, a bakery with locations nationwide was at the event, letting attendees taste their cakes and donating a year of monthly cakes as an item for the auction.

As part of ClubCorp’s Charity Classic, the money raised during the event was donated to three charities: the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Augie’s Quest, ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation and the local charity SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center.

SpiritHorse, out of Corinth, Texas, is the only center in the nation providing free private horseback-riding therapy to hundreds of people in need, namely those diagnosed with autism. However, their services, which make an impacting difference in the lives of over 400 families weekly, depend solely on donations like the ones made by "A Night in Tuscany" attendees.

Since its inception in 2007, ClubCorp’s Charity Classic has raised close to $8 million for multiple charities. This year’s Charity Classic combines the efforts of more than 125 of our golf, country, business and sports clubs nationwide for a wonderful variety of philanthropic events like “A Night in Tuscany”.

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ClubCorp CEO Eric Affeldt spoke this week with KRLD's David Johnson on the station's CEO Spotlight series. In the interview, Affeldt discussed ClubCorp's club acquisitions, recently-announced club network addition of Mission Hills China, the renovation of a number of ClubCorp clubs and the changing face of the private clubs including the addition of more family activities and technologies within the clubs.

To listen to the interview click this link: CEO Spotlight--interview with Eric Affeldt 

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