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Although it made a perfect backdrop for the classic Kevin Costner golf flick “Tin Cup” when it was filmed there in the mid-1990s, The Clubs of Kingwood near Houston needed a little tender loving care and help coming into the 21st century.

“We were seriously outdated, our dining room was literally a banquet room with banquet chairs and our bar consisted of two bar-stools that were at least 25 years old,” said Director of Golf Darrell Fuston.

The Clubs of Kingwood is one of the world’s largest private country clubs, therefore a significant amount of time and effort went into the reinvention; and ever since the Club’s grand re-opening in November 2012, the changes have been very apparent.

“What stands out to me is how much different the place feels, and we haven’t even gotten to our prime good weather time!” said Fuston.

The Club is located in Kingwood, Texas, a community in Northeast Houston, where a nice day never goes wasted by staying inside.
During the winter months, Members thoroughly enjoyed the new fire-pits and as the temperatures have been rising, the beautiful new outdoor covered and un-covered patios are beginning to see more traffic.

“What’s cool is we’re getting into our golf outing season and people who are not Members are coming in and their eyes are popping out,” said Fuston with a laugh.

Golf writer Mike Bailey was wonderful enough to do both a before and after feature about The Clubs of Kingwood’s reinvention in The Houston Chronicle.

Be sure to take a look at the articles:
"Clubs of Kingwood in middle of golf reinvention" by Mike Bailey
"The Clubs of Kingwood offers an archetype for success" by Mike Bailey

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Is there such a thing as too much golf for one day?

Not according to three adventurous Employee Partners at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, who took to the courses for an entire day to raise money for The First Tee.

Aurora Kircher-McClain, director of the Golf Advantage School at Kingwood; Heath Martin, head golf professional at Kingwood and general manager of the Deerwood Club; and Darrell Funston, director of golf at Kingwood, spent a little more than 12 hours in one day playing every hole of golf at Kingwood, all 90 of them, plus playing 10 holes twice to reach that commendable benchmark of 100 holes.

The three of them started their day off bright and early at 7 a.m. and finished at 7:30 p.m. There was a lot of support for them on the course, coming from the monetary donations made by Members and fellow Employee Partners, and from the food and beverage staff at Kingwood who made sure the trio always stayed nourished and hydrated. Finally, when the trio got to the 100th and final hole, there was a whole crowd of supporters cheering them on as they finished their quest.

The First Tee is an international youth development organization with school and after-school programs that focus on instilling values such as integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. According to The First Tee, they have reached 6.5 million participants since their inception in 1997.

Their work is largely made possible through private donations such as those raised by the event at Kingwood.

Thank you to all those who donated and to the trio who made it through the day smiling!

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