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05.09.14.Gleneagles.STAG

When the Golf Staff at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, first created STAG, the club’s weekly men’s golf gathering, they kept in mind their goal of connecting Members. Calling the event STAG fit perfectly as the word means “without a partner at a social gathering.” The nine-hole event is held Wednesday evenings with a 5:30 p.m. shotgun start and features varying formats, from Best Ball, to Scramble, even the dreaded Alternate Shot.

"We wanted to create a very low stress, fun environment that would encourage a ‘mixing’ of partners to help grow roots across the base of the Membership of the Men's Golf Association," said Chad Pinson, Head Golf Professional. 

The first STAG Night was held in 2008 and only fielded 12 players. The event has grown over the years, now fielding an amazing 70 to 80 players every week, with a growing waiting list. The demand is so great that the Golf Staff will now be blocking both the front and back nine to accommodate up to 120 players. 

"The biggest benefit we never anticipated was how important this event has become in our retention efforts," says Chad, "Once a new Member comes out and plays one of these events he immediately gets hooked to what we've got going on here."

Avid Golfer magazine recently released its annual “Best of Private Clubs” issue for 2014, and guess who made the list? ClubCorp’s DFW-area clubs!

Stonebriar Country Club nabbed the No. 2 rank in the magazine’s “Best Country Club/Elite” category, followed by Gleneagles Country Club in Plano at No. 3. Timarron Country Club took home the No.1 spot in the “Best Golf Club/Elite” category.

Additional clubs named to the lists are:
 

Best Country Club/Mid-Priced
 Las Colinas Country Club in Irving (No. 2)
 Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney – dual membership/Dye and Hills Courses (No. 3)
 

Best Country Club/Value-Priced
 Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch (No. 1)
 Trophy Club Country Club in Trophy Club (No. 2)
 Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield (No. 3)
 Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving (No. 4) 

Best Country Clubs/Best Value
 Stonebriar Country Club (No. 1)
 Stonebridge Ranch Country Club – The Dye Course and The Hills Course (No. 2)
 Brookhaven Country Club (No. 3)
 

The issue also includes “The List,” which recognizes clubs for their unique appeal. This year, Avid Golfer featured:
 Stonebriar Country Club – Most Improved Club
 Gleneagles Country Club – Most Improved Golf Course, King’s Course
 Las Colinas Country Club – Best View from the Patio
 Stonebridge Ranch Country Club – Best Players
 Brookhaven Golf Club – Best Family Club
 Timarron Country Club – Most Female Friendly

Canyon Creek Country Club, Prestonwood Country Club, Oakmont Country Club and Shady Valley Country Club also scored rankings in Avid Golfer’s prestigious annual list.

Congratulations to the North Texas family of ClubCorp clubs!

Inspired by their past and looking forward to their bright future, Members at Canyon Creek Country Club are excited and ready for the multimillion-dollar reinvention this spring. The Richardson, Texas club is celebrating 50 years of great golf and family fun with enhancements to the clubhouse. 

Soon, Members will be able to enjoy the casual atmosphere of the new family dining room in ultimate style and comfort. The new bar will be the perfect place to meet for a drink after work and relax, or catch the big game on new TVs. The new event space will set the right tone for wedding celebrations, corporate dinners, parties and more with elegant décor and an updated look. Along with the improvements, Members will also enjoy expanded year-round children’s programming and enhanced golf practice facilities with complimentary range balls.

With all the great things they have planned in 2014, Canyon Creek’s 50th will be a year to remember.

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Jordan Spieth made history on Sunday as he became the first teenager to win a PGA event since Ralph Guldahl in 1931. 19 year old Spieth sunk a bunker shot on the final hole of regulation to send him into a playoff with David Hearn and the defending champion, Zach Johnson. The intensity grew hole after hole, leading up to Spieth's grand finale in the 5th round. Spieth set up for a 26-inch putt on the 18th green, and nailed it. Along with a smooth $828,000 prize check, Jordan Spieth also earned a spot in next week's British Open in Scotland.

Oh, and did I mention Spieth is a Dallas native and member of our very own Brookhaven Country Club? Spieth attended Jesuit College Preparatory school in Dallas, TX and moved to Austin to begin his college career at the University of Texas. Making a name for himself early on in is time at Texas, Spieth won three events and lead the team in scoring average during his freshman year. He was also named Big 12 Freshman of the Year, selected to the All-Big 12 Team, and named a first-team All-American.

Aside from his accolades, Jordan Spieth shares something in common with previous teenage PGA victor, Ralph Guldahl. Guldahl was also a Dallas native as he attended Woodrow Wilson High School. In 1931, Guldahl entered the Santa Monica Open during his rookie season at age 19 and came out on top. He went on to win 15 additional PGA events throughout his career before retiring in 1959. After his professional career came to an end, Ralph Guldahl became a golf instructor at ClubCorp's own Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, CA.

We wish Jordan Spieth the best of luck as he competes in the British Open. If nothing else, he can now say he's accomplish something Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Roroy McIlroy never did.

Mavs

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!

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