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August 2, 2007 – Eric Affeldt announces the first fundraising efforts for the Employee Partners Care Foundation.

“Individually, we are a drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Those words from Japanese poet Ryunosuke Satoro are how Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp CEO and, at that time, president, announces the launch of the first-ever fundraising drive to begin collecting donations from Employee Partners for the newly created Employee Partners Care Foundation (E.P.C.F.). 

Eric talks about the fund, solely dedicated to assist Employee Partners, and how it will have a positive effect on the lives of many, including, most likely, staff members at each club. He encourages Employee Partners to hold fundraising events at their clubs and talks about how much of a difference can be made if each Employee Partner donates just $2 from each paycheck. 

Eric was right – we are an ocean. Since its creation in 2007, the E.P.C.F. has assisted more than 1,500 Employee Partners and their families and has granted over $1,800,000 in assistance to Employee Partners and their families.

Eric Affeldt

Congratulations to Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp CEO, who was inducted into the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor last night during the 21st Annual Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor reception, dinner and induction ceremony at the Hilton University of Houston, planned and executed entirely by a team of student managers. Joining Eric at the event were several ClubCorp Employee Partners, Eric’s two daughters, Ashley and Marisa, and Eric’s childhood friend, Brad Quail, who gave a funny and personal introduction of Eric to attendees that included photos of the two as children.

The Hall of Honor, housed at Hilton College, was created in 1996 to recognize industry leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to American and international business and society. As the Hall of Honor’s 68th inductee, Eric joins the ranks of industry innovators and icons – including Walt Disney, S. Truett Cathy (founder of Chick-fil-A) and Ernest and Julio Gallo – who represent the world’s most successful and recognizable brands. Eric also follows in the footsteps of ClubCorp’s Founder and past Chairman, Robert Dedman Sr., who was inducted in 2000.

Eric was congratulated in a half-page ad that ran in this past Tuesday’s USA Today.

In the days leading up to the event, Eric also participated in a series of “Think Tank” sessions alongside other hospitality leaders. The Think Tanks were open to the entire student body, giving participants a chance to network and learn from the best in the industry about trending topics.

Congratulations, Eric!

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 to learn about Charity Classic events happening at Clubs in your area!

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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. 


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.

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! 

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We can't all sit around and wait for the world to become a better place for our children.
Some of us need to be brave, stand up and do something about it.

Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp's President and CEO, is one of these people; and on March 30, 2013 he is taking a stand and shaving his head to raise awareness and funds for The St. Baldricks Foundation and The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

"Whenever I hear about a child suffering, it absolutely breaks my heart. Many times it’s easy to feel helpless in these situations, but this year I’m going to do something about it — and I need your support to make a difference. So how can you help? I’m glad you asked....
On March 30, I’m saying good-bye to my hair to raise $100,000 for both of these great causes. If bald is beautiful, getting my head shaved to help these brave children who are fighting for their lives should be extraordinary!" said Eric.

Visit Eric's blog to read more and donate to these great causes!


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!

Directly after the CEO of Troon Golf and the chairman of Nicklaus Companies, our very own CEO and president, Eric Affeldt, was named the third most powerful person in golf in Golf Inc. magazine’s 2012 list.


He beat out giants, household names outside the of golf world, such as Donald Trump, who came in sixth place, and Tiger Woods, who placed twenty-fourth.

Golf Inc. magazine said they listed Affeldt because he “continued to guide the world’s largest owner of golf facilities and private clubs towards greater profitability...through acquisitions and organic growth.” Which he has, by boosting revenue, enhancing the executive leadership team and expanding the company's presence in the Northeastern United States and overseas to China.

Graduating with a degree in political science and religion from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., Affeldt went on to accrue a wide spectrum of experience before finding a home with our company in Dallas.

Prior to joining ClubCorp in 2006, Affeldt served as the principal of KSL Capital Partners, a private equity firm; president and CEO of KSL Fairways, KSL’s former golf division; vice president and general manager of both the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, and the combined PGA West and La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, Calif.; a founding partner of KSL Recreation; and president of General Aviation Holdings Inc. In addition he serves as non-executive chairman for the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.

Affeldt had been listed in the top three on Golf Inc.’s list for the past three years, and in 2010 he came in first.

Congratulations President Affeldt! Thanks for leading ClubCorp through another great year!


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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