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The inaugural Couples Invitational at Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton, Michigan, was a big hit. The theme was “007” and Members, who dressed for the occasion, enjoyed a delicious brunch and a photo session before they hit the course, where they were treated with appetizers along the way. 

While the Members played, the staff transformed the dining room into a “007” set that would impress even the British Secret Service. The centerpieces – tall cylinders with martini glasses filled with water, red stones, colorful drink stirrers and a beta fish – were the talk of the club while the prize table, flowing with golf and satin, received comments as well. 

The golfers took part in a competitive shootout before returning to clubhouse, where they were wined, dined, entertained and awarded prizes. As one delighted Member put it, the event was “Over the top” and lots of fun.

Bluegrass Holes in One

Saturday, July 5 was a special day at Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club.  A hole-in-one is typically a rare feat but during the President’s Cup, Bluegrass’ Member-Member tournament, Mike Hedge stepped onto the island green No. 10 hole and knocked his 7-iron in from 154 yards for an ace. Within an hour and a half, Bill McGlashan then also aced the No. 10 hole.  Word spread throughout the tournament as everyone enjoyed the fantastic day featuring not one but two holes-in-one.

Having such a good time, several groups went back out after the 18-hole tournament was over to play extra holes. Trey Tarpley stepped on the 7th tee and knocked his 5-iron on the 196-yard hole into the cup for the third hole-in-one of the day! Three holes-in-one in one day marked a first for Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club’s 63-year history. The odds of three holes-in-one in a single day on one 18-hole golf course are about three million to one.

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According to a recent article published on LasVegasGolf.com, Bear’s Best Las Vegas offers visitors “some of the best golf holes from some of Nicklaus' top designs.”

Just minutes from the immortal Las Vegas strip, Bear’s Best is an upscale, daily fee public course offering a world-class experience in a public facility focused on corporate entertaining, golf outings and other private events. 

The illustrious 18-hole golf course offers manicured bent
grass greens, challenging and varied hole designs and
immaculate fairway/tee complexes (overseeded in winter
to ensure optimal conditions year-round).

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The article particularly praises the Club’s No. 1 and No. 18 holes. “Bear's Best Las Vegas' opening and closing holes are two of the best around -- one from the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West (the first) and one from PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course (the 18th). The opening hole plays 413 yards from the tips…The finale is one of the toughest players will face anywhere. At 463 yards, it's a monster.”

“’It's not a course players can -- or need -- to overpower. "You really have to think your way around the course,’" said golfer Brad Davies. "’But it's beautiful, and it's a challenge, and that's just what you want in a course.’"

To book your tee time, visit bearsbestlasvegas.com

The BMW Best Ball Challenge at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, unofficially began yesterday with players taking to the West Course for a practice round before meeting up at the practice range for a BMW Skill Challenge. Attendees later enjoyed a Welcome Cocktails and Dinner.

The 38 teams of two had an early morning tee time this morning – 8 a.m. again on the West Course – for the first official round of the tournament. Activities today and throughout the weekend include more BMW test drives, a whisky tasting dinner hosted by Universal Whisky featuring 12, 14, 15, 17 and 21-year-old Balvenie and Glenfiddich single malt scotches and 1492 Premier Cigars following dinner. 

In addition to bragging rights, players will be competing for several prizes such as a one-week stay at one of Vida Vacations Mexico properties for the person who guesses the correct number of tees in the jar and – for anyone getting a hole in one – a two-year lease on an X5 BMW.

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More than 75 Members are convening at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, today for the BMW ClubCorp Two Person Best Ball event, which lasts through Sunday. Participants will play all three golf courses – North Course, West Course and South Course, site of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational – compete in a night-light putting contest and enjoy a Universal Whisky Tasting Dinner with Mahesh Patel, an avid connoisseur and one of the world’s top whisky collectors and investors.

The event includes on-course competitions of straightest drive and closest to the pin as well as a hole-in-one contest for a BMW X5. Awards will be presented to Gross and Net winners overall and in each flight with the Overall Low Gross winners receiving the opportunity to participate in the BMW Golf Cup to be held later this year at Pinehurst Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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Club 14 is back and better than ever! The HP Byron Nelson Championship returns to TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas in Irving, TX this year promising great golf, and ClubCorp is ready to make Members' tournament experiences unforgettable! Members can watch golf in style at Club 14, located on the No. 15 tee box and No. 14 green as they enjoy great food, music and company!

Wednesday, May 14
$75 per person | Senior $55 per person
Bogies, Brats & Brews

Thursday, May 15
$95 per person | Two for $150
Fiesta on 14

Friday, May 16
$190 per person
Smokin’ Hot & live music from 5 — 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 17
$190 per person
Southern Comfort & live music from 5 — 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 18
$150 per person | Two for $250
Sunday Brunch

Featuring daily complimentary* Grey Goose Bloody Mary Bar

All tickets include*

  • One Club 14 VIP pass and daily admission ticket
  • Valet parking or private club shuttle**
  • Power breakfast, lunch and hors d’oeuvres
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks, plus cash bar
  • Outdoor patio and air-conditioned tent
  • Private air-conditioned restrooms

There's no better way to experience The Byron – we hope to see you there! Call ClubLine to reserve your tickets today! 800.433.5079

*Subject to availability. Some restrictions and exclusions may apply.**Valet parking pass provided with a minimum purchase of four tickets per day. Private club shuttle from Las Colinas Country Club available to all Club 14 ticket holders
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Members can now access the luxe life and all the great content in Private Clubs magazine from mobile and tablet devices! Stay connected to exquisite cuisine, the latest trends and tips, exotic destinations and a full calendar of not-to-be-missed social events when you’re on the go with the latest mobile and tablet apps.

It’s never been easier to access Private Clubs magazine!

  • Go to m.myclubmobile.com
  • Enter your Club Member ID and password
  • Click “Log In” (or “Create Account” if it’s your first time)
  • Click on the magazine icon
  • Read, read, read!

With the new high-tech mobile and tablet capabilities, it’s now easier than ever to take the fun-filled private club lifestyle with you wherever you go.

Happy reading!

Vista Vallarta Club de Golf received quite the honor recently when Golfweek magazine named the Club’s two golf courses to its 2014 list of the best golf courses in the Caribbean and Mexico! Vista Vallarta’s Nicklaus Signature Course nabbed the No. 8 spot, and the Weiskopf Signature Course was named No. 17 on Golfweek’s list.

Golfweek’s No. 8 Course: Nicklaus 

Grassy hillsides, dense forests of palm and giant ficus trees, natural creeks and arroyos provide the perfect setting for this world-class course by one of the world's greatest players. Situated on the Club’s highest elevation, the Nicklaus Course boasts stunning views of Puerto Vallarta, the Marina and Banderas Bay.

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Golfweek’s No. 17 Course: Weiskopf 

Mr. Weiskopf masterfully blended the elevations and natural features into an incredibly playable experience, from the first tee to the green of the “driveable" 18th hole. The course is located on the property’s lower west end and the terrain includes dense jungles, deep ravines and swift creeks.

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With summer just around the corner and great stay-and-play rates available, it’s the perfect time to venture south of the border and discover this true golfer’s paradise.

So what are you waiting for? Book your Mexican golf getaway and experience Vista Vallarta’s distinguished courses today!

For those of you up north, try for a second to ignore the winter storms you're enduring and let your mind wander to a more peaceful place. Spring is near, which means you'll be able to hit the course for a round of golf before you know it!

Chances are if you're a golf lover, you're familiar with Firestone Country Club in Akron, OH. This club has hosted many PGA tournaments over its lifetime, most recently the annual Bridgestone Invitational. PGATour.com put together a video of the 10 best shots in the history of Firestone from some of the greatest who have played the game, and we think they nailed it.

Check out the video above and enjoy!

Every golf course is unique. The bends of the fairway, unforgiving bunkers, water hazards, and quality and contours of the green makes each course special in its own way. It’s fun to explore a course and become familiar with its properties, but nothing compares to your first tee off at a new, unfamiliar course.

Chris Maynord from Austin, TX knows that feeling all too well. In June of 2013, Chris traveled to Scotland to play at the infamous Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. For most, simply being able to make this trip and visit Carnoustie would make for a successful journey. However, there was another reason why this trip was special for Chris. After nailing his final putt on hole 18 of Carnoustie, Chris had reached the remarkable milestone of playing his 500th unique golf course.  That’s right, his 500th unique golf course! 

When Chris began playing golf with his childhood friends at age twelve, he had no idea it would be such a big part of his adult life. Now, some 55 years later, Chris has played his favorite game in 28 states and 5 foreign countries, all leading up to his “golf trip of a lifetime” last June at Carnoustie.

While the list of courses played over his lifetime certainly includes the obscure, it also includes well-known courses such as St. Andrews, Whistling Straits, Pine Valley, Bandon Dunes, and Augusta National. There was also a seven-year period in which Chris lived in Nigeria, Russia, and China due to his career in agribusiness. This chapter of his life allowed Chris to play at some exotic courses including Ikoyi Club in Lagos, Nigeria, the Moscow Country Club in Russia, and the coastal Shilorean Club in Qingdao, China.

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Chris on Swilican Burn Bridge on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Chris has accrued many wonderful memories throughout his golf career, but one of his fondest is from a time when he was spectating, not playing. In 1988, Chris was attending the Masters in Augusta when he spotted Sandy Lyle at the practice range. Chris was fortunate enough to chat with him for a bit about a tournament in Nigeria in which Chris had played and Sandy had won ten years prior. As the start of the tournament was nearing, Chris wished Sandy good luck and went on his way. Chris was about to witness history. Sandy Lyle’s infamous bunker shot on the final hole set him up for a birdie putt to end the tournament, making him the first Briton to wear the green jacket. 

Golf has given Chris many incredible experiences and numerous friendships over his lifetime. His milestone of playing at 500 unique courses is a testament to his dedication and love for the game of golf. It doesn’t seem he is slowing down either. Since June, Chris’s total has risen to 508 unique courses played, 25 of which are in the ClubCorp network!

At 67 years old, Chris has his eyes set on one day being able to “shoot his age.” In the meantime, we would like to congratulate Chris Maynord on his outstanding achievement of golfing at 500+ unique courses and wish nothing but the best for him as his journey continues.

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