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Members and staff of The Houston Club bid a Fond Farewell to the club’s previous location when the building – within viewing distance of the club’s current location – was recently imploded. The club held a viewing party breakfast for the 7:00 a.m. implosion with Members showing up as early as 4:00 a.m. to ensure they had a good view and to give themselves time to reminisce. In addition, a local television news station was on hand to cover the event.

As the club was in its previous location for more than 50 years, it was an emotional morning with many Members, including four past Board of Governors Presidents, remembering old times but also celebrating the club’s new location as well. The staff also was able to get some bricks from the old building, which were then sold during the club’s Charity Classic event.

The event gave the Members an opportunity for a long goodbye that really took only a few minutes.

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Congratulations to Carlos Aguirre, Tennis Director at April Sound Country Club in Montgomery, Texas, and the kids from the club’s Junior Tennis Program. The team placed second at the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Grand Prix State Tournament at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch.

The April Sound team qualified to represent the North Houston area by placing in the top two in the rankings following the area qualifying Grand Prix tournaments. Carlos was extremely proud that the kids were given the opportunity to attend the event, a fun-filled weekend during which the kids learned valuable life lessons about teamwork and hard work. The event was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kids to bond together and build lasting memories.

The Houston Club partners with local artists on a regular basis by displaying their art in the club and, earlier this summer, featured Syd Moen (pictured below left), a Houston photographer who uses her camera and computer software to turn landscapes and Texas landmarks into panoramic spheres, which she calls “Little Planets.” 

Quite a few Members – including Katherine Cabaniss (pictured below right), the club’s new Board of Governors President – and Guests attended a reception for the art show, and the artwork also became a great topic of conversation for the many more who saw the display during the month-long exhibit. 

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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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Attendees at the 2012 Charity Classic at The Greenspoint Club in Houston on October 20 were whisked back to the glamorous 1920s, for a night of fine dining, dancing and entertainment to benefit three separate charities.

A night of surprises awaited everyone at Greenspoint, which was completely transformed into a wonderland. Attendees arrived dressed in Roaring Twenties garb and the Clubhouse was covered in huge white feather plumes, gold lamé draping and crystal beads.

The night began with a cocktail reception in the Cotton Club, before everyone proceeded into the 21 Club for a delectable, gourmet four-course dinner. The night was going very well until the joint was raided by the 'police', which naturally forced everyone into the gym, magically transformed for the night into a speakeasy. Then the party really began!

The event continued far into the night as the ladies and gentlemen placed bids in the auction, played games and gambled in the casino, listened to live music and sipped on bathtub gin and other decade favorites. The event was held in honor of Dan McIntyre, former ClubCorp executive for 24 years and a two-time cancer survivor, and his choice for the event’s third charity was Golfers Against Cancer.

Around 160 people came to the event, which ended up being a beautiful evening full of fun and philanthropy, raising over $100,000.

Just like all ClubCorp Charity Classic events, the proceeds raised that evening went to three wonderful charities, MDA’s Augie’s Quest, the Employee Partner Care Foundation and one local charity.

For Greenspoint, that local charity was Golfers Against Cancer. A very worthy cause, Golfers Against Cancer has raised and donated over $22 million for cancer research since its’ inception in the summer of 1997 in Kingwood, Texas.

The event was made possible by the Club's Charity Committee, which is a joint effort of the Club's Social Committee and their Board of Governors.
Thank you and congratulations to all the organizers and attendees who made the night such a success!

On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 105 members and guests came out for the annual Think Pink golf tournament at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, raising an estimated $14,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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The event was hosted by the Club’s Women’s Golf Association and the Bay Oaks Old Boys Society, fittingly known as the BOOBS.

It was a beautiful morning, sunny with a nice breeze, when the group teed off. Almost every shade of pink was worn by the participants and many in the group got very creative with their outfits.

For lunch, the Club prepared pasta with pink sauce, watermelon and signature pink cocktails.

At the end, prizes were awarded for first, second and third places as well as for the most accurate drive, the shot closest to the pin and even for the highest score.

The awards were wine cork necklaces, handmade by a family member of the assistant golf pro.

Since 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been one of the biggest names in the fight against breast cancer, funding research and programs to help turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.

Thank you to all who attended and helped make this annual event a fun and successful one at Bay Oaks!

A special visitor stopped by the Couples Golf Tournament at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston recently. For this fun event, the club had constructed a floating green out of pool noodles and asked players to hit the green. At some point during the day, the reptilian resident decided the noodles would be a great place to lounge. The alligator didn’t spoil the festivities but rather hung out, caught a few rays and watched some great golf.

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