In one of the largest ClubCorp Couples Tournaments ever held, more than 80 couples participated earlier this month, when 2014 tournament returned, after nearly a decade, to Pinehurst Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. Additionally for the first time ever, the five-day, four-night event included two divisions – the Open Division (male player 61 or younger) and the Senior Division (male player 62 or older) – which added to the excitement. The two divisions played three rounds each – best ball, modified alternate shot and scramble – on different courses though both got to play the famed Donald Ross No. 2 course, site of this year’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open on consecutive weeks in June.
Members from clubs across the country were represented at this year’s Couples Tournament and it wasn’t just one couple from each club. Groups of couples from several clubs attended, including 10 couples from both The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, and Barton Creek Lakeside in Spicewood, Texas. Though the weather was cold and rainy during practice rounds, it progressively improved so that, by the third round, players enjoyed sunshine and 80-degrees – the best at Pinehurst so far this year. Participants also enjoyed breakfast, lunch, dinners, cocktail hours and welcome gift bags and, as always, made new friends – nearly half the group were first-timers – and reconnected with the many returning players.
Congratulations to the winning golfers – John and Debbie Hale of Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, California, who won the Overall Low Gross – Open Division, and JP and Laura Scott of Barton Creek Lakeside, who took home the Overall Low Gross – Senior Division.
First-time participant David Osborn, of Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, won the closest-to-the-pin contest sponsored by The Moorings by landing his tee shot within four feet of the pin and earning a $5,000 gift certificate toward any of The Moorings crewed yacht cruises.
The event ended with an awards cocktail dinner and reception, during which participants got the opportunity to congratulate the winners, share email addresses and phone numbers and start planning for a reunion and rematch – at next year’s event.
In honor of its recent opening, Members of the The Downtown Clubs of Raleigh were invited to attend a special event at the Watergate exhibit at the nearby North Carolina Museum of History last week. The exhibit opened on May 17, 2013, the 40th anniversary of the first televised hearing of the Senate Select Committee that investigated President Richard Nixon's 1972 campaign for re-election. The guest of honor at the event was Rufus L. Edmisten, a founding Cardinal Club Member and Deputy City Chief Council member to the Watergate Committee.
Members began their evening with a private tour of Watergate: Political Scandal & the Presidency which included the viewing of significant artificats such as a memo and page from one verison of the Nixon administration's "enemies list," one of the subpoenas served to President Nixon's lawyer, and the gavel Sen. Ervin used while chairing the Senate Select Committee. After the tour concluded, Members arrived back at the Cardinal Club for dinner featuring Pezzi King wines and a four-course meal inspired by the time period. The meal featured items such as Crispy Cottage Cheese and Ketchup, Steak and Meatloaf, and Orzo Stroganoff.
Edmisten met with members between meals and reflected on the events that took place in 1973 and how it impacted America. The members of the Downtown Clubs of Raleigh truly enjoyed this experience and are grateful to have learned more about the historical events that took place 40 years ago.
Like many couples, Jennifer and Ben were college sweethearts while they attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Years later, they were happily married at our very own Carolina Club on the sixth anniversary of their first date.
Southern Bride & Groom Magazine heard the story and featured it in their Real Weddings feature. Check out the link to the story and beautiful wedding photography below!
Just one of our many ideal and award-winning wedding venues, the Carolina Club in Chapel Hill, N.C. was able to provide the perfect backdrop for their perfect day.
Thanks Southern Bride & Groom for featuring us!