It was a joyful evening recently when Beckham, a child who has a love for the water, participated in his first swim meet on the Orca Swim Team at Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton, Michigan. The staff came to know the family well as they frequented the pool often with Beckham and their older son, Chase, a former Orca swimmer and now an Assistant Coach.
Beckham completed the 25-meter free-stroke and the 25-meter back-stroke all by himself with his older brother at his side. His parents, thrilled and proud, sent a heartfelt message to the club, thanking all of the coaches by name and saying:
“We have come a million miles! And to all our friends....there were a lot of joyful tears! Go Orcas!"
This moment brought tears to all who know Beckham and his family and the staff was so proud to have been a part of the family’s touching Magic Moment. Kudos to Head Coach Mark Sweeso and Assistant Coaches Alex Geddis, Taylor Tuthill, Josh Whitson and Chase Nielson.
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.
All our golf clubs take the upkeep and aethestics of their grounds very seriously. However, sometimes it is hard to balance aethestics with the best practices for the environment.
The award-winning Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses offers a certification program aimed at working with golf courses to protect the environment, all the while keeping true to the game of golf. In order to become certified, golf courses need to demonstrate environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.
For the past four years, ClubCorp’s Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton, Mich. has been working on getting their Audubon certification. Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of Agronomy and Oak Pointe Director of Agronomy Charles Fort and other staff members started the process slow and steady but it wasn’t until an Oak Pointe Member, Dr. Michael Britt, got involved that the ball really started rolling. The Club’s certification relied heavily on community and Member involvement and projects by groups such as the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, who planted annuals and made bluebird boxes.
According to Fort, they went through Audubon’s list of priorities and became certified after selecting and completing specific projects that were best for Oak Pointe. Since the Club has a lot of marsh, water conservation and water quality management were two main points of focus for them.
“It is something that would not have happened if it weren’t for Dr. Britt,” Fort said. “He took it over and really wanted to be involved and get more members involved. We both decided to go at it 100% and we’ve gotten even more volunteers since we’ve gotten our certification.”
Oak Pointe is a 36-hole golf club, with two beautiful and now Audubon-certified 18-hole courses designed by notorious architects: the Honors course designed by Arthur Hills and the Championship Course, re-designed by Jerry Matthews.