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Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele, who grew up playing golf at Bernardo Heights Country Club in San Diego and who is still a Member, birdied the final hole to win this past weekend’s PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic in White Sulpher Springs, Virginia. The victory was 23-year-old rookie Schauffele’s first win on the PGA Tour and earned him a spot in this year’s British Open at Royal Birkdale (July 20-23), this year’s PGA Championship (Aug. 10-17) and next year’s Masters.

Though he is all the buzz today in the world of golf, the staff and the Members at Bernardo Heights, where he began playing at the age of 9, have always believed in him, are ecstatic about his win and will continue to follow his career. Go Xander!

Jordan Spieth

July 14, 2013 - Jordan Spieth, a Dallas native and Member at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, makes history when he becomes the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years with a victory at the John Deere Classic. Spieth, two weeks shy of his 20th birthday, outlasts David Hearn and defending champion Zach Johnson during a five-hole playoff to win the tournament. 

He is the first teenager to win a PGA title win since Ralph Guldahl, also a Dallas native, took the Santa Monica Open in 1931. In fact, following his first PGA win, Guldahl went on to win 15 additional events thoughout his career before becoming a golf instructor at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California, where he worked from 1959 until 1987.

And, just to put things in perspective, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy were all 20 when they picked up their first victories.

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CBS, in partnership with the PGA of America, broadcasted an hour-long special, “PGA REACH: Impacting Lives Through Golf” which featured ClubCorp’s own Josh Smith, PGA Director of Instruction at Trophy Club Country Club in Trophy Club, Texas. 

The program detailed how PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA, has made a difference for people across the country. The documentary-style program aired on Saturday, May 16 and followed several individuals who, under the guidance of PGA Professionals, have been welcomed into the game through PGA REACH programming. 

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One of the individuals profiled is Joshua Deer, 20, of Fort Worth, Texas, who is the first individual with autism to play golf in the Grand Finale of the Els for Autism Golf Challenge (a charitable partner of PGA REACH), and won low gross at the Golf Challenge regional event at TPC Craig Ranch. Deer found purpose and direction from his experience with golf, and under the mentorship of Josh at Trophy Club became a two-time MVP and captain of his high school golf team.

Congratulations, Josh! Your participation in PGA REACH is a testament to your dedication to the game and your community.

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Congratulations are in order. Dave Carr, PGA Director of Instruction at Teal Bend Golf Club, was named the PGA’s Northern California Player of the Year for the second year in a row!

This prestigious honor has earned Carr two more PGA tour exemptions, the first at this week’s Frys.com Open in Napa. The event takes place at the renowned Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course, and benefits the American Institute of Mathematics, among other charities. The Players of the Year will be formally recognized at the NCPGA Special Awards Ceremony held on December 7, 2014 at Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, CA.

You can find Carr at Teal Bend, usually on the Club’s championship 18-hole golf course or in the Pro Shop. The Club offers Get Golf Ready classes, juniors’ golf programming, private lessons and more to help take your game to the next level. With Carr’s expert coaching and instruction, you might be on your way to earning an award of your own!

Congratulations to Dave Carr and Teal Bend Golf Club on this prestigious honor.

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Welcome back to ClubCorp’s Firestone Country Club for the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational! The Club is serving as the site of the tournament for the 15th year and 2014 not only marks the 61st consecutive year of professional tournament golf at the Firestone, but the Club also unveiled an exciting multimillion-dollar reinvention!

This year 76 players, including defending champion and eight-time winner Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth (playing the Bridgestone Invitational for the first time) are slated to take on the illustrious South Course – also known as “The Monster” – and compete for the $9 million purse. Best of luck to all the players!

Firestone is home to 54 holes of challenging, world-class golf among three private courses – the North, South and West Courses. Improvements from the Club’s recent multimillion-dollar reinvention include:

  • New warm and welcoming lobby and reception area
  • Updated 1929 Grille with contemporary décor featuring a new full bar, casual dining, TVs throughout and stunning golf course views
  • Redefined private event and meeting spaces
  • New outdoor patios featuring fire pits and à la carte dining 

We look forward to welcoming competitors, tournament guests and Members to this year’s World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational. See you at the tournament!

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Congratulations to Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, and their PGA Junior Team, which won the first season of the PGA Junior League in Southern Nevada. The Junior Team, consisting of twelve juniors ranging in ages 9-13, competed against teams from prestigious clubs in the area, including TPC Summerlin, TPC Las Vegas, Anthem Country Club and Boulder Creek Golf Club. The team was coached by Member Mike Salerno with help from Canyon Gate First Golf Assistant Toby Meacham.

With the win of the League, Canyon Gate will get the honor of having four of the ten junior players on the Las Vegas all-star team, which will compete against the Phoenix all-star team in early August and will be coached by Canyon Gate Head Golf Professional David Smith. A win in August will take the club to the Southwest Section and, more wins, eventually to the regional in September in San Francisco.

Congrats again to Canyon Gate and good luck!

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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

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!

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! 

Apparently the PGA is just as impressed with Tiger Woods' 2013 season as we are. Last week, Woods was given the 2013 PGA Tour Player of the Year Award for the 11th time. Out of 16 tournaments, he won 5 along with finishing in the top 10 in three others. 

His tournament wins came from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Farmers Insurance Open, Players Championship, Cadillac Championship, and the Bridgestone Invitational.  

Woods has won the award more than anyone since it first started being handed out in 1990. The two men tied for second-most aren't even close to Woods, as they have both been given the award twice (Fred Couples and Nick Price). Woods commented on his accomplishment.

"I had a number of chances to win some tournaments. I won five, which is, I think, a pretty good year. I've done that a few times over the course of my career. I wish I would have been a little more consistent in some of the events, but overall, at the end of the day, to add to the win total for the year, it's always a good thing."

Woods hopes to carry his momentum into the 2014 season.

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