The University of Texas Club in Austin recently completed a five-month, multimillion-dollar renovation. The club held a 2014 New Member Round-Up Preview Party to celebrate its grand re-opening in June, inviting Members and their prospects to get a first look at the club. New features include the redesigned Longhorn Bar with casual dining, new Texas Star banquette seating and community Joiners Tables, new media area with 103-inch big-screen TV and new Darrell K Royal Power Boardroom with HD videoconferencing, named for the late UT head football coach. The new boardroom features pictures and sayings made famous by the legendary coach. Many current and former members of the UT Athletic Staff attended the event, including former Head Football Coach Mack Brown.
Baylor Club, located in the new McLane Stadium, is Central Texas’ premier business and social club. Featuring top-of-the-line dining facilities and abundant event space, Baylor Club is the perfect backdrop for your home away from home. Set to open on August 31, Baylor Club has already kicked off its membership with over 375 Members and climbing!
With panoramic views of McLane Stadium and downtown Waco, Baylor Club provides an elegant setting and signature service to help you coordinate your special event from beginning to end. Baylor Club consists of a variety of private event space to accommodate groups of all sizes – including a dramatic ballroom with 40’ ceilings for up to 450 seated guests, an outdoor terrace overlooking the football field, suite lounges and more. Baylor Club has already booked multiple weddings for 2015, as well as non-profit galas, class reunions and a multitude of additional business and social functions.
Members of Baylor Club have exclusive access to daily dining in our Member Dining Room, featuring expansive views of Waco, an open kitchen to watch our Chef prepare culinary creations and a patio area for outdoor dining. During Baylor University home football games, Members will enjoy special tailgate festivities in Knox Hall including live music and delicious game day fare.
Interested in joining Baylor Club? Signing parties will be hosted in San Antonio, Dallas and Waco, for prospective Members to learn more about the Club in a fun and interactive setting. For more information, or to make a reservation for a Signing Party, please contact Evie Callaway at firstname.lastname@example.org. Baylor Club has also launched an e-application to provide an easy-to-use, streamlined application process for prospective Members.
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.
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.
See you next year!
Members of Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, TX are starting to become quite familiar with holes-in-one. Last week, Christine Donnelly (pictured below, left) sunk a hole-in-one on the President's Course's 145 yard No. 7, and just moments later, Christa Aleshire (pictured below, right) followed up with one of her own from the 105 yard No. 3, also on the President's Course.
The two were ecstatic as they both achieved something every golfer strives for. However, Aleshire was celebrating for a slightly different reason. Just seven days earlier, she aced the same hole.
3 holes-in-one on the same course in one weeks time? You could say Brookhaven is proud of their members.
10-year-old Emma Costa, a junior member at Timarron Country Club in Southlake, TX, caught all of our attention over the weekend. The young talent advanced from the regional qualifier to the finals of the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship in Augusta, GA. The tournament is put on by the Masters Tournament Foundation, the United States Golf Association, and PGA of America.
Come April 6, 2014, the day before practice rounds begin for the Masters Tournament, Costa will be representing North Texas at Augusta National Golf Club. Out of over tens of thousands of 7-15 year-old boys and girls that competed, Costa finished in the top 88 in the country. Costa has been working hard all summer as she competed in as many tournaments as possible in preparation for this moment.
Along with her regional win, Costa receives three tickets to the Masters practice round. She's already designated one ticket for her caddy - her mom.
The annual Taste of Lone Star Community Event recently took place at The Hills of Lakeway in Austin, giving a whole new meaning to “everything is bigger and better in Texas.” Attended by more than 200 people from 22 participating Society of Lone Star Clubs, Members and Guests enjoyed an evening of delicious food, great friends and live music by the oh-so-talented Jenna Paulette!
Members and Guests not only tasted, but judged the culinary creations in a variety of categories including Best Presentation and Best Overall Taste.
And the winners were……
Best Presentation- The University of Texas Club
Best Overall Taste- The Hills of Lakeway
Congratulations to both Clubs!
Congratulations to Santiago "Jimmy" De La Cruz for being named the 2013 Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Texas Chefs Association. Jimmy is the Executive Chef at the Club at Cimarron in Mission, TX, as well as the Texas Chef Association Rio Grande Valley Chapter Director. The award was presented to Jimmy during the Texas Chefs Association Convention in Fort Worth, TX last month.
This award recognizes Jimmy as an outstanding chef who has demonstrated the highest standard of culinary skills and given back to the profession through the development of students and apprentices. With the Texas Chef of the Year title, next year Jimmy will compete for ACF U.S.A. Chef of the Year. We wish you the best of luck, Jimmy!
We can't all sit around and wait for the world to become a better place for our children.
Some of us need to be brave, stand up and do something about it.
Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp's President and CEO, is one of these people; and on March 30, 2013 he is taking a stand and shaving his head to raise awareness and funds for The St. Baldricks Foundation and The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
"Whenever I hear about a child suffering, it absolutely breaks my heart. Many times it’s easy to feel helpless in these situations, but this year I’m going to do something about it — and I need your support to make a difference. So how can you help? I’m glad you asked....
On March 30, I’m saying good-bye to my hair to raise $100,000 for both of these great causes. If bald is beautiful, getting my head shaved to help these brave children who are fighting for their lives should be extraordinary!" said Eric.
Visit Eric's blog to read more and donate to these great causes!
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.
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
Congratulations to The City of Irving, Texas on recently winning the 2012 Malcolm Balridge National Quality Award!
According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, The Malcolm Balridge National Quality Award is the highest level of performance excellence recognition an organization can receive in the United States.
Irving City Manager Tommy Gonzalez has been a Member of La Cima Club in Irving for more than six years and has been on the Board of Governors for two years.
Originally from West Texas, Tommy brought more than 20 years of managing experience to The City of Irving when he started working there six years ago.
What clinched the prestigious award was the total transformation of both the quality of life in the city and the way it was run. Incredibly, in just a few short years, Irving reached a plateau that the vast majority of cities never reach.
According to the NIST, the City of Irving is one of five cities in Texas and 89 cities nationwide that holds an AAA rating from both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s. In addition, Irving has maintained these ratings continuously since 2007, throughout the worst recession in our nation’s history.
In a survey that rated many key service departments, including the police, code enforcement, libraries and recreation, the number of city residents who rated the city as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ has increased by double digits since 2006.
The rating for overall quality of service in the city of Irving is 74%. This is significantly higher than the rating for the state of Texas (46%), and almost double the rating for the United States Government (38%).
Additionally, the city’s crime rate dropped considerably during the past six years. According to the NIST, overall crime per 1,000 city residents has decreased a noticeable 35.5% since 2006.
“[The application process] was a very rigorous review of our operations, things we've been working on for the last six years,” said Tommy. “These kinds of things do not make [Irving] recession-proof but they do show that these are sound practices.”
Winning the award goes to show how hard work and dedication behind the scenes can really begin to show in the the long run.
Instead of just making these changes into goals, Tommy and the rest of his dedicated staff made them into a reality.
Congratulations and keep up the good work!