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Happy November, everyone!

Some of you associate this month with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the start of the Holiday season - maybe even No Shave November!

While all of those are true, one of those stands out more than the rest: the start of the Holiday season. Yes, it’s only November 1 and no one is worrying about what presents to buy yet (or if you are, kudos - you're ahead of the game!), but everyone should start planning for family dinners and other holiday gatherings. … and what better place to create magic moments and lasting memories than at a Club in the ClubCorp family!

Spend Thanksgiving with your family at Centre Club in Tampa or at Hartefeld National in Pennsylvania. They'll prepare a wonderful feast featuring all of your holiday favorites.

Would you rather spend Thanksgiving in your own home? Let us take care of the cooking! Order turkeys to go from Canyon Creek.

Looking for the perfect location for your company’s holiday party? Look no further than the ClubCorp clubs in your area! We’ll “wrap” up all the details for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing! 

What about New Year’s? That’s only 60 days away! Spend it at Piedmont Golf Club’s Casino Night! For reservations click here

With the holiday season also comes a lot of new engagements - congratulations to those holiday lovebirds! Our professional wedding coordinators can help you plan your dream wedding at the club of your choice. You don’t need to be a Member to book, so your locations and options are endless.

Here's a little inspiration to help you get into the holiday spirit:

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Santa Clause is comin’ to town!

Happy New Year!

Okay, we may be getting ahead of ourselves...

On December 4, 2012, Las Vegas Bride and Beautiful Bride magazines, two of the largest bridal magazines in Las Vegas, hosted the 2012 Las Vegas Wedding Awards.

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The awards are very prestigious and taken very seriously by brides-to-be. You can either be nominated by a vendor or a wedding party, and thousands of votes are cast before the final three are sent to a panel of experts.

Out of the sea of possible wedding reception sites in the city, the panel chose Bear's Best as the Best Reception Site for 2012.

"Obviously, there is a ton of competition for the awards and we are very excited because it is the first one we've received," said Club Private Events Director Gordon Parker, pictured here at the awards ceremony

According to Parker, reception bookings have increased dramatically since the Club recently remodeled their banquet room into the breath-taking, and now award-winning, venue it is today.

Additionally, as if winning Best Reception Site wasn't enough, three out of the four vendors the Club offers in their wedding package (the Club's disc jockey, photographer and baker) all won awards in their respective fields at the Las Vegas Wedding Awards.

You would have a hard time finding a more award-winning group of players for your big day!

Congratulations to the wonderful private events team at Bear's Best Las Vegas!

There are many sad and heartbreaking stories from the recent storm, Hurricane Sandy. However, it’s during crises that unlikely heroes emerge and hard work and determination have a chance to shine, which was the case for two of our Clubs on Long Island, N.Y.

When the news broke about the hurricane, the staff at Wind Watch Golf and Country Club in Hauppauge, N.Y., watched nervously as the storm grew larger and closer, bracing themselves for the unexpected and the worst.

The Club had two weddings scheduled for an upcoming weekend, November 2-3, 2012, and both wedding parties were becoming understandably frantic when the news showed that the storm was headed straight for the Club.

As predicted, Wind Watch lost power during the storm and although the staff were dealing with loss of power to their own personal homes, they were still able to keep up communication with the two wedding parties via their cell phones.

Nearby, in Commack, N.Y., the Hamlet Golf and Country Club had both power and Friday night open, so they offered to help host the wedding. The couple was extremely grateful, accepted the offer and luckily were able to contact all their guests in time for the wedding to go almost exactly as planned.

On a time crunch, Kim Hint, Wind Watch Private Events Director, went over to Hamlet to sit down and hatch a plan with their General Manager and Private Events Director.
They invited the bride and groom to tour the facility and, together with them, made plans to make the Hamlet wedding as identical to the originally-planned one as possible, with Wind Watch food, liquor and staff being transported to Hamlet.

The wedding went well and even although the vast majority of the guests were dealing with damage and power loss, almost the entire guest list was able to attend the wedding.

The second wedding was scheduled for Saturday, which was already booked at Hamlet. Kim Hint and the rest of the Wind Watch staff waited and watched nervously, hoping for power to be restored to the Club in time.

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                The Wind Watch staff who saved the day

Which it did. Limited power was restored just in time to host Saturday’s wedding and, even with limited power, the staff were able to fulfill the entire menu and give the couple their perfect day amidst the chaos.

Thank you to the wonderful staff at both Wind Watch and Hamlet for keeping up with the ClubCorp tradition of always, even amidst a hurricane, providing magical moments and memories to both Members and non-Members alike.

It's been said that it's lucky to get married in the rain because a wet knot is harder to untie, so best of luck to the happy couples!

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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! 
http://www.southernbrideandgroom.com/real-weddings-jennifer-ben

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!

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