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The LPGA Shootout returns to Las Colinas Country Club this week! Las Colinas Country Club and ClubCorp are honored to host the tournament for the second year in a row on 
May 1 — 4, 2014. With a purse of $1.3 million, 72 holes of stroke play and four days of great golf, there is no better time to come out to the Club! 

Schedule:
Wednesday April 30, 2014 — Pro-Am
Thursday May 1, 2014 — First Round
Friday May 2, 2014 — Second Round/First Cut
Saturday May 3, 2014 — Third Round/Second Cut
Sunday May 4, 2014 — Final Round

After the last putt drops on Friday May 2, there will be a “Party on the Green” with a special performance by country music legend and native Texan, Pat Green! 

In March, the Kraft Nabisco Championship was held at Mission Hills Country Club where Lexi Thompson took the title. The tournament was a great success and we anticipate nothing less for the Shootout! Last year, over 76,000 fans showed up to the Club to watch 95 players compete for the title in their first tournament in 20 years in North Texas. With the first year under our belt, we’re excited to see all of the fans and the players this year! 

For more information and tickets please visit http://ntshootout.com/

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Executive chefs and Employee Partners from Tower Club Tysons Corner in Vienna, Virginia; City Club of Washington in DC; River Creek Club in Leesburg, Virginia; Chantilly National Golf and Country Club in Centreville, Virginia; and Piedmont Club in Haymarket, Virginia; embarked on a spicy, savory battle last month to be crowned the reigning gumbo champion. The Mardi Gras-style HUB event took place at the Tower Club, where Members and their Guests mingled while sampling bayou-inspired dishes and enjoying drinks and live music.

There to cast a vote was River Creek Member and NFL player Robert Royal, formerly of the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns. Royal (pictured to the right with River Creek Chef Chris Kenworthy) was born in New Orleans and attended Louisiana State University and took the gumbo taste-off seriously. 

Kudos to River Creek Chef Chris Kenworthy, whose gumbo was named the winner, and to Tower Club Server Bridget Connor, who took home the runner-up prize for her gumbo dish.

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City Club LA was recently selected as the first private club to receive the American Academy Five Star Diamond Award! The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences agreed that City Club LA consistently maintains the overall standards of exceptional quality and outstanding performance necessary to designate them the finest in the category and classification.

Joseph Cinque, President of the AAHS said, “City Club is truly a place where professionals can benefit from becoming a Member and joining a premiere network. The Club's tradition offers excellent service and amenities, with a modern updated twist, making it a true Star Diamond recipient. Congratulations on this well deserved accolade!"

The award was presented by Joe Cinque to Larry Ahlquist, City Club LA General Manager.

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About AAHS & The International Star Diamond Award

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences is renowned worldwide for awarding excellence in the global travel and luxury services sector.  Each year the Academy bestows its coveted international star diamond award exclusively on Five and Six Star-quality hotels, spas, golf courses, restaurants, chefs, destinations, airlines, cruise lines, private clubs and high-end products.  All recipients are deemed to be of pinnacle quality and global recognition. Over the past few decades, the INTERNATIONAL STAR DIAMOND AWARD has become the most recognized and prestigious emblem of achievement, the only true global awards program. http://www.stardiamondaward.com/

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.

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Woodside Plantation Country Club marked the opening of the all-new Mulligan’s Grill and outdoor patio with an exciting ribbon-cutting ceremony this week! The Club has just concluded its half-million dollar reinvention, welcoming new dining and recreation areas and giving Members a fresh update on their fun-filled Club lifestyle. 

Mulligan’s Grill includes an enhanced bar experience and a reinvented dining area, plus Woodside’s consistently delicious Club cuisine.

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The Club’s new outdoor patio features fire features and plush, soft seating – it’s the perfect place to unwind with friends and family after your meal or round of golf.

Congratulations to the Members and Employee Partners at Woodside Plantation!

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Members can now access the luxe life and all the great content in Private Clubs magazine from mobile and tablet devices! Stay connected to exquisite cuisine, the latest trends and tips, exotic destinations and a full calendar of not-to-be-missed social events when you’re on the go with the latest mobile and tablet apps.

It’s never been easier to access Private Clubs magazine!

  • Go to m.myclubmobile.com
  • Enter your Club Member ID and password
  • Click “Log In” (or “Create Account” if it’s your first time)
  • Click on the magazine icon
  • Read, read, read!

With the new high-tech mobile and tablet capabilities, it’s now easier than ever to take the fun-filled private club lifestyle with you wherever you go.

Happy reading!

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Nearly 100 Members at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas, were at the club yesterday to watch 20-year-old golfer Jordan Spieth play his final round of the Masters at Augusta National. Spieth grew up playing golf at Brookhaven and his parents are still Members.

Spieth was tied for the lead with Bubba Watson at 5 under going into fourth round and, though Watson went on to win the green jacket – his second in three years – Spieth held his own, leading by two strokes after seven holes. Had he won, Spieth would have been the youngest player to ever win the Masters.

It wasn’t just the Members who were interested in Spieth’s play – several local news shows were on hand at Brookhaven to cover the club’s support and each one interviewed Teaching Instructor Joey Anders, who began working with Spieth when he was 8 years old and continued working with him until he was 13. 

This won’t be the last time a crowd comes to the club to support Spieth as he competes. No doubt, he has a long career ahead of him and the Members and staff at Brookhaven will be proudly cheering him on through every par, birdy, bogey and eagle along the way.

The Men’s Nine-Hole league at Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida, recently invited The First Tee of Jacksonville to the club for a nine-hole golf event. The Ladies Golf Association also participated in the event, which teamed up a student with each player for the two-person scramble.

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During the scramble, putts were scored and afterward awards were given out to more than half of the kids in attendance while all the kids received personalized divot tools donated by Members. The kids also were treated to lunch. Not only did the Members of the Men’s Nine-Hole league raise money for golf, lunch and prizes and gifts for the kids, they also raised money to donate to The First Tee.

This is the second year of this unique event, which a representative from The First Tee of Jacksonville says is like no other in the area but is hoping Queen’s Harbour is starting a new trend.

Kudos to Queen’s Harbour and the Men’s Nine-Hole group for their time, generosity, and a great day on the golf course. 

Today the Masters Tournament officially tees off at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia! Even though Tiger Woods and the famous 17th hole Eisenhower Tree won’t be there, the tournament still promises a lot of drama. Star veterans are returning like Roy McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson are returning, but this year a record 24 Masters rookies will begin play, including Brookhaven Country Club’s Jordan Spieth. We'll see what happens! You can follow the tournament leader board here.

Aside from this morning's exciting tee-off, Augusta also hosted fun junior festivities earlier this week! 

Leo Cheng, an 11-year-old representing Porter Valley Country Club, holed a 6-footer on the 18th hole to win his age bracket in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition! Leo's trophy was presented by Masters Champion Adam Scott

Falling behind Cheng, Brookhaven Country Club’s Kyle Cox placed fourth in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition. We are so proud of our young Members and wish them great future success! 

Happy Masters Week everyone!

Members at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California, are now well-educated on all things Australian thanks to the club’s recent “Great Aussie BBQ.” General Manager Alex Hammill, who hails from theland down under, brought his homeland to Braemar’s driving range for an event that featured authentic Australian cuisine. The menu offered Shrimp on the Barbie, Meat Pie, Anzac biscuits, lamingtons (dessert) and Vegemite sandwiches. Alex educated Members about the food with fliers describing each food item. Activities included an Australian accent contest, a Heads or Tails game, a putting contest and a Vegemite sandwich-eating contest. 

In addition, a local zoo sanctuary brought a baby kangaroo, crocodile, kookaburra and more. More than 200 Members and Guests participated and the weather was perfect – Great Aussie BBQ was a fun and educational way to spend a beautiful spring day.

 

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