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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 Brent Cohen, Ben Hanson and Robert Ferreira – all three, who have worked together for several years as a team and last year earned two Gold and one Silver Circle of Excellence Awards, are taking on new leadership roles in the West Region of the Golf and Country Club Division. 

Brent Cohen (pictured left) has been named General Manager at Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Gig Harbour, Washington. Most recently, Brent served as General Manager at Empire Ranch Golf Club in Folsom, California, and Turkey Creek Golf Club in Lincoln, California. Brent and his wife, Sara, 5-year-old daughter, Hailey, and 2-year-old son, Brandon, are excited about their move to Washington, the cooler temperatures and their new adventures.

Taking over as General Manager at Empire Ranch is Ben Hanson (pictured right). Ben joined ClubCorp as Head Golf Professional at Empire Ranch in 2010, worked under the leadership of Brent for four years and is now ready to step into the General Manager role. Ben and his wife, Stephanie, live in Roseville, California, and have two daughters – 2-year-old Grace, 1-year-old Sloane – and another child due at the beginning of next year.

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Robert Ferreira (left) will continue serving as General Manager at Teal Bend Golf Club in Sacramento, where he has been employed since 1999 and General Manager since 2010. However, Robert will also now serve as General Manager at Turkey Creek Golf Club. Robert and his wife, Sasha, and sons Dylan, 9, and Luke, 7, live in Woodland, California, and, with Robert’s dual leadership opportunity, are happy to remain there where they are deeply rooted in the Woodland Little League.

Congratulations again to Brent, Ben and Robert!

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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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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.

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Events begin today in the Web.com Midwest Classic Tour (July 21-27) at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kansas. 

In addition to the players taking to the course for practice rounds, activities throughout the beginning of the week include a family night, free junior golf clinic and trick shot exhibition. The Pro-Am takes place Wednesday with official tournament play Thursday through Sunday.

Nicklaus Golf Club has hosted the Midwest Classic for the past three years and is the only golf course in the Kansas City area to host a professional tournament. The Members make up the majority of volunteers and even get the opportunity to host the players. It is an exciting week for the club and the staff, who all are honored to host the Web.com Tour and bring fun and excitement to the Kansas City area.

For the tournament schedule, click here

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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.

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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 evie.callaway@clubcorp.com. Baylor Club has also launched an e-application to provide an easy-to-use, streamlined application process for prospective Members. 

The Houston Club partners with local artists on a regular basis by displaying their art in the club and, earlier this summer, featured Syd Moen (pictured below left), a Houston photographer who uses her camera and computer software to turn landscapes and Texas landmarks into panoramic spheres, which she calls “Little Planets.” 

Quite a few Members – including Katherine Cabaniss (pictured below right), the club’s new Board of Governors President – and Guests attended a reception for the art show, and the artwork also became a great topic of conversation for the many more who saw the display during the month-long exhibit. 

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Bluegrass Holes in One

Saturday, July 5 was a special day at Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club.  A hole-in-one is typically a rare feat but during the President’s Cup, Bluegrass’ Member-Member tournament, Mike Hedge stepped onto the island green No. 10 hole and knocked his 7-iron in from 154 yards for an ace. Within an hour and a half, Bill McGlashan then also aced the No. 10 hole.  Word spread throughout the tournament as everyone enjoyed the fantastic day featuring not one but two holes-in-one.

Having such a good time, several groups went back out after the 18-hole tournament was over to play extra holes. Trey Tarpley stepped on the 7th tee and knocked his 5-iron on the 196-yard hole into the cup for the third hole-in-one of the day! Three holes-in-one in one day marked a first for Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club’s 63-year history. The odds of three holes-in-one in a single day on one 18-hole golf course are about three million to one.

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Who dunnit? That was the big question being asked during the recent Murder Mystery HUB event at the Center Club Orange County in California and attended by Members of nearby Center ClubCanyon Crest Country ClubAliso Viejo Country Club and Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club.

The mystery revealed itself five days prior to the event with clues hidden at all four clubs and hints delivered via social media to hype the event. Members then searched the clubs in the days leading up to the event, looking for “bloody” finger prints, “blood-stained” notes and wanted flyers and those finding the clues then turned them in to receive a bounty.

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During the Murder Mystery event, attendees wined and dined while watching members of the Center Club Business Leadership Committee – the cast of characters – set the scene by playing suspicious characters, such as Misty Rainbow and Mugwort Buttercup. The Members and Guests then mingled and questioned each other to find out who murdered whom. Of course, along with interrogating one another, the Members and Guests also got to know one another, making new contacts and building relationships.

Eerie music, crime scenes, rumors and mystery were all part of the evening, making it a scary successful night.

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