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Families and staff of the Ronald McDonald House recently paid a visit to The Hamlet Golf & Country Club in Commack, New York to spend a day relaxing and swimming in the pool.

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times®is a program for children with pediatric cancer and their families, to enjoy a day off away from the hospital and to “recapture what being a child is supposed to be.” As Labor Day is drawing near, Hamlet was the perfect location to enjoy one last summertime pool party!

Their mission is to “create a positive long-lasting impact on children with cancer and their families by providing fun-filled, medically supervised, cost-free, year-round camp programs.”

ClubCorp and Hamlet Golf & Country Club are proud to have been a part of this very special day.

"Ba da ba ba ba …I’m lovin’it." 

Camp Ronald McDonald

Holiday planning can be a daunting task, unless you have the right team on your side...and start now. With that in mind, we offer the count down of our top seven holiday planning tips:

7)  Have Fun Planning

With the information of the technological age at our fingertips, the internet is a fantastic resource for the latest trends in events. One of our favorite places to see new ideas is on Pinterest. You can look at Center Club’s Pinterest page (or other ClubCorp Club's Pinterest page) for visual ideas on invitations, décor, favors, vendors, food and cocktails. Allow yourself to take the time enjoying the creativity of planning an event.

6)  Mix it Up 

Many times the holiday gathering is the only point in the entire year that some groups come together as a whole. Encourage interaction between your guests with friendly competitions, games or efforts. Mix in giving back. Afterall, it is the holiday season and it is always stylish to contribute to your community. The power of guest numbers at a holiday party can be used for an immediate and significant charitable contribution. Link your holiday party to a charity by collecting gifts or donation items.

5)  Be Holiday Spirit Smart 

Signature Drinks are a great option for holiday parties. A Signature cocktail adds a customized touch to your event and will streamline the beverage service. Offering a bar is a staple at holiday events. Be sure to have the bar stop serving drinks ½ hour to an hour before the party ends so that the lasting memories are good ones.

4)  Hire the Right Vendors

When shopping for vendors for floral, photobooths, lighting, DJs, etc. use your resources for referrals. Don’t hire anyone for whom you don't have a reference. Your ClubCorp Club's Private Events Directors have lists of vendors who always deliver.

3)  Communicate Clearly

Make sure that your guests know the correct start time of the event, the dress, how to get to the event and what their parking instructions are. Have the menu, vendors and any special details finalized with the venue at least three weeks prior to the event. The venue will also need your final guest count and set up for the event finalized at least 10 days prior.  Making sure your details are finalized and communicated in advance will ensure that the party is executed with precision according to your vision.

2)  Start NOW

Yes, in July or August. Scheduling is important. You want to be sure you have the date you want at your venue and that your guests have blocked the date for your party before anyone else’s. Perhaps most importantly, reserve plenty of time to iron out the details before the bustle of the holiday season takes hold of your stress levels. 

1)  Location, Location, Location

Location is paramount to the success of your holiday party.  The newly reinvented Center Club’s contemporary elegance is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable event if you are in Orange County, California. If you are elsewhere, ClubCorp has more than 150 fantastic holiday party venues located across the country.

Adapted from the July 2013 Center Club Costa Mesa Newsletter. Thanks to Kaitlin Kuykendall and Chris Hartley of Center Club for the post!

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.


After “I love you,” every girl dreams about hearing those four little words: “Will you marry me?” Earlier this month, Treesdale Golf & Country Club Member Christina's wish came true in a very magic moment on the Club's Orchard golf course! 

Brad, also a Member at the Club proposed to his now fiancé on the 9th hole, where he had hidden the ring in the cup. “It was a surprise and I had a photographer sitting in the trees in the parking lot to capture the moment,” Brad said. 

Now that is a 9th hole to remember!

After sharing their photos with us, Brad and Christina said that have “absolutely loved being Members of the Club and the 9th hole of the Orchard will now forever be a special place.”


Congratulations to Brad and Christina on your engagement!

In an emotional day and night, ClubCorp's Gainey Ranch Country Club in Scottsdale honored the lone Granite Mountain Hotshot survivor, Brendan McDonough, and raised more than $110,000 for the families of the Yarnell 19 who lost their lives fighting a fire. After the golf tournament, McDonough in turn thanked the community for their support, saying while we can't bring his brothers back, we can do our best to honor them and take care of their families. 


McDonough was met with a standing ovation at the reception of the Yarnell Fire Golf Fundraiser on August 2nd. He told the crowd of his first meeting with Gainey Ranch General Manager, Jim Murphy. "I was in a cafe in Yarnell, and I was on my way to a funeral, I sat down and ate breakfast by myself, and he recognized me and told me he wanted to help."
Raising over $110,000, with donations still continuing to climb, players paid anywhere from $100 to $1,000 to play a nine-hole round, with the money going to the Arizona 100 Club to benefit the families of the fallen firefighters.  An additional Fill-The-Boot-Campaign contributed to the overall funds raised, and will also be distributed to the Community of Yarnell. McDonough said donations are desperately needed for the wives and children of his fellow hotshots left behind. "There's a lot of children, unborn children, it's going to help a lot."
Gainey Ranch GM Murphy concluded with, "You see how many hugs they're giving him, the ovations they're giving him? He's a huge part of what we're doing today. We just want to show Brendan that we won't forget his brothers, which is exactly what he asked for."

Local TV station KPHO was at the event and ran this story on their newscast: Lone Hotshot Survivor: We can remember them in an amazing way

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.

Emma Costa

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

The UT Club

Best Overall Taste- The Hills of Lakeway


Congratulations to both Clubs!

Erica Lautensack, a junior at Arlington High School and Shady Valley Golf Club Member, continues to impress collegiate golf scouts as she dominated the Fort Worth Juniors Girls golf tournament last month. Lautensack went into the final round of the tournament with the title practically locked in but was determined to not let up.

Erica Lautensack

With a commanding lead, Lautensack used her short game in the final round to chip away at her distant opponents. She was only one of two golfers to score in the 70s throughout the 3-day tournament and concluded with a total score of 219, a 15 shot victory over second-place finisher Alexandra Schies.

“Going into today, I knew it wasn’t a guarantee, because you could lose that so fast, but it was probably after the first five holes that I really thought I was going to win,” Lautensack explained following her victory. “It’s one of my best finishes in a tournament this big...It’s actually my best finish in a tournament this big.”

Erica began playing golf with her dad at a very young age and has been a ClubCorp Member at Shady Valley since she could manage to swing a golf club. She was the junior club champion for two years and, more recently, has been the women’s club champion for the past two years. 

Congratulations, Erica!

Parents might say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and kids might say it’s the worst. Can you guess what I’m taking about? No, Santa Claus isn’t coming to town; it’s back-to-school season! 

That time of year has rolled around again, and we wanted to help parents out with some back-to-school tips for 2013.

  • Having trouble helping your daughter pick out a first-day-of-school outfit? Check out Seventeen Magazine’s quick list of fall fashion trends for girls. She’ll be voted “Best Dressed” in no time!
  • Clothes, backpacks, pens – it can all add up! Try to avoid over-spending this month by shopping on tax-free weekends. Check out your state’s tax-free shopping weekend, and find out what is exempt and what isn’t. 
  • Unless the Seven Dwarves live at your house, you probably don’t want to be tasked with waking up Sleepy and Grumpy. Ease your kids back into those early mornings by slowly changing bed and wake-up times now.
    Smartie Pants
  • Here’s a sweet idea via Anthem Golf & Country Club! On the first day of school tuck a pack of Smarties into your child’s lunchbox with a note saying “Hey there, Smartie pants. Have a great first day!” 
  • And last but certainly not least, start the school year off right and help someone else in need. Buy an extra notebook, pack of pens or any new school supplies. ClubCorp’s Skyline Club in Southfield, MI is currently accepting donations – please contact Cynthia Wozniak for more information. 

Actuaries put the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one at 12,500-to-1. With four or five par 3's on a normal 18-hole course, that means that an amateur golfer might expect to get an ace once every 3,000 rounds of golf or so.


Here's where the math gets fuzzy.

At 9 years old, Evan Kugle is barely 3,000 days old. The odds say that Evan would need to have played one round of golf every day of his life from the day of his birth in order for him to have a hole-in-one.

He has two of them. 

Evan carded his second hole-in-one last Sunday on the Hills Course at ClubCorp's Stonebridge Ranch Country Club. He aced hole # 21 of the 27-hold course from the Gold tees, hitting a 5 iron from 121 yards.

Evan is a student of Stonebridge Ranch Director of Instruction Johnny Gray and has been in the Junior Academy for over 2 years now. Gray said of his student "Even is an exceptional kid and a phenomenal player. I'm constantly astounded by his abilities."

At this rate, Evan might have four by the time he graduates High School.

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