Congratulations to Carlos Aguirre, Tennis Director at April Sound Country Club in Montgomery, Texas, and the kids from the club’s Junior Tennis Program. The team placed second at the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Grand Prix State Tournament at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch.
The April Sound team qualified to represent the North Houston area by placing in the top two in the rankings following the area qualifying Grand Prix tournaments. Carlos was extremely proud that the kids were given the opportunity to attend the event, a fun-filled weekend during which the kids learned valuable life lessons about teamwork and hard work. The event was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kids to bond together and build lasting memories.
The Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic makes its triumphant return to Pinehurst Resort this weekend! Since 1987, the challenging ClubCorp national tournaments have offered Members exciting opportunities to visit new places, playing with fellow Members from across the country. The Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic is a wonderful time for Members to come together and enjoy friendly competition and build relationships.
Beginning Monday, September 29 golfers from clubs across the country will walk in the footsteps of golf’s greatest players as they take on the challenging 54-hole tournament. The tournament consists of Pinehurst Resort’s illustrious Courses No. 2 (home to the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championship), No. 4 and No. 8.
If you’re attending the tournament but not participating, or if you find yourself with some down time between tee times, the surrounding area offers plenty by way of day trips and exciting activities. Some favorite destinations in the Pinehurst area are within 30 or 45 minutes – others are about an hour away. Click here to see a few of our favorites.
Competitors have the opportunity to take home many prizes, including the coveted Putter Boy, which goes to the first place team. Second and third place teams win the tournament award, and Acura will award one lucky Member the use of an Acura for a year via blind draw during the Acura Awards Dinner. Players also have the chance to win daily closest-to-the-pin contests and exciting door prizes.
We hope Members have a wonderful time playing in the tournament during its 28th year!
Private Clubs has won top honors in the 2014 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, nabbing the gold medal in the category featuring magazines that don’t cover travel exclusively. ClubCorp’s quarterly publication beat out stiff competition with Departures, Time Inc.’s luxury magazine for American Express’ top cardholders, winning silver; and Outside, the bronze.
The Society of American Travel Writers Foundation sponsors the annual awards, considered the most prestigious in the field of travel journalism. The competition, open to all North American journalists and magazines, drew 1,177 entries this year, which the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication judged.
In honoring Private Clubs, the judges said: “This magazine in general is quite impressive from its core; the paper quality, the size and the overall editorial content rise above other entries as being well thought out and exclusive. From cover to cover, the writing, photos, use of typography and overall editing seem to strongly benefit the reader in practical ways. … The overall editorial philosophy and presentation appear to be strongly focused to really meet the needs of the target audience with class and substance.”
Congratulations to the Private Clubs staff!
Today is the official day of the 2014 ClubCorp Charity Classic. Although most clubs already have held their events or will be holding them at a later date, eight clubs are holding their events today with several more clubs' events taking place through the weekend. In addition to the golf tournaments and dinners, activities and events include a:
- Golf Outing and Hawaiian Luau at April Sound Country Club in Montgomery, Texas
- An Iron Chef team cook-off at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston
- “Memphis Music Masters II” featuring musical performances, spectacular food and spirits at The Crescent Club in Memphis, Tennessee
- Family Fun Day and 5K Run at Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Gig Harbor, Washington
When a club hosts their Charity Classic, the doors to the club are open to the public to help support three great causes: the ClubCorp Employee Partners Care Foundation, Augie's Quest/ALS Therapy Development Institute, and the local charity you have chosen to support. It is a day to create a fantastic community event, showcase your club to non-Members, and to raise money for charity.
Good luck with your events!
Jeremy Steiner, Golf Professional at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Office Administrator Jessica Rudd recently organized a very special Magic Moment with a tribute to the club’s oldest founding Member.
The Member, Ann Ratomsky, who is 91 years old, still plays a little golf, walks to the club everyday for coffee and conversation and happens to make some of the best chocolate cookies ever. She also, from time to time, has requested a bench be put near the putting green.
This past year, Ratomsky’s husband passed away and she suffered a minor stroke.
It was then that Jeremy and Jessica decided they needed to celebrate Ratomsky and all that she means to the club.
They surprised her – along with many of the Women’s League golfers – with flowers, Champagne, a luncheon and a bench on the putting green with a plaque in her name. Ratomsky was shocked and touched by the gesture. She not only uses the bench daily as she practices her swing but always wants to know who else has been sitting on “her” bench.
A very special Magic Moment indeed!
The staff and Members at Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas have been carefully following the USGA Senior Amateur Championship that started over the weekend at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, California, as not one, but two Canyon Gate Members competed.
Bruce Belcoure (left) and Frank Abbott (right) proudly represented the Club in the national tournament for amateur golf competitors, which began with 36 holes of stroke play with the top 64 competitors advancing to the match play portion. It is rare that, with just 156 players from more than 2,250 entries, two Members from one Club would qualify to compete. Belcoure, low qualifier at TPC Summerlin on August 18, earned his place at his first Senior Amateur with an even-par 72. Abbott tied for low qualifier with one-over-par 73 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, on August 27. This was his fifth trip to the national event, at which he was finalist (runner-up) in 2003.
Frank and Bruce played well on a long, hard course but missed the cut set at 149, the lowest in USGA Senior Amateur history.
“Both these men are still considered champions in our eyes!” says Canyon Gate Country Club.
This past weekend the Tennis Department at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas held a 12-hour continuously running marathon doubles tennis match to raise money toward the club’s Charity Classic fundraising.
With a goal of raising $400, doubling the Tennis Department’s contribution over last year, more than 20 participants played two hour shifts, with a new team rotating in every hour. Players included both Members and Guests – including a reunion of mixed doubles partners, a father/daughter team, and old friends – plus several Tennis Department staff members and even Membership Director Joe Cotter, who surprised everyone with his skills on the court.
Play was nearly interrupted at one point when a team had to cancel at the last minute but, luckily, the continuity was saved when one of the doubles team volunteered to play an extra two hours, for a total of four hours on the court.
At the end of the marathon – which began at 8 a.m. and ended at 8 p.m. – and thanks to one player’s extra contribution, the event raised a total of $500 – exceeding the goal.
The club already is discussing next year’s event and extending the marathon to 36 hours, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and playing through 8 p.m. on Sunday with playing going round the clock through the weekend. A great idea and a great reason to hit the courts!
City Club Raleigh is transformed for the future. Vibrant energy meets Carolina style at the new City Club Raleigh, the city’s all-new go-to destination for high-tech business amenities, outstanding personalized service and world-class fun.
NEW Upscale Dining
Make an event into a truly unforgettable occasion at Lustre, our new upscale dining locale. Whether you’re signing a deal or entertaining friends, Lustre is your place to impress and be impressed.
NEW Work Zones
Welcome to the new work zones – intuitively useful spaces where you can drop in and be productive. Make a call, host small-scale meetings and work without distraction in the comfort of a private club setting.
NEW Anytime Lounge
Modern American cuisine lights up the menu in Grain, City Club’s new anytime, all-occasion dining and cocktails venue. Stop by for freshly brewed coffee in the mornings, after-work drinks or a tasty dinner before a night out on the town.
The new Club is now open, stop by today!
More than 90 Members and Guests from the Capital Community celebrated the summer last month with an Island Themed HUB event at the newly renovated pool area at Chantilly National Golf and Country Club in Centreville, Virginia.
Tropical sounds of steel drums played in the background while attendees learned how to hula, watched a flame-thrower perform, and sip on cocktails before casting their ballots in the Island Cocktail competition. Congrats to all of the Employee Partners who played a role in making the event such a success, showed your creativity with the table decorations and provided a fun atmosphere for the Members and Guests to enjoy.
And special kudos to The City Club of Washington for the winning “Painkiller” cocktail, which earned the club the coveted Coconut Trophy.