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Michael Walker New General Manager at Morgan Run Club & Resort

A Warm Welcome to Michael Walker, who has been named General Manager at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Michael brings over 22 years of club experience, with 18 of those years at the executive or managerial levels. Positions he has held include General Manager, Membership Director and Director of Golf, as well as spending time in the Food and Beverage departments at several clubs and resort operations. 

Most recently, Michael served as General Manager at Stonetree Golf Club in San Francisco, an entity of The Bay Club Company. He also spent several years with Omni Resorts/KSL Resorts at Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, California, as the Director of Club Operations. Michael is still active in the golf industry having his Class “A” accreditation for both the PGA of America and Canadian PGA.

Michael, who grew up and spent his early career years in Canada, is the father of two – a college-age son and a daughter who is a senior in high school.

Welcome, Michael!

The 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf, begins tomorrow and we will be closely following a few players with ties to ClubCorp clubs:

TV SCHEDULE (Eastern times)


1:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Golf Channel)


1:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Golf Channel)


4:30 a.m. - 7 a.m. (Golf Channel)

7 a.m. - 3 p.m. (NBC)

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (NBC)


4 a.m. - 7 a.m. (Golf Channel)
7 a.m. - 2 p.m. (NBC)

elise cauthron and dave yarns

Elise Cauthron, Food and Beverage staff, and Dave Yarns, Outside Service staff, at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale saved the day recently during this summer of record-setting heat in Arizona. Guests of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch scheduled an 11:37 a.m. tee time on a 100+ degree day. Just before the family finished their round, one of the Guests dropped to the ground from the heat. Fortunately, Elise and Dave were there to help. They quickly covered her in iced towels and gave her fluids.

Afterward, Tony Richards, Golf Events Coordinator at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, said, “Elise and Dave knew exactly how to handle the situation, but more importantly they were awesome with the girl and her family. They truly were concerned about our guests and it showed. Great work should be acknowledged and Elise and Dave did great work!”

Kudos to Elise and Dave!

marina vallarta chef antonio lopez presents the member with birthday treats

A Member from Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, California, recently was visiting Marina Vallarta Club de Golf in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and, just before going out on the golf course, mentioned that he was celebrating his birthday.

The staff took advantage of the Magic Moment opportunity and surprised him at the end of his round with a birthday celebration Mexican-style. They presented him with a piece of cake, a margarita and a rendition of the traditional Mexican birthday song, Las Mañanitas.

The celebration was completely unexpected and provided a true Magic Moment for the Member. Kudos to the Marina Vallarta Employee Partners who took advantage of the moment!

southern trace christmas in july

There is no that Members at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, Louisiana, can not take notice of the club’s pink flamingo-themed Christmas in July display (above), which features a Santa flamingo, a bright beach ball and inner tube and even a big, pink cocktail. The stockings on the tree are even filled with promotional material they can take with them.

Rivers Club in Pittsburgh took a more dazzling approach with their display (pictured below). Strings of sparkling Christmas lights and promotional cards cover a wall, a glistening reminder that now is perfect time to plan for the holidays.

rivers club christmas in July
Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele, who grew up playing golf at Bernardo Heights Country Club in San Diego and who is still a Member, birdied the final hole to win this past weekend’s PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic in White Sulpher Springs, Virginia. The victory was 23-year-old rookie Schauffele’s first win on the PGA Tour and earned him a spot in this year’s British Open at Royal Birkdale (July 20-23), this year’s PGA Championship (Aug. 10-17) and next year’s Masters.

Though he is all the buzz today in the world of golf, the staff and the Members at Bernardo Heights, where he began playing at the age of 9, have always believed in him, are ecstatic about his win and will continue to follow his career. Go Xander!

Jordan Spieth

July 14, 2013 - Jordan Spieth, a Dallas native and Member at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, makes history when he becomes the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years with a victory at the John Deere Classic. Spieth, two weeks shy of his 20th birthday, outlasts David Hearn and defending champion Zach Johnson during a five-hole playoff to win the tournament. 

He is the first teenager to win a PGA title win since Ralph Guldahl, also a Dallas native, took the Santa Monica Open in 1931. In fact, following his first PGA win, Guldahl went on to win 15 additional events thoughout his career before becoming a golf instructor at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California, where he worked from 1959 until 1987.

And, just to put things in perspective, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy were all 20 when they picked up their first victories.

Christmas in July

Kimberly Varvel, Private Event Director at Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose, California, and Concierge, Eric Lopez, put their creative caps on and put together an eye-catching Christmas in July display that is sure to get Members thinking ahead when it comes to their holiday party planning.

Julio Dupuy Sous chef at Norbeck Country Club

Julio Dupuy, Sous Chef at Norbeck Country Club in Rockville, Maryland, showed his patriotism on the Fourth of July by making an American flag made of red, white, and blue rice.

Austin Connelly

Congratulations to Austin Connelly, junior golf alum of Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas, who has qualified for the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale July 20-23, 2017. Connelly earned his spot on Tuesday by winning a four-player playoff with a birdie during a qualifier at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in England. The British Open will be 20-year-old Connelly’s first major championship.

Employee Partners and Members will especially want to keep their eye on Connelly as ClubCorp is an official sponsor of the golfer, who turned professional in 2016 and currently plays on the European Challenge Tour.

Before turning professional Connelly was ranked as high as fourth in the World Amateur Golf rankings and won the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational in 2015. As a junior golfer, Connelly was one of 12 players on Team USA at the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup in Scotland which resulted in the fourth consecutive win by the Americans.

This past April, Connelly was back at Hackberry where he held a Meet and Greet and Junior Clinic. During the event, Connelly also talked to the young golfers about his path from junior golfer to pro – a path just got a little more exciting. Good luck, Austin!

Click here (or cut and paste the link below to watch on your mobile device) to watch a video with Connelly talking about opportunities offered by Hackberry Creek, ClubCorp and the junior golf programming.

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