ClubCorp Blog

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The North Texas Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) has honored ClubCorp President and CEO Eric Affeldt with a 2015 Support Future Military Award for continued support to men and women serving – and who have served – in the armed forces. Retired United States Navy four-star Admiral Patrick Walsh served as keynote speaker during the annual awards breakfast, held Saturday, March 21, at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch.

ClubCorp serves annually as a sponsor of the George W. Bush Institute’s Warrior Open –– a 36-hole golf tournament now going into its sixth year that features and honors post-9/11 members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were severely wounded in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. In addition, numerous ClubCorp clubs throughout the country host a variety of charity events benefiting military causes.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the AUSA, an organization that gives so much support to past and present service people and their families,” said Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp’s president and CEO. “I am so proud of ClubCorp’s involvement with the Warrior Open and how our clubs have taken on their own roles in giving back to the men and women who so courageously and admirably have served our country.”

The event benefited the AUSA educational programs, including the Army Scholarship Foundation, which provides grants to children of soldiers and spouses of active duty enlisted soldiers to assist them in achieving their educational dreams.

AUSA is a non-profit professional, educational association representing America’s Army on Capitol Hill and in local communities. AUSA North Texas focuses on programs raising funds and awareness in support of “Wounded Warriors,” providing educational support for Army families, and coaching, teaching and mentoring young veterans and emerging Army leaders. For more information, visit http://www.ausanorthtexas.org/.

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AvidGolfer recently revealed its highly anticipated Best of Private Clubs 2015 listing, and we’re pleased to announce that ClubCorp was ranked among numerous categories!

In the Best Country Club – First Class Category, meaning the Initiation Fee is between $25,001 and $59,999, two ClubCorp clubs nabbed top spots. Stonebriar Country Club was named No. 2, and Gleneagles Country Club, called “the best of the best,” was named No. 4.

The Best Country Club – Mid-Priced Category (Initiation Fees between $10,001 and $25,000) saw two more ClubCorp clubs win titles. Las Colinas Country Club came in fourth, and Stonebridge Ranch Country Club won the No. 5 title with its innovative and  “unbelievable” dual membership – a great value for its Members. Touted for its consistently excellent service, AvidGolfer said, “If you like Sunday brunch, it doesn’t get much better than Las Colinas Country Club.”

In the category Best Country Club – Value-Priced Category, ClubCorp clubs swept all top five places! Coming in at No. 1 was Trophy Club Country Club, followed by Brookhaven Country Club at No. 2. The Clubs of Prestonwood earned the No. 3 spot, followed by Canyon Creek Country Club and Hackberry Creek Country Club in the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively. AvidGolfer said, “This category could be dubbed, ‘The Category that ClubCorp Built;’ it is true, all five of these clubs are ClubCorp clubs, and that just further proves how the company excels at cultivating top-notch, family-friendly country clubs that don’t cost an arm and a leg.”

Stonebriar Country Club came in first place in overall Best Value, and Stonebridge Ranch Country Club was named No. 3 on the same list, followed by Trophy Club Country Club at No. 4. Timarron Country Club was named the No. 1 Best Golf Club in the First-Class Category, as well.

Congratulations to our wonderful DFW-area clubs! 

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The Texas Tech Club in Lubbock recently highlighted the Scottish heritage and living legacy of Scotland’s Poet Laureate Robert Burns (1759-1796) during the second annual Robert Burns Supper. The celebration is an international tradition with people from all over the world gathering to honor Burns on his birthday (Jan. 25) by reading poems, addressing the haggis and enjoying a glass of Scotch or two.

This year more than 185 Members and Guests gathered for the event at The Texas Tech Club – more than twice the turnout last year and the club teamed with The Lubbock Arts Alliance to showcase local art and with the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, which posted photos of the event on its website. 

Kudos to the club for hosting the event, which falls in line with club’s WE ARE Community advocates and reaches beyond the four walls of the club to the West Texas community.

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For the third consecutive year, The Employee Partners and Members of The Greenspoint Club in Houston stepped up to hit another home run and raised more than $100,000 during the club’s Charity Classic event. The Board of Governors Ball/Charity Classic event – One to None – raised a grand total of $104,236 for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Improving Lives, Curing Type 1 Diabetes – as well as Augie’s Quest and the Employee Partners Care Foundation.

One to None was an elegant affair which began at the entrance where attendees were greeted by two Board
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who presented each lady with a long-stem rose. 

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The lobby was filled with balloons for the grab bags as well as a display of live auction and bid board items. The main dining room, decorated in black, red, and silver draping linens and chair covers with beautiful centerpieces, was the perfect setting the elegant gourmet dinner. Entertainment followed with a live magic show, live auction, music and dancing. A highlight of the night though was General Manager Steve Westlund and one of the Board members taking pies to the face in the "Pie T1D Challenge" benefiting the JDRF.

Kudos to the Greenspoint staff, who really did hit it out of the park!

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Tampa Bay Community raised more than $4,000 and collected food, toys and bedding to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay during its recent 5th Annual Chili/Salsa Bowl at East Lake Woodlands Country Club. In addition, seven dogs were adopted out to forever homes from the Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Bus during the event, which was sponsored by local businesses.

In all, 13 teams competed for the coveted “Chili/Salsa Bowl” trophies with more than 300 Guests and club Members sampling entries from all of the contestants and voting for the People’s Choice winners. Team Charlie’s Pride won for both salsa and chili this year. Panel judges, Fox 13 Meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne, DreamFIT Ice Cream Co-founder Nick McNeil and Corporate Executive Chef of First Watch Restaurants Shane Schaibly voted on their favorite entries, announcing Team HEAT Yoga as the amateur salsa winner and Team Hot Stuff (East Lake Woodlands Country Club Members) for the amateur chili prize. Team Countryside Country Club claimed the best Pro Chili and Pro Salsa awards.

“Every year this event gets bigger and better!” said Amy Jo Blevens, Area Network Manager for ClubCorp. “I am so thankful for our hard working ClubCorp staff, club Members from all of our Tampa Bay area clubs and their Guests. It is through these wonderful people and the local community who gave their time and effort that make a difference to this worthwhile cause.” Funds and products will be used to help end animal homelessness and provide care and comfort for companion animals in need through the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

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Reggie Kratzer, General Manager at The Country Club of the South has been named the General Manager of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). This award honors the General Manager who displays unwavering support of the AJGA and junior golf by creating a memorable tournament experience for players, families, staff and volunteers. The Country Club of the South is the site of the AJGA’s Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Mizuno held each spring.

Kratzer has been heavily involved in Wells Fargo Junior Classic since taking over the role of general manager at Country Club of the South in 2012. While he has been in that role, the tournament has received four AJGA tournament awards, including the 2011 Hospitality Award, the 2012 Open Tournament of the Year Award and the 2013 Charitable Giving Award. 

Congratulations, Reggie!

The brand new year is bringing a brand new reinvention to Hackberry Creek Country Club! Named one of the Best Country Clubs in DFW (Avid Golfer, 2014) Hackberry Creek is working hard to make Members’ country club lifestyle better than ever before. With the upcoming 2015 clubhouse reinvention, Members and their guests can enjoy:

NEW Casual Family Dining Area
Bring the whole crew for our signature dishes and watch your favorite team on the big screen TVs, while the kids play games in the entertainment zone. 

NEW Bar and Lounge
Connect with friends and colleagues at happy hour as you sample local craft beers and a great selection of wines, and grab dinner from our Chef’s Table.

NEW Outdoor Terrace
Lounge and visit with friends on the terrace while enjoying stunning golf course views, weekly live music and so much more!

Updated Driving Range Amenities
Relax at the pool in style in one of our new cabanas or at the poolside bar, while your kids enjoy the new slide and kid zone.

NEW Resort-Style Pool Experience
Enhance your game with improved hitting stations and target greens, enjoy music on the range and more!

With this exciting new reinvention on the way, there’s never been a better time to join the fun. Whether it’s recreational enjoyment you seek, or simply a place to join friends and colleagues for a fine meal and casual conversation, the vibrant green hills and foliage surrounding Hackberry Creek provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing game or an exquisite dining experience. 

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Congratulations to Director of Instruction, Aurora Kirchner-McClain, and Teaching Professional, Lori Tatum, from the Golf Advantage School at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, who coached Team Texas to the PGA Junior League National Championships in Atlanta this past fall.

To get to the Championships, Team Texas – an all-star team narrowed down from 80 kids from the program’s summer league – won post-season matches against teams from College Station, Texas, and The Woodlands, Texas, before defeating all-star teams from Denver, Little Rock and St. Louis in the Oklahoma City JGL Regional Championship.

Team Texas finished sixth out of eight teams at the National Championship – quite impressive as more than 1,500 teams (18,000 junior golfers ages 13 and under) competed in the PGA Junior League Golf in 2014.

Congratulations to Aurora and Lori!

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Congratulations to Randy Mattingley, Director of Tennis at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, who has been awarded the Alex Gordon United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Professional of the Year at the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference in New York.

This is the highest award that a USPTA professional can attain. Randy is a USPTA Master Professional with more than 36 years of experience and has served in many capacities of the Texas Division of the USPTA as well as on the national USPTA Board of Directors. He has also been named the USPTA Professional of the Year twice in Texas.

Congratulations again, Randy!

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The first-ever LA Club Classic was held recently with Members from Porter Valley Country Club (Northridge, California); Braemar Country Club (Tarzana, California) and City Club LA enjoying a fun-filled weekend that included a Saturday night cocktail reception at the City Club LA and Sunday golf tournament at Braemar followed by an award ceremony.

Mingling among Members during the cocktail hour spurred a friendly competition that fired up the players for the next day’s tournament. The day of the tournament, participants and their family members attended a brunch hosted at Braemar, where Executive Chef James Morris showcased a variety of dishes and got rave reviews afterward.

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During the tournament, two players from each club were teamed with two players from another club, leading to new friendships on the course. To spur on the competition, Director of Golf, Seth Jamison, included two closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive contests, with beverage stops along the way.

The day ended with an awards ceremony on the club’s scenic patio that was attended by the golfers as well as their family members. First, second, and third place teams received engraved LA Club Classic 2014 beer mugs and, after combining the top five scores from each club, Braemar was named the winning club and received the LA Club Classic Trophy to be displayed at the club until next year. Members were thrilled to represent their home club in this year’s tournament and are looking forward to playing again next year.

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