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From January 1st  to today, 2013 has been a great year for ClubCorp! For our final blog post of the year, we wanted to highlight 13 great events that happened this past year.  

1) Cherry Valley Country Club, Oak Tree Country Club and Chantilly National Golf & Country Club were added to the ClubCorp family.

2) The first major of the LPGA Tour in 2013, The Kraft Nabisco Championship, was held at Mission Hills Country Club

3) Las Colinas Country Club hosted President George W. Bush’s Warrior Open.

4) The Carolina Club opened their doors to University of North Carolina students who were on campus on Thanksgiving.

5) Matt Ginella journeyed to Vista Vallarta Club de Golf to showcase the club in his Golf Channel show Morning Drive.

6) Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club hosted a record-setting Charity Classic event by raising roughly $167,000.

7) Avid Golfer magazine recognized 12 ClubCorp clubs in its "2013 Best of The Private Clubs" list: Stonebriar Country Club, Gleneagles Country Club, Timarron Country Club, Las Colinas Country Club, Stonebridge Ranch Country Club, Trophy Club Country Club, Brookhaven Country Club, Hackberry Creek Country Club, Canyon Creek Country Club, Walnut Creek Country Club, Oakmont Country Club and Shady Valley Golf Club.

8) Gainey Ranch Golf Club raised more than $110,000 for the Yarnell community and the Granite Mountain HotShots to benefit the families of the fallen.

9) Tiger Woods claimed his 8th Bridgestone victory at Firestone Country Club.

10) Santiago “Jimmy” De La Cruz, executive chef at the Club at Cimarron, was named "2013 Chef of the Year" by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Texas Chef Association.

11) Oak Tree Country Club’s team won the Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic.

12) ClubCorp CEO Eric Affeldt shaved his head to raise awareness and funds for the St. Baldricks Foundation and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

13) Brookhaven Country Club’s Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic at age 19.

See you next year! 

Emmitt Smith, eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro and Hall of Famer is at it again…but this time off the football field! Emmitt and his wife Pat care deeply about underprivileged kids' futures, which led them to create the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities “which offer kids education and experiences that broaden their opportunities for success.”

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To help raise awareness and funds for their organization, the Smiths will host seven qualifying golf tournaments around the country, evaluating a team’s “fundraising skills[and]…golf ability.” At the end of the qualifying rounds, “the highest fundraising team and the best golfers from each tournament will be invited to the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational” in Dallas in May. 

ClubCorp is a proud sponsor of The Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge, and will host the seven qualifying rounds on the following dates:

-        The Clubs of Kingwood — January 20, 2014

-        The Hills of Lakeway — March 3, 2014

-        Tampa Palms Country Club — March 12, 2014

-        Queen’s Harbor Yacht & Country Club — March 17, 2014

-        Bear’s Best Atlanta — March 25, 2014

-        Las Colinas Country Club — March 31, 2014

-        Haile Plantation — April 14, 2014 

(Quotes courtesy of www.emmittsmithgolfchallenge.com)

You may be familiar with our Charity Classic events annually hosted by our Clubs. These events are great opportunities to rally the Clubs' communities for a weekend filled with activities such as golf and tennis tournaments, lunches and dinners, festivals, games, and much more. All proceeds go to MDA's Augies Quest, Employee Partners Care Foundation, and one charity chosen by the Club.

On October 14, Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in California hosted a record-setting Charity Classic event by raising roughly $167,000! More than 170 members and guests participated in the lunch and golf activities which included hole-in-one and putting contests. The afternoon activities were followed by dinner and live and silent auctions. Coto de Caza's third charity of choice was Never Ever Give Up (NEGU), a global childhood cancer foundation. 

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From left to right: Member and guests, Stacy and Erik of NEGU, Dave Johnson of Regal Wine

Thank you so much to the Clubs and participants of all Charity Classic events for making a difference your community and changing the lives of people everywhere. If you haven't already, check out the Charity Classic page for an event happening near you.

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We can't all sit around and wait for the world to become a better place for our children.
Some of us need to be brave, stand up and do something about it.

Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp's President and CEO, is one of these people; and on March 30, 2013 he is taking a stand and shaving his head to raise awareness and funds for The St. Baldricks Foundation and The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

"Whenever I hear about a child suffering, it absolutely breaks my heart. Many times it’s easy to feel helpless in these situations, but this year I’m going to do something about it — and I need your support to make a difference. So how can you help? I’m glad you asked....
On March 30, I’m saying good-bye to my hair to raise $100,000 for both of these great causes. If bald is beautiful, getting my head shaved to help these brave children who are fighting for their lives should be extraordinary!" said Eric.

Visit Eric's blog to read more and donate to these great causes!
http://ericaffeldt.wordpress.com

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Although the game didn't end favorably for Dallas, Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas was able to represent the metroplex during the halftime show at the February 24, 2013 Mavericks game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Staff members from Hackberry Creek and ClubCorp President and CEO Eric Affeldt were invited out on the court to present a check for $10,545 to Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban who accepted the donation on behalf of The Dallas Mavericks Foundation.

The donation was made possible by the Club’s 2012 Charity Classic event, which raised more than $35,000 during two sold-out golf events, a tennis tournament, a fun run family day and a silent auction awards dinner featuring Mavericks guard Roddy Beaubois, Mavericks cheerleaders, Mavs Maniaacs, and play-by-play announcer Mark Followill.

The Dallas Mavericks Foundation assists young people through programs stressing the importance of education, good health and other skills crucial to their future success.

Even though ClubCorp Charity Classic season is coming to a close, its’ positive impact continues year-round.

Thank you again to everyone who helped make this year our best year yet!

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Car shows are usually and traditionally held on the the hot asphalt.

But some rules were made to be broken, especially for a worthy cause, and Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club in Gainesville, Fla. has succeeded in breaking the mould two years in a row for its’ annual Hot Rodding for Heroes charity event.

Roughly 7,000 people came out to the Club for the two-day show on Feb. 15-16, 2013 which featured 750 classic cars, a police helicopter and even parachutists jumping out of World War II era planes.

On Friday, the event kicked off with a charity golf tournament in the morning and a classic family carnival in the evening under the lights with cars, food and drinks.

Then, on Saturday, the real fun started with a classic car 30-mile police-escorted drive through Alachua County, Fla., which started out at Santa Fe College and ended at the Club.
Participants were then able to walk around the Haile Village Center and golf course to view all the classic cars, watch the air show and enjoy live music, food and drink with their family and friends.

The annual event focuses on “turning a passion for cars into local support for our nation’s heroes” by raising funds for veteran support organizations - last year for the The Fisher House Foundation, and this year for The Veterans Bridge Scholarship Fund.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible!

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ClubCorp Charity Classic featured on the Fashion Mall sign on the Las Vegas Strip across from the Venetian and Wynn Casinos.

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ClubCorp Charity Classic story displayed on the 23 stories tall Reuters Sign in New York City's Times Square, one of the largest digital signs in the world.

Our record-breaking Charity Classic was recently the talk of the town, with the story getting picked up by more than 259 news outlets and displayed in some of the most visible places in the world.

Nearly 14,000 individuals participated in a wide variety of fundraising events and activities including golf and tennis tournaments, formal dinners, concerts, swim-a-thons, chef competitions, cookouts and auctions at more than 125 ClubCorp clubs throughout the country.

The 2012 events raised more than $2.07 million -an amazing 25 percent increase from 2011- and brought the grand total raised since 2007 up to more than $10 million.

"[I] would like to thank our Clubs, Members, employees and sponsors, who have come together with their communities to support so many great causes,” said Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp president and CEO. “This initiative has always been close to my heart and is a strong reflection of ClubCorp’s commitment to Building Relationships and Enriching Lives.”

Over the years, Charity Classic has been able to raise funds for and impact numerous charities, including MDA’s Augie’s Quest, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boys and Girls Clubs, Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Employee Partners Care Foundation and hundreds of smaller local charities in our Clubs' communities.

“I’m extremely grateful for the continued support from the ClubCorp family,” said Augie Nieto, chief inspiration officer, Augie's Quest, and co-chair of MDA's ALS division. “The long-term partnership has allowed us to meet exciting research milestones. In 2012, we discovered and are set to launch a Phase 2A clinical trial of Gilenya in ALS Patients. We also expanded the research institute at ALS TDI, tripling the size of our in vivo drug screening capabilities. I see 2013 as a year of momentum and hope for ALS families thanks to the dedication of ClubCorp and the members and employees.”

Hopefully, all the exposure will only mean a much bigger and better year for Charity Classic in 2013. After all, we've already made it to Times Square, and if we can make it there we'll make it anywhere!

The official date for the Seventh Annual ClubCorp Charity Classic event is October 4, 2013, with events throughout the country to be held from April 2013 through November 2013.
For more information on the ClubCorp Charity Classic, please click here.

It was a day full of fun, food and furry friends!

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Attendees sample the chilis and salsas

Held January 19, 2013 at East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar, Fla., the Tampa Bay Society’s Third Annual Chili/Salsa Bowl was able to raise more than $4,000 as well as food, toys and bedding for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Additionally, four dogs were adopted into new loving homes from the Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Bus during the event.

Thirteen teams, which together made ten chilis and ten salsas, competed for the coveted bragging rights and trophies. In traditional fashion, event attendees were able to sample all the entries and vote for their favorites for the People’s Choice award.

A panel of judges, which included past winners and Humane Society volunteers, picked the grand prize winners.
The awards went to: Team Pinehurst Pub as the amateur salsa winner, Team Swords Salsa (a first-time contender) as the pro salsa winner, Team Sand Peppers as the amateur chili winner and Team Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club as the pro chili winner. The People’s Choice award for both salsa and chili went to East Lake Woodlands Country Club Member Erick Milton. Congratulations to all team members!

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A newly adopted Member!

“The event gets better every year!” said ClubCorp Area Network Manager Amy Jo Blevens.

“Our greatest donation came from a selfless five-year-old birthday girl, Keira Graebner, who chose to receive donations for the animals in lieu of gifts. It is through our wonderful members, sponsors and the local community who gave their time and effort that make a difference to this worthwhile cause.”

Funds and products donated during the event will be used to help end animal homelessness and provide care and comfort for animals in need.

This year’s event had more than 300 attendees.

Thank you to all who came and made the event such a success!
A special thanks to the event sponsors: PETCO, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fitzgerald Auto Mall, Comfort Keepers and The Learning Experience of Oldsmar.

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ClubCorp President and CEO Eric Affeldt presents Lynn and Augie Nieto with $689,702 raised during the 2012 Charity Classic events

The long-awaited results are finally here!

We are so proud to announce the 2012 ClubCorp Charity Classic raised a record-breaking $2.07 million for MDA's Augie's Quest, the Employee Partners' Care Foundation and various charities nationwide.
And now, because of the combined philanthropy, generosity and dedication of our Clubs, employee partners, Members and attendees, Charity Classic has officially raised more than $10 million for charity since it began six years ago, in 2007.

We are so overwhelmingly grateful to everyone who helped make this milestone possible!

2012 ClubCorp Charity Classic's Top 10:
1. Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, Calif. - $143,137
 2. Greenspoint Club in Houston, Texas - $100,503
 3. Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio - $73,726
 4. Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas - $72,294
 5. Seville Golf & Country Club in Gilbert, Ariz. - $62,058
 6. Anthem Golf & Country Club in Anthem, Ariz. - $56,553
 7. Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, Calif. - $53,854
 8. Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose, Calif. – $45,840
 9. Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield, Texas - $44,046
10.La Cima Club in Irving, Texas - $42,369

Once again, thank you for making Charity Classic such an incredible success in 2012 and all throughout the years.
We look forward to breaking our record again this year!

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Knock three times and tell ‘em Joe sent ya!

Attendees at the 2012 Charity Classic at The Greenspoint Club in Houston on October 20 were whisked back to the glamorous 1920s, for a night of fine dining, dancing and entertainment to benefit three separate charities.

A night of surprises awaited everyone at Greenspoint, which was completely transformed into a wonderland. Attendees arrived dressed in Roaring Twenties garb and the Clubhouse was covered in huge white feather plumes, gold lamé draping and crystal beads.

The night began with a cocktail reception in the Cotton Club, before everyone proceeded into the 21 Club for a delectable, gourmet four-course dinner. The night was going very well until the joint was raided by the 'police', which naturally forced everyone into the gym, magically transformed for the night into a speakeasy. Then the party really began!

The event continued far into the night as the ladies and gentlemen placed bids in the auction, played games and gambled in the casino, listened to live music and sipped on bathtub gin and other decade favorites. The event was held in honor of Dan McIntyre, former ClubCorp executive for 24 years and a two-time cancer survivor, and his choice for the event’s third charity was Golfers Against Cancer.

Around 160 people came to the event, which ended up being a beautiful evening full of fun and philanthropy, raising over $100,000.

Just like all ClubCorp Charity Classic events, the proceeds raised that evening went to three wonderful charities, MDA’s Augie’s Quest, the Employee Partner Care Foundation and one local charity.

For Greenspoint, that local charity was Golfers Against Cancer. A very worthy cause, Golfers Against Cancer has raised and donated over $22 million for cancer research since its’ inception in the summer of 1997 in Kingwood, Texas.

The event was made possible by the Club's Charity Committee, which is a joint effort of the Club's Social Committee and their Board of Governors.
Thank you and congratulations to all the organizers and attendees who made the night such a success!

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