For those of you up north, try for a second to ignore the winter storms you're enduring and let your mind wander to a more peaceful place. Spring is near, which means you'll be able to hit the course for a round of golf before you know it!
Chances are if you're a golf lover, you're familiar with Firestone Country Club in Akron, OH. This club has hosted many PGA tournaments over its lifetime, most recently the annual Bridgestone Invitational. PGATour.com put together a video of the 10 best shots in the history of Firestone from some of the greatest who have played the game, and we think they nailed it.
Check out the video above and enjoy!
Every golf course is unique. The bends of the fairway, unforgiving bunkers, water hazards, and quality and contours of the green makes each course special in its own way. It’s fun to explore a course and become familiar with its properties, but nothing compares to your first tee off at a new, unfamiliar course.
Chris Maynord from Austin, TX knows that feeling all too well. In June of 2013, Chris traveled to Scotland to play at the infamous Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. For most, simply being able to make this trip and visit Carnoustie would make for a successful journey. However, there was another reason why this trip was special for Chris. After nailing his final putt on hole 18 of Carnoustie, Chris had reached the remarkable milestone of playing his 500th unique golf course. That’s right, his 500th unique golf course!
When Chris began playing golf with his childhood friends at age twelve, he had no idea it would be such a big part of his adult life. Now, some 55 years later, Chris has played his favorite game in 28 states and 5 foreign countries, all leading up to his “golf trip of a lifetime” last June at Carnoustie.
While the list of courses played over his lifetime certainly includes the obscure, it also includes well-known courses such as St. Andrews, Whistling Straits, Pine Valley, Bandon Dunes, and Augusta National. There was also a seven-year period in which Chris lived in Nigeria, Russia, and China due to his career in agribusiness. This chapter of his life allowed Chris to play at some exotic courses including Ikoyi Club in Lagos, Nigeria, the Moscow Country Club in Russia, and the coastal Shilorean Club in Qingdao, China.
Chris on Swilican Burn Bridge on the Old Course at St. Andrews.
Chris has accrued many wonderful memories throughout his golf career, but one of his fondest is from a time when he was spectating, not playing. In 1988, Chris was attending the Masters in Augusta when he spotted Sandy Lyle at the practice range. Chris was fortunate enough to chat with him for a bit about a tournament in Nigeria in which Chris had played and Sandy had won ten years prior. As the start of the tournament was nearing, Chris wished Sandy good luck and went on his way. Chris was about to witness history. Sandy Lyle’s infamous bunker shot on the final hole set him up for a birdie putt to end the tournament, making him the first Briton to wear the green jacket.
Golf has given Chris many incredible experiences and numerous friendships over his lifetime. His milestone of playing at 500 unique courses is a testament to his dedication and love for the game of golf. It doesn’t seem he is slowing down either. Since June, Chris’s total has risen to 508 unique courses played, 25 of which are in the ClubCorp network!
At 67 years old, Chris has his eyes set on one day being able to “shoot his age.” In the meantime, we would like to congratulate Chris Maynord on his outstanding achievement of golfing at 500+ unique courses and wish nothing but the best for him as his journey continues.
Oak Tree Country Club welcomes a new era.
After settling in as one of the newest members of the ClubCorp family, Oak Tree Country Club is ready to begin its multimillion-dollar renovation to enhance an already fun-filled club lifestyle. The club is located in Edmond, Oklahoma amid the surrounding Oak Tree community, just 15 miles north of Oklahoma City. As part of the planned improvements and upgrades to the clubhouse, members will enjoy several new amenities:
· New bar and reinvented grille and lounge
· New covered outdoor patio with fire pit
· Improved golf experience
· Practice facility improvements
· Updated fitness center and convenient drop-in childcare
· Refreshed tennis facility
As the excitement builds and renovations are about to begin, the members of Oak Tree Country Club look forward to experiencing their new club lifestyle, better than ever!
Walnut Creek Country Club, in Mansfield, Texas, was founded in 1974 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with an exciting renovation. The new Walnut Creek experience – with updates to décor, programs and amenities – is designed to fit the way today’s Members use the club.
On January 18th, the Club hosted a groundbreaking party to get their Member-driven improvements under way. About 250 Members showed up to celebrate, with culinary delights and tours of the planned enhancements, which include a
family-friendly dining room with a patio, improved childcare facility, resort-style pool experience, family activities and resurfaced tennis courts. As they reminisced about good times and talked about the renovation, Members were encouraged to write their own graffiti on the walls of the grille to fuel the excitement and bid a fond farewell to the old spaces.
The new Walnut Creek experience starts now, and Members eagerly await what’s next as the renovations begin!
The secret is out! Shady Valley made exciting new improvements.
Shady Valley Golf Club is now Shady Valley Country Club.
The Arlington, Texas club rebranded with a new name, new logo and an all-new member experience, thanks to renovations they completed last fall. Along with the name change, the club is celebrating its 55th anniversary with a fresh look, stylish designs and new features:
- Toast to good times in the New Bar — Quench your thirst and desire for good conversation in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
- Dine in style at the New Chef's Table — Savor inventive menus and Member favorites handcrafted by the chef.
- Connect with friends at the New Communal Table
— Mingle with friends or befriend a new Member. Everyone is welcome at thecommunal table.
- Relax in the New Media Area — Lounge in a soft seat and watch the best sporting events, news and more.
- Enjoy the New Casual Dining — Dine on culinary delights and enjoy a list of favorite wines and cocktails.
Shady Valley Country Club is looking forward to welcoming everyone to their newly improved club!
ClubCorp’s newest golf tournament is just around the corner! The inaugural Puerto Vallarta Couples Best Ball challenge will take place February 20 – 23, 2014.
Participants will enjoy three nights at the luxurious Casa Velas Hotel Boutique & Beach Club, three rounds of golf at beautiful Marina Vallarta and Vista Vallarta, complimentary meals and cocktail parties, airport and golf course ground transfers as well as a welcome gift bag! Not to mention the not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience outstanding golf in a lush, tropical private haven.
With three distinct courses, tournament participants will truly enjoy a golf experience like none other. Marina Vallarta’s Joe Finger-designed golf course allows you to feel the breeze of the ocean amidst the natural beauty of the Mexican tropic, and Vista Vallarta’s Nicklaus course features lush, rolling terrain while the Weiskopf course boasts a dense jungle terrain.
After a day of incredible golf, competitors will relax in true Mexican luxury at Casa Velas Hotel Boutique & Beach Club, whose elegant, boutique-like atmosphere is perfectly complemented by a garden setting and the surrounding Marina Vallarta golf course.
It’s going to be an incredible tournament with great competition and all the beauty of a lush, tropical paradise. The only question is…have you started packing yet?
Contact Kathy.Walker@ClubCorp.com for registration information.
There’s a new tournament in town!
The tournament will take place April 27 – 29 on Oak Tree’s fierce East Course, a 7,100-yard championship layout designed by the legendary Pete Dye. Scattered with bunkers, the East Course’s challenging landscape has crowned champions like Bob Tway, Gil Morgan, David Edwards, Todd Hamilton and Lucas Glover.
The course’s signature hole is the #16 – a par-4 neighbored by a daunting water hazard down the entire left side of the fairway; a true embodiment of the East Course’s relentless intensity.
If anyone is fit to take on the challenge, it’s the men of Conference USA. We look forward to welcoming them to Oak Tree Country Club in April.
Two schools. One champion. Who will emerge victorious?
Tonight the No. 1 ACC Florida State Seminoles take on the No. 2 SEC Auburn Tigers in the 2014 BCS National Championship. While both teams vie for the BCS title, we’re a little biased in rooting for a Seminoles win; with a world-class alumni club on the campus, and with Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston and the team’s undefeated season, we think they can pull off a victory.
Members of the University Center Club at Florida State University will cheer on the Seminoles at a Club-hosted viewing party tonight. The Club’s Osceola Grille is the spot, and the executive chef has prepared a feast fit for champions so Members can snack in style and root for their team.
Call the club, join the party and help us cheer on the Seminoles in the champion-making game!
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.
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.
See you next year!
Even though the 12 days of Christmas technically takes place from Christmas to January 5th, a couple of Employee Partners from our marketing team thought it would be fun to create a ClubCorp version of the song for the 12 days leading up to Christmas! Maybe you saw our social media posts and tweets? If not, have no fear! Here’s a copy of the song for you to sing along to and cheer! We’ll save you the trouble of going day by day; here’s the ClubCorp Christmas Song for Day 12! Enjoy!
On the twelfth day of Christmas
ClubCorp shares with me:
Twelve Members dining
Eleven golfers golfing
Ten business meetings
Nine parties hosting
Eight couples drinking
Seven kids a swimming
Six muscles toning
Five golf courses
Four types of club
Two wedding bells
and 200 clubs around the country.