The holidays at Oak Pointe Country Club are all about creating magic moments for Members! The Club started the holiday season off with a Pumpkin Pie Family Night, wherekids get to play chef and make their own pumpkin pies. Ingredients are lined up on long tables and Executive Chef Pat Srock helps the littlest Members prepare and mix the pies. While the pies cook, Member Relations Coordinator Dori Gulick entertains the children with games and races.
During Gingerbread Night the tables overflow with candy, frosting and gingerbread houses. Parents and grandparents come to watch, help decorate and dine. This year, two special guests – an elf and one of Santa’s reindeer – stopped in to check on the children.
The Santa Brunch is the grand finale with Santa Claus sitting in a sleigh – made of real gingerbread and frosting! – surrounded by Christmas trees, reindeer and even a mailbox for Santa’s letters. Entire families, including the parents and grandparents, get their photos taken with Santa. By the end of the event, the mailbox is full of letters from the kids, who each later receive a letter back from Santa. Many of the kids inevitably ask, “Where is Santa’s real sleigh?” and the answer is always, "Up on the roof with the reindeer, of course!"
Great job to the Oak Pointe staff for working together as a team to offer these wonderful events to Members!
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.”
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)
On Saturday December 7th Venus Williams stopped by Mission Hills Country Club to showcase her tennis and active wear line, EleVen by Venus. Inspired by her legendary tennis career, Venus wanted to create a clothing line that did not restrict movement and that “allowed you to express your individuality, cultivate strength and confidence and makes you feel good every time you put it on” (quote courtesy of https://elevenbyvenus.com/).
To exhibit her clothes, Venus put on a fashion show at Mission Hills, which was a huge success! Members were so excited about the clothes that they even bought quite a few items at the Pro Shop after the show.
Aside from the fashion show, there was a Q&A session with Venus where she reflected on her tennis career. Incase you didn’t know, Venus holds 22 Grand Slam titles (seven in singles, 13 in women’s doubles and two in mixed doubles), is considered one of the best grass court players, is a former World No. 1 ranked player and is an all-time great in women’s tennis! Oh, did we forget to mention the four Olympic gold medals she won too? Needless to say, Venus has had an amazing tennis career and has a promising future with her clothing line and other endeavors.
EleVen’s motto “look good, play well” was illustrated at Mission Hills not only in the fashion show that took place, but on the faces of all the Members wearing their new clothes.
Congratulations to Florida State University for clinching the Atlantic Coast Conference title this weekend after a 45-7 victory over Duke University. FSU is now set to play Auburn University in theBCS Championship at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014.
Over the weekend, the University Center Club at FSU hosted a banquet for the football team in their ballroom. Tim Drown, Regional Executive Chef at UCC, even displayed a special ice carving for the team! It was a great evening to celebrate and honor the Seminoles' achievement.
University of North Carolina students who were unable to travel home for Thanksgiving still enjoyed a deliciously grand meal at The Carolina Club, which hosted a Member-sponsored Thanksgiving feast for all those left on campus.
According to WNCN News, Brian Gottfried, a UNC senior, couldn't travel home for the holiday because he is "a member of the marching band who was playing at the football gam
e that weekend." He was “incredibly grateful. I think Thanksgiving is a great holiday to be able to share with a lot of people and being able to share it with the students and having the generosity to be able to do that in a time when a lot of people are off doing their own thing has been wonderful."
In the spirit of giving, Carolina Club Members paid for students' dinners, some Members providing as many as 10 meals. Overall 195 students from 30 countries enjoyed a meal the Carolina Club this Thanksgiving.
A special thanks to the sponsors of the event, The Carolina Club Members and the UNC Educational Foundation for their kindness and generosity.
Photo Courtesy of WNCN News
How often do you take the time to thank the people in your community who risk their lives every day to ensure your safety and comfort? Recently, Pyramid Club in Philadelphia hosted the inaugural "Heroes Among Us 2013" to do just that. It was a local event honoring community leaders and benefitting the families of fallen police officers.
Heroes Among Us paid tribute to the brave men and women of the police department who continuously risk their lives to protect the city of Philadelphia, as well as remembered the 280 local officers who were injured or killed in the line of duty. Following a cocktail reception and dinner, an awards ceremony took place where Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey presented the Community Hero Award to David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, for his significant contributions, extraordinary leadership and commitment to helping the community.
$108,000 was raised for the Survivor’s Fund, which provides financial support and assistance the families of those Philadelphia police officers injured or killed.
Thank you to everyone who continues to risk their lives for their community.
The USPTA Tennessee Chapter has awarded Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club's Tennis Director Bill Riddle the 2013 Tennessee Tennis Facility of the Year award!
Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club tennis offers a full schedule of social and competitive events, programs and activities for Members and the local community. Some programs include, camps, charity events, USTA Jr. Team Tennis, 10 and under tennis programs, local high school tennis matches, USPTA certification workshops and testing as well the USPTA summer coaches' workshop.
The award presentation took place on Saturday during the annual coaches' workshop at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville.
So you are finally done clearing your yard of scarecrows and carved pumpkins, and your kids are now actual zombies from their lack of sleep over the Halloween weekend. Now you are left with the paralyzing thought that it is already November.
What are my Thanksgiving plans? December is right around the corner. What do I buy everyone for Christmas? Have I been true to my 2013 New years Resolution? Wait, the time changed this weekend, right?
Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the month of November, read some of the interesting facts about this celebratory month below! I can't guarantee you will feel less stressed, but at least you'll learn a thing or two!
Daylight Savings Time
While twins born at 11:55 p.m. and 12:05 a.m. may have different birthdays, Daylight Saving Time can change birth order -- on paper, anyway. During the time change in the fall, one baby could be born at 1:55 a.m. and the sibling born ten minutes later, at 1:05 a.m. In the spring, there is a gap when no babies are born at all: from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
In November 2007, Laura Cirioli of North Carolina gave birth to Peter at 1:32 a.m. and, 34 minutes later, to Allison. However, because Daylight Saving Time reverted to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m., Allison was born at 1:06 a.m.
- Read more DLT facts here
- About 280 million turkeys are sold annually for Thanksgiving.
- Of the 102 people on the Mayflower, only about half of them were what have traditionally come to be known as Pilgrims. The others, which are called "Strangers", were just people hitching a ride to the New World.
- Read more Thanksgiving here
- There is no mention of the month of November in any of Shakespeare's plays or sonnets.
- November has been designated National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month.
Happy November, everyone!
Some of you associate this month with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the start of the Holiday season - maybe even No Shave November!
While all of those are true, one of those stands out more than the rest: the start of the Holiday season. Yes, it’s only November 1 and no one is worrying about what presents to buy yet (or if you are, kudos - you're ahead of the game!), but everyone should start planning for family dinners and other holiday gatherings. … and what better place to create magic moments and lasting memories than at a Club in the ClubCorp family!
Would you rather spend Thanksgiving in your own home? Let us take care of the cooking! Order turkeys to go from Canyon Creek.
Looking for the perfect location for your company’s holiday party? Look no further than the ClubCorp clubs in your area! We’ll “wrap” up all the details for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!
With the holiday season also comes a lot of new engagements - congratulations to those holiday lovebirds! Our professional wedding coordinators can help you plan your dream wedding at the club of your choice. You don’t need to be a Member to book, so your locations and options are endless.
Here's a little inspiration to help you get into the holiday spirit:
‘Tis the season to be jolly!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Santa Clause is comin’ to town!
Happy New Year!
Okay, we may be getting ahead of ourselves...
Matt Ginella, host of the Golf Channel’s show Morning Drive recently visited Vista Vallarta Club de Golf in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to tape a segment for an upcoming episode of Ginella’s Journeys in Mexico. In this segment, Ginella highlights three golf destinations in Mexico – Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Cancun – show casing spectacular Mexico golf as well as the registered Golf Now golf courses. At Vista Vallarta, Ginella and Member Joe Newton played the No. 6 hole on the Nicklaus Signature Course, and the No. 15 on the Weiskopf Signature Course. Ginella was intrigued by the “optical illusion” from the tee of the multi-tiered green. While they played, Newton shared local golf course knowledge and mentioned that ClubCorp's Marina Vallarta Club de Golf golf course is located nearby. The two clubs are located near the CasaMagna Marriott Resort, who is one of ClubCorp’s affiliate partners. Marriott hotel guests can enjoy all-inclusive golf privileges at both clubs with the "Stay and Play" package.
Ginella, who graciously donned a Vista Vallarta hat throughout taping, commented that he loved the facility and would like to return and play all of ClubCorp’s 36 holes offered in Mexico! The episode will air on the Golf Channel in the next few weeks so stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, here's a little teaser for you.