Official play begins today in the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Players slated to play include Tiger Woods – who has already won the tournament seven times – Ernie Els, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and defending champion Adam Scott.
Firestone Country Club has served as the site of the tournament since 1976. The tournament was originally called the World Series of Golf (1976-1998). In 1999, it became an official World Golf Championships event.
Firestone Country Club is home to a rich golf history. In 1915, Harvey Firestone purchased 1,000 acres of farmland south of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company factory as part of a plan to provide his employees and their families’ houses, schools, churches, a public park – all within proximity to work. He commissioned his landscape architect, Alling DeForest, to design a community. DeForest created the community around a public park shaped like the original Firestone emblem.
Today, the entire community is considered a historic landmark along with its Firestone Country Club, Firestone Stadium and Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Park.
Firestone's Rich Golf History:
- In 2010, the club marks its 57th consecutive year of tournament golf.
- Firestone is the only club to have hosted three nationally televised professional events in one year – 1974.
- Firestone has hosted three PGA Championships and is currently the home of the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational.
ClubCorp CEO Eric Affeldt spoke this week with KRLD's David Johnson on the station's CEO Spotlight series. In the interview, Affeldt discussed ClubCorp's club acquisitions, recently-announced club network addition of Mission Hills China, the renovation of a number of ClubCorp clubs and the changing face of the private clubs including the addition of more family activities and technologies within the clubs.
To listen to the interview click this link: CEO Spotlight--interview with Eric Affeldt
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The Gwinnett Daily Post this week published a nice story on the upcoming 10th Anniversary of Bear's Best Atlanta, a highly rated and unique course with replicas of some of the best holes from Nicklaus courses around the world.
"I'm proud of where we are, because not just golf, it's tough out there, and I think we've weathered the storm. We're in great shape," Bear's Best General Manager Craig Riddle said in the article. "I feel fortunate we've not had to cut back on the experience, the overall experience, course conditions, overall quality of our product has not suffered."
ClubCorp also operates a highly rated Bear's Best course in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Read the entire story on the Gwinnett Daily Post site here: At 10th Anniversary, Bear's Best Adapts to Changing Golf Industry
Congratulations to Lisa Stubbs, the Swim Coach at Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club in Hendersonville, Tennessee, who is the first recipient ever to receive the Amy Caulkins Award from the Nashville Swim League.
Lisa was presented the award during the recent City Meet Championships and recognized for her extensive career in the Nashville Swim League (NSL) as well as her exceptional efforts in giving back to others in need. The Amy Caulkins Award was established to recognize a current NSL coach who is positively impacting the lives of young swimmers as well as making a difference in his or her community and in the world.
Each year County Club of Hilton Head holds an annual Cleats 'n Sneaks event in order to get golf members and tennis members together in a fun day of competition. In this Olympic-style event, the club pairs tennis members and golf members together in teams that compete in a variety of tennis and golf challenges. Each of the 10 teams represent a country. At the end of the day, the points are added up, awards are handed out and the combatants dine together.
The club had 25 members compete in the first year of the event, but now quickly fills the field of 80 contestants.
The Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Georgia, recently celebrated the 4th of July with more than 1,500 Members and Guests in attendance, a record-breaking event for the club.
The day of activities included a DJ at the pool, games, a golf cart and bicycle parade, face-painting, and a kids’ zone. The evening entertainment featured a five-piece band, a Member singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and, finally – the real star of the night – an amazing 20-minute fireworks show.
ClubCorp welcomes to its family Elizabeth Barker-Pinapfel, the new General Manager at Countryside Country Club in Clearwater, Florida.
Elizabeth comes to Countryside from New York, where she most recently served as General Manager at Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Courses located in Pelham Bay Park, New York City’s largest park. In her role there, Elizabeth was not only responsible for club facility operations but for the initial club set-up after an $11 million renovation as well as branding the property and building awareness for the newly created banquet facility.
During that time, she also served on the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as the Chairwoman of the membership committee. Additionally, she played active roles in The Boy Scouts of America, Irish Business Organization, The Mount Vernon Chamber, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and was on the Board of Advisors for the American Lung Association. Dedicated to working with and for the local community, Elizabeth has been honored several times, including being named by The Irish Voice as one of The 50 Most Influential Women 2011.
Elizabeth’s career serving in the golf industry earned her a place in the top 20 of Golf Inc. magazine’s 2008 “Most Admired Operators” list.
In addition to the presence of ClubCorp on Facebook (facebook.com/clubcorp), 131 of our ClubCorp Clubs also maintain a Facebook page. The clubs are using Facebook as an efficient way to communicate with members regarding club activities, events and achievements and also to provide information to members and non-members alike on the how the club helps build relationships and enrich lives within the local community. Below are links to the Facebook pages of each of the clubs with a page. Check them out...and don't forget to LIKE those closest to you!
With the Summer Olympics fast approaching, former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton visited The Mid-America Club in Chicago recently as part of a Cigna Forum Motivation One-Day Seminar held at the club.
More than 150 attended the event, during which Retton served as the guest of honor and motivational speaker. Retton catapulted to international fame when she scored perfect 10's on the floor exercise and vault to win the gold medal in the all-around competition during the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles, becoming the first women form outside Eastern Europe to win the gold medal in the all-around.