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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. 

Pyramid Club Heroes

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.

Congratulations, Bill! 

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

Bonus Facts

  • 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!

Spend Thanksgiving with your family at Centre Club in Tampa or at Hartefeld National in Pennsylvania. They'll prepare a wonderful feast featuring all of your holiday favorites.

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! 

What about New Year’s? That’s only 60 days away! Spend it at Piedmont Golf Club’s Casino Night! For reservations click here

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. 


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. 

Coto trio photo

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.

“Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble” (Macbeth)! …Oh no, the witches have begun to brew, as the spookiest night of the year draws near!

Before they cast a spell on us, hopefully we can all make it to the fang-tastic Halloween parties around. There’s the Monster Mash at The Metropolitan Club, Halloween Spookatcular at Tampa Palms, Ghosts of Hackberry's Past at Hackberry Creek and more! It’ll be a howlin’ good time! Be sure to contact your home Club to see what chills and thrills they have planned for you!

Jolly Jack-O Lanterns!... What are you going to wear?! Well, according to Google Shopping, the top trending costume searches this year are:

  • Minion costume (Despicable Me)
  • Breaking Bad costume
  • Fox costume (“What Does the Fox Say” music video)
  • Duck Dynasty costume
  • Miley Cyrus costume
  • Minecraft costume (video game abut breaking and placing blocks)
  • Deenarys costume (Game of Thrones)
  • Batman costume
  • Gatsby costume
  • Daft Punk costume

Terror-ific costumes, don’t you think? Don’t forget about the classic witch, pirate, mummy, and ghosts too! While some costumes may seem twerkingly funny, we ask that all attire is family spook-proof at Club events.

Happy haunting!

Imagine traveling to Las Vegas for a chance to win one million dollars! That dream became a reality for Hunter’s Green Country Club Member JoAnne Tucker and her mother Anna Zovko, when they were chosen out of thousands of people to compete in the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest! What makes this mother-daughter story so special is that they both qualified as finalists on their own!


The Bake-Off® contest is broken down into three categories: dinners, appetizers/sweets and breakfast. Each contestant had to submit an original recipe following the criteria given: no more than seven ingredients, 30 minutes or less of preparation, and two different eligible ingredients. Pillsbury narrowed down each category to 60 semi-finalists and then asked everyone to vote for their favorite. JoAnne and Anna marketed themselves together to try to get as many votes as possible. They passed out samples JoAnne’s breakfast bars with the slogan, “Vote for both and make a dream come true!” 

JoAnne and Anna really enjoy cooking and baking together. “Being finalists together is just icing on the cake,” JoAnne said. They want to thank all of their friends and family for support, but most of all the Hunter’s Green community. “We are truly appreciative of all their help and support throughout this process.” 

The top 33 finalists in each category will compete in the Bake-Off® in Las Vegas from November 10-12th for a chance to win one million dollars!

We love this story for two reasons: it shows how a mother's and daughter’s hobby turned into something great, as well as how the ClubCorp Tampa community stood behind their fellow Members to help them achieve their dream. 

After reading this post, we bet all of you are hungry; here are the links to JoAnne's and Anna’s recipes. Happy baking!

JoAnne — Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars

Anna — Chicken Alfredo Brunch Pizza 

To many, golf is just a game. To those who know it best, however, it is microcosm of life. At its essence, golf is an individual in pursuit of, over 9 or 18 holes, being the best he or she can be on that day. Golf encompasses many of the same decisions and dynamics we face in any given day: showing up, selecting the right tool for the task, balancing risk vs. reward, conduct with dignity and proper etiquette, playing fair, having fun and finishing no matter what challenges were faced. Because golf is in so many respects akin to life, quotes about the game often hold wisdom that can apply off the course as well. Here are ten of our favorite quotes about golf that also apply to every day life.

Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies. - Bobby Jones 

It's a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get. - Arnold Palmer

The most important shot in golf is the next one. - Ben Hogan

It takes hundreds of good golf shots to gain confidence, but only one bad one to lose it. - Jack Nicklaus 

Missing a short putt does not mean you have to hit your next drive out of bounds. - Henry Cotton 

Keep your sense of humor. There's enough stress in the rest of your life not to let bad shots ruin a game you're supposed to enjoy. - Amy Alcott 

One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot - the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something. - Peter Jacobsen 

Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses much more so than it is a game of your perfect shots. - Dr Bob Rotella 

Forget your opponents; always play against par.- Sam Snead

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. - Ben Hogan

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