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!
And it's going to be big.
Not only is the player lineup loaded with local Texan stars, but the Shootout is offering rare opportunities for both collegiate and highschool players to play alongside the LPGA pros.
On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the North Texas College Shootout was held at Las Colinas with two spots at the Shootout on the line.
After a beautiful morning on the course, two lead ladies emerged and tied for first and second. Madison Pressel of the University of Texas and Casey Grice of the University of North Carolina snagged the two sponsor's exemption spots with scores of even-par 71.
As if playing on their first LPGA tour wasn't enough, both ladies had a different added bonus.
Madison Pressel, a senior at UT, is the younger sister of LPGA star Morgan Pressel, who is also scheduled to play at the Shootout.
"Being able to play my first round in an LPGA tournament with my sister will be awesome," said Madison.
Casey Grice, although a junior far away at UNC, calls College Station, Texas, home.
"This is a great opportunity for me to play with the pros," said Grice, a junior at UNC. "I'm [a native], so I was excited to see the LPGA return to North Texas."
Chelsea Mocio and Katerina Ruzickova are teammates at Texas A&M and from placing third and fourth have earned the opportunity to play in the LPGA Monday Qualifier on April 22 against a field of professionals competing for two spots in the LPGA tournament proper. Mocio carded a 73 and Ruzickova finished with a 74.
The North Texas LPGA Shootout will be held April 25-28, 2013. The 144-player official money tournament is the Tour’s first in the North Texas region in more than 20 years.
For tickets and information on available pro-am spots please Click Here.
Out of 33 Country Clubs and nine Golf Clubs, 12 of our well-deserving Clubs made Avid Golfer's coveted Dallas/Forth Worth "The Best of The Private Clubs" 2013 list.
And the winners are....
Gleneagles (which also won "Most Grand Clubhouse" and "Most Female Friendly')
Timarron (which also won "Bet You'll Get Lost Going There")
Las Colinas (which also won "Best Lunch Menu" and "Club Most in Need of a New Name")
Stonebridge Ranch (which also won "Most Difficult Golf Course")
Trophy Club (which also won "Most Improved Practice Facility")
Brookhaven (Which also won "Best Overall Family Course")
and Shady Valley
Congratulations to all our winners! Click here to read the Avid Golfer article.
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!
Although it made a perfect backdrop for the classic Kevin Costner golf flick “Tin Cup” when it was filmed there in the mid-1990s, The Clubs of Kingwood near Houston needed a little tender loving care and help coming into the 21st century.
“We were seriously outdated, our dining room was literally a banquet room with banquet chairs and our bar consisted of two bar-stools that were at least 25 years old,” said Director of Golf Darrell Fuston.
The Clubs of Kingwood is one of the world’s largest private country clubs, therefore a significant amount of time and effort went into the reinvention; and ever since the Club’s grand re-opening in November 2012, the changes have been very apparent.
“What stands out to me is how much different the place feels, and we haven’t even gotten to our prime good weather time!” said Fuston.
The Club is located in Kingwood, Texas, a community in Northeast Houston, where a nice day never goes wasted by staying inside.
During the winter months, Members thoroughly enjoyed the new fire-pits and as the temperatures have been rising, the beautiful new outdoor covered and un-covered patios are beginning to see more traffic.
“What’s cool is we’re getting into our golf outing season and people who are not Members are coming in and their eyes are popping out,” said Fuston with a laugh.
Be sure to take a look at the articles:
"Clubs of Kingwood in middle of golf reinvention" by Mike Bailey
"The Clubs of Kingwood offers an archetype for success" by Mike Bailey
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!
Women, Wine and Wisdom, a monthly program held at The Commerce Club in Greenville, S.C., celebrated Black History Month during February’s program titled “What a difference a generation makes.”
Before the speakers took center stage, the 100 or so attendees enjoyed light complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine while they met and mingled with the other women, and handful of brave men, who came.
Later on, everyone took their seats and allowed the speakers to take control of the room.
Anna Smith, an 80-years-young Commerce Club Member, transported the group to the era when the United States was legally racially segregated, an era she grew up in. Anna was a former teacher and wife to the late Honorable Willie T. Smith Jr., a judge who helped protect human and civil rights in South Carolina.
The second speaker, Nika White, is the vice president of Diversity and Inclusion for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and was born after African-Americans won legal equality in America. She offered a slightly different, and more modern side to the plight of African-American women.
It was an emotionally and intellectually-enriching evening, and the attendees were able to take away as much as they wanted from both of these women's drastically different stories and experiences.
“The event went really well,” said Stephanie Nix, member relations coordinator at the Club. “The speakers were wonderful and many Members were able to bring guests, so there was a wide variety of people who came.”
If you are in or near Greenville, S.C., you should check out the Club’s monthly offerings of Wine, Women and Wisdom.
On March 13, 2013 the Club will invite various speakers to discuss the family court system and what it tells us about living life.
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.
With more than 9 million views on YouTube, this memorable Nike Golf commercial featuring Tiger Woods and Rory McIIroy makes a hole-in-one look easy.
To many of our Southern California Members, the backdrop for the commercial may look extremely familiar since it was filmed at the beautiful Braemar Country Club in Los Angeles!
"We get approached by a lot of studio companies do to commercials here," said Stacy Crawmer, member relations director at the Club.
Along with a few upcoming projects on the horizon, there have been numerous commercials and tv shows filmed at Braemar, including episodes from Cougar Town, The Office and Jonas L.A.
It was a day full of fun, food and furry friends!
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!
“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.