The world is watching intently as the biggest and the best LPGA stars battle it out during the first major on the LPGA tour, the 42nd annual Kraft Nabisco Championship, held April 1-7 at our beautiful Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
The tradition-rich event hosts more than 100 of the top LPGA golfers from all over the world and the prize is much more than a trophy.
The winner gets to share a place in history with some of the biggest icons in womens' golf, a chance to don the famous white robe and take the legendary leap into Poppie's Pond as champion.
In fact, this year is the 25th anniversary of the jump.
In 1988, Amy Alcott, overcome with her excitement after winning the Championship, made the original "splash heard 'round the world" and jumped into Poppie's Pond. The rest is history!
Click here for a timeline of one of the longest-running traditions in women's golf:
ClubCorp is so proud to be a part of this historic tournament, which has been held at the magnificent Mission Hills Country Club since the tournament's inception in 1972. Along with the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., the Kraft Nabisco Championship boasts the longest run of any Major at a single venue.
We're so very honored to be its' host!
The deed is done!
ClubCorp's President and CEO Eric Affeldt put his hair where his mouth is and shaved his head on March 30 to raise much-needed funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
Although the event was for a serious cause, the atmosphere at Trinity Hall Irish Pub in Dallas was upbeat and spirited as families and friends cheered on dozens of other 'shavees' for the 10th Annual St. Baldrick's Day.
To date, Eric has raised almost $70,000 of his $100,000 goal! Well done!
Every little bit helps and if you'd like to support Eric by donating to either or both of these well-deserving charities, please visit:
Here at ClubCorp, we love Springtime! The changing of the seasons means we're getting closer to perfect golf, tennis and patio weather.
If you are entertaining this season and want to wow your guests, why not try one of our great recipes?
Fresh from our innovative Food and Beverage Department, we bring you two recipes ideal for spring:
Cedar Planked Salmon and Asparagus Noodles
Ingredients for one serving:
5oz. Salmon Fillet
5 Asparagus Spears
1/2 Red Tomato, Julienne
2 fl. oz. Dill Shallot Vinaigrette (see below)
1 fl. oz. olive oil
1/4 tsp. Salt and Pepper
1/16 oz. micro greens
1/2 oz. Butter
1 fl. oz. White Wine
- Season the salmon with salt and pepper and pan sear in the olive oil.
- Place on a soaked cedar plank and finish cooking in a 350 degree oven.
- While the salmon is cooking saute the asparagus noodles in the butter and white wine. Be sure to season to taste.
- To plate, place the asparagus noodles and tomatoes on a warm plate, top with the cooked salmon and drizzle with the dill shallot vinaigrette around the plate.
- Garnish with micro greens. To make the asparagus noodles: Take a potato peeler to the asparagus to create the noodles.
Ingredients for Dill Shallot Vinaigrette:
2 fl.oz. fresh dill
2 minced shallots
1 cup sherry vinegar
2 cups olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt and pepper
1 tsp. chopped garlic
- Chop the dill and shallots and mix with the oil and sherry. This is a broken vinaigrette, season with salt and pepper
Goat Cheese Salad with a Maple Sherry Vinaigrette
Ingredients for one serving:
1 oz. mesclun lettuce
6 black berries
1 oz. chopped cooked bacon
2 oz. crusted goat cheese
2 fl. oz. maple sherry vinaigrette
1/8 radicchio lettuce
1/8 frisee lettuce
2 oz. panko bread crumbs
- Bread goat cheese with a standard breading procedure in panko bread crumbs.
- Drop them in a deep fat fryer and fry until golden brown. About 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to fry too long.
- Toss the greens in the maple sherry vinaigrette and place on a chilled plate.
- Top with fried goat cheese and garnish with crumbled bacon and blackberries.
Ingredients for Maple Sherry Vinaigrette:
1cup. Maple Syrup
2/5 cup Sherry Vinegar
1/4 tsp salt and pepper
1 tsp fresh chopped basil
2 tsp minced onion shallots
1 cup olive oil
- Blend all ingredients in blender except the oil
- Gently add oil until desired consistency
- Season to taste.
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.