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Pamela Bradshaw

A Warm Welcome to Pamela Bradshaw, who joins ClubCorp as the new Director of Risk, replacing Mary Susan Lee who recently moved to Houston to join a real estate company. As Director of Risk, Pamela’s primary responsibilities are to oversee risk and loss prevention, claims management, and the annual insurance renewals. Pamela brings to the organization over 30 years of experience in the risk management and insurance profession. Just prior to joining ClubCorp, she served for six years as Sr. Claims Manager for Advance Auto Parts, Inc., based in Roanoke, Virginia. 

Pamela is very excited to return to Dallas where she previously held positions as Director of Risk with Furmanite Corporation, and Claims Management/Risk Analysis positions with Mary Kay Inc., CEC Entertainment (Chuck E. Cheese’s) and Macy’s Inc. 
Pamela received her BBA from the University of Cincinnati with a dual degree in Finance and Management and recently earned a Certification in Leadership, Executive Education from Hollins University located in Roanoke. Pamela is a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). 

Please welcome Pamela as she visits your club and gets to know all about ClubCorp’s family of clubs!

Kasia Kwiatkowska with Joyce Laurien, ClubCorp Vice President Membership Sales, and Jeff Markowicz, Skyline Club General Manager. Waving during ceremony and with her cake after.

For nearly 10 years, Kasia Kwiatkowska, Membership Director at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis, dreamed about the day she would take the Oath of Allegiance and become an American citizen. Kasia came to the United States from Poland 10 years ago, fresh out of college with just $300 and still learning the English language. It was long, winding and sometimes difficult journey that brought Kasia to Indianapolis and, in 2015, her role at the Skyline Club – which Kasia calls “a match made in heaven."

When the day of Kasia’s Oath of Allegiance and naturalization ceremony finally came, no one from her family – who still live in Poland – could be there, but her ClubCorp family could and they did. Boy, did they! So many fellow Employee Partners attended the ceremony that Kasia had the largest group of supporters in the room. There to cheer Kasia on were Skyline Club General Manager Jeff Markowicz, Sharon Szymanski, ClubCorp Senior Vice President, Membership, and Joyce Laurien, Vice President, Membership Sales (who both flew in from out of town for the ceremony), several other Club staff members, Members and even a few relatives of one of Kasia’s co-workers.

After the ceremony, the group headed back to the Club to enjoy a Polish American Buffet prepared by Executive Chef Eric Hollen. More than 60 people attended – including many Members – all there to celebrate Kasia’s citizenship.

“It would have broken my heart to have been alone at the ceremony,” said Kasia. “Instead I had the most amazing day ever. I feel extremely lucky to be surrounded by and work with so many wonderful people.”

Executive Chef Tim Westby-Gibson

Tim Westby-Gibson, Executive Chef at Ford’s Colony Country Club in Williamsburg, Virginia, recently was featured in Colony Life magazine.

The local publication introduces Chef Tim to the community – he has been at the club less than a year – and talks about his background and wealth of experience plus the positive changes he is making at the club, including an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced produce and food.

“I have been in fine dining in Williamsburg for a long time, and I have seen a lot of regular customers over that time. Some of them are existing members, and some new members,” Tim says in the article. “The ability to know people who come in on a regular basis is what I enjoy about working at Ford’s Colony Country Club.”

Anthem Golf & Country Club in Anthem, Arizona, kicked off the start of the summer season with a Beer Dinner featuring a local brewery, Uncle Bear's. The beer, named after a family Labrador name Bear, offers 11 different beers on draft and in cans. During the Beer Dinner, the club offered seven of those beers with and seven food pairings, crafted by the club’s culinary team led by Executive Chef Mark Lietzke and Chef Shawn Ross. 

More than 60 Members attended, enjoying great beer, great food and even greater friends. Uncle Bear's also gave away 10 Growlers and one lucky Member won a full Growler with their beer of choice.

Anthem Golf & Country Club Beer by Bear's Dinner
Uncle Bear's Brewery, Anthem Golf and Country Club Dinner
Host Marshall Faulk presents winner Josh Scobee with his trophy.

The 19th Annual Celebrity Championship was held last month at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California, with Marshall Faulk – Super Bowl Champion (St. Louis Rams, Super Bowl XXXIV), NFL Hall of Famer and Division 1 football standout – serving as the host. 

Members and the general public were encouraged to come out and watch. The 2017 Celebrity Championship included a two-day Celebrity-Amateur tournament, nightly parties, and a 36-hole, celebrity-only competition. The competition brought over 30 of the best celebrity golfers in the world together to participate in a Celeb-Am Tournament and compete in a celebrity-only competition for a cash purse and the coveted Celebrity Championship trophy. 

Celebrities included former NFL players Terrell Davis and Jerry Rice, professional golfer and former MLB pitcher Rick Rhoden, actors Brian Baumgartner (The Office) and Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle), former NFL player and current CBS sports analyst Marcus Allen, former MLB player Jermaine Dye and former professional soccer player Landon Donovan.

Proceeds from the Celebrity-Amateur, won by former NFL placekicker Josh Scobee, will be donated to The Junior Seau Foundation and The Marshall Faulk Foundation.

Eric Affeldt

Congratulations to Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp CEO, who was inducted into the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor last night during the 21st Annual Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor reception, dinner and induction ceremony at the Hilton University of Houston, planned and executed entirely by a team of student managers. Joining Eric at the event were several ClubCorp Employee Partners, Eric’s two daughters, Ashley and Marisa, and Eric’s childhood friend, Brad Quail, who gave a funny and personal introduction of Eric to attendees that included photos of the two as children.

The Hall of Honor, housed at Hilton College, was created in 1996 to recognize industry leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to American and international business and society. As the Hall of Honor’s 68th inductee, Eric joins the ranks of industry innovators and icons – including Walt Disney, S. Truett Cathy (founder of Chick-fil-A) and Ernest and Julio Gallo – who represent the world’s most successful and recognizable brands. Eric also follows in the footsteps of ClubCorp’s Founder and past Chairman, Robert Dedman Sr., who was inducted in 2000.

Eric was congratulated in a half-page ad that ran in this past Tuesday’s USA Today.

In the days leading up to the event, Eric also participated in a series of “Think Tank” sessions alongside other hospitality leaders. The Think Tanks were open to the entire student body, giving participants a chance to network and learn from the best in the industry about trending topics.

Congratulations, Eric!

The Champions Club is an enhancement to the University Center Club which includes premium club seating located in the South Endzone with access to a new 70,000 square foot venue located on the 4th floor.

Game Day Access 2016

  • University Center Club Members:
  1. 3rd Floor Ballroom
  2. 3rd Floor New Open-Air Concourse
  3. Miller Hall

*University Center Club Members will have the opportunity to purchase singe game Club Seats or more commonly known as "Grille Tickets" starting in May 2016. These tickets will allow access to the following spaces listed below for Champions Club Seat Holders. 

  • University Center Club Member Seat Holders
  1. 4th Floor Champions Club
  2. 6th Floor Grille/Terraces
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The University Center Club welcomed our Members back from the holidays and into the New Year at our monthly Member Mixer last night. Members were able to not only socialize with one another after a long break, but were able to see the new temporary safety wall that was put in place during the holidays for renovations. 

The temporary safety wall is in place so the ceiling for the Champions Club can be constructed. During this time the field view dining area will be raised to the existing floor level and new windows will be installed. 

We have high expectations for this coming year as the club expands with the renovations. We look forward to experiencing the journey of the club with our Members.

Make sure to continue to check our blog for weekly updates on construction and club events.

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You decided and the votes are in – we’re excited to announce the winners of the Best of ClubCorp 2015! Find out which clubs Members voted their Favorite Country Club, Favorite Business Club, Best Service and more. Don’t miss the full spread in the current Access issue inside of Private Clubs magazine, and see all the winners below!

FAVORITE BUSINESS CLUBS

Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

City Club Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA

University of Texas Club

FAVORITE COUNTRY CLUBS

The Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, GA

Firestone Country Club, Akron, OH

Indian Wells Country Club, Indian Wells, CA

BEST VIEWS

Aspen Glen Club, Carbondale, CO

Columbia Tower Club, Seattle, WA

University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA

BEST GOLF HOLES

Firestone South No. 18 | Firestone Country Club, Akron, OH

Mission Hills No. 18 | Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA

BEST SERVICE EXPERIENCES

Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

Commerce Club, Atlanta, GA 

University of Texas Club, Austin, TX

BEST PRACTICE FACILITIES

Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, TX

Firestone Country Club, Akron, OH

Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA

BEST OUTDOOR DINING SPACES

Aspen Glen Club, Carbondale, CO

Las Colinas Country Club, Las Colinas, TX

The Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, GA

BEST DESSERTS

Bananas Foster Tableside | Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

Banana Pudding | Commerce Club, Atlanta, GA

Overall Selection | Harbour Club, Charleston, SC

BEST POOLS

Aspen Glen Club, Carbondale, CO

Braelinn Golf Club, Peachtree City, GA

Brookhaven Country Club, Farmers Branch, TX

The Clubs of Kingwood, Kingwood, TX

Seville Golf & Country Club, Gilbert, AZ 

BEST TENNIS COURTS

Brookhaven Country Club, Farmers Branch, TX

Downtown Club at the Met, Houston, TX

Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA

BEST FITNESS CENTERS

Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, Coto de Caza, CA

Downtown Club at the Met, Houston, TX

Houston City Club, Houston, TX

Morgan Run Club & Resort, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

BEST COCKTAILS

Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

Commerce Club, Greenville, SC

La Cima Club, Irving, TX

University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA

BEST BARS

Capital City Club, Columbia, SC

Commerce Club, Atlanta, GA

Silicon Valley Capital Club, San Jose, CA

University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA 

BEST DRINK SPECIALS

Capital City Club, Columbia, SC

Center Club Orange County, Orange County, CA

Downtown Club at Houston Center, Houston, TX

Morgan Run Club & Resort, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA 

BEST APPETIZERS

Overall Selection | Buckhead Club, Atlanta, GA

Seafood Salad | University Club Atop Symphony Towers, San Diego, CA

BEST DINNERS

Lamb Chops | Buckhead Club, Atlanta, GA

Steak | Citrus Club, Orlando, FL

Steak and Lobster | Harbour Club, Charleston, SC

BEST MEMBER EVENTS

Mardi Gras | La Cima Club, Irving, TX

BEST 19TH HOLES

Braemar Country Club, Los Angeles, CA 

Firestone Country Club, Akron, OH

Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp President and CEO, was named No. 1 on Golf Inc. magazine’s “Most Powerful People in Golf” list for the second year in a row. This prestigious list contains only 30 people across the entire golf industry, and is frequently dominated by golf course operators. The list also includes Jack Nicklaus (No. 3), Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA Tour (No. 4), Mike McCarley, President of the Golf Channel (No. 8), Donald Trump (No. 11) and professional golfer Jordan Spieth (No. 18).

This is the third time Eric has topped the list – he was also ranked No. 1 in 2010 – which is based on the influence of an individual and their organization to positively impact the golf industry.

Congratulations to Eric and to the entire ClubCorp family. The Employee Partners’ hard work and dedication to Building Relationships and Enriching Lives have helped ClubCorp stay on top in the industry.

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