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More than 90 Members and Guests from the Capital Community celebrated the summer last month with an Island Themed HUB event at the newly renovated pool area at Chantilly National Golf and Country Club in Centreville, Virginia.

Tropical sounds of steel drums played in the background while attendees learned how to hula, watched a flame-thrower perform, and sip on cocktails before casting their ballots in the Island Cocktail competition. Congrats to all of the Employee Partners who played a role in making the event such a success, showed your creativity with the table decorations and provided a fun atmosphere for the Members and Guests to enjoy.

And special kudos to The City Club of Washington for the winning “Painkiller” cocktail, which earned the club the coveted Coconut Trophy.

After being challenged by Sequoia Golf and some of our own clubs, the ClubCorp executive team accepted the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. The team consisted of:

  • Eric Affeldt - President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Curt McClellan – Chief Financial Officer
  • Mark Burnett - Chief Operating Officer
  • Ingrid Keiser - General Counsel, Secretary and Executive Vice President of People Strategy
  • Dan Tilley – Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

ALS is a cause close to ClubCorp’s heart and this particular Ice Bucket Challenge was accepted in support of Augie Nieto and ALS TDI

Augie Nieto, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2005, founded Augie’s Quest, which has raised more than $36 million in donations to support ALS Research. 

Each year all of the ClubCorp Clubs open their doors to host annual Charity Classic fundraising events where Members, family and friends alike give, golf, dine and celebrate. All of the collected proceeds are divided between each Club’s local charity of choice, ClubCorp’s Employee Care Foundation (E.P.C.F.) which helps Employee Partners of ClubCorp’s family of clubs in need of financial assistance in times of need, and Augie’s Quest, an organization determined to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). 

Visit classic.als.net to learn about Charity Classic events happening at Clubs in your area!

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The #ALSIceBucketChallenge is in full swing across Facebook and Twitter, and the ClubCorp family of clubs can’t get enough! Especially since ALS is a cause that is close to our company’s heart.

Each year, the ClubCorp Charity Classic opens the doors of our private clubs to help those in need. Members, family and friends alike give, golf and dine during our nationwide, one-day charity event, donating more than $10 million since the Classic began in 2007.

The proceeds are divided between each Club’s local charity of choice, ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation (E.P.C.F.) which helps Employee Partners of ClubCorp's family of clubs in need of financial assistance in times of crisis and Augie’s Quest, an organization determined to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Since its inception in 2006, Augie's Quest has raised more than $36 million in donations to support ALS research. Its founder, Augie Nieto, was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 and since then, Augie and his family have worked with the ALS Therapy Development Institute towards effective treatments and cures.

So how can you help? Besides accepting the #ALSIceBucketChallenge and raising awareness along with making a charitable donation, become a part of your Club’s Charity Classic event! Visit classic.als.net to learn more and find upcoming Charity Classic events.

Do a lot of good. Have a lot of fun. Sign up for your Home Club's Charity Classic today!

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More than 375 Members and Guests (75 of whom were potential new Members) attended the recent Chairman’s Grand Reopening Gala unveiling the reinvented Capital City Club in Montgomery, Alabama.

Attendees were greeted with a glass of Champagne and a Warm Welcome from the staff and encouraged to tour each room while enjoying wine, beer and food tastings. 

The event included the new Executive Chef, Kent Graham, on hand to discuss his philosophy about the art of planning, preparing and presenting dishes; a ribbon-cutting; and VIP attendees such as Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, who talked about his love of the club, and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.

Membership Director Phyllis Fenn was on hand with membership information, and private event food and drinks stations lined the walls to give the crowd an idea of what private event packages looked, smelled and tasted like.

Members and Guests also participated in a social media hashtag challenge with the person submitting the best photo from the Gala, tagged as #CCCreimagined, receiving a wine tasting for four!

Friends from other ClubCorp Clubs also joined the party. Commerce Club’s General Manager Everrett Butler worked with Summit Club’s General Manager Richard Davis, Membership Director Jayme Rotch, and Private Event Director Frances Damian to help recruit new Members, discuss private event information, and mingle about the new renovations.

The hard work of the staff paid off as the event was a great success as all who attended have a new appreciation for the club and all that it has to offer.

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It was a joyful evening recently when Beckham, a child who has a love for the water, participated in his first swim meet on the Orca Swim Team at Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton, Michigan. The staff came to know the family well as they frequented the pool often with Beckham and their older son, Chase, a former Orca swimmer and now an Assistant Coach.

Beckham completed the 25-meter free-stroke and the 25-meter back-stroke all by himself with his older brother at his side. His parents, thrilled and proud, sent a heartfelt message to the club, thanking all of the coaches by name and saying:

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“We have come a million miles! And to all our friends....there were a lot of joyful tears! Go Orcas!"

This moment brought tears to all who know Beckham and his family and the staff was so proud to have been a part of the family’s touching Magic Moment. Kudos to Head Coach Mark Sweeso and Assistant Coaches Alex Geddis, Taylor Tuthill, Josh Whitson and Chase Nielson.

This week Stonebriar Country Club hosted the inaugural “ClubCorp 100 Hole Challenge” – a partnership between ClubCorp and The First Tee of Greater Dallas. The event served to raise money youth development and life skills lessons through golf programs.

Members and Employee Partners from 11 DFW-area ClubCorp clubs participated, braving the Texas heat and each playing a total of 100 holes of golf in a single day. Together, they raised over $48,000!

Gleneagles Country Club raised the most money, with $14,370. Brookhaven Country Club took second place and the host, Stonebriar Country Club, raised the third highest amount.

Chad Pinson, the Head Golf Pro at Gleneagles said, “It has been an honor to represent Gleneagles Country Club and ClubCorp in supporting The First Tee of Greater Dallas. Our members rallied around this incredible cause and raised impressive funds. We look forward to next year’s event.” 

To donate or get involved, please visit www.tiny.cc/ccchallenge.

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Congratulations to Greg Carso, Executive Chef at The Metropolitan Club, who recently won the 2014 Battle of the Metal Chefs. The Chicago Community of clubs teamed with House of Blues Chicago for the 10th anniversary of this year’s Battle of the Metal Chefs cooking competition, which was held in the Music Hall at the House of Blues.

Chef Carso had some stiff competition, cooking against Michael Pivoney, Executive Chef at The Mid-America Club, and John Hughs, House of Blues Foundation Room Chef, to create original culinary delights around this year’s mystery ingredient – brie (the French cheese was aptly chosen as the cooking event took place on France’s national holiday Bastille Day). Takashi Yagihashi, of Slurping Turtle and Takashi restaurants and who was featured on Iron Chef America and Top Chef Duels, served as the celebrity guest judge. 

More than 300 attended Battle Brie which featured a French décor, French Champagne tastings, passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the night, live entertainment, a DJ and an emcee and raised more than $4,000 for the House of Blues Foundation. 

Congratulations to Chef Carso and to all involved in the success of this year’s Battle of Metal Chefs.

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Welcome back to ClubCorp’s Firestone Country Club for the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational! The Club is serving as the site of the tournament for the 15th year and 2014 not only marks the 61st consecutive year of professional tournament golf at the Firestone, but the Club also unveiled an exciting multimillion-dollar reinvention!

This year 76 players, including defending champion and eight-time winner Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth (playing the Bridgestone Invitational for the first time) are slated to take on the illustrious South Course – also known as “The Monster” – and compete for the $9 million purse. Best of luck to all the players!

Firestone is home to 54 holes of challenging, world-class golf among three private courses – the North, South and West Courses. Improvements from the Club’s recent multimillion-dollar reinvention include:

  • New warm and welcoming lobby and reception area
  • Updated 1929 Grille with contemporary décor featuring a new full bar, casual dining, TVs throughout and stunning golf course views
  • Redefined private event and meeting spaces
  • New outdoor patios featuring fire pits and à la carte dining 

We look forward to welcoming competitors, tournament guests and Members to this year’s World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational. See you at the tournament!

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Congratulations to Brent Cohen, Ben Hanson and Robert Ferreira – all three, who have worked together for several years as a team and last year earned two Gold and one Silver Circle of Excellence Awards, are taking on new leadership roles in the West Region of the Golf and Country Club Division. 

Brent Cohen (pictured left) has been named General Manager at Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Gig Harbour, Washington. Most recently, Brent served as General Manager at Empire Ranch Golf Club in Folsom, California, and Turkey Creek Golf Club in Lincoln, California. Brent and his wife, Sara, 5-year-old daughter, Hailey, and 2-year-old son, Brandon, are excited about their move to Washington, the cooler temperatures and their new adventures.

Taking over as General Manager at Empire Ranch is Ben Hanson (pictured right). Ben joined ClubCorp as Head Golf Professional at Empire Ranch in 2010, worked under the leadership of Brent for four years and is now ready to step into the General Manager role. Ben and his wife, Stephanie, live in Roseville, California, and have two daughters – 2-year-old Grace, 1-year-old Sloane – and another child due at the beginning of next year.

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Robert Ferreira (left) will continue serving as General Manager at Teal Bend Golf Club in Sacramento, where he has been employed since 1999 and General Manager since 2010. However, Robert will also now serve as General Manager at Turkey Creek Golf Club. Robert and his wife, Sasha, and sons Dylan, 9, and Luke, 7, live in Woodland, California, and, with Robert’s dual leadership opportunity, are happy to remain there where they are deeply rooted in the Woodland Little League.

Congratulations again to Brent, Ben and Robert!

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Congratulations to Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, and their PGA Junior Team, which won the first season of the PGA Junior League in Southern Nevada. The Junior Team, consisting of twelve juniors ranging in ages 9-13, competed against teams from prestigious clubs in the area, including TPC Summerlin, TPC Las Vegas, Anthem Country Club and Boulder Creek Golf Club. The team was coached by Member Mike Salerno with help from Canyon Gate First Golf Assistant Toby Meacham.

With the win of the League, Canyon Gate will get the honor of having four of the ten junior players on the Las Vegas all-star team, which will compete against the Phoenix all-star team in early August and will be coached by Canyon Gate Head Golf Professional David Smith. A win in August will take the club to the Southwest Section and, more wins, eventually to the regional in September in San Francisco.

Congrats again to Canyon Gate and good luck!

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