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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:


“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


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.


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!


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.


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!


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!


The University of Texas Club in Austin recently completed a five-month, multimillion-dollar renovation. The club held a 2014 New Member Round-Up Preview Party to celebrate its grand re-opening in June, inviting Members and their prospects to get a first look at the club. New features include the redesigned Longhorn Bar with casual dining, new Texas Star banquette seating and community Joiners Tables, new media area with 103-inch big-screen TV and new Darrell K Royal Power Boardroom with HD videoconferencing, named for the late UT head football coach. The new boardroom features pictures and sayings made famous by the legendary coach. Many current and former members of the UT Athletic Staff attended the event, including former Head Football Coach Mack Brown.




Events begin today in the Midwest Classic Tour (July 21-27) at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kansas. 

In addition to the players taking to the course for practice rounds, activities throughout the beginning of the week include a family night, free junior golf clinic and trick shot exhibition. The Pro-Am takes place Wednesday with official tournament play Thursday through Sunday.

Nicklaus Golf Club has hosted the Midwest Classic for the past three years and is the only golf course in the Kansas City area to host a professional tournament. The Members make up the majority of volunteers and even get the opportunity to host the players. It is an exciting week for the club and the staff, who all are honored to host the Tour and bring fun and excitement to the Kansas City area.

For the tournament schedule, click here


The inaugural Couples Invitational at Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton, Michigan, was a big hit. The theme was “007” and Members, who dressed for the occasion, enjoyed a delicious brunch and a photo session before they hit the course, where they were treated with appetizers along the way. 

While the Members played, the staff transformed the dining room into a “007” set that would impress even the British Secret Service. The centerpieces – tall cylinders with martini glasses filled with water, red stones, colorful drink stirrers and a beta fish – were the talk of the club while the prize table, flowing with golf and satin, received comments as well. 

The golfers took part in a competitive shootout before returning to clubhouse, where they were wined, dined, entertained and awarded prizes. As one delighted Member put it, the event was “Over the top” and lots of fun.


Baylor Club, located in the new McLane Stadium, is Central Texas’ premier business and social club. Featuring top-of-the-line dining facilities and abundant event space, Baylor Club is the perfect backdrop for your home away from home. Set to open on August 31, Baylor Club has already kicked off its membership with over 375 Members and climbing!

With panoramic views of McLane Stadium and downtown Waco, Baylor Club provides an elegant setting and signature service to help you coordinate your special event from beginning to end. Baylor Club consists of a variety of private event space to accommodate groups of all sizes – including a dramatic ballroom with 40’ ceilings for up to 450 seated guests, an outdoor terrace overlooking the football field, suite lounges and more. Baylor Club has already booked multiple weddings for 2015, as well as non-profit galas, class reunions and a multitude of additional business and social functions.

Members of Baylor Club have exclusive access to daily dining in our Member Dining Room, featuring expansive views of Waco, an open kitchen to watch our Chef prepare culinary creations and a patio area for outdoor dining. During Baylor University home football games, Members will enjoy special tailgate festivities in Knox Hall including live music and delicious game day fare.

Interested in joining Baylor Club? Signing parties will be hosted in San Antonio, Dallas and Waco, for prospective Members to learn more about the Club in a fun and interactive setting. For more information, or to make a reservation for a Signing Party, please contact Evie Callaway at Baylor Club has also launched an e-application to provide an easy-to-use, streamlined application process for prospective Members. 

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