ClubCorp Blog

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Jeremy Steiner, Golf Professional at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Office Administrator Jessica Rudd recently organized a very special Magic Moment with a tribute to the club’s oldest founding Member.

The Member, Ann Ratomsky, who is 91 years old, still plays a little golf, walks to the club everyday for coffee and conversation and happens to make some of the best chocolate cookies ever. She also, from time to time, has requested a bench be put near the putting green.

This past year, Ratomsky’s husband passed away and she suffered a minor stroke.

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It was then that Jeremy and Jessica decided they needed to celebrate Ratomsky and all that she means to the club.

They surprised her – along with many of the Women’s League golfers – with flowers, Champagne, a luncheon and a bench on the putting green with a plaque in her name. Ratomsky was shocked and touched by the gesture. She not only uses the bench daily as she practices her swing but always wants to know who else has been sitting on “her” bench.

A very special Magic Moment indeed!

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The staff and Members at Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas have been carefully following the USGA Senior Amateur Championship that started over the weekend at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, California, as not one, but two Canyon Gate Members competed.

Bruce Belcoure (left) and Frank Abbott (right) proudly represented the Club in the national tournament for amateur golf competitors, which began with 36 holes of stroke play with the top 64 competitors advancing to the match play portion. It is rare that, with just 156 players from more than 2,250 entries, two Members from one Club would qualify to compete. Belcoure, low qualifier at TPC Summerlin on August 18, earned his place at his first Senior Amateur with an even-par 72. Abbott tied for low qualifier with one-over-par 73 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, on August 27. This was his fifth trip to the national event, at which he was finalist (runner-up) in 2003.

Frank and Bruce played well on a long, hard course but missed the cut set at 149, the lowest in USGA Senior Amateur history. 

“Both these men are still considered champions in our eyes!” says Canyon Gate Country Club.

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This past weekend the Tennis Department at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas held a 12-hour continuously running marathon doubles tennis match to raise money toward the club’s Charity Classic fundraising.

With a goal of raising $400, doubling the Tennis Department’s contribution over last year, more than 20 participants played two hour shifts, with a new team rotating in every hour. Players included both Members and Guests – including a reunion of mixed doubles partners, a father/daughter team, and old friends – plus several Tennis Department staff members and even Membership Director Joe Cotter, who surprised everyone with his skills on the court. 

Play was nearly interrupted at one point when a team had to cancel at the last minute but, luckily, the continuity was saved when one of the doubles team volunteered to play an extra two hours, for a total of four hours on the court.

At the end of the marathon – which began at 8 a.m. and ended at 8 p.m. – and thanks to one player’s extra contribution, the event raised a total of $500 – exceeding the goal.

The club already is discussing next year’s event and extending the marathon to 36 hours, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and playing through 8 p.m. on Sunday with playing going round the clock through the weekend. A great idea and a great reason to hit the courts!

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City Club Raleigh is transformed for the future. Vibrant energy meets Carolina style at the new City Club Raleigh, the city’s all-new go-to destination for high-tech business amenities, outstanding personalized service and world-class fun.  

NEW Upscale Dining 

Make an event into a truly unforgettable occasion at Lustre, our new upscale dining locale. Whether you’re signing a deal or entertaining friends, Lustre is your place to impress and be impressed.

NEW Work Zones

Welcome to the new work zones – intuitively useful spaces where you can drop in and be productive. Make a call, host small-scale meetings and work without distraction in the comfort of a private club setting.

NEW Anytime Lounge

Modern American cuisine lights up the menu in Grain, City Club’s new anytime, all-occasion dining and cocktails venue. Stop by for freshly brewed coffee in the mornings, after-work drinks or a tasty dinner before a night out on the town.

The new Club is now open, stop by today!

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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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