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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.

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Events begin today in the Web.com 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 Web.com Tour and bring fun and excitement to the Kansas City area.

For the tournament schedule, click here

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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.

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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 evie.callaway@clubcorp.com. Baylor Club has also launched an e-application to provide an easy-to-use, streamlined application process for prospective Members. 

The Houston Club partners with local artists on a regular basis by displaying their art in the club and, earlier this summer, featured Syd Moen (pictured below left), a Houston photographer who uses her camera and computer software to turn landscapes and Texas landmarks into panoramic spheres, which she calls “Little Planets.” 

Quite a few Members – including Katherine Cabaniss (pictured below right), the club’s new Board of Governors President – and Guests attended a reception for the art show, and the artwork also became a great topic of conversation for the many more who saw the display during the month-long exhibit. 

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Bluegrass Holes in One

Saturday, July 5 was a special day at Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club.  A hole-in-one is typically a rare feat but during the President’s Cup, Bluegrass’ Member-Member tournament, Mike Hedge stepped onto the island green No. 10 hole and knocked his 7-iron in from 154 yards for an ace. Within an hour and a half, Bill McGlashan then also aced the No. 10 hole.  Word spread throughout the tournament as everyone enjoyed the fantastic day featuring not one but two holes-in-one.

Having such a good time, several groups went back out after the 18-hole tournament was over to play extra holes. Trey Tarpley stepped on the 7th tee and knocked his 5-iron on the 196-yard hole into the cup for the third hole-in-one of the day! Three holes-in-one in one day marked a first for Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club’s 63-year history. The odds of three holes-in-one in a single day on one 18-hole golf course are about three million to one.

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Who dunnit? That was the big question being asked during the recent Murder Mystery HUB event at the Center Club Orange County in California and attended by Members of nearby Center ClubCanyon Crest Country ClubAliso Viejo Country Club and Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club.

The mystery revealed itself five days prior to the event with clues hidden at all four clubs and hints delivered via social media to hype the event. Members then searched the clubs in the days leading up to the event, looking for “bloody” finger prints, “blood-stained” notes and wanted flyers and those finding the clues then turned them in to receive a bounty.

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During the Murder Mystery event, attendees wined and dined while watching members of the Center Club Business Leadership Committee – the cast of characters – set the scene by playing suspicious characters, such as Misty Rainbow and Mugwort Buttercup. The Members and Guests then mingled and questioned each other to find out who murdered whom. Of course, along with interrogating one another, the Members and Guests also got to know one another, making new contacts and building relationships.

Eerie music, crime scenes, rumors and mystery were all part of the evening, making it a scary successful night.

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TPC Michigan in Dearborn, Michigan, which joined the ClubCorp family of clubs in April and is the newest addition to Detroit Community, welcomed fellow Detroit Community Members to the club recently during the “TPC Welcome to the Community Play Date.” The purpose of the HUB event was to allow Community Members to experience TPC and also to educate TPC Members about the Detroit Community and all that it has to offer.

Nearly 200 golfers from a multitude of Detroit Community clubs participated in the Play Date, which included 18 holes of golf, a lunch buffet, raffle prizes and a welcome gift.

Kudos to all the Employee Partners involved in making the day a success – especially those from TPC Michigan, who did a great job welcoming such a large group. The Detroit Community got only positive feedback on the event and already has received a call asking about the next Play Date. 

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According to a recent article published on LasVegasGolf.com, Bear’s Best Las Vegas offers visitors “some of the best golf holes from some of Nicklaus' top designs.”

Just minutes from the immortal Las Vegas strip, Bear’s Best is an upscale, daily fee public course offering a world-class experience in a public facility focused on corporate entertaining, golf outings and other private events. 

The illustrious 18-hole golf course offers manicured bent
grass greens, challenging and varied hole designs and
immaculate fairway/tee complexes (overseeded in winter
to ensure optimal conditions year-round).

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The article particularly praises the Club’s No. 1 and No. 18 holes. “Bear's Best Las Vegas' opening and closing holes are two of the best around -- one from the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West (the first) and one from PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course (the 18th). The opening hole plays 413 yards from the tips…The finale is one of the toughest players will face anywhere. At 463 yards, it's a monster.”

“’It's not a course players can -- or need -- to overpower. "You really have to think your way around the course,’" said golfer Brad Davies. "’But it's beautiful, and it's a challenge, and that's just what you want in a course.’"

To book your tee time, visit bearsbestlasvegas.com

Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas, kicked off Wimbledon last weekend with their own Wimbledon tennis event that included an all-white tennis code, tea sandwiches, and strawberries and cream and, for the winner, a tennis bag from HEAD’s new Wimbledon collection. In addition, a consolation prize was given to the participant in most blatant disregard of the all-white dress code.

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At Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas, Director of Tennis John Ingram III, his Tennis Staff and the Golf Course Maintenance Staff go all out each year creating a grass tennis court during Wimbledone. Members also don their whites and play a few matches getting a close-to-authentic grass courts experience.

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Kudos to Oakmont and Prestonwood for paying tribute and honoring the oldest – and widely regarded as the most prestigious – tennis tournament in the world.

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