ClubCorp Blog

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Congratulations to the staff at Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, California! The club raised a record-breaking $200,000 during its 2014 ClubCorp Charity Classic events weekend, topping the previous company record – set by Aliso Viejo in 2013 – by more than $40,000. 

More than 110 attended the June 6 dinner and gala with live and silent auctions while 144 participated in the June 7 golf tournament and an additional 60 enjoyed an outdoor concert on the greens by Retrograde.

Attending the dinner and gala were Augie Nieto, founder of Augie’s Quest and chairman of the board of directors at ALS TDI, and his wife, Lynn; Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp president and CEO; and Beau and Brandi Bianchi, owners of Bianchi Vineyards. During the event, attendees got the opportunity to bid on a variety of auction items, including wine tastings and packages, golf getaways and trips to Italy and Nicaragua. 

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Among those participating in the golf tournament was Brian Smith, CEO and president of Signature Control Systems – title sponsor of the event – playing in a foursome with Kim Goldenstein, who hit a hole-in-one on the par-3, 155-yard No. 5 hole. Other attendees included Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and Heather Smith, vice president of QURE Water

“I am so excited and proud that Aliso Viejo has, again, set a company record raising funds during this year’s Charity Classic, which benefits three worthwhile and deserving charities,” said Matt Zuckerman, Aliso Viejo general manager. “This year’s events were amazing and are a testament to the generosity and hard work of our members, the club’s staff and the community.”
Congratulations again to Matt and his entire staff, who dedicated hundreds of hours of their time to make the event such a success.

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Answer the call of the wild at Cozumel Country Club! The Club welcomes bird lovers, Members, adults and children alike to the Club's weekly Birds and Breakfast event! Every Wednesday at 8 a.m. participants enjoy a guided bird-watching tour on the golf course, led by a local biologist. Some folks will see endemics, like the Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird, some migratory species and a good number of resident egrets, herons, warblers, woodpeckers and the occasional parrot or Roseate Spoonbill. Visitors could also see water birds such as the Northern Jacana, Black-Necked Stilt, Least Grebe and a few ducks here and there.

The tour is a lot of fun and breakfast served after. The cost is $300 pesos (approx $23 USD) per adult, or $400 pesos ($30 USD) for an adult and a child between ages 8 and 12. 

Sign up for the tour and get to see a unique part of Cozumel and the Cozumel Country Club! 

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The BMW Best Ball Challenge at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, unofficially began yesterday with players taking to the West Course for a practice round before meeting up at the practice range for a BMW Skill Challenge. Attendees later enjoyed a Welcome Cocktails and Dinner.

The 38 teams of two had an early morning tee time this morning – 8 a.m. again on the West Course – for the first official round of the tournament. Activities today and throughout the weekend include more BMW test drives, a whisky tasting dinner hosted by Universal Whisky featuring 12, 14, 15, 17 and 21-year-old Balvenie and Glenfiddich single malt scotches and 1492 Premier Cigars following dinner. 

In addition to bragging rights, players will be competing for several prizes such as a one-week stay at one of Vida Vacations Mexico properties for the person who guesses the correct number of tees in the jar and – for anyone getting a hole in one – a two-year lease on an X5 BMW.

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More than 75 Members are convening at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, today for the BMW ClubCorp Two Person Best Ball event, which lasts through Sunday. Participants will play all three golf courses – North Course, West Course and South Course, site of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational – compete in a night-light putting contest and enjoy a Universal Whisky Tasting Dinner with Mahesh Patel, an avid connoisseur and one of the world’s top whisky collectors and investors.

The event includes on-course competitions of straightest drive and closest to the pin as well as a hole-in-one contest for a BMW X5. Awards will be presented to Gross and Net winners overall and in each flight with the Overall Low Gross winners receiving the opportunity to participate in the BMW Golf Cup to be held later this year at Pinehurst Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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The Downtown Clubs of Raleigh – soon to be City Club Raleigh – in North Carolina, held its Hard Hat Party recently with more than 200 Members attending. The club also held its quarterly New Member Reception and Live at the Loft music event the same evening and had all Members go through five stations, including a popcorn station, in order to get a sneak peek of Grain – the club’s new Anytime Lounge. 

 

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 The popcorn station offered eight flavors of popcorn salt and take-away bags of popcorn that said "POP over to the Capital City Club during the months of July and August for all dining and Member events!" 

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Tower Club Tysons Corner in Tysons, Virginia, recently celebrated the day the doors of the club opened 25 years ago. More than 100 attendees of the event were treated to pass hors d'oeuvres, wine, Champagne, and – most importantly – a sneak peek at the club's reinvention plans for later this summer. 

Pat Maccini, the Board of Governors chair, welcomed the Members and Guests and introduced founding Member, and current Board member, Earle Williams. Williams spoke about the beginning of the club, the changes he's seen over the years, and shared some funny stories about his time at the club before toasting to the last 25 years. 

Maccini then introduced the club's new General Manager, Kara Carmichael. Kara talked about the reinvention plans and unveiled the club's new logo, finishing boards, floor plans, a few renderings, and the reinvention tagline – Prestige. Tradition. Style. – before toasting to the next 25 years. 

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David Page, Director of Tennis, and the Tennis Committee at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, California, recently visited the home of Olympic gold medalist and World Champion alpine ski racer Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, to cook them dinner. The “in-home dinner” was an auction item purchased by Miller and his wife during a “Coto for the Cure” fundraising event.

 
Miller invited fellow Olympic bronze medalist, 2014 Sochi MVP and Coto de Caza Member Teemu Selanne and his wife, Sirpa, to the special occasion. The Olympian dinner was amazing and everyone had a great time. Kudos to David Page and his committee!

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For the past 21 years, Tampa Palms has been more than a golf and country club, they’ve contributed to their local community as a certified Tampa Audubon Sanctuary!

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP) is an education and certification program that promotes ecologically-sound land management and the conservation of natural resources on established golf courses. Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts.

Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club is currently undergoing the process of being re-certified, and we sat down with the Club to get the inside scoop.

What's the benefit of being an Aubudon Sanctuary?
It shows the efforts of the Club to promote environmental sustainability and shows how golf courses can actually enhance the wildlife habitats and the environment.

When did you first become certified?
The Club has been certified since 1993, and recertification takes place every 2 years.  

What's the process like to become certified/to maintain certification?
The process focuses on four categories: wildlife and habitat management, water conservation and water quality management, chemical use reduction and safety, and outreach and education. 

What do the Members think?
The Members like it and believes that it adds to the uniqueness of the Club!

For more information, check out the Tampa Audubon Society as well as the Club’s Facebook page

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The University of Massachusetts Club in Boston invited non-members in the building to join the Club’s Breakfast Club, allowing them to enjoy breakfast every day of the month for a flat rate of $39.95.

During the months of April and May, employees from the building visited the Club for breakfast every day. The servers and receptionist formed relationships – exchanging names, learning their likes and dislikes and noting where they enjoyed sitting.

The leader of the pack of these breakfast clubbers inquired about the genesis of this Club, which led Member Relations Director Jacqueline Hayes and Membership Director Stephanie Lyon to approach the group with a membership opportunity, as the Breakfast Club for non-members would cease to exist at the end of May. 

The breakfast clubbers were distraught with the news of no more breakfasts with their new Employee Partner friends and began talks with Jacqueline on becoming Members. During their last breakfast, the group was greeted with mimosas as a Fond Farewell. And, so they could watch over the breakfast clubbers and remind them of the membership opportunity, Jacqueline and Stephanie created foam-core cut-outs of themselves.

One breakfast clubber – now a new Member – later sent the photo above to Jacqueline. Magic Moments and lots of laughs for all involved.

Good job Jacqueline, Stephanie, and the rest of the morning staff, who all played a role in helping create the breakfast club magic.

More than 250 Members of TPC Piper Glen in Charlotte, North Carolina - which ClubCorp acquired in late April - gathered last month to celebrate the club’s new “partnership” with ClubCorp. 

The evening began with a brief presentation featuring the new benefits of ClubCorp membership, reinvention before and after photos from various clubs, and ClubCorp’s history and culture.

The Members were then treated to a night of fun and excitement, including live music, elaborate food stations and signature drink specials throughout the clubhouse and on the scenic patio. The party was such a hit that many Members commented over the next few days that they had never seen so many people at the club and that the party was the talk of the community.

Congratulations to the TPC Piper Glen staff and the ClubCorp regional Employee Partners who all teamed up for such a grand Warm Welcome!

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