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The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) has named the 2012 Exide Technologies Junior Open presented by Mizuno, held in April 2012 at The Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Ga., as The Tournament of the Year.

“Because of the outstanding commitment made by our title sponsor, Exide Technologies, and tremendous support from the membership, we have continued to conduct a top quality tournament,” said Tournament Chairman Chuck Strong.
 “Members and sponsors want to get involved because they see what the AJGA is about, an organization that not only focuses on improving and providing playing opportunities for junior golf, but building character in these young men and women.”

According to the AJGA, year after year, the Club Members have wholeheartedly supported the tournament by seeking out and securing sponsors, volunteering and creating a wonderful experience for the young players and their families.

Additionally, ever since the tournament started playing at the Club, the junior golf program there has seen dramatic growth.

“Three years ago we had 12 kids involved and this year we had 80. The increase has to do with the exposure parents received at the tournament and the excitement over junior golf,” Strong said.

Understandably, the tournament’s impact goes above and beyond the Club. According to the AJGA, since the tournament’s first year in 2010, it has provided the community with an economic boost of more than $270,000.

Additionally, Junior-Am tournament fundraising events have raised almost $50,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta and during the tournament, head golf pros at the Club held interactive clinics on the driving range for Big Brothers and Sisters.

Next year, the tournament will be held April 19-21, 2013 at The Country Club of the South.

We want to thank the Members and staff at The Country Club of the South for their wonderful efforts and extend our congratulations for receiving the award!

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Head golf professionals at three of ClubCorp’s Hilton Head, S.C. clubs competed in a golf marathon on November 7, 2012, playing as many holes as possible to support The First Tee.

Play began at 7:30 a.m. for Chip Pellerin, head golf pro at The Country Club of Hilton Head; Lance Buntin, head golf pro at The Golf Club at Indigo Run; Jeremy Steiner, head golf pro at Golden Bear Golf Club and Dan Riker, general manager of The Golf Club at Indigo Run and Golden Bear Golf Club. By the time they decided to break for lunch, the group had already completed 72 holes in under 5 hours!

The team accepted pledges and donations for every hole they played throughout the day. And although the golf marathon concluded that day, the pros plan to continue their campaign at their respective Clubs.

“Golf has a long history of giving back and we are proud to be a part of the impact of The First Tee,” said Pellerin. “The movement is spreading across the nation and young people truly benefit from the training and core values they receive. As golf professionals we are showing our support by raising awareness through this and other initiatives at our Clubs and in the community.”

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has been able to impact more than 6.5 million young people through a network that boasts 194 chapters offering programs at more than 700 golf facilities, 4,800 elementary schools and 120 U.S. military installations. Through 2017, The First Tee’s goal is to reach 10 million additional young people and grow the network to 1,200 golf facilities, 10,000 elementary schools and 350 other youth-serving locations. Programs such as the golf marathon in Hilton Head, will help make this goal a reality.

The amount raised is still being tabulated since the generous donations are still coming in to all the Clubs. Thank you to all who participated!

Live from Los Angeles!

Professional golfer and international household name, Tiger Woods, visited our very own beautiful Braemar Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday afternoon to do an interview with CNBC.

Watch the video here:
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On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 105 members and guests came out for the annual Think Pink golf tournament at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, raising an estimated $14,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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The event was hosted by the Club’s Women’s Golf Association and the Bay Oaks Old Boys Society, fittingly known as the BOOBS.

It was a beautiful morning, sunny with a nice breeze, when the group teed off. Almost every shade of pink was worn by the participants and many in the group got very creative with their outfits.

For lunch, the Club prepared pasta with pink sauce, watermelon and signature pink cocktails.

At the end, prizes were awarded for first, second and third places as well as for the most accurate drive, the shot closest to the pin and even for the highest score.

The awards were wine cork necklaces, handmade by a family member of the assistant golf pro.

Since 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been one of the biggest names in the fight against breast cancer, funding research and programs to help turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.

Thank you to all who attended and helped make this annual event a fun and successful one at Bay Oaks!

Directly after the CEO of Troon Golf and the chairman of Nicklaus Companies, our very own CEO and president, Eric Affeldt, was named the third most powerful person in golf in Golf Inc. magazine’s 2012 list.

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He beat out giants, household names outside the of golf world, such as Donald Trump, who came in sixth place, and Tiger Woods, who placed twenty-fourth.

Golf Inc. magazine said they listed Affeldt because he “continued to guide the world’s largest owner of golf facilities and private clubs towards greater profitability...through acquisitions and organic growth.” Which he has, by boosting revenue, enhancing the executive leadership team and expanding the company's presence in the Northeastern United States and overseas to China.

Graduating with a degree in political science and religion from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., Affeldt went on to accrue a wide spectrum of experience before finding a home with our company in Dallas.

Prior to joining ClubCorp in 2006, Affeldt served as the principal of KSL Capital Partners, a private equity firm; president and CEO of KSL Fairways, KSL’s former golf division; vice president and general manager of both the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, and the combined PGA West and La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, Calif.; a founding partner of KSL Recreation; and president of General Aviation Holdings Inc. In addition he serves as non-executive chairman for the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.

Affeldt had been listed in the top three on Golf Inc.’s list for the past three years, and in 2010 he came in first.

Congratulations President Affeldt! Thanks for leading ClubCorp through another great year!

  • Online Auction

Want to get in on our online auctions for charity?

We’ve put together another one! And this time, it’s even easier for everyone and anyone to bid on great items for a good cause.

Participants can simply text in their bid and get updated as soon as someone outbids them, making it much easier to snag the prize!

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Some key items up for auction include a Masters Tee Flag signed by every living Masters Champion and various items signed by golfing giants such as Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Fuzzy Zoeller.

The auction closes on Friday Oct. 5, 2012 so click here to check it out and cast your bid!

All proceeds from this auction benefit The First Tee.

For the close of the online auction, please join us at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas for the Poolside ParTEE, an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying live music and friendly fighting until the finish of the auction for the items that caught your eye.

For more information, please contact the Gleneagles Country Club Golf Pro Shop at 972.867.8888 

  • Golf Tournament and Charles Coody Golf Clinic  

Is picking a Masters Champion's brain a dream of yours?

Then don’t miss out on the golf clinic taught by Charles Coody, 1971 Masters Champion, at noon on Friday, October 5, 2012, prior to The First Tee Fall Classic Golf Tournament at Gleneagles Country Club.

The shotgun start for The First Tee Fall Classic Golf Golf Tournament is at 1 p.m. To register, please call ClubLine at 800.433.5079.

The online auction, Golf Tournament and Poolside ParTEE on Oct. 5 at Gleneagles are all open to the public! 

For more information, please contact the Gleneagles Country Club Golf Pro Shop at 972.867.8888

Through the game of golf, The First Tee focuses on instilling the core values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement into the lives of local young people. Events like The First Tee Fall Classic Golf Tournament and the online auction help fund these programs. 

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The perfect golf weather was not the only thing to be grateful for as the former President George W. Bush kicked off the second annual George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Warrior Open held at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas, which he called a “celebration of patriotism, courage and sacrifice.”

Twenty-two wounded veterans took part in this year’s three-day tournament, which started on Sunday, Sept. 23 with a nine-hole shotgun practice round with the many sponsors, such as Highland Capital Management, Briggs Equipment, USO and other generous organizations.

Monday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 25 split up the 36-hole tournament into 18 holes per day.

When the defending champion of last year’s Warrior Open, Retired Corporal Chad E. Pfeifer (United States Army) shot a remarkable hole-in-one, he couldn't have asked for a better audience than a former president of the United States.

“That was the closest I’ll ever get to a hole in one,” said former President George W. Bush jokingly.

Pfiefer sustained injuries from his deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, which unfortunately lead to the unavoidable amputation of his left leg above the knee. He eventually picked up golf for therapy and grew to love it.

Pfiefer went on to defend his position and won the Warrior Open again this year. Congratulations!

Another competitor, Retired Staff Sergeant James M. Stanek Jr., (United States Army) who suffers from chronic severe post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury, had a four-legged teammate. His service dog, trained to be sensitive to Stanek’s emotional state, helped Stanek several times during the day, calming him down and making the tasks at hand more manageable.

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ClubCorp as a whole was able to substantialize its' gratitude when Mark Burnett, ClubCorp Executive Vice President of the Golf and Country Club Division presented the 11 new competitors with a lifetime honorary membership to a ClubCorp Club of their choice. Last year’s competitors had received the same gift as well.

Over 1500 retired and active duty military participated in the event by cheering on the warriors on the green. In addition, there were almost 400 volunteers who helped make the event a huge success and the USO offered complimentary food to anyone at the event with a military ID.

Congratulations again to all the competitors and thank you for your service and sacrifice every day!

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Is there such a thing as too much golf for one day?

Not according to three adventurous Employee Partners at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, who took to the courses for an entire day to raise money for The First Tee.

Aurora Kircher-McClain, director of the Golf Advantage School at Kingwood; Heath Martin, head golf professional at Kingwood and general manager of the Deerwood Club; and Darrell Funston, director of golf at Kingwood, spent a little more than 12 hours in one day playing every hole of golf at Kingwood, all 90 of them, plus playing 10 holes twice to reach that commendable benchmark of 100 holes.

The three of them started their day off bright and early at 7 a.m. and finished at 7:30 p.m. There was a lot of support for them on the course, coming from the monetary donations made by Members and fellow Employee Partners, and from the food and beverage staff at Kingwood who made sure the trio always stayed nourished and hydrated. Finally, when the trio got to the 100th and final hole, there was a whole crowd of supporters cheering them on as they finished their quest.

The First Tee is an international youth development organization with school and after-school programs that focus on instilling values such as integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. According to The First Tee, they have reached 6.5 million participants since their inception in 1997.

Their work is largely made possible through private donations such as those raised by the event at Kingwood.

Thank you to all those who donated and to the trio who made it through the day smiling!

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All our golf clubs take the upkeep and aethestics of their grounds very seriously. However, sometimes it is hard to balance aethestics with the best practices for the environment.

The award-winning Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses offers a certification program aimed at working with golf courses to protect the environment, all the while keeping true to the game of golf. In order to become certified, golf courses need to demonstrate environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.

For the past four years, ClubCorp’s Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton, Mich. has been working on getting their Audubon certification. Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of Agronomy and Oak Pointe Director of Agronomy Charles Fort and other staff members started the process slow and steady but it wasn’t until an Oak Pointe Member, Dr. Michael Britt, got involved that the ball really started rolling. The Club’s certification relied heavily on community and Member involvement and projects by groups such as the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, who planted annuals and made bluebird boxes.

According to Fort, they went through Audubon’s list of priorities and became certified after selecting and completing specific projects that were best for Oak Pointe. Since the Club has a lot of marsh, water conservation and water quality management were two main points of focus for them.

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“It is something that would not have happened if it weren’t for Dr. Britt,” Fort said. “He took it over and really wanted to be involved and get more members involved. We both decided to go at it 100% and we’ve gotten even more volunteers since we’ve gotten our certification.”

Oak Pointe is a 36-hole golf club, with two beautiful and now Audubon-certified 18-hole courses designed by notorious architects: the Honors course designed by Arthur Hills and the Championship Course, re-designed by Jerry Matthews.

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