ClubCorp Blog

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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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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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