Although it made a perfect backdrop for the classic Kevin Costner golf flick “Tin Cup” when it was filmed there in the mid-1990s, The Clubs of Kingwood near Houston needed a little tender loving care and help coming into the 21st century.
“We were seriously outdated, our dining room was literally a banquet room with banquet chairs and our bar consisted of two bar-stools that were at least 25 years old,” said Director of Golf Darrell Fuston.
The Clubs of Kingwood is one of the world’s largest private country clubs, therefore a significant amount of time and effort went into the reinvention; and ever since the Club’s grand re-opening in November 2012, the changes have been very apparent.
“What stands out to me is how much different the place feels, and we haven’t even gotten to our prime good weather time!” said Fuston.
The Club is located in Kingwood, Texas, a community in Northeast Houston, where a nice day never goes wasted by staying inside.
During the winter months, Members thoroughly enjoyed the new fire-pits and as the temperatures have been rising, the beautiful new outdoor covered and un-covered patios are beginning to see more traffic.
“What’s cool is we’re getting into our golf outing season and people who are not Members are coming in and their eyes are popping out,” said Fuston with a laugh.
Be sure to take a look at the articles:
"Clubs of Kingwood in middle of golf reinvention" by Mike Bailey
"The Clubs of Kingwood offers an archetype for success" by Mike Bailey
Car shows are usually and traditionally held on the the hot asphalt.
But some rules were made to be broken, especially for a worthy cause, and Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club in Gainesville, Fla. has succeeded in breaking the mould two years in a row for its’ annual Hot Rodding for Heroes charity event.
Roughly 7,000 people came out to the Club for the two-day show on Feb. 15-16, 2013 which featured 750 classic cars, a police helicopter and even parachutists jumping out of World War II era planes.
On Friday, the event kicked off with a charity golf tournament in the morning and a classic family carnival in the evening under the lights with cars, food and drinks.
Then, on Saturday, the real fun started with a classic car 30-mile police-escorted drive through Alachua County, Fla., which started out at Santa Fe College and ended at the Club.
Participants were then able to walk around the Haile Village Center and golf course to view all the classic cars, watch the air show and enjoy live music, food and drink with their family and friends.
The annual event focuses on “turning a passion for cars into local support for our nation’s heroes” by raising funds for veteran support organizations - last year for the The Fisher House Foundation, and this year for The Veterans Bridge Scholarship Fund.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible!
Women, Wine and Wisdom, a monthly program held at The Commerce Club in Greenville, S.C., celebrated Black History Month during February’s program titled “What a difference a generation makes.”
Before the speakers took center stage, the 100 or so attendees enjoyed light complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine while they met and mingled with the other women, and handful of brave men, who came.
Later on, everyone took their seats and allowed the speakers to take control of the room.
Anna Smith, an 80-years-young Commerce Club Member, transported the group to the era when the United States was legally racially segregated, an era she grew up in. Anna was a former teacher and wife to the late Honorable Willie T. Smith Jr., a judge who helped protect human and civil rights in South Carolina.
The second speaker, Nika White, is the vice president of Diversity and Inclusion for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and was born after African-Americans won legal equality in America. She offered a slightly different, and more modern side to the plight of African-American women.
It was an emotionally and intellectually-enriching evening, and the attendees were able to take away as much as they wanted from both of these women's drastically different stories and experiences.
“The event went really well,” said Stephanie Nix, member relations coordinator at the Club. “The speakers were wonderful and many Members were able to bring guests, so there was a wide variety of people who came.”
If you are in or near Greenville, S.C., you should check out the Club’s monthly offerings of Wine, Women and Wisdom.
On March 13, 2013 the Club will invite various speakers to discuss the family court system and what it tells us about living life.
Nearly 14,000 individuals participated in a wide variety of fundraising events and activities including golf and tennis tournaments, formal dinners, concerts, swim-a-thons, chef competitions, cookouts and auctions at more than 125 ClubCorp clubs throughout the country.
The 2012 events raised more than $2.07 million -an amazing 25 percent increase from 2011- and brought the grand total raised since 2007 up to more than $10 million.
"[I] would like to thank our Clubs, Members, employees and sponsors, who have come together with their communities to support so many great causes,” said Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp president and CEO. “This initiative has always been close to my heart and is a strong reflection of ClubCorp’s commitment to Building Relationships and Enriching Lives.”
Over the years, Charity Classic has been able to raise funds for and impact numerous charities, including MDA’s Augie’s Quest, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boys and Girls Clubs, Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Employee Partners Care Foundation and hundreds of smaller local charities in our Clubs' communities.
“I’m extremely grateful for the continued support from the ClubCorp family,” said Augie Nieto, chief inspiration officer, Augie's Quest, and co-chair of MDA's ALS division. “The long-term partnership has allowed us to meet exciting research milestones. In 2012, we discovered and are set to launch a Phase 2A clinical trial of Gilenya in ALS Patients. We also expanded the research institute at ALS TDI, tripling the size of our in vivo drug screening capabilities. I see 2013 as a year of momentum and hope for ALS families thanks to the dedication of ClubCorp and the members and employees.”
Hopefully, all the exposure will only mean a much bigger and better year for Charity Classic in 2013. After all, we've already made it to Times Square, and if we can make it there we'll make it anywhere!
The official date for the Seventh Annual ClubCorp Charity Classic event is October 4, 2013, with events throughout the country to be held from April 2013 through November 2013.
For more information on the ClubCorp Charity Classic, please click here.
With more than 9 million views on YouTube, this memorable Nike Golf commercial featuring Tiger Woods and Rory McIIroy makes a hole-in-one look easy.
To many of our Southern California Members, the backdrop for the commercial may look extremely familiar since it was filmed at the beautiful Braemar Country Club in Los Angeles!
"We get approached by a lot of studio companies do to commercials here," said Stacy Crawmer, member relations director at the Club.
Along with a few upcoming projects on the horizon, there have been numerous commercials and tv shows filmed at Braemar, including episodes from Cougar Town, The Office and Jonas L.A.
It was a day full of fun, food and furry friends!
Held January 19, 2013 at East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar, Fla., the Tampa Bay Society’s Third Annual Chili/Salsa Bowl was able to raise more than $4,000 as well as food, toys and bedding for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Additionally, four dogs were adopted into new loving homes from the Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Bus during the event.
Thirteen teams, which together made ten chilis and ten salsas, competed for the coveted bragging rights and trophies. In traditional fashion, event attendees were able to sample all the entries and vote for their favorites for the People’s Choice award.
A panel of judges, which included past winners and Humane Society volunteers, picked the grand prize winners.
The awards went to: Team Pinehurst Pub as the amateur salsa winner, Team Swords Salsa (a first-time contender) as the pro salsa winner, Team Sand Peppers as the amateur chili winner and Team Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club as the pro chili winner. The People’s Choice award for both salsa and chili went to East Lake Woodlands Country Club Member Erick Milton. Congratulations to all team members!
“The event gets better every year!” said ClubCorp Area Network Manager Amy Jo Blevens.
“Our greatest donation came from a selfless five-year-old birthday girl, Keira Graebner, who chose to receive donations for the animals in lieu of gifts. It is through our wonderful members, sponsors and the local community who gave their time and effort that make a difference to this worthwhile cause.”
Funds and products donated during the event will be used to help end animal homelessness and provide care and comfort for animals in need.
This year’s event had more than 300 attendees.
Thank you to all who came and made the event such a success!
A special thanks to the event sponsors: PETCO, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fitzgerald Auto Mall, Comfort Keepers and The Learning Experience of Oldsmar.
The long-awaited results are finally here!
We are so proud to announce the 2012 ClubCorp Charity Classic raised a record-breaking $2.07 million for MDA's Augie's Quest, the Employee Partners' Care Foundation and various charities nationwide.
And now, because of the combined philanthropy, generosity and dedication of our Clubs, employee partners, Members and attendees, Charity Classic has officially raised more than $10 million for charity since it began six years ago, in 2007.
We are so overwhelmingly grateful to everyone who helped make this milestone possible!
2012 ClubCorp Charity Classic's Top 10:
1. Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, Calif. - $143,137
2. Greenspoint Club in Houston, Texas - $100,503
3. Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio - $73,726
4. Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas - $72,294
5. Seville Golf & Country Club in Gilbert, Ariz. - $62,058
6. Anthem Golf & Country Club in Anthem, Ariz. - $56,553
7. Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, Calif. - $53,854
8. Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose, Calif. – $45,840
9. Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield, Texas - $44,046
10.La Cima Club in Irving, Texas - $42,369
Once again, thank you for making Charity Classic such an incredible success in 2012 and all throughout the years.
We look forward to breaking our record again this year!
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!
Have you ever wondered what is at the South Pole?
It actually is a pole!
And five years ago, if you told Boston College Club Member Vanessa O'Brien that she would be able to answer that question with authority, she probably wouldn't have believed you.
When the global recession hit in 2009, Vanessa was the managing director of a consulting financial service. Like many others, her career was suddenly faced with uncertainty and she decided to take a huge risk, but one that might surprise you.
She decided to climb Mount Everest.
When she first set her heart on this goal, Vanessa had never walked in a pair of crampons, worn a harness or even put on a helmet before, but on May 19, 2012 she was able to look down on the rest of us from the highest point on the planet after scaling the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest.
She even stopped to take a picture with the Boston College Club’s flag.
But, as every successful businessperson knows, after reaching your goal, the next step is to revise it!
So Vanessa did, making it her new goal to complete the illustrious Explorers Grand Slam, a challenge to reach the North Pole, the South Pole and the tallest summit on each of the seven continents.
However, as if this wasn't challenging enough, she also made it her goal to become the second person, and first woman, to complete this feat in a single calendar year.
For her recent journey to the South Pole, Vanessa was dropped by ski aircraft, traveling the last 60 nautical miles (111 km) to the most southerly point on Earth, which averages -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
On November 8, 2012, Vanessa gave a talk at the Boston College Club, allowing fellow Members and their guests to hear and ask questions about her amazing journey.
The last stop on her journey is the North Pole in April, which would put her down in record books forever.
We wish you the best of luck Vanessa!!
The Metropolitan Club in Chicago recently partnered up with Breakthrough Urban Ministries and the Club’s vendors to put on an eight-week cooking class for local seventh and eighth graders, incorporating invaluable life lessons.
Both Club General Manager Rick Kroner and Executive Chef Greg Carso were looking for ways to give back to the community when they were introduced to Breakthrough Urban Ministries at a not-for-profit presentation at the Club.
Rick had coffee with the director and visited their facility, which prompted his idea to collaborate with the organization and offer an after-school cooking class for the children.
Chef Greg put together an extensive curriculum that included everything from basic cooking techniques, safety and hygiene to reading recipes and even making homemade pasta from scratch.
Additionally, he incorporated lessons teaching ClubCorp’s Three Steps of Service (warm welcomes, magic moments and fond farewells), integrity, business etiquette, and interviewing skills.
The response and reception was wonderful and everyone Rick spoke with wanted to get involved. The Club’s vendors donated chef coats, linens and knives and every Tuesday for eight weeks, Chef Carso, Rick and employee partner volunteers drove to the facility for the classes.
The semester culminated in a memorable fashion, with the students preparing a meal for their families, a group of more than 200.
The children did everything. In addition to doing all the prepping, cooking and serving, they planned the mouth-watering menu: classic caesar salad with brioche croutons and shaved romano; four cheese baked penne pasta with fennel marinara and chicken picatta with a lemon caper butter sauce; and signature featured desserts created by the students, such as caramel and strawberry cheesecake.
As a special touch, they develped a “warm welcome” signature beverage, sparkling cider poinsettia with mango puree, and handed out “fond farewell” candy bars wrapped with their group photo.
“The kids worked so hard and stayed focused the whole evening," said Rick. “It was neat to see so many people get involved with this."
Breakthrough Urban Ministries is an organization working towards transforming East Garfield Park, a low-income community in Chicago, by providing homeless intervention for more than 1000 people annually, a fresh food pantry and an after-school youth development program.
Congratulations and Thank You to everyone who helped make this wonderful event possible!