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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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Employee Partners got a sneak peek at construction of the reinvented City Club Raleigh in North Carolina during a recent Line-Up. The club under construction is a result of the merge of Cardinal Club and the Capital City Club, formerly known as the Downtown Clubs of Raleigh, in the Cardinal Club’s former location. 

General Manager Mark Michie gave the staff hard hats with the club’s new logo and took them on a quick tour of the new space. The group was even joined by members of the construction crew, who took a short break to pose for photos with the rest of the staff.

During the “construction tour” Line-Up, Mark encouraged the staff to spread the word about the upcoming Member Sneak Peek Party. Great idea – a sneak peek before the sneak peek. Pretty sneaky!

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Club 14 is back and better than ever! The HP Byron Nelson Championship returns to TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas in Irving, TX this year promising great golf, and ClubCorp is ready to make Members' tournament experiences unforgettable! Members can watch golf in style at Club 14, located on the No. 15 tee box and No. 14 green as they enjoy great food, music and company!

Wednesday, May 14
$75 per person | Senior $55 per person
Bogies, Brats & Brews

Thursday, May 15
$95 per person | Two for $150
Fiesta on 14

Friday, May 16
$190 per person
Smokin’ Hot & live music from 5 — 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 17
$190 per person
Southern Comfort & live music from 5 — 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 18
$150 per person | Two for $250
Sunday Brunch

Featuring daily complimentary* Grey Goose Bloody Mary Bar

All tickets include*

  • One Club 14 VIP pass and daily admission ticket
  • Valet parking or private club shuttle**
  • Power breakfast, lunch and hors d’oeuvres
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks, plus cash bar
  • Outdoor patio and air-conditioned tent
  • Private air-conditioned restrooms

There's no better way to experience The Byron – we hope to see you there! Call ClubLine to reserve your tickets today! 800.433.5079

*Subject to availability. Some restrictions and exclusions may apply.**Valet parking pass provided with a minimum purchase of four tickets per day. Private club shuttle from Las Colinas Country Club available to all Club 14 ticket holders
05.09.14.Gleneagles.STAG

When the Golf Staff at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, first created STAG, the club’s weekly men’s golf gathering, they kept in mind their goal of connecting Members. Calling the event STAG fit perfectly as the word means “without a partner at a social gathering.” The nine-hole event is held Wednesday evenings with a 5:30 p.m. shotgun start and features varying formats, from Best Ball, to Scramble, even the dreaded Alternate Shot.

"We wanted to create a very low stress, fun environment that would encourage a ‘mixing’ of partners to help grow roots across the base of the Membership of the Men's Golf Association," said Chad Pinson, Head Golf Professional. 

The first STAG Night was held in 2008 and only fielded 12 players. The event has grown over the years, now fielding an amazing 70 to 80 players every week, with a growing waiting list. The demand is so great that the Golf Staff will now be blocking both the front and back nine to accommodate up to 120 players. 

"The biggest benefit we never anticipated was how important this event has become in our retention efforts," says Chad, "Once a new Member comes out and plays one of these events he immediately gets hooked to what we've got going on here."

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The LPGA Shootout returns to Las Colinas Country Club this week! Las Colinas Country Club and ClubCorp are honored to host the tournament for the second year in a row on 
May 1 — 4, 2014. With a purse of $1.3 million, 72 holes of stroke play and four days of great golf, there is no better time to come out to the Club! 

Schedule:
Wednesday April 30, 2014 — Pro-Am
Thursday May 1, 2014 — First Round
Friday May 2, 2014 — Second Round/First Cut
Saturday May 3, 2014 — Third Round/Second Cut
Sunday May 4, 2014 — Final Round

After the last putt drops on Friday May 2, there will be a “Party on the Green” with a special performance by country music legend and native Texan, Pat Green! 

In March, the Kraft Nabisco Championship was held at Mission Hills Country Club where Lexi Thompson took the title. The tournament was a great success and we anticipate nothing less for the Shootout! Last year, over 76,000 fans showed up to the Club to watch 95 players compete for the title in their first tournament in 20 years in North Texas. With the first year under our belt, we’re excited to see all of the fans and the players this year! 

For more information and tickets please visit http://ntshootout.com/

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Executive chefs and Employee Partners from Tower Club Tysons Corner in Vienna, Virginia; City Club of Washington in DC; River Creek Club in Leesburg, Virginia; Chantilly National Golf and Country Club in Centreville, Virginia; and Piedmont Club in Haymarket, Virginia; embarked on a spicy, savory battle last month to be crowned the reigning gumbo champion. The Mardi Gras-style HUB event took place at the Tower Club, where Members and their Guests mingled while sampling bayou-inspired dishes and enjoying drinks and live music.

There to cast a vote was River Creek Member and NFL player Robert Royal, formerly of the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns. Royal (pictured to the right with River Creek Chef Chris Kenworthy) was born in New Orleans and attended Louisiana State University and took the gumbo taste-off seriously. 

Kudos to River Creek Chef Chris Kenworthy, whose gumbo was named the winner, and to Tower Club Server Bridget Connor, who took home the runner-up prize for her gumbo dish.

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City Club LA was recently selected as the first private club to receive the American Academy Five Star Diamond Award! The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences agreed that City Club LA consistently maintains the overall standards of exceptional quality and outstanding performance necessary to designate them the finest in the category and classification.

Joseph Cinque, President of the AAHS said, “City Club is truly a place where professionals can benefit from becoming a Member and joining a premiere network. The Club's tradition offers excellent service and amenities, with a modern updated twist, making it a true Star Diamond recipient. Congratulations on this well deserved accolade!"

The award was presented by Joe Cinque to Larry Ahlquist, City Club LA General Manager.

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About AAHS & The International Star Diamond Award

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences is renowned worldwide for awarding excellence in the global travel and luxury services sector.  Each year the Academy bestows its coveted international star diamond award exclusively on Five and Six Star-quality hotels, spas, golf courses, restaurants, chefs, destinations, airlines, cruise lines, private clubs and high-end products.  All recipients are deemed to be of pinnacle quality and global recognition. Over the past few decades, the INTERNATIONAL STAR DIAMOND AWARD has become the most recognized and prestigious emblem of achievement, the only true global awards program. http://www.stardiamondaward.com/

In one of the largest ClubCorp Couples Tournaments ever held, more than 80 couples participated earlier this month, when 2014 tournament returned, after nearly a decade, to Pinehurst Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. Additionally for the first time ever, the five-day, four-night event included two divisions – the Open Division (male player 61 or younger) and the Senior Division (male player 62 or older) – which added to the excitement. The two divisions played three rounds each – best ball, modified alternate shot and scramble – on different courses though both got to play the famed Donald Ross No. 2 course, site of this year’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open on consecutive weeks in June.

Members from clubs across the country were represented at this year’s Couples Tournament and it wasn’t just one couple from each club. Groups of couples from several clubs attended, including 10 couples from both The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, and Barton Creek Lakeside in Spicewood, Texas. Though the weather was cold and rainy during practice rounds, it progressively improved so that, by the third round, players enjoyed sunshine and 80-degrees – the best at Pinehurst so far this year. Participants also enjoyed breakfast, lunch, dinners, cocktail hours and welcome gift bags and, as always, made new friends – nearly half the group were first-timers – and reconnected with the many returning players. 

Congratulations to the winning golfers – John and Debbie Hale of Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, California, who won the Overall Low Gross – Open Division, and JP and Laura Scott of Barton Creek Lakeside, who took home the Overall Low Gross – Senior Division.

First-time participant David Osborn, of Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, won the closest-to-the-pin contest sponsored by The Moorings by landing his tee shot within four feet of the pin and earning a $5,000 gift certificate toward any of The Moorings crewed yacht cruises.

The event ended with an awards cocktail dinner and reception, during which participants got the opportunity to congratulate the winners, share email addresses and phone numbers and start planning for a reunion and rematch – at next year’s event.

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