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Several greater Atlanta-area clubs teamed together recently to play their First Tee Marathon at The Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Georgia. Participating clubs included Country Club of Gwinnett, Bear's Best, Woodside Plantation Country Club and Country Club of the South.

The groups teed off at 7 a.m. and, 10 hours later, completed 100 holes of golf and raised almost $20,000 for The First Tee! What a great way for a team to come together for a good cause.

The bar for next year has now been set and, with more than 30 clubs now in the Atlanta market, the results should go far beyond and serve as an event that unites even more of the area Golf Professionals.

Good job to all involved!


Congratulations are in order. Dave Carr, PGA Director of Instruction at Teal Bend Golf Club, was named the PGA’s Northern California Player of the Year for the second year in a row!

This prestigious honor has earned Carr two more PGA tour exemptions, the first at this week’s Open in Napa. The event takes place at the renowned Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course, and benefits the American Institute of Mathematics, among other charities. The Players of the Year will be formally recognized at the NCPGA Special Awards Ceremony held on December 7, 2014 at Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, CA.

You can find Carr at Teal Bend, usually on the Club’s championship 18-hole golf course or in the Pro Shop. The Club offers Get Golf Ready classes, juniors’ golf programming, private lessons and more to help take your game to the next level. With Carr’s expert coaching and instruction, you might be on your way to earning an award of your own!

Congratulations to Dave Carr and Teal Bend Golf Club on this prestigious honor.

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The water tower at Firestone Country Club has become an iconic symbol of not only the Club, but of world-class golf and some of the country's finest tournament play. The water tower, built in 1956, still stands by Warner Road near the clubhouse and can be seen from all three Firestone courses. The creatively constructed water tower was designed to look like a golf ball sitting on a tee.

Standing at 120 feet tall it holds 50,000 gallons of water and is said to have been an original source for domestic water and fire protection. In 1994 the water tower was drained and taken out of use, however it still reminds us of all the great golf and tournaments played throughout the years.

Recently, this iconic symbol was re-coated by Thomarios Coating Group, using 95 gallons of Sherwin Williams paint.

This week participants from across the country will return to Las Colinas Country Club to compete in the Warrior Open, a competitive 36-hole golf tournament hosted by former President George W. Bush. The event honors U.S. service members who “serve and sacrifice to defend the United States of America and heralds the many effective organization that give their time, talents and resources to support the men and women of our military an their families.”

The Warrior Open is not open to the public, but you can follow the action on The Bush Center’s live leaderboard.

Good luck to all competing! 


Congratulations to Carlos Aguirre, Tennis Director at April Sound Country Club in Montgomery, Texas, and the kids from the club’s Junior Tennis Program. The team placed second at the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Grand Prix State Tournament at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch.

The April Sound team qualified to represent the North Houston area by placing in the top two in the rankings following the area qualifying Grand Prix tournaments. Carlos was extremely proud that the kids were given the opportunity to attend the event, a fun-filled weekend during which the kids learned valuable life lessons about teamwork and hard work. The event was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kids to bond together and build lasting memories.

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The Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic makes its triumphant return to Pinehurst Resort this weekend! Since 1987, the challenging ClubCorp national tournaments have offered Members exciting opportunities to visit new places, playing with fellow Members from across the country. The Acura ClubCorp Champions Classic is a wonderful time for Members to come together and enjoy friendly competition and build relationships.

Beginning Monday, September 29 golfers from clubs across the country will walk in the footsteps of golf’s greatest players as they take on the challenging 54-hole tournament. The tournament consists of Pinehurst Resort’s illustrious Courses No. 2 (home to the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championship), No. 4 and No. 8. 

If you’re attending the tournament but not participating, or if you find yourself with some down time between tee times, the surrounding area offers plenty by way of day trips and exciting activities. Some favorite destinations in the Pinehurst area are within 30 or 45 minutes – others are about an hour away. Click here to see a few of our favorites. 

Competitors have the opportunity to take home many prizes, including the coveted Putter Boy, which goes to the first place team. Second and third place teams win the tournament award, and Acura will award one lucky Member the use of an Acura for a year via blind draw during the Acura Awards Dinner. Players also have the chance to win daily closest-to-the-pin contests and exciting door prizes.

We hope Members have a wonderful time playing in the tournament during its 28th year!


Private Clubs has won top honors in the 2014 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, nabbing the gold medal in the category featuring magazines that don’t cover travel exclusively. ClubCorp’s quarterly publication beat out stiff competition with DeparturesTime Inc.’s luxury magazine for American Express’ top cardholders, winning silver; and Outside, the bronze.

The Society of American Travel Writers Foundation sponsors the annual awards, considered the most prestigious in the field of travel journalism. The competition, open to all North American journalists and magazines, drew 1,177 entries this year, which the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication judged.

In honoring Private Clubs, the judges said: “This magazine in general is quite impressive from its core; the paper quality, the size and the overall editorial content rise above other entries as being well thought out and exclusive. From cover to cover, the writing, photos, use of typography and overall editing seem to strongly benefit the reader in practical ways. … The overall editorial philosophy and presentation appear to be strongly focused to really meet the needs of the target audience with class and substance.”

Congratulations to the Private Clubs staff!


Today is the official day of the 2014 ClubCorp Charity Classic. Although most clubs already have held their events or will be holding them at a later date, eight clubs are holding their events today with several more clubs' events taking place through the weekend. In addition to the golf tournaments and dinners, activities and events include a:

When a club hosts their Charity Classic, the doors to the club are open to the public to help support three great causes: the ClubCorp Employee Partners Care Foundation, Augie's Quest/ALS Therapy Development Institute, and the local charity you have chosen to support. It is a day to create a fantastic community event, showcase your club to non-Members, and to raise money for charity.

Good luck with your events!


Jeremy Steiner, Golf Professional at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Office Administrator Jessica Rudd recently organized a very special Magic Moment with a tribute to the club’s oldest founding Member.

The Member, Ann Ratomsky, who is 91 years old, still plays a little golf, walks to the club everyday for coffee and conversation and happens to make some of the best chocolate cookies ever. She also, from time to time, has requested a bench be put near the putting green.

This past year, Ratomsky’s husband passed away and she suffered a minor stroke.


It was then that Jeremy and Jessica decided they needed to celebrate Ratomsky and all that she means to the club.

They surprised her – along with many of the Women’s League golfers – with flowers, Champagne, a luncheon and a bench on the putting green with a plaque in her name. Ratomsky was shocked and touched by the gesture. She not only uses the bench daily as she practices her swing but always wants to know who else has been sitting on “her” bench.

A very special Magic Moment indeed!


The staff and Members at Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas have been carefully following the USGA Senior Amateur Championship that started over the weekend at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, California, as not one, but two Canyon Gate Members competed.

Bruce Belcoure (left) and Frank Abbott (right) proudly represented the Club in the national tournament for amateur golf competitors, which began with 36 holes of stroke play with the top 64 competitors advancing to the match play portion. It is rare that, with just 156 players from more than 2,250 entries, two Members from one Club would qualify to compete. Belcoure, low qualifier at TPC Summerlin on August 18, earned his place at his first Senior Amateur with an even-par 72. Abbott tied for low qualifier with one-over-par 73 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, on August 27. This was his fifth trip to the national event, at which he was finalist (runner-up) in 2003.

Frank and Bruce played well on a long, hard course but missed the cut set at 149, the lowest in USGA Senior Amateur history. 

“Both these men are still considered champions in our eyes!” says Canyon Gate Country Club.

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