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The Men’s Nine-Hole league at Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida, recently invited The First Tee of Jacksonville to the club for a nine-hole golf event. The Ladies Golf Association also participated in the event, which teamed up a student with each player for the two-person scramble.

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During the scramble, putts were scored and afterward awards were given out to more than half of the kids in attendance while all the kids received personalized divot tools donated by Members. The kids also were treated to lunch. Not only did the Members of the Men’s Nine-Hole league raise money for golf, lunch and prizes and gifts for the kids, they also raised money to donate to The First Tee.

This is the second year of this unique event, which a representative from The First Tee of Jacksonville says is like no other in the area but is hoping Queen’s Harbour is starting a new trend.

Kudos to Queen’s Harbour and the Men’s Nine-Hole group for their time, generosity, and a great day on the golf course. 

Today the Masters Tournament officially tees off at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia! Even though Tiger Woods and the famous 17th hole Eisenhower Tree won’t be there, the tournament still promises a lot of drama. Star veterans are returning like Roy McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson are returning, but this year a record 24 Masters rookies will begin play, including Brookhaven Country Club’s Jordan Spieth. We'll see what happens! You can follow the tournament leader board here.

Aside from this morning's exciting tee-off, Augusta also hosted fun junior festivities earlier this week! 

Leo Cheng, an 11-year-old representing Porter Valley Country Club, holed a 6-footer on the 18th hole to win his age bracket in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition! Leo's trophy was presented by Masters Champion Adam Scott

Falling behind Cheng, Brookhaven Country Club’s Kyle Cox placed fourth in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition. We are so proud of our young Members and wish them great future success! 

Happy Masters Week everyone!

Members at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California, are now well-educated on all things Australian thanks to the club’s recent “Great Aussie BBQ.” General Manager Alex Hammill, who hails from theland down under, brought his homeland to Braemar’s driving range for an event that featured authentic Australian cuisine. The menu offered Shrimp on the Barbie, Meat Pie, Anzac biscuits, lamingtons (dessert) and Vegemite sandwiches. Alex educated Members about the food with fliers describing each food item. Activities included an Australian accent contest, a Heads or Tails game, a putting contest and a Vegemite sandwich-eating contest. 

In addition, a local zoo sanctuary brought a baby kangaroo, crocodile, kookaburra and more. More than 200 Members and Guests participated and the weather was perfect – Great Aussie BBQ was a fun and educational way to spend a beautiful spring day.

 

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Avid Golfer magazine recently released its annual “Best of Private Clubs” issue for 2014, and guess who made the list? ClubCorp’s DFW-area clubs!

Stonebriar Country Club nabbed the No. 2 rank in the magazine’s “Best Country Club/Elite” category, followed by Gleneagles Country Club in Plano at No. 3. Timarron Country Club took home the No.1 spot in the “Best Golf Club/Elite” category.

Additional clubs named to the lists are:
 

Best Country Club/Mid-Priced
 Las Colinas Country Club in Irving (No. 2)
 Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney – dual membership/Dye and Hills Courses (No. 3)
 

Best Country Club/Value-Priced
 Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch (No. 1)
 Trophy Club Country Club in Trophy Club (No. 2)
 Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield (No. 3)
 Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving (No. 4) 

Best Country Clubs/Best Value
 Stonebriar Country Club (No. 1)
 Stonebridge Ranch Country Club – The Dye Course and The Hills Course (No. 2)
 Brookhaven Country Club (No. 3)
 

The issue also includes “The List,” which recognizes clubs for their unique appeal. This year, Avid Golfer featured:
 Stonebriar Country Club – Most Improved Club
 Gleneagles Country Club – Most Improved Golf Course, King’s Course
 Las Colinas Country Club – Best View from the Patio
 Stonebridge Ranch Country Club – Best Players
 Brookhaven Golf Club – Best Family Club
 Timarron Country Club – Most Female Friendly

Canyon Creek Country Club, Prestonwood Country Club, Oakmont Country Club and Shady Valley Country Club also scored rankings in Avid Golfer’s prestigious annual list.

Congratulations to the North Texas family of ClubCorp clubs!

Vista Vallarta Club de Golf received quite the honor recently when Golfweek magazine named the Club’s two golf courses to its 2014 list of the best golf courses in the Caribbean and Mexico! Vista Vallarta’s Nicklaus Signature Course nabbed the No. 8 spot, and the Weiskopf Signature Course was named No. 17 on Golfweek’s list.

Golfweek’s No. 8 Course: Nicklaus 

Grassy hillsides, dense forests of palm and giant ficus trees, natural creeks and arroyos provide the perfect setting for this world-class course by one of the world's greatest players. Situated on the Club’s highest elevation, the Nicklaus Course boasts stunning views of Puerto Vallarta, the Marina and Banderas Bay.

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Golfweek’s No. 17 Course: Weiskopf 

Mr. Weiskopf masterfully blended the elevations and natural features into an incredibly playable experience, from the first tee to the green of the “driveable" 18th hole. The course is located on the property’s lower west end and the terrain includes dense jungles, deep ravines and swift creeks.

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With summer just around the corner and great stay-and-play rates available, it’s the perfect time to venture south of the border and discover this true golfer’s paradise.

So what are you waiting for? Book your Mexican golf getaway and experience Vista Vallarta’s distinguished courses today!

Brookhaven Country Club created a truly magic moment for Employee Partner Mitch McPhaul, Fitness Center Locker Room Attendant – they honored Mitch with a surprise reception to celebrate his 14th anniversary at the Club! Brookhaven arranged for over 30 of Mitch’s family, friends, coworkers and staff members from the Citizens Development Center to attend the surprise celebration.

Mitch, an adult with an intellectual disability, has earned the reputation of being service-oriented, punctual, hard-working and extremely reliable in his 14 years at the Club.

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Those who spoke at the reception said that a conversation with Mitch guarantees an improvement in their day.

Citizens Development Center (CDC) is a Dallas non-profit organization that provides vocational training and employment placement services for more than 400 adults with disabilities. The CDC helped Mitch secure his job at Brookhaven, and during the reception they presented a Partnership Award to Brookhaven Country Club and ClubCorp for their corporate support of CDC’s mission to empower men and women with disabilities to achieve their highest level of independence and employment.

Congratulations to Mitch on his anniversary!

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The North Florida Hotel & Lodging Association represents more than 120 hospitality-related companies spanning five counties in Northeast Florida (Duval, Flagler, St. John’s, Nassau and Clay Counties). Every year they host the ROSE (Recognition of Service Excellence) Awards, and this year the University Club won four ROSE awards! Congratulations to Gabe Allen, Slim Allen, Liza Flowers and Margaret Atter for being named among the top ambassadors in North Florida! 

"They are dependable and passionate, serve as a role model to their peers, and exemplify a commitment to great customer service, all while creating a positive impression for the visitor" (NFHLA). 

The four also received ClubCorp's Superstar award. Congratulations again!

Inspired by their past and looking forward to their bright future, Members at Canyon Creek Country Club are excited and ready for the multimillion-dollar reinvention this spring. The Richardson, Texas club is celebrating 50 years of great golf and family fun with enhancements to the clubhouse. 

Soon, Members will be able to enjoy the casual atmosphere of the new family dining room in ultimate style and comfort. The new bar will be the perfect place to meet for a drink after work and relax, or catch the big game on new TVs. The new event space will set the right tone for wedding celebrations, corporate dinners, parties and more with elegant décor and an updated look. Along with the improvements, Members will also enjoy expanded year-round children’s programming and enhanced golf practice facilities with complimentary range balls.

With all the great things they have planned in 2014, Canyon Creek’s 50th will be a year to remember.

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Capital City Club in Montgomery, AL and Memphis’ Crescent Club are both getting a stylish new makeover! The two clubs will both undergo exciting renovations this year to take Members’ private club lifestyle to the next level.

Capital City Club 

  • New Member Bar/Grill
  • New Joiners’ Table
  • New Anytime Lounge
  • New Multimedia Area
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Crescent Club

  • New Anytime Bar & Lounge
  • New Multimedia Area
  • New Joiners’ Table
  • Refreshed Club Entrance

 

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We can’t wait for Members to see these exciting Club improvements! 

Check back for exciting updates on these Club reinventions!

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Eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro and Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith’s extreme talent doesn't end on the football field – he’s taking fundraising to the next level and raising money for underprivileged youth.

Smith and his wife, Pat, created the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities to “offer kids education and experiences that broaden their opportunities for success.” To help raise funds for their organization, the Smiths host seven qualifying golf tournaments around the country, evaluating a team’s “fundraising skills [and]…golf ability.” At the end of the qualifying rounds, “the highest fundraising team and the best golfers from each tournament will be invited to the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational” in Dallas in May 2014. 

The Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge kicked off last month at The Clubs of Kingwood, and is now headed to Austin, TX. The Hills of Lakeway welcomes the Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge on March 3, 2014.

We look forward to the next qualifying round in Austin, as well as future qualifiers!

Tampa Palms Country Club — March 12, 2014

Queen’s Harbor Yacht & Country Club — March 17, 2014

Bear’s Best Atlanta — March 25, 2014

Las Colinas Country Club — March 31, 2014

Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club — April 14, 2014 

(Quote and logo courtesy of emmittsmithgolfchallenge.com)

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