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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
David Page, Director of Tennis, and the Tennis Committee at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, California, recently visited the home of Olympic gold medalist and World Champion alpine ski racer Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, to cook them dinner. The “in-home dinner” was an auction item purchased by Miller and his wife during a “Coto for the Cure” fundraising event.
Miller invited fellow Olympic bronze medalist, 2014 Sochi MVP and Coto de Caza Member Teemu Selanne and his wife, Sirpa, to the special occasion. The Olympian dinner was amazing and everyone had a great time. Kudos to David Page and his committee!
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!
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!
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!
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
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