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.
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.
Woodside Plantation Country Club marked the opening of the all-new Mulligan’s Grill and outdoor patio with an exciting ribbon-cutting ceremony this week! The Club has just concluded its half-million dollar reinvention, welcoming new dining and recreation areas and giving Members a fresh update on their fun-filled Club lifestyle.
Mulligan’s Grill includes an enhanced bar experience and a reinvented dining area, plus Woodside’s consistently delicious Club cuisine.
The Club’s new outdoor patio features fire features and plush, soft seating – it’s the perfect place to unwind with friends and family after your meal or round of golf.
Congratulations to the Members and Employee Partners at Woodside Plantation!
Members can now access the luxe life and all the great content in Private Clubs magazine from mobile and tablet devices! Stay connected to exquisite cuisine, the latest trends and tips, exotic destinations and a full calendar of not-to-be-missed social events when you’re on the go with the latest mobile and tablet apps.
It’s never been easier to access Private Clubs magazine!
- Go to m.myclubmobile.com
- Enter your Club Member ID and password
- Click “Log In” (or “Create Account” if it’s your first time)
- Click on the magazine icon
- Read, read, read!
With the new high-tech mobile and tablet capabilities, it’s now easier than ever to take the fun-filled private club lifestyle with you wherever you go.
Nearly 100 Members at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas, were at the club yesterday to watch 20-year-old golfer Jordan Spieth play his final round of the Masters at Augusta National. Spieth grew up playing golf at Brookhaven and his parents are still Members.
Spieth was tied for the lead with Bubba Watson at 5 under going into fourth round and, though Watson went on to win the green jacket – his second in three years – Spieth held his own, leading by two strokes after seven holes. Had he won, Spieth would have been the youngest player to ever win the Masters.
It wasn’t just the Members who were interested in Spieth’s play – several local news shows were on hand at Brookhaven to cover the club’s support and each one interviewed Teaching Instructor Joey Anders, who began working with Spieth when he was 8 years old and continued working with him until he was 13.
This won’t be the last time a crowd comes to the club to support Spieth as he competes. No doubt, he has a long career ahead of him and the Members and staff at Brookhaven will be proudly cheering him on through every par, birdy, bogey and eagle along the way.
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.
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.
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/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
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.
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.
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.
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!