Name: Matthew Crum
Residing Club: River Creek Club in Leesbug, Va.
I attended culinary school in Pittsburgh, Pa. before working for small luxury hotels in the Northeast. I joined ClubCorp at Treesdale Country Club in Gibsonia, Pa. before moving to Virginia to help open River Creek Club. There, I started out as a Sous Chef before being promoted to Executive Chef in 2007.
Other than your chef knife, what is your favorite kitchen tool?: The Club’s Rational Combi Oven. It’s a game changer!
Who had the greatest influence on your culinary career?: My high school art teacher, Mr. Johnson. He taught me about focal points and how the human eye looks at things. I still use his advice about drawing and painting everyday, I just apply it when it comes to plates and platters.
What is your single favorite ingredient to cook with?: Fennel Pollen
What is something about you few people know?: I hand-make custom hardwood furniture in my garage...it’s a great stress reliever for me.
What is the the one thing that can always be found in your home refrigerator?: Pickles, from my family's recipe from Germany.
If you could cook dinner for anyone past, present or future, who would it be?: Matt Trolson, our former Food and Beverage director who passed away in early March of this year. He was a great friend and I think of him almost every day.
What is your Walter Mitty fantasy?: To make artisan cheeses for a living.
What character traits/qualifications/skills makes a good chef?: I don’t take things too seriously. I tell my staff it’s not food or drink that we sell, it’s an experience that we provide our Members.
What do you like most about working at the Club?: The six minute car ride to and from work...Gas is expensive!
What do you see as the next big trend in food?: I really don’t know, that’s a good question. I keep seeing food that reminds me of my childhood, but that has an adult twist to it.
Knock three times and tell ‘em Joe sent ya!
Attendees at the 2012 Charity Classic at The Greenspoint Club in Houston on October 20 were whisked back to the glamorous 1920s, for a night of fine dining, dancing and entertainment to benefit three separate charities.
A night of surprises awaited everyone at Greenspoint, which was completely transformed into a wonderland. Attendees arrived dressed in Roaring Twenties garb and the Clubhouse was covered in huge white feather plumes, gold lamé draping and crystal beads.
The night began with a cocktail reception in the Cotton Club, before everyone proceeded into the 21 Club for a delectable, gourmet four-course dinner. The night was going very well until the joint was raided by the 'police', which naturally forced everyone into the gym, magically transformed for the night into a speakeasy. Then the party really began!
The event continued far into the night as the ladies and gentlemen placed bids in the auction, played games and gambled in the casino, listened to live music and sipped on bathtub gin and other decade favorites. The event was held in honor of Dan McIntyre, former ClubCorp executive for 24 years and a two-time cancer survivor, and his choice for the event’s third charity was Golfers Against Cancer.
Around 160 people came to the event, which ended up being a beautiful evening full of fun and philanthropy, raising over $100,000.
Just like all ClubCorp Charity Classic events, the proceeds raised that evening went to three wonderful charities, MDA’s Augie’s Quest, the Employee Partner Care Foundation and one local charity.
For Greenspoint, that local charity was Golfers Against Cancer. A very worthy cause, Golfers Against Cancer has raised and donated over $22 million for cancer research since its’ inception in the summer of 1997 in Kingwood, Texas.
The event was made possible by the Club's Charity Committee, which is a joint effort of the Club's Social Committee and their Board of Governors.
Thank you and congratulations to all the organizers and attendees who made the night such a success!
Do you love the feeling of being behind the wheel?
Imagine test-driving both the 2013 Porsche 911 and the 2013 Porsche Boxster on a scenic hour-long joy ride through Johns Creek, Georgia or Frisco, Texas.
People can tell you how well luxury sports cars handle being daily drivers, but getting behind the wheel of one and trying it out for yourself is the only way you can truly appreciate it.
The day-long events at The Country Club of the South and Stonebriar Country Club were very successful and completely complimentary to Members.
Each lucky driver was given an intro to the cars before they went on their test-drive, switching cars halfway so everyone was able to try out both of the driving machines.
Porsche and the Clubs were able to offer a significant number of spots to the Members, and the events were a complete success.
This was just one of the many unique and special offers made available through ClubCorp. Be sure to stay tuned for more!
Live from Los Angeles!
Professional golfer and international household name, Tiger Woods, visited our very own beautiful Braemar Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday afternoon to do an interview with CNBC.
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Having trouble finding something to do for Halloween? Whatever your age or desired level of scariness, our Clubs have the perfect event for you!
- Murder Mystery Dinner, October 30, at The Capital City Club
- Kids Halloween Party, October 24, at Summit Club, Birmingham
- “Come as you aren’t” Monster Mash, October 31, at Anthem Country Club
- Halloween Town, October 26; and Family Halloween Party, October 24, at Seville Golf and Country Club
- Graveyard Member Mixer and Costume Contest, October 26, at Aliso Viejo Country Club
- Kids Monster Bash, October 23; and Tween Fright Night, October 25, at Braemar Country Club
- Kids Halloween Party, October 26, at Canyon Crest Country Club
- Halloween Bash, October 25, at Center Club (Costa Mesa)
- Murder Mystery Dinner, October 26, at City Club on Bunker Hill
- Halloween Haunted House, October 26, at Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club
- Costume Party, October 26, at Crow Canyon Country Club
- Halloween on the Green, October 31, at Desert Falls Country Club
- Kids Halloween Party, October 26; and GBLGA Halloween Tournament, October 30, at Granite Bay Golf Club
- Monster Mash, October 30, at Mission Hills Country Club
- Haunted Clubhouse, October 27, at Morgan Run Club and Resort
- Family Halloween Bash, October 26, at Porter Valley Country Club
- Halloween Party, October 26, at Shadowridge Golf Club
- Halloween Spooktacular Mixer, October 24, at Silicon Valley Capital Club
- Family Halloween Party, October 26, at Spring Valley Lake Country Club
- Murder Mystery Dinner, October 31, at Aspen Glen Club
- Halloween Party, October 27, at DeBary Golf and Country Club
- Charity Classic Costume Party, October 26, at The Citrus Club
- Costume Party and Kids Zone Halloween Party, October 26, at East Lake Woodlands Country Club
- Spooktacular Pumpkin Painting and Hayride, October 26, at Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club
- Halloween Extravaganza, October 24, at Hunter’s Green Country Club
- Spooktacular, October 31, at Monarch Country Club
- Halloween Haunted House, October 30, at Queen’s Harbour Yacht and Country Club
- Halloween Spooktacular, October 30, at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club
- Witch Wine is Which Dinner, October 31, at University Center Club at Florida State University
- Halloween Dinner, October 31, at University Club of Jacksonville
- Boo Brunch, October 28, at The Country Club of the South
- Haunted House, October 26; Halloween Couples Event, October 28, at Eagle’s Landing Country Club
- Halloween Spooktacular Kid’s Party, October 27, at Northwood Country Club
- Halloween Party, October 25, at Knollwood Country Club
- Halloween Boo Bash, October 26, at Skyline Club- Indianapolis
- Monster Mash, October 27, at The Metropolitan Club
- Ghosts and Giggles, October 27, at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate
- Halloween Costume Breakfast, October 27, at Southern Trace Country Club
- Halloween Happy Hour, October 31, at Boston College Club
- Pumpkin Carving, October 23; and Halloween Party, October 27, at Ipswich Country Club
- Boo Bash, October 27, at The University of Massachusetts Club
- Kid’s Halloween Party, October 24/25; and Adult Halloween Party, October 26, at Oak Pointe Country Club
- Haunted House, October 30, at Canyon Gate Country Club
- Spooky Halloween Carnival, October 28, at The Carolina Club
- Halloween Hayride, October 26, at Country Club of Hilton Head
- Kids’ Halloween Party, October 26; and Fright Night, October 31, at Devils Ridge Golf Club
- Ladies-Only Halloween Bash, October 31, at Lochmere Golf Club
- Halloween Family Night, October 25, at The Piedmont Club
- Trick-or-Treat Brunch, October 28, at Hamlet Golf and Country Club
- Kids Halloween Party, October 25; and Adult Costume Party, October 30, at Dayton Racquet Club
- Kids Halloween Party, October 27, at Quail Hollow Country Club
- Fall Festival, October 27, at Diamond Run Golf Club
- Adult Halloween Party, October 26; and Spooky Couples Golf, October 27, at Hartefield National
- Boo Bash, October 26, at The Pyramid Club
- Halloween Guest Bartender, October 26; Sunday Boo Brunch, October 28; and Who’s Afraid of the Dark Beer Tasting, October 30, at Rivers Club
- Boo Brunch, October 28, at Treesdale Golf and Country Club
- Spooktacular, October 26, at Woodside Plantation Country Club
- “Mischief Night”, October 30, at The Capital City Club
- Costume Party, October 27, at The Golf Club at Indigo Run
- Halloween Carnival, October 31, at Bay Oaks Country Club
- Spooktacular Doubles, October 26, 2012; and Family Halloween Spookfest, October 28, 2012 at Canyon Creek Country Club
- Spooktacular Magic Show, October 31, at Club at Cimarron
- Halloween Fall Family Festival, October 28, at Club at Falcon Point
- Kids Club Halloween Howl, October 30, at The Clubs of Kingwood
- Halloween Party, October 28; and Costume Lunch, October 31, at The Downtown Club
- Crazy Costume Parents’ Night Out, October 26; and Character Brunch and Trick-or-Treating, October 27, at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf and Country Club
- Pizza/Pasta Buffet, Halloween Party and Haunted House, October 26, at Gleneagles Country Club
- Fright Fest, October 27; and Spooky Science Brunch, October 28, at Hackberry Creek Country Club
- Halloween Party, October 26, at Hearthstone Country Club
- WTA/MTA Halloween Race for the Cure Social, October 26; and Spooky Kooky Halloween, October 31, at Hollytree Country Club
- Halloween Scream Couples Tournament, October 28, at Lost Creek Country Club
- Boofet and Downtown Ghost Tour, October 26, at Plaza Club
- Boo Bash, October 26, at Shady Valley Golf Club
- “Frighty” Night , October 26, at Stonebriar Country Club
- SBWGA Boo Fest, October 31, at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club
- Young Executive Halloween Party, October 26, at Texas Tech Club
- HLGA Trick-or-Treat, Oct 30; and Family Night Halloween Spooktacular, October 28, at The Hills of Lakeway
- Costume Party, October 31, at Tower Club Dallas
- Kids’ Fright Night, October 30, at Timarron Country Club
- Halloween Carnival, October 28, at Trophy Club Country Club
- Eerie-sistable Halloween Party, October 29, at University of Texas Club
- Boo Bash, October 26, at Walnut Creek Country Club
- Charity Classic Boo Bash, October 27, at Wildflower Country Club
- Spooktacular Soiree, October 21, at Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club
- Kids Club Halloween Party, October 30, at Club LeConte
- Kids Halloween Bash, October 27, at Greenbrier Country Club
- Fight Night, October 27, at The Piedmont Club
- Halloween Parade, October 28, at River Creek Club
- Kids’ Halloween Party, October 24, at Stonehenge Golf and Country Club
- Kids Pumpkin Carving Night, October 19; Family Halloween Festival, October 28; Ladies Post-Season Halloween Orange Ball, October 30; and Halloween Happy Hour, October 31, at Canterwood Golf and Country Club
- Addams Family Pre-Theatre Dinner, October 31, at Columbia Tower Club
House of Castello cheese and craft beer tasting events at our Clubs are far from your average tasting.
Since Castello recently began expanding and offering different cheese flavors and types, they decided to partner with ClubCorp and host gourmet tastings at various Clubs across the nation.
The University Club Atop Symphony Towers in San Diego recently hosted a fabulous pairing of craft beer and cheese on September 20, 2012.
Upon their arrival at The Club, Members and guests were given a take-home tasting glass from the Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, Calif. to fully enjoy and remember the experience.
At each of the eight tables, attendees were first able to taste the cheese in its’ natural state and then prepared as an hors d’oeuvre, perfectly paired with a select craft beer.
Spanning the entire length of the Laureate Ballroom, eight perfectly-paired cheese and beer stations offered intriguing flavors such as Castello wild garlic havarti deep-fried macaroni and cheese, which was paired with the San Diego area’s own Iron Fist Brewing Company's Renegade Blonde. Another favorite pairing was the Castello soft blue and port poached cherry crostini with Lost Abbey Red Barn Farmhouse Ale, another local San Diego craft beer company.
Helping to coordinate the pairings was Matt Simpson, craft beer consultant and owner of The Beer Sommelier. He is pictured above with attendees of the Symphony Towers event.
After guests visited all of the stations, each guest was able to take home a House of Castello gift bag full of cheeses, recipes, coupons and other gifts.
Don't miss out on these upcoming Castello events near you:
- The University of Massachusetts Club, Boston, Mass.,- October 26, 2012. Please call 617.287.3030 for more information or to make a reservation.
- The City Club of Washington, Washington, D.C.- November 13, 2012. Please call 202.600.2511 for more information or to make a reservation.
- Columbia Tower Club, Seattle, Wash.- December 5, 2012. Please call 206.219.6749 for more information or to make a reservation.
Name: Brian Ayers
Residing ClubCorp Club: City Club on Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, Calif.
Career Highlights: I won the Julia Child Scholarship to attend Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. I did my externship at the The Greenbrier in West Virginia, and then afterwards I spent many years at Lespinasse in New York City.
Other than your chef knife, what is your favorite kitchen tool?: I am a big fan of the tilting brazier.
What had the greatest influence on your culinary career?: Working for Guy Savoy at his flagship restaurant in Paris showed me what was possible if you truly dedicate yourself to excellence.
What is your single favorite ingredient to cook with?: I would say that I get very excited when I am braising lamb shoulder.
What is something about you few people know?: Don’t tell anyone, but I enjoy playing the banjo.
What is one thing that can always be found in your home refrigerator?: Fresh Kimchee. I love the spicy, sour flavor.
If you could cook dinner for anyone, past, present or future, who would it be?: If I could go back in time, I think it would be awesome to cook a huge multi-course meal for Led Zeppelin in their heyday- what a party that would be!
What is your Walter Mitty fantasy?: I picture myself as a weathered adventurer who travels way off the beaten path exploring uncharted country with the unique ability to capture and forage for all necessary provisions and produce world-class cuisine from a camp fire.
What character traits/qualifications/skills make a good chef?: The unwavering ability to strive for improvement in all areas.
What do you like most about working at the City Club on Bunker Hill?: I love the fact that we truly get to know all of our members’ likes and dislikes, it makes it so much easier to hit home-run meals when you truly know your guests.
What do you see as the next big trend in food?: I believe the era of the upscale burger is coming to a close and I can’t wait for the trend in food to swing back to true fine dining, where the bar is raised and every detail is scrutinized.
On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 105 members and guests came out for the annual Think Pink golf tournament at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, raising an estimated $14,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The event was hosted by the Club’s Women’s Golf Association and the Bay Oaks Old Boys Society, fittingly known as the BOOBS.
It was a beautiful morning, sunny with a nice breeze, when the group teed off. Almost every shade of pink was worn by the participants and many in the group got very creative with their outfits.
For lunch, the Club prepared pasta with pink sauce, watermelon and signature pink cocktails.
At the end, prizes were awarded for first, second and third places as well as for the most accurate drive, the shot closest to the pin and even for the highest score.
The awards were wine cork necklaces, handmade by a family member of the assistant golf pro.
Since 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been one of the biggest names in the fight against breast cancer, funding research and programs to help turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.
Thank you to all who attended and helped make this annual event a fun and successful one at Bay Oaks!
Los Angeles, the second most-populated city in the United States, is known for being home to many colorful cultures.
For its’ 2012 Charity Classic event on Friday night, October 5,2012, The City Club on Bunker Hill in LA decided to explore the culinary diversity of the city.
At the event, dubbed “Love in LA”, attendees enjoyed a wonderful four-corner station dinner, representing the Latin, Middle Eastern, Asian and American corners of the city, with delicious wine pairings.
The event, which was open to the public, had more than 150 guests. In addition to supporting three worthy causes, throughout the course of the night attendees were entertained by a magician, enjoyed live jazz music, participated in a silent auction and were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportuity to kiss a pig.
Yes, for a charitable donation, you could have kissed a pig. And many participants did, since Bueller the Pig 'single-hoovedly' raised over $1,000!
The event raised almost $18,000 for MDA’s Augie’s Quest, The Employee Partner Care Foundation, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Youth Foundation.
The LA Sheriff’s Youth Foundation strives to offer safe alternative opportunities to at-risk youth in Los Angeles County, a county notoriously plagued by gangs, drugs and violence. These opportunities focus on activities for the youth that build character, instill leadership skills, boost self-esteem and help them establish a positive outlook on their own life and future.
Thank you to all the organizers at The City Club and to all who attended and made the event such a great success!
Directly after the CEO of Troon Golf and the chairman of Nicklaus Companies, our very own CEO and president, Eric Affeldt, was named the third most powerful person in golf in Golf Inc. magazine’s 2012 list.
He beat out giants, household names outside the of golf world, such as Donald Trump, who came in sixth place, and Tiger Woods, who placed twenty-fourth.
Golf Inc. magazine said they listed Affeldt because he “continued to guide the world’s largest owner of golf facilities and private clubs towards greater profitability...through acquisitions and organic growth.” Which he has, by boosting revenue, enhancing the executive leadership team and expanding the company's presence in the Northeastern United States and overseas to China.
Graduating with a degree in political science and religion from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., Affeldt went on to accrue a wide spectrum of experience before finding a home with our company in Dallas.
Prior to joining ClubCorp in 2006, Affeldt served as the principal of KSL Capital Partners, a private equity firm; president and CEO of KSL Fairways, KSL’s former golf division; vice president and general manager of both the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, and the combined PGA West and La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, Calif.; a founding partner of KSL Recreation; and president of General Aviation Holdings Inc. In addition he serves as non-executive chairman for the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.
Affeldt had been listed in the top three on Golf Inc.’s list for the past three years, and in 2010 he came in first.
Congratulations President Affeldt! Thanks for leading ClubCorp through another great year!