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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 

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A pair of Wind Watch Golf & Country Club Members experienced a truly magic moment at the Club’s Valentine’s Day dinner this weekend. 


The couple, who got married at the Club in 2012, arrived at Wind Watch’s Valentine’s Dinner ready to share big news: they’re expecting their first child! And that’s not the end of it: the couple had just come from the doctor and brought with them a sealed envelope that would reveal the gender of their baby – they wanted to be surprised with the good news at their Club, the special place where they wed two years earlier.

The Wind Watch team sprang into action, quickly crafting a wonderful memory the couple would never forget. The team decorated a dessert plate with the corresponding blue or pink icing color to reveal whether the couple was expecting a baby boy or girl, and had a team member in place to capture the big reveal on camera. The team brought the dessert plate out of the kitchen and to the waiting couple’s table and….

The icing was pink! The couple is having a baby girl! 

Now that’s what we call a magic moment. Way to go Wind Watch Golf & Country Club team, and congratulations to the happy couple on their growing family!


They say the way to your Valentine’s heart is through his or her stomach… Okay, maybe that’s not quite how the phrase goes, but you catch our drift!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, our clubs across the country are serving up the perfect Valentine’s evenings: one cup exquisite cuisine, a heaping spoonful of romance and just a dash of fun.


First, we visit Harbour Club in Charleston, SC where their Valentine’s Day Dinner consists of three courses and ands with dessert. Cake lollipops?! Sign us up.

Over in Tampa, Countryside Country Club welcomes Members to a Wine & Valentine’s Dinner complete with wine pairings and beautiful live music from a local harpist.

For Members in the Northwest, Canterwood Golf & Country Club is hosting a Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner with three luscious courses. Did we mention that there’s a chocolate merlot sauce on the menu?

We finish our Valentine’s National Tour at Hamlet Golf & Country Club where Members not only enjoy a delicious dinner, but a romantic night of dancing with live music!

Wishing a happy Valentine’s Day to all our Members and their sweethearts.

For those of you up north, try for a second to ignore the winter storms you're enduring and let your mind wander to a more peaceful place. Spring is near, which means you'll be able to hit the course for a round of golf before you know it!

Chances are if you're a golf lover, you're familiar with Firestone Country Club in Akron, OH. This club has hosted many PGA tournaments over its lifetime, most recently the annual Bridgestone Invitational. put together a video of the 10 best shots in the history of Firestone from some of the greatest who have played the game, and we think they nailed it.

Check out the video above and enjoy!

Every golf course is unique. The bends of the fairway, unforgiving bunkers, water hazards, and quality and contours of the green makes each course special in its own way. It’s fun to explore a course and become familiar with its properties, but nothing compares to your first tee off at a new, unfamiliar course.

Chris Maynord from Austin, TX knows that feeling all too well. In June of 2013, Chris traveled to Scotland to play at the infamous Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. For most, simply being able to make this trip and visit Carnoustie would make for a successful journey. However, there was another reason why this trip was special for Chris. After nailing his final putt on hole 18 of Carnoustie, Chris had reached the remarkable milestone of playing his 500th unique golf course.  That’s right, his 500th unique golf course! 

When Chris began playing golf with his childhood friends at age twelve, he had no idea it would be such a big part of his adult life. Now, some 55 years later, Chris has played his favorite game in 28 states and 5 foreign countries, all leading up to his “golf trip of a lifetime” last June at Carnoustie.

While the list of courses played over his lifetime certainly includes the obscure, it also includes well-known courses such as St. Andrews, Whistling Straits, Pine Valley, Bandon Dunes, and Augusta National. There was also a seven-year period in which Chris lived in Nigeria, Russia, and China due to his career in agribusiness. This chapter of his life allowed Chris to play at some exotic courses including Ikoyi Club in Lagos, Nigeria, the Moscow Country Club in Russia, and the coastal Shilorean Club in Qingdao, China.

Chris Maynord at St. Andrews

Chris on Swilican Burn Bridge on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Chris has accrued many wonderful memories throughout his golf career, but one of his fondest is from a time when he was spectating, not playing. In 1988, Chris was attending the Masters in Augusta when he spotted Sandy Lyle at the practice range. Chris was fortunate enough to chat with him for a bit about a tournament in Nigeria in which Chris had played and Sandy had won ten years prior. As the start of the tournament was nearing, Chris wished Sandy good luck and went on his way. Chris was about to witness history. Sandy Lyle’s infamous bunker shot on the final hole set him up for a birdie putt to end the tournament, making him the first Briton to wear the green jacket. 

Golf has given Chris many incredible experiences and numerous friendships over his lifetime. His milestone of playing at 500 unique courses is a testament to his dedication and love for the game of golf. It doesn’t seem he is slowing down either. Since June, Chris’s total has risen to 508 unique courses played, 25 of which are in the ClubCorp network!

At 67 years old, Chris has his eyes set on one day being able to “shoot his age.” In the meantime, we would like to congratulate Chris Maynord on his outstanding achievement of golfing at 500+ unique courses and wish nothing but the best for him as his journey continues.

Oak Tree Country Club welcomes a new era. 

After settling in as one of the newest members of the ClubCorp family, Oak Tree Country Club is ready to begin its multimillion-dollar renovation to enhance an already fun-filled club lifestyle. The club is located in Edmond, Oklahoma amid the surrounding Oak Tree community, just 15 miles north of Oklahoma City. As part of the planned improvements and upgrades to the clubhouse, members will enjoy several new amenities:

· New bar and reinvented grille and lounge

· New covered outdoor patio with fire pit

· Improved golf experience

· Practice facility improvements

· Updated fitness center and convenient drop-in childcare

· Refreshed tennis facility 

As the excitement builds and renovations are about to begin, the members of Oak Tree Country Club look forward to experiencing their new club lifestyle, better than ever!






The New Walnut Creek Experience starts now!


Walnut Creek Country Club, in Mansfield, Texas, was founded in 1974 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with an exciting renovation. The new Walnut Creek experience – with updates to décor, programs and amenities – is designed to fit the way today’s Members use the club.

On January 18th, the Club hosted a groundbreaking party to get their Member-driven improvements under way. About 250 Members showed up to celebrate, with culinary delights and tours of the planned enhancements, which include a


family-friendly dining room with a patio, improved childcare facility, resort-style pool experience, family activities and resurfaced tennis courts. As they reminisced about good times and talked about the renovation, Members were encouraged to write their own graffiti on the walls of the grille to fuel the excitement and bid a fond farewell to the old spaces.

The new Walnut Creek experience starts now, and Members eagerly await what’s next as the renovations begin!


The secret is out! Shady Valley made exciting new improvements.

Shady Valley Golf Club is now Shady Valley Country Club


The Arlington, Texas club rebranded with a new name, new logo and an all-new member experience, thanks to renovations they completed last fall. Along with the name change, the club is celebrating its 55th anniversary with a fresh look, stylish designs and new features:

  • Toast to good times in the New Bar — Quench your thirst and desire for good conversation in a warm and inviting atmosphere. 
  • Dine in style at the New Chef's Table — Savor inventive menus and Member favorites handcrafted by the chef.
  • Connect with friends at the New Communal Table 
    — Mingle with friends or befriend a new Member. Everyone is welcome at thecommunal table. 
  • Relax in the New Media Area — Lounge in a soft seat and watch the best sporting events, news and more.
  • Enjoy the New Casual Dining — Dine on culinary delights and enjoy a list of favorite wines and cocktails.

Shady Valley Country Club is looking forward to welcoming everyone to their newly improved club! 

ClubCorp’s newest golf tournament is just around the corner! The inaugural Puerto Vallarta Couples Best Ball challenge will take place February 20 – 23, 2014. 

Participants will enjoy three nights at the luxurious Casa Velas Hotel Boutique & Beach Club, three rounds of golf at beautiful Marina Vallarta and Vista Vallarta, complimentary meals and cocktail parties, airport and golf course ground transfers as well as a welcome gift bag! Not to mention the not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience outstanding golf in a lush, tropical private haven. 

With three distinct courses, tournament participants will truly enjoy a golf experience like none other. Marina Vallarta’s Joe Finger-designed golf course allows you to feel the breeze of the ocean amidst the natural beauty of the Mexican tropic, and Vista Vallarta’s Nicklaus course features lush, rolling terrain while the Weiskopf course boasts a dense jungle terrain.

After a day of incredible golf, competitors will relax in true Mexican luxury at Casa Velas Hotel Boutique & Beach Club, whose elegant, boutique-like atmosphere is perfectly complemented by a garden setting and the surrounding Marina Vallarta golf course.

It’s going to be an incredible tournament with great competition and all the beauty of a lush, tropical paradise. The only question is…have you started packing yet?

Contact for registration information.

There’s a new tournament in town!


Conference USA announced yesterday that it will hold its 2014 Men’s Golf Championship at ClubCorp’s Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Oklahoma. 

The tournament will take place April 27 – 29 on Oak Tree’s fierce East Course, a 7,100-yard championship layout designed by the legendary Pete Dye. Scattered with bunkers, the East Course’s challenging landscape has crowned champions like Bob Tway, Gil Morgan, David Edwards, Todd Hamilton and Lucas Glover.

The course’s signature hole is the #16 – a par-4 neighbored by a daunting water hazard down the entire left side of the fairway; a true embodiment of the East Course’s relentless intensity. 

If anyone is fit to take on the challenge, it’s the men of Conference USA. We look forward to welcoming them to Oak Tree Country Club in April.

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