At the Clubs
Charity Classic milestone ... PGA Tour victor ... clubs celebrate reinventions ... junior golf kudos
Three was the charm for the Greenspoint Club in Houston last November, when its black-tie-optional ClubCorp Charity Classic event raised more than $100,000 for the third consecutive year. Magic was the gala's theme, with the focus on one day making childhood diabetes disappear. The event, which featured a four-course dinner, live auction, dancing, and a magician, benefited the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as well as Augie's Quest and the Employee Partners Care Foundation.
Pro golfer Patrick Reed, a member at the Woodlands Country Club near Houston, claimed his fourth PGA Tour victory with a win at January's Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He became just the fourth player (along with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Sergio Garcia) in the last 20 years to earn that many Tour wins before age 25.
As part of its yearlong 30th anniversary celebration, Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, is commemorating its Scottish heritage at sunset every Friday with a bagpiper playing on the patio near the driving range. The club will also salute its big year with various 30 percent member discounts and a party this fall.
Two clubs unveiled their upgraded digs and celebrated with parties for their respective members. In January, Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, Calif., launched its reinvented clubhouse, now featuring the new Preserve restaurant and Craftsman bar, as well as its fitness center, packed with 28 new cardio machines. More than 500 members attended the event, which included tours of the new spaces. ... Tower Club Tysons Corner in Vienna, Va., kicked off the year with a grand reopening Winter Wonderland event to reveal its redesigned Reserve dining room and Crescent Lounge.
The all-star junior golf team from the Clubs of Kingwood near Houston placed sixth at the 2014 PGA Junior League National Championships in Atlanta. Last year, 1,500 teams competed in the league, with only the best eight teams competing at the national tournament. These Kingwood juniors, all under age 14, formed Team Texas, defeating two other Texas teams - as well as teams from Denver, Little Rock, Ark., and St. Louis - to earn their spot.
More national applause for junior golf: In January, the American Junior Golf Association named Reggie Kratzer of Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Ga., as General Manager of the Year, thanks to his support of junior golf and the AJGA and his involvement in the Wells Fargo Junior Classic, held annually at the club. Also, for the second year running, the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation named Joey Anders, head teaching professional at Brookhaven Country Club near Dallas, one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers in the country.
For the fourth time, actor Gary Sinise, best known for playing Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump, hosted his annual golf tournament for the Gary Sinise Foundation at Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge, Calif. The foundation raises funds to help U.S. defenders, veterans, first responders, and their families.
Former San Francisco 49er and NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott slipped behind the bar with local celebrities to serve more than 300 members and guests during the celebrity bartender series at Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose, Calif. Through tips and bids on auction items, the January event raised more than $38,000 for Hope Services, which implements programs that aid people with developmental disabilities.
Other familiar faces using the clubs: Actor Pierce Brosnan brought his Bond mystique to Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, Calif., when he stopped by in November to play golf with director of instruction James Smith. ... In December, Lionel Richie dined with friends in the recently renovated formal dining room at Capital City Club in Montgomery, Ala. While there, the singer asked the club's house pianist to play his classic song "Endless Love."