Stonebriar Country Club was recognized by Avid Golfer magazine as No. 2 best overall country club in the Elite category in its annual "Best of Private Clubs" lists. Hole No. 9 pictured left.

AvidGolfer picks DFW ClubCorp Clubs, and More Club News

Posted on March 28, 2014

Avid Golfer magazine, based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has once again named all 15 ClubCorp clubs in the DFW area in its annual "Best of Private Clubs" lists. The "Best of" awards span several categories, and ClubCorp clubs made at least one of the top four slots in each one they qualified for.

Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco ranked No. 2 in Best overall Country Club in the Elite Category, and Gleneagles in Plano followed it in the No. 3 slot.  Las Colinas Country Club in Irving and Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney took the No. 2 and No. 3 spots respectively for the mid-priced category.

Additional clubs recognized on the lists are:

Best Country Club/Mid-Priced
• Las Colinas Country Club
in Irving (No. 2)
• Stonebridge Ranch Country Club
in McKinney - dual membership/Dye and Hills courses (No. 3)

Best Country Club/Value-Priced
ClubCorp Clubs swept this category with the following rankings:
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 includes "The List," which recognizes clubs for their unique appeal, and this year 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 Country Club
- Best Family Club
Timarron Country Club - Most Female Friendly

Additional clubs named in the "Best of Private Clubs" issue are Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson, Prestonwood Country Club (The Creek in Dallas and The Hills in Plano), Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, and Shady Valley Country Club in Arlington.

Posted on June 13, 2013

During the ClubCorp Couples Tournament presented by the Moorings May 29-June 2, 43 couples from 27 ClubCorp clubs teed up at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. Following 54 holes of tournament play, John and Debbie Hale from La Costa in Carlsbad, Calif., prevailed as the overall low gross winners, and Walt and Janet Schroeder from the Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, triumphed as the overall low net winners. By shooting closest to the pin in a Friday contest, Tom Neglia from Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., scored a weeklong crewed yacht vacation from The Moorings to the British Virgin Islands.

In April, Diamante Golf Club in Hot Springs Village, Ark., hosted the Arkansas Freedom Fund's 3rd annual Freedom Scramble. More than 260 community members, veterans, and active-duty military joined 19 wounded warriors on the course for a friendly 18 holes of golf. The event raised $29,000 for the AFF, a nonprofit that supports activities that benefit veterans, active-duty military, wounded warriors, and their respective families.

Posted April 25, 2013

Approximately 200 members and guests flocked to the Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose, Calif., in March for the San Jose Earthquakes Celebrity Bartender Event. The pro soccer team's head coach Frank Yallop, the team's president Dave Kaval, and Major League Soccer's reigning Most Valuable Player and Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski poured wine and signed autographs. By tipping the celebrities and participating in a silent auction, attendees raised about $5,000 for the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund, which aims to facilitate and support programs that positively change people in the local community.

In April, South Korean Inbee Park won the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Besting So Yeon Ryu by four strokes, Park celebrated the win - her second major victory - by jumping into Poppie's Pond.

Posted March 29, 2013

In March, approximately 150 members and guests gathered at Eagle's Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga., for the grand opening of its new tennis clubhouse. The 2,000-square-foot structure, complete with locker rooms, a spacious lounge, and a pro shop, sits next to eight preexisting tennis courts. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees mingled around the firepit on the nearby gathering deck and hit the courts for some racket demonstrations.

Former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo came to the Commerce Club in Atlanta in March for mayor Kasim Reed's city update event. Mutombo, a member, posed for photos with club staff.

Posted Feb. 27, 2013

While in Florida to test his new racecar at the Daytona International Speedway in January, NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon stopped by the Citrus Club in Orlando for a private event. Gordon greeted more than 60 guests, spoke about his career thus far, and offered tastings of his Jeff Gordon Collection wines.

The Capital Area Tennis Association, a nonprofit organization promoting tennis and sportsmanship, has declared Lost Creek Country Club in Austin, Texas, its 2012 Partner of the Year. Lost Creek earned this distinction by providing courts for CATA-sponsored tournaments and fundraisers, hosting CATA junior tennis events, and offering junior programming consultation.

Posted Nov. 21, 2012

Timarron Country Club in Southlake, Texas, debuted a slew of renovations in September. Under geometric lighting, take a seat at the new bar or casual grill, both decked out in red and khaki tones. Watch the big game in the media room, complete with three large flat-screen TVs. Want a golf course view? Look out on two holes and one tee from the extended patio, featuring fire tables and flat-screen TVs.

In October, Town Point Club in Norfolk, Va., hosted a private fundraiser for Rep. Bobby Scott. Seventy-five guests, including Nancy Pelosi, spoke to Scott and mingled during the breakfast event.

Posted Oct. 25, 2012

Twenty-two U.S. servicemen severely injured in the global war on terror played 36 holes at Las Colinas Country Club near Dallas in September during the 2nd annual Bush Center Warrior Open, a two-day golf tournament. In front of about 2,000 U.S. soldiers, the U.S.O. Liberty Bells kicked off the event by singing the national anthem, and golf pro Kathy Whitworth announced the players as they teed off. In addition to hosting a dinner for the wounded warriors at his home, former President George W. Bush played a 9-hole practice round with the men, mingled with them throughout the tournament, and witnessed tournament winner Corporal Chad E. Pfeifer shoot a hole-in-one on hole No. 4. As the overall victor, Pfeifer, also the winner of the last year's inaugural event, scored the Warrior Open trophy, and all 22 tournament participants went home with lifetime memberships to ClubCorp clubs.

Musician Darius Rucker stopped by Greenbrier Country Club in Chesapeake, Va., to play a quick 18 holes with his business manager in September. In the area to perform a concert, Rucker posed for photos with a foursome that allowed him to play through.

Posted Sept. 25, 2012

More than 260 members teed up at Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, for the Acura ClubCorp Team Championship Sept. 5-9. Tied at a final-round 173, Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside, Calif., and Canyon Creek Country Club near Dallas entered a three-hole playoff. A birdie on the last hole catapulted Canyon Crest to the top spot for the first time in the tournament's 26-year history and also marked the first time a female pro won with her team. Through golf contests, guessing games, and drawings, select members from all over the country won apparel, trips, and the use of an Acura for one year.

By holding numerous events catering to various ages and interests, Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, Calif., raised more than $140,000 - a new record - during its ClubCorp Charity Classic festivities on Sept. 14. Proceeds from an auction, a painting party, a membership campaign, and a handful of sporting activities were divided between MDA's Augie's Quest, the Employee Partners Care Foundation, and the Jessie Rees Foundation, a California-based charity that encourages pediatric cancer patients to "never, ever give up."

Posted Aug. 29, 2012

In August, 30-year-old Shawn Stefani won the Midwest Classic, a Web.com Tour event, at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kan. Besting Russell Henley and Luke List by two strokes, Stefani earned $99,000, skyrocketing him from 67th to 12th on the Web.com Tour money list.

The American Junior Golf Association recently named the 2011 ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., as the 2011 AJGA Tournament of the Year. The prestigious venue, strong volunteer base, and fun participant activities, including a tournament dinner, water balloon fight, and group-jump into Poppie's Pond, earned the 30-year-old tournament this distinction.

Posted on June 25, 2012

In May, Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, hosted the Open's International Final Qualifier for the fourth consecutive year. Winner Harris English broke the course record previously held by Fred Couples with a first-round 60 and also earned one of eight spots at the major, which will be held July 15-22 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England.

Nearly 100 members and tennis professionals congregated at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., in May for this year's uber-competitive ClubCorp Women's Tennis Challenge Cup. Three days of intense play ended in a three-way tie-breaker conquered by Danna Bond, Kristy McVean, Francoise Moyes, and Pam Wellman of Brookhaven Country Club near Dallas.

Posted on May 24, 2012

Earlier this month, 58 couples from all over the nation gathered at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., to participate in the ClubCorp Couples' Tournament Presented by Seabourn. Bob and Barb Zorch from the Downtown Club in Houston and Randy and Darla Bumstead of April Sound Country Club in Montgomery, Texas, rose above tough competition to earn the top spots - overall low gross and overall low net, respectively - at this three-day event. By winning a closest-to-the-pin contest, Catherine Cheng and Max Trinidad from Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., took home a seven-night Seabourn cruise to the Mediterranean.

In April, about 250 people came to Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield, Texas, for the first Charity Classic event of the year. After playing a round of golf, attendees feasted upon a buffet lunch and listened to local country artists play an acoustic show. The shindig raised approximately $45,000 for MDA's Augie's Quest, the Employee Partners Care Foundation, and a local hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

Posted on April 4, 2012

Four days before the Super Bowl in February, former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday hosted a celebratory bash at the city's Skyline Club. More than 450 people - including football stars like Eric Dickerson and Curtis Painter - danced to the tunes of a live band, savored hors d'oeuvres, and bid on silent auction items. Every 45 minutes, Saturday threw footballs into the crowd. The lucky receivers went home with prizes ranging from gift certificates to autographed memorabilia.

To celebrate the transformation of its expanded bar and grill, Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas, held a ribbon-cutting event in February. After the ceremony, more than 200 members and guests sipped cocktails, sampled new menu items, and grooved to live music in the club's new space.

Posted on Feb. 21, 2012

While in San Jose, Calif., for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January, Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton stopped by the recently renovated Silicon Valley Capital Club. In the new media room, he taped a public service announcement for Hope Services, a local nonprofit that provides comprehensive services for individuals with developmental disabilities. After the shoot wrapped up, Hamilton posed for photographs with members and staff.

"Today" show weatherman Al Roker appeared at Town Point Club in Norfolk, Va., for an invitation-only Teens With a Purpose donor appreciation luncheon in January. As a director of the faith-based group, which aims to empower teens, Roker spoke to 50 top donors about the importance of giving money and, especially, time to local organizations.

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