Why Are You Postponing Events?

We have recently received both positive and negative feedback from our members regarding our postponing of upcoming events surrounding the Covid-19 concerns in Missouri. First and foremost, thank you for your feedback regarding these changes. We would like to take the time to explain our reasoning for these adjustments.

Obviously, we are not particularly excited about these cancellations ourselves. As you can imagine, cancelling social events greatly effect the Club’s income and our staff’s personal wages. We are doing this in an effort to support the social distancing recommendation, which varies from city-to-city and changes daily, if not hourly.

Some cities are recommending that groups no larger than 20, 50, 250, 1000 people, etc. meet in public places. The main goal of cancelling events in our community, and trust us when we say that we are not alone in this as we have personally spoken with many event hosts in the area, is to reduce the fear of missing out on events as a way to encourage members of our community to stay home. This is pressure that is being put on us by our community and healthcare leaders. By reducing the amount of events we are hosting currently, we are reducing the pressure for you, our members, to attend outings and events. This may not be popular, but it is a strategy referred to as “flattening the curve” and as a nation, let alone the community of Columbia, we are being asked to participate in this effort. 


We have included two links below that explain how this strategy works and why it is being recommended:


From a community perspective, “flattening the curve only works if we take necessary measures before they seem necessary. If it works, people will think we over-reacted. We have to be willing to look like we over-reacted.” – Kaila Colbin

In addition, all of our privately scheduled events for the remainder of March and into early April have canceled their events. We have hosts of golf tournaments that are scheduled in May reaching out to us regarding canceling their tournaments. This is not just a matter of Old Hawthorne making frivolous decisions regarding hosting member events. It is much bigger than us.

You can see that The Club is still open and operating. We are not going to prevent you from joining us on the golf course, courts, fitness center or bar and grille at this point. Those gatherings are fairly small and completely optional. However, when we host an event that is ticketed, or that you pay an annual fee for, that automatically adds pressure for you to attend. Government leaders are requesting that we cancel these events or postpone them so that potential attendees don’t feel like they are missing out on fun by staying home. That’s it. The government wants you to stay home until they get outbreaks under control, regardless of if they are directly effecting our community at this present moment. We are simply being asked to remove temptations.

We want you to know that we are taking these postponements on a case-by-case basis. Certain events have different cancellation deadlines as far as food orders, staffing logistics, and even vendor contracts. It may not make sense to you, but we ask you to please be respectful of the professionals we have making these decisions. We assure you that we take this responsibility very seriously and are doing the best we can to make the best decisions for our members, employees, community and country. We hope that you will be supportive of our decisions, even if you don’t agree or understand.

As far as future events, we can’t speak on those currently. We certainly hope they aren’t postponed as that would have been a huge waste of our time and money to plan them. There are many details in the air, especially with the news of Mizzou moving classes online for the remainder of the semester. Please take into consideration that approximately 70% of our workforce are college students. The community’s decisions and our operational decisions directly effect them as well.

Again, we take this very seriously. We are not taking political sides in this issue and are not even taking those biases into consideration. We will continue to rely on the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and various community leaders when making these decisions.

The Club is currently up and running and we hope to remain so, but we are taking this one day at a time, as everyone else in America is. 

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Thankful Tuesday!

Today is “Thankful Tuesday” also known as “Giving Tuesday” and I found it an appropriate time to share the many charities and foundations that our wonderful members supported through club-wide initiatives over the past month:

Coyote Hill & True North – every year Amanda, our Fitness Director, hosts “Candlelight Yoga” in memory of a dear member who is no longer with us, Carolyn Little. The entry fees to attend this event are given directly to Coyote Hill & True North as donations. Though the amounts vary from year to year, this is a kind touch that helps the lives of women and children in our community. This year you contributed $325 to each charity.

Almeta Crayton’s “Everybody Eats” – with the support of Performance Food Group we were able to donate 40 turkeys and over $5,200 to help provide a warm Thanksgiving meal or Thanksgiving food baskets to community members in need. What’s so amazing is Almeta Crayton’s vision for this event prior to her death was to “bridge the gap between the have and the have not” and ultimately you have helped this dream become a reality, while supporting over 2000 people in the process.  

The American Red Cross – we hosted our first blood drive at the Club last month and thanks to our faithful members and staff we collected 18 units of blood. 18 units of blood can save up to 54 lives. 54 people could be given a second chance at life because of your donation. We hope to collect even more the next time we host a blood drive! Additionally, you donated money to the American Red Cross as an entry fee for the Turkey Trot 5k and we were able to give a $593 to the Red Cross in the form of a financial donation as well!Blood Drive

Great Circle – every year we host a gift drive for the children of Great Circle. “Great Circle is a recognized behavioral health care leader, providing services through managed care, accredited education and trauma-informed therapies across Missouri” (https://www.greatcircle.org/index.php/newsroom/faqs/great-circle-and-ozark-family-resource-agency-merger) and is on target to serve over 40,000 children, families, and individuals in 2019. What impressed me so much this year, was that before I had even emailed any information out about the Great Circle Wish List Ornaments being available, 75% of them had been claimed. I had not even mentioned one word of this initiative and it was almost fully supported by our membership. That blows me away. Every year we ask for additional wish list ornaments because our members purchase gifts quickly and generously and we always have members saying “I didn’t get an ornament! Can I please help?”. It’s incredibly humbling to hang each one of these ornaments on our trees and read the simple wishes of children in our community. You are once again showing up for those in need. 

What is truly incredible to me is that your giving to these programs was all in a one-month period. Quite frankly, you have been asked to consider giving to these charities by Old Hawthorne alone, and I have no doubt that you are also supporting your own churches, foundations and passion projects on top of your contributions to the programs listed above. So on this “Thankful Tuesday” I know that there are literally thousands of people in our community who are thankful for the food you have supplied, the blood you have donated, and the gifts under their trees, but there is an even smaller group of people who work at Old Hawthorne who are incredibly thankful to serve such kind souls as yourselves. We are thankful for YOU. 

Mary Beth Darr
Director of Member Relations


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It Takes Many Hands

It takes many hands.

One of my absolute favorite events we host annually, is the Hawthorne Halloween & Chilling Cart Ride party! This is a fun family event that is entertaining for children, pre-teens and adults alike! There is always tons and tons of candy, spooky decorations and of course, the haunted golf cart rides, but my favorite part about this event is the many hands that are required for its success.


As a staff, we work together in a beautiful way to produce this event. We have over 30 food and beverage staff members that work this event, but we also have the entire player services crew involved, all three golf pros (Max, Kevin, Tommy), our Tennis Director Nick, Accounts Receivable Manager Barb Stephenson, grounds crew members, and of course our General Manager Travis McCubbin. All in all, close to 50 staff members from various departments, come together to create a magical memory for our members.

We utilize the improv theatre technique called “Yes, And” which I think really takes this event over the top. Our staff says “yes” to my crazy ideas, and then they say “and let’s add this element this year”. It is incredibly unique to have such a committed team of staff members who have a passion for creating memories for our members and are willing to say yes to the idea of sitting in the 34 degree rain for 4 hours, or who are willing to wear a ridiculous costume all night, or who make 6 gallons of slime for days before the event in preparation!

We also had Old Hawthorne members reach out and ask if they could volunteer to help with this party simply because they love kids. I can’t even properly put into words how kind this was. Small gestures of support from members who want to make Old Hawthorne a memorable place for children as well as adults is huge and what a testament it is to the type of members we have who call Old Hawthorne home!

So yes, this event takes many hands to be successful: little hands to receive candy and play the carnival games, detailed hands to organize and plan the event, helpful hands who go wherever needed, creative hands that come up with elaborate costumes and decorations, hands covered in slime for days to make sure it is ready for the kids, culinary hands to carve monsters out of watermelons and pumpkins, gloved hands that sit in the freezing rain for hours playfully scaring the cart riders, hands that hold chainsaws to really scare the brave, and hands that carry a tray to retrieve drinks or pick up trash after the party…so many hands with so many different roles and so much love and appreciation for all of them.


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Staff Spotlight: Brandon Brubaker

Get to know one of our valuable kitchen staff members, Brandon! 

Brandon Brubaker

Q: How long have you worked at Old Hawthorne?

A: Coming up on 4 years!

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?

A: Eating out, shopping with my mom, exploring country roads, watching movies, hanging with my girlfriend, reading and trading on the stock market.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job? 

A: The camaraderie among the staff!

Q: Do you have any pets? 

A: Two cats- Hannibal & Pluto

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?

“Epilepsy changes people. It sculpts us into someone who understands more deeply, hurts more often, appreciates more quickly, cries more easily, hopes more desperately, loves more openly, and lives more passionately.” – Unknown


“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom” – George S. Patton

Q: What is your favorite beverage?

A: Ice cold water!

Q: If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

A: FDR or General Patton

Q: What is your dream vacation spot?

A: A log cabin on the water in British Columbia, Canada during a blizzard!

Q: What is a hidden gem of Central Missouri?

A: There are a few! The Pinnacles, Devil’s Backbone and Devil’s Icebox.

Q: What is your favorite type of music? 

A: I enjoy the following: classical, rap and classic rock!

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The Most “Sod” After Crew

Our Grounds Crew is amazing aren’t they? They easily have the most physically difficult job and work in extreme heat, rain, snow, etc. I couldn’t do it, but I think we all know that! Here’s a little sneak peek of their adventure sodding this week!

Casey Cunningham, our Course Superintendent drove to St. Louis on Thursday to pick up one final trailer of sod, and had an unfortunate tire blow out on his way home. It’s always something isn’t it? Casey trudged through and finally made it back with the sod!

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Here is our awesome crew prepping the course and laying the sod in the 90 degree heat today!

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Our Grounds Crew is deeply invested in Old Hawthorne and is always striving to improve the course and maintain the beauty of all of our outdoor spaces around the club! We are immensely thankful for their “above and beyond” attitudes!

Check out the improvements next time you are on the course!

See you at the club!

Mary Beth

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Strong Women – We Have Them!

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” – Author Unknown

Three Old Hawthorne members were nominated for awards at the 22nd Annual Women’s Intersport Network for Columbia (WIN) Awards Luncheon this past Tuesday, February 5th. Read more about these fantastic ladies and their incredible accomplishments below:

Robin Pingeton – Nominated for Female Coach of the Year – Basketball at the University of Missouri
Mizzou Women’s Basketball head coach, Robin Pingeton led Mizzou to its third consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2018, the first time Mizzou has made three straight trips to the Big Dance since 1984-86. Pingeton’s Tigers won 24 games in 2017-18, the most wins since 1983-84, and has now won 22 games or more in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1982-85. Mizzou spent the entire season ranked inside the Top 25, and reached as high as No. 9 in the Coaches’ Poll, Mizzou’s highest ranking in program history. Pingeton led Mizzou to a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers’ highest seed in a 64-team tournament in program history. For all of Mizzou’s success over the 2017-18 season, Pingeton was a top-10 finalist for both the Naismith National Coach of the Year award and the WBCA National Coach of the Year award. She has made 16 postseason tournament appearances, captured three regular season conference titles and two conference tournament championships which earned her three conference Coach of the Year awards. Pingeton has coached 37 all-conference players, seven Academic All-Americans, eight All-Americans, and five Conference Players of the Year.

Molly Klein – Nominated for Collegiate Sportswoman – Soccer at Columbia College
Molly Klein, a junior forward out of Columbia, Missouri, earned a NAIA All-America Honorable Mention honors and was named American Midwest Conference (AMC) Player of the Year in 2018 for her accomplishments on the field. Klein finished second on the team with 14 goals and added a team high 10 assists to finish tied for the team lead with 38 points. She posted 85 shots this season including 41 on target for a 0.482 shots on goal percentage. Klein recorded at least one point in all but six games she played in this season including more than one point in 11 of those contests. In addition, she finished the season ranked in the top 50 in the NAIA in total assists (10), total game winning goals (4), total points (38), and assists per game (0.500). For her efforts on the field, Klein was coined the AMC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week three times during the season and was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-Distric team. She scored the winning goal during the American Midwest Conference Championship game that propelled her team to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Diane Rubenstein – Won for Gladys Stankowski Sportswoman of the Year – Pickleball
Diane Rubenstein, a former competitive tennis player, began playing pickleball two years ago. What started as a recreational activity has rapidly grown into a sincere passion for the game. Since Rubenstein started playing, she has competed in 13 local, regional and national tournaments earning many gold, silver, and bronze medals in the singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles categories. Always a fierce competitor, Rubenstein has rapidly emerged as an advanced player, earning the player rating of 4.5 on a 5.0 scale. To add to her joy of playing the game, Rubenstein has played in multiple tournaments with her son Jack where they medaled at the 4.0 and 4.5 levels. Jack now plays at the highest amateur division of 5 and she has competed at that level with him. Rubenstein has been a critical player in the growth of the sport by educating newcomers on the rules of the game and how to get started playing. She plays with players at a variety of levels to help lift others up.

Her nominator say, “Diane is a lifelong athlete, true competitor, and wonderful teacher. She willingly takes time to advocate for and teach the game to anyone who is interested. Diane portrays superior athletic ability, enthusiasm, and show me spirit.” 

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Diane Rubenstein Accepting her win for the Gladys Stankowski Sportswoman of the Year

Please join us in congratulating all three of these fantastic women!

Mary Beth Darr
Director of Member Relations

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Staff Spotlight – Meet Andrew Daak


Andrew Daak is the longest tenured culinary staff member at Old Hawthorne and is one of the friendly faces you have probably seen at a holiday brunch event! Get to know more about him below:


Q: How long have you worked at Old Hawthorne?

A: Nearly 4 years!

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?

A: I am an avid PC gamer and the leader of an online gaming community.

Q: Are you from Columbia originally? 

A: I moved around a lot as a child and lived in some exotic locations such as Hawaii and Midway Atoll. I’ve lived in and around Columbia for the past 15 years.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: I love the freedom we have to experiment and learn new techniques.

Q: What is a hidden talent you have?

A: I am an amateur beatboxer. I can drop it like it’s hot! 🙂

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Thai food, especially curries!

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?

A: “The Emperor does not share your optimistic appraisal of the situation.” – Darth Vader

Q: What is your favorite restaurant? 

A: Sombat’s Fresh Thai Cuisine in Hilo, HI, second only to The Club at Old Hawthorne, of course! 🙂

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When Snowstorms Are Lame…

Well, I am just as frustrated as you. The weatherman spoke all week about potential “blizzard like conditions” and “up to 6 inches of snow on top of ice” and yet, here we are on a windy and cold, but otherwise uneventful, non-snowy day. Lame. Not that I wanted more snow and ice, but I wanted to host our Tropical Reopening Party tonight and due to the supposed winter storm, we rescheduled it. Why did we have to reschedule it so early you might ask…before the storm even hit? Well here’s what goes into that decision:

Rentals – for special parties we often rent linens, equipment, decorations, etc. These items all have cancellation policies, so if we’d waited until Friday to make a call about this party, we would have been responsible for the cost of the items, regardless of if we ended up using them or not.

Entertainment – thankfully C. Rock City is a gracious band and understands the impact even the threat of weather can have on parties. We wanted to be respectful of their schedule and personal lives as well and give them as much notice as we could. Don’t worry though, they will be here on February 8th for our rescheduled party!

Food Preparation – for a large party like this one, with over 120 expected guests, our culinary crew has to place a large food order of items that we do not typically carry. In addition, large themed parties often have intricate food displays that take time to construct and cook. As much as we’d like to snap our fingers and have everything ready to go, it just takes time. So if we had ordered all of the special food and started prepping for the party, only to have to cancel last-minute or day-of, we would have wasted a lot of money.

Ultimately we want to be respectful. We want to be respectful with our resources and not wasteful and we want to be respectful of your plans and the schedules of our entertainers. Hopefully this gives you a little bit of insight into the details that go into making these often difficult decisions.

I still encourage you to drink a tropical drink tonight whether in your home or at the club, because hey, tropical drinks taste good any time of the year, especially when it’s 22 degrees outside. I promise THAT will warm you up!

We will see you on February 8th! (Unless you have already relocated to Mexico or Florida by then…in which case, enjoy the beach for all of us!).

Mary Beth Darr
Director of Member Relations




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2019 – Let’s Grow!

2018 brought such excitement and joy to our club and our members! It’s going to be a hard year to beat, that’s for sure! We experienced record membership growth, renovated our casual Grille with a much-needed makeover, expanded our athletic facilities to incorporate tennis and pickleball courts, improved our pool service and offerings, expanded the Stampede Tournament by a day and saw the addition of many new and wonderfully talented staff members! We as a club should be very excited about this progress and the direction Old Hawthorne is heading! We are so thankful for the incredible support we receive from the Sapps and our wonderful members! Exciting times indeed!

So what will 2019 bring? I can’t help but dream about the coming season as we collaborate as a team on this year’s calendar. What new members will we welcome? Who will celebrate a memorable occasion with us? What new employees will eventually become like family? So much to ponder!

Have you heard of the practice of selecting one word for the year to focus on? The idea is that you focus all year-long on one simple word, rather than several resolutions and goals. It’s a great way to really direct your entire life towards a specific theme. I feel like Old Hawthorne’s word for the year is going to be “growth”. Even in the 7 years I have been with Old Hawthorne the growth I have witnessed has been huge! Looking back, the exciting moments from 2018 were almost all defined by growth. Growth doesn’t come without some stretching and discomfort of course, but those are hurdles that will only move us forward. Our community, our club, our departments and facilities are all getting bigger and better and I have no doubt the best is yet to come!

Bring it on 2019! We’re ready for you!

-Mary Beth Darr
Director of Member Relations

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ClubCorp Winter News 2016/17


Click each city below to pull up the Market Flyer. This flyer lists the clubs that provide complimentary golf, complimentary dining, entertainment venues and hotels that provide your Members with benefits.
A full list of 31 markets and flyers can be found at:
http://www.ClubCorpNetwork.com > About the ClubCorp Network > My World


Beau Chene Country Club
Mandeville, LA (New Orleans)

Beau Chêne is French for “Beautiful Oak,” and is appropriate for the club’s spectacular natural setting. A convenient location on the Northshore of New Olreans, terrific 36 holes of golf, sports and fitness facilities, and an experienced professional staff. Please help us welcome Chris, Ken, Michelle and their team to the Community.

ClubCorp will manage China Center’s private business club on the 89th floor of One World Trade Center in New York City (the tall building in the photo). The more than 32,000-square-foot club – with an anticipated opening of late 2017 – will offer a variety of dining, social and business amenities.


Oro Valley Country Club
Oro Valley, AZ (Tucson)

Modern style meets rugged desert charm in the new Oro Valley Country Club!

1. NEW Landon’s Grill
Gather with friends inside at the new community table, or sip cocktails on the patio at Landon’s Grill – newly doubled in size, complete with new local photography, rustic stone, wood and copper finishes and stunning views of Pusch Ridge.

2. NEW Whiskey Tree Bar
Inspired by a Club tradition to relax and unwind, enjoy your favorite drinks with friends or catch the big game on new wall-mounted TVs.

3. UPDATED Outdoor Patio
Our serene patio experience is better than ever with modern new fire pit, plush new furniture and a tranquil wall of scenic greenery.


Lago Mar Country Club
Plantation, FL

Just outside of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Lago Mar is a member-owned private club with a golf course that can stretch over 7,000 yards. With a recent $10M golf course renovation, this club is a can’t miss as your Members plan their trips to South Florida, this winter. Anthony and Ellen have been welcoming Community Members for some time and are sure to treat everyone like a Member for a Day during their visit.


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