ClubCorp Winter News 2016/17


WINTER TRAVEL MARKETS

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

COMMUNITY WELCOMES


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.

JUST ANNOUNCED!!
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.

CLUBCORP REINVENTIONS

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.

ALLIANCE CLUB SPOTLIGHT

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.

 

THE CLUBLINE:
1-866-989-GOLD (4653)
ClubLine@ClubCorp.com
Posted in Membership, Uncategorized

ClubCorp Member Benefits Program

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Dear Old Hawthorne Member,

The Club at Old Hawthorne has recently established a relationship with Dallas, Texas, based ClubCorp (www.ClubCorp.com). To be clear, The Club at Old Hawthorne will NOT be changing ownership and will NOT be managed by ClubCorp. However, beginning soon, all Athletic and Golf members of Old Hawthorne will receive privileges and special benefits at hundreds and hundreds of private golf & country clubs, private fine dining clubs, athletic and social clubs, hotels & resorts, and entertainment venues across the country – all by virtue of your membership here at the club.

In addition, your new privileges include a tremendous concierge service, the ClubLine, who can provide VIP ticket access for sports, concerts and other entertainment events nationally as well as dining reservations at other private clubs, tee times at hundreds of country clubs, benefits at hotels and much more. We are very pleased to provide ClubBenefits (www.ClubBenefitsOnline.com) as part of your membership to The Club at Old Hawthorne. We hope you will enjoy these added privileges and that they enhance your club membership experience.

To even further enhance your membership, members of The Club at Old Hawthorne will have the opportunity to enjoy Signature Gold Unlimited: an elective category of membership in this program which provides complimentary green fees and complimentary dining at participating clubs, as you travel.

While there are over 300 clubs that provide access and/or complimentary benefits, below are just a few:  (click on the club name to go to their website)

Firestone Country ClubAkron
The Woodlands Country ClubHouston
Anthem Golf & Country ClubPhoenix
Indian Wells Country ClubPalm Springs
Winghaven Country ClubSt. Louis
Canyon Gate Country ClubLas Vegas
Tower ClubFt. Lauderdale
Gleneagles Country ClubDallas
Atlanta National Golf ClubAtlanta
Metropolitan ClubChicago
Aspen Glen ClubAspen
Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsgateKansas City
Tampa Palms Country ClubTampa
Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet ClubOrange County
Citrus ClubOrlando
Blackstone Country ClubDenver
Marsh Creek Country ClubSt. Augustine
Glen Oaks Country Club Des Moines
Hawthorns Golf & Country ClubIndianapolis
English Turn Golf & Country ClubNew Orleans
Ipswich Country ClubBoston
TPC Piper GlenCharlotte
Pinehurst Resort & Country ClubPinehurst
Oak Tree Country ClubOklahoma City
Country Club of Hilton HeadHilton Head
Greystone Country ClubBirmingham
Diamante Golf ClubHot Springs
Piedmont Club – Washington DC
Mission Hills Country Club – Palm Springs
Amelia National Golf & Country Club – Jacksonville
Colony Golf & Country Club – Naples
Currahee Club – Atlanta/Greenville

The ClubBenefits level is available to all Athletic and Golf members at no charge.  This membership provides:
1.  (2) rounds of golf per month at each participating country/golf clubs paying the “guest of member” rate and cart fee.
2.  (2) business club reservations per month at each participating clubs.
3.  VIP reservations at restaurants, hotels and resorts worldwide
4.  Access to the top theater, concert and sporting events worldwide.
5.  14-day advanced tee time availability.
6.  Personal concierge staff through the use of ClubLine.

***The club will be paying for and providing the ClubBenefits level of membership to all Athletic and Golf (all types) members.

The enhanced Signature Gold Unlimited membership is an upgrade to the ClubBenefits level.  The Signature Gold Unlimited membership is available only to Golf members (all types) of Old Hawthorne.  Signature Gold Unlimited members pay dues of $50/month + tax.  This is per membership, not per person.  Signature Gold Unlimited members will receive:
1.  (2) round of golf per month at each participating country/golf clubs paying only cart fees.
2.  (2) complimentary four course meals at each participating business clubs.  Alcohol, specialty drinks, service charge, tax and gratuity are not included.
3.  Complimentary TaylorMade loaner clubs at all ClubCorp owned country clubs.
4.  30-day advanced tee time availability.
5.  Special offerings at more than 1,000 hotels, resorts, restaurants and entertainment venues including concert tickets, sporting events and exclusive member experiences.
6.  Subscription to Private Clubs magazine that features many of the locations that you can go to take advantage of your benefits.
7.  Personal concierge staff through the use of ClubLine.

***Members who elect to upgrade to Signature Gold Unlimited will pay $50/month + tax per membership (not person) in dues on your Old Hawthorne account.

  • The ClubBenefits membership has no enrollment fee required.  The Signature Gold Unlimited membership has a $5,000 enrollment fee unless we are conducting an open enrollment time frame that is determined by ClubCorp.  Beginning on the date of our kickoff event, November 3rd, eligible members will have the chance to upgrade to the Signature Gold level while paying no enrollment fee.  You may downgrade from your Signature Gold Unlimited membership to the ClubBenefits level with a 30 day written notice.  If by chance someone enrolls in the Signature Gold program, and downgrades to ClubBenefits after a period of time, they must pay the enrollment fee to reactivate their Signature Gold Unlimited benefits.  
  • Qualifying new members that join us after the open enrollment will have the same 30 days to make a decision on whether they would like to upgrade to the Signature Gold level.  
  • While the club will be paying for you to be a part of this program, we also must reciprocate and accept some outside play from members of other clubs that participate in this program.  We do not expect it to have a noticeable impact on your usage of the club but it will be monitored to ensure that we are meeting your needs first and foremost.  
  • Guests are welcome when enjoying your benefit, but are not eligible to utilize the complimentary benefits.  It is each club’s sole discretion on what guests that are not on the membership are charged.
  • Guest rates and cart fees for each facility are available through ClubLine.  
  • Payments for purchases of goods or services at each club can be made with a major credit card.  
  • The Club at Porto Cima will not provide complimentary benefits through the Signature Gold Unlimited membership.  Porto Cima will provide access through the ClubBenefits level.  
  • National Golf members will not be able to utilize any of the benefits from either membership (ClubBenefits or Signature Gold Unlimited) at participating clubs in the market area where their primary residence is located.
  • Secret Tip:  Many participating members of this program from all over the country plan trips utilizing their benefits at the end of a month and carry them over to the next month.  The limitation on usage is by the month.  You can plan to play golf at any number of places at the end of a month, and then play them again, based on availability, after the month changes.  
  • Feel free to check out all of the participating clubs and venues and the benefits they provide by going to www.clubbenefitsonline.com.  Click to see The List from Fall 2016.

For a complete roster of participating clubs in Signature Gold Unlimited,and to learn more about the program, you may visit The Benefits Finder at ClubCorpNetwork.com or you may contact the club.

While there is a $5,000 enrollment fee for Signature Gold (keep reading below!), it is only $50 per month per membership (not per person). You are not required to commit long-term as the benefit is just on a month-to-month basis. Members traveling with their Signature Gold Unlimited benefits can save thousands of dollars on meals and great golf and enjoy the red-carpet experience, enjoy the private club atmosphere as you travel and show-off to your friends in cities as close as St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield and destinations like Orlando, Las Vegas, New York, Chicago and beyond.

Even further, the club will be hosting an open-enrollment for Members interested in trying out the Signature Gold lifestyle. Until December 21st, The Club at Old Hawthorne will be satisfying the $5,000 enrollment fee. Members electing to try Signature Gold would only pay the additional $50 per month per membership.

For more information on our ClubCorp benefits, please contact our membership director, Chad McMinn.

Sincerely,

Travis McCubbin, PGA/CMAA
General Manager
The Club at Old Hawthorne

Posted in Membership

Fall Membership Special

There is no better time than now to get your 2017 golf season started!

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Posted in Membership

Battling Winterkill in our Fairways

2015 winterkill

http://www.superintendentmagazine.com/the-latest/winter-kill-hits-carolinas/

With warmer weather finally here, we are seeing our zoysia grass fairways pop out and fill in…except for a few spots.  These spots (pictured above) are unsightly and are a result of poor drainage during the winter.  These spots will hold moisture and will freeze, thaw and refreeze.  They are often in high cart traffic areas and are a bit worn out going into the colder winter months.  Each year we have had less and less of this damage but it is rather predictable.  Our solution is to resod these areas each and every year and try to create an area that will drain better so less damage is realized.  This year we are a bit behind on resodding because of the wet May we have all experienced.  Sod farms are not cutting sod yet because it has not reached a good time to do this and the wet ground makes it hard to accomplish.

Please be patient with us as we repair these areas in the next couple of weeks.  We may have to limit traffic in some areas and will be marking them off with white paint so that no one plays from them.  With a little sun, a little rain and a little patience, they will soon be back to perfect.

Posted in Golf Course

Burning down the course!

You may have noticed some of the charred areas on the course if you have been out in the last few weeks.  This is a new method for us to manage unwanted weeds in our native grass areas.  In year’s past we have sprayed these areas with chemicals but as you can imagine this was rather costly and did not always do the best job.  Fire is a much better way to manage these areas, both from a financial and results standpoint.  For safety purposes our grounds crew never burns unless they have a burn permit from the fire department and they always keep the fire a very safe distance from the housing around the golf course.  Hopefully we will begin to see the results from this in the next 30 days.  If you are in need of some mildly burnt shag balls, just take a little walk in these areas and be ready to start picking them up!

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Posted in Golf Course

Easter at Old Hawthorne – Limited Space Available

Posted in Family Events

Awesome Employees = Awesome Member Experience

You never know what you are going to find on social media!  I am lucky enough to consider many of our members my friend and therefore have the privilege of being their “friend” on Facebook.  One of my member friends had this picture included among many other pictures on his personal page.  I though nothing of it when I saw it, but recognized the @ Old Hawthorne part and looked into it further.  As you can see, Scott didn’t want to take advantage of a possible mistake by our member and keep the $20 so he put it in an envelope with the message below.

This employee was Scott Myers, who is currently our Locker Room Manager here at the club.  At that time, Scott was an assistant to Les Paris in the locker room and also worked on our golf player services staff.  The opportunity came for Les to manage our facilities needs and Scott was promoted to take over Les’s duties.  In addition to servicing our men’s and women’s locker rooms, Scott maintains the locker rooms at the fitness center along with the restrooms on the golf course.  He also has been known to tend bar or work a private party on the food and beverage side during our winter months.  Scott not only works very hard and exemplifies what we seek in an employee, but he is appreciative of his position working with great people for great people.  No matter what area he is working in, he is always putting the club and our the member’s experience ahead of his own wants and needs.  Thank you to Scott Myers for all you do!

Travis McCubbin, PGA/CMAA
General Manager

Posted in Uncategorized

Being Progressive with our Club’s Technology

In a recent issue of Boardroom Magazine, an article listed three things that a forward-thinking private club needs to deploy to enhance their member’s onsite experience as well as when they are away from the club.  I am happy to say that by April 1, 2015, we can check every one of these off of our list!

1) CLUB-WIDE WI-FI
We have had wi-fi within the clubhouse and fitness center for approximately 5 years.  It is a huge benefit to the meetings we host and our members and guests who are trying to stay in touch with work while at the club.

2) MOBILIZED WEBSITES
We are currently working with our golf tee sheet provider, Foretees, to rebuild our website in responsive design.  This design will provide an optimal viewing experience for our club’s website.  It will be easier to read and navigate with a minimum amount of resizing, panning and scrolling.  It is meant to work across a wide range of devices (phone, tablets and personal computers) and the screen size will respond to the device being used.

3) ONLINE RESERVATIONS
We have utilized online reservations for golf tournaments ever since we opened through Foretees.  We have also used online reservations on our website for social events for approximately 4 years.  Our current website’s online event reservation system was not as user friendly as we would like.  The Foretees web design will greatly improve this and will also give us the option for tennis court reservations in the future.

Let me share a couple of more things that we do that is definitely the exception for private club operations:

1) PAYMENTS WITH CREDIT CARDS
To avoid large credit card fees, many private clubs will not accept credit cards for everyday purchases or paying statements.  Usually the choice is to accept cash or credit cards.  Cash is a much cleaner transaction but the trust element is a tough one to get past with the amount of employee turnover we have.  Even though we experience over $30,000 in credit card fees per year, we recognize it is an expectation of our member and their guests and a cost of doing business in the twenty-first century.

2) ONLINE BILL PAYMENTS
Many clubs do not have the technology platform to conduct business in this manner.  Club accounting programs are expensive and take a lot of time to upgrade and convert information so many clubs keep this on the backburner.  This is a win-win for a club because it makes paying bills easier for the member (especially the automatic credit card option) and it speeds up the process of cash flow to the club since it is all accomplished electronically.

We are constantly thinking about how we can improve our member’s experience while they are at the club and away from it.  Sometimes our staff thinks of it and sometimes our members bring us great suggestions that we can use.  Either way we are committed to building a progressive club that always stays ahead of the curve and exceeds our members’ expectations.

Travis McCubbin, PGA/CMAA
General Manager

Posted in Uncategorized

Letter About Our Club’s Support of Almeta Crayton’s “Everybody Eats” program

I just thought everyone should see the feedback we received for our support of this year’s Almeta Crayton “Everybody Eats” program.  Our little old club made a huge difference in the lives of so many on Thanksgiving day.  Thank you for your commitment to our community and to the club!

Travis McCubbin
General Manager

To the members and employees of The Club at Old Hawthorne,

First let me say how totally grateful and appreciative the Almeta Crayton Community Programs committee is for your 2014 contribution and all of your past support as well. As we analyze this endeavor it is very clear how significant your support is for the stability and success of this event and its integration into the tapestry of community life and events in Columbia during this Thanksgiving holiday season.

We are pleased to report that the contribution of 100 turkeys was used in the following manner.

60 birds were cooked for the Thursday, community meal. 145 individual hot meals were packaged and delivered to senior citizens and the disabled by volunteer teams as of 10:00 a.m. that morning. Service for 300 was provided to two organizations (a shelter and a youth and family support organization) to provide meals to their constituents. A total of 368 hot meals were served at Stamper Commons between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. that day. Note, 95 of those meals were served within the first 20 minutes of opening the event.

We have photos on the Almeta Crayton Community Programs Facebook page that you can go and view.  Later we will post the “Connections”  commentary that guest wrote and place on the memory wall at the event.  Several volunteer families, say it is a tradition for them and their children to support this event. Others indicate this is the only family gathering they have ever attended since meeting Ms. Almeta and are grateful they can hold onto the tradition and her memory through this event.

Finally, your additional contribution of 40 birds was used on Tuesday to support 40 families who received Thanksgiving baskets from the committee.  This aspect of the program was revived for 2014 and you greatly assisted in its becoming a success.

With sincerest appreciation on behalf of Tyrone Crayton (her son), Anthony Crayton (her brother), and Kentrell Minton (her godson) and all the members of the steering committee.

Dr. Janice (Dawson) Threat-Smith

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2014 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Private Practice Facility – 3 Years in a Row!

Dear Travis,

Congratulations! It is with great pleasure that I can tell you that The Club at Old Hawthorne has been selected as a 2014 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Range in the Private Category.

All winners will be listed in the December 2014 issue of Golf Range Magazine as well as on GolfRange.org. Winners will be invited to pick up their award, a piece of crystal made by Sterling Cut Glass, at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show. Our general manager, Patrick Cherry, will be reaching out to you in January to confirm whether or not you will be coming for your award.

Helping to congratulate you are Coastal Netting, Power Tee and Tex-Net, sponsors of the 2014 GRAA awards. These sponsors have stepped up to support the GRAA and its members, so we encourage you to consider them for future needs. You may hear from them throughout the year as they will have special programs and offers designed specifically for our award winners. Thank you for your support of the Golf Range Association of America and congratulations again on your facility’s achievement. We hope to see you at the PGA Merchandise Show, and please do not hesitate to call or email me anytime using the contact information below.

Sincerely,

Rick Summers
Chairman & CEO, GRAA

Posted in Golf Course, Golf Shop