Scheduled to open in 2019, the new Payne’s Valley Golf Course, named in honor of the late Payne Stewart, will feature a 19th hole set in a natural cavern system at the Branson, Mo., property. Woods will also design a short course, which property owner Johnny Morris described as “putt-putt on steroids.”
On March 19, five of the company’s venues offered free game play, golf instruction and food-and-beverage amenities, as part of a collaboration with The First Tee and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf that launched a year-round program, through which similar benefits will now be offered to charitable organizations and high-school golf teams.
Dean Graves, certified golf course superintendent of Chevy Chase (Md.) Club, recently rallied area superintendents and businesses to donate the equipment and sand needed to renovate seven bunkers at the short game practice area of the historic Washington, D.C., facility.
In 2016, the company’s major philanthropic effort raised $3,053,312 that will benefit over 100 national and charitable organizations, including Augie’s Quest and the ClubCorp Employee Partners Care Foundation. The Charity Classic has raised more than $20.3 million since its inception in 2007.
The national newspaper reported on how the 11-year-old program that caps the cost of a round at $5 for registered players ages 7-18 has caught on and is now offered at 330 participating courses in 12 states.
The “Every Day. Everywhere. Every Drop Counts.” program drives people to share the everyday ways they can save water via Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #ToroGives. Individuals will also vote for, and nominate, nonprofits to receive $30,000 in grants.