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In this Issue

The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort 4150 N. MacArthur Boulevard Irving, Texas 75038

Memorial Day Activities, Page 3

Summerfest camps, Page 8

Membership Services Fitness Desk Tower IV Sports Boutique Tennis Reception Spa & Salon Private Reserve Line Members Lounge Accounting

972-717-2525 972-717-2560 972-717-2530 972-717-2540 972-717-2440 972-717-2591 972-717-2580 972-717-2617

MANAGEMENT TEAM Club Manager Rob Cowan x2501 Associate Director of Club Sales Ryan Humphreys x2520

Asparagus and Greek Yogurt Soup, Page 14

New Years Eve Photos, Page 15

Member Relations Manager Jessica Hall x2526 Director of Golf Paul Earnest x2531

Enjoy 20% off room rates year round at the Resort. No need to comb the web searching for a hotel when staying at Four Seasons Resort and Club is one of your membership perks! For personal assistance with your local leisure or business travel needs, please call Brooke Barber at 972-717-2474 or email Reservations can also be made through the Private Reserve Line at 972-717-2591.

Director of Golf Course Maintenance & Landscaping Scott Abernathy x2494 Director of Sports Robin Scott x2522

2013 BOARD of GOVERNORS Frank Broyles, Chair Ron Howard, Lydia Karney, John Mason, Alex Pier, Sharon Pfaff, Bob Shema, Kate Shema, Bill Bailey

Chair’s Chatter Many of you probably wonder what the Board of Governors does to make your Club better and your membership experience more enjoyable. After two years on the Board my answer is, “quite a bit.” Each monthly Board meeting is attended by your elected Club members and management representation from the fitness, tennis and golf departments. The meetings are a time to get together and discuss issues such as Club improvements, events or ways to maximize your experience. In fact, the Board of Governor’s true focus is around four main goals: enhancing Club communication, increasing participation, maximizing the Club experience and Cool October. All of these goals are focused around Club membership and your overall satisfaction while at The Sports Club. This is why the member survey is such a vital communication tool. It is

the best way to alert Club management about specific topics that require more attention. For example, one problem area we consistently notice in the survey is Club etiquette. Each of us can make the Club experience more enjoyable for others by following rules such as proper cell phone etiquette in the Members Lounge, keeping our locker and shower areas clean, picking up towels and respecting other members and their guests. The Nike slogan “just do it” probably applies here. How do we “just do it?” Awareness and common sense is the answer. Take advantage of the many ways to communicate with the Board of Governors and Club Management. Let us know what we can do to help YOU! Tell us about your ideas or issues. Participate in member surveys, talk to your Board reps, or email me at We are lucky to have intelligent and creative members who are bursting with great ideas. We not only welcome your input, we desire it. And for sure, think courtesy, awareness and have a great 2013. Frank Broyles Chairman, Board of Governors

E a s t e r B r u n c h a n d K FAS E g g s t r ava g a n z a ! Sunday, March 31, 2013 Make your reservation for the most delicious part of the Easter holiday…Easter brunch! We will be serving a decadent, over-the-top dining experience in the Members Lounge! Easter Brunch Seatings from 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Members Lounge and Byron’s $65++ Adults $18 ++ Children ages 6-12 Children 5 and under are complimentary. When your bellies are full and your smiles wide, let the Easter Bunny whisk the kids off for the very popular Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt! Your kids will have a great time taking pictures with the Easter Bunny, making arts and crafts, decorating cookies, and of course picking up all the eggs and goodies they can find! Eggstravaganza! 11:00 a.m. | Registration in Racquet’s Restaurant 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Pictures with the Easter Bunny, cookie decorating and craft time will be held in the Basketball Court. 12:00 p.m. sharp | Egg Hunt will take place on the outside jogging track, don’t forget your Easter Basket!!! $17 per child | includes pictures with the Easter Bunny, cookie decorating, crafts and egg hunt. $12 per child | picture with the Easter Bunny only Please call Kids For All Seasons for reservations at 972-717-2570. | 2

From the Club Manager Rob Cowan We are very excited to welcome Mylan World Team Tennis (WTT) to Irving, Texas, and Four Season Resort and Club! If you are unfamiliar with this organization and format, it is unlike anything we have hosted before. Our Club and the Championship tennis court will be the host site for one of the eight teams from around the country. Each team plays 14 matches of an innovative coed team format over a three-week season in July, of which seven will be home matches. It all culminates in a season ending playoff, hopefully with our home town team! Many of you are aware that our very own, Brent Haygarth and Mark Knowles, formerly played WTT and Brent has been a coach for several years since hanging up his “professional tennis” sneakers. Additionally, Craig Kardon has been featured as a WTT television commenter for several years. WTT, co-founded by legend Billie Jean King in the 1970s, attracts some of the best players in the world and offers unique access to the sport and some of its greatest champions who have played over the past 38 seasons. Spectators will revel in all the aspects this great organization brings to our city - from multi-colored courts to evening matches with music, from the multitude of play formats to the unique experience for locals - it’s tennis at its finest. Think “Friday Night Lights” for tennis lovers. There should be a lot of excitement surrounding the courts during that three week stretch in July and I hope you plan to be around to support our team this summer!

Meet our Newest Sales Manager

Looking for a legendary venue to book your next golf outing? If we can host the largest PGA TOUR event in North Texas, we can accommodate you. No matter the size or time Ashton Gambrell of year of your event, we’ll be standing by Golf Tournament with our signature service to ensure things go famously. Contact Ashton at (972) 717-2574. and Membership Sales Manager

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shton joined the Four Seasons Hotel Sales department in 2006 and over the next several years familiarized herself with incoming hotel groups as well as corporate guests and Sports Club Members. She briefly left Four Seasons in 2011 but found her way back “home” again, this time at The Sports Club as your Golf & Membership Sales Manager. Ashton graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Marketing and is looking forward to becoming reacquainted with members.

Mark Your Calendar Irish Pub Cocktail

March 15 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Pavilion See you at our annual Irish Pub Cocktail. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and ice-cold green beer. Bring a guest and challenge them in a game of darts. *Please note that the darts tournament starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. We will not accept new teams after the tournament begins. See you there!

Kentucky Derby Member Cocktail

May 3 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Resort Pool And They’re Off… Join us for a Kentucky Derby style cocktail party! Enjoy complimentary beer and hors d’oeuvres! Dress in your seersucker and don’t forget those fabulous hats. Best dressed Member will win a prize!

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

May 5 | 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Members Lounge Nacho ordinary night in the Members Lounge… It’s Cinco De Mayo, My Friends! $5 margaritas and tequila flights will be flowing along with an authentic Mexican Buffet.

I Love You Mom! Mother’s Day Brunch

May 12 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Members Lounge Families can celebrate all the things we love about Mom over a delicious a la cart breakfast in the Members Lounge. $5 Build your own Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Reservations highly recommended but not required. | 4

Tournament Schedule of Events: May 12-19 Sunday

Classic Pro-Am

Practice Round Champions Pro-Am Practice Round Tuesday Opening Ceremony and Byron Nelson Prize awarded at 11:00 a.m. Youth Golf Clinic, 5:00 p.m., TPC Four Seasons Practice Range Celebrity-Am at Dallas National Wednesday Gold Pro-Am at the TPC Four Seasons HP Technology Zone 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. First Round Thursday KidsZone, Byron Nelson Tribute, Social Zone & HP Technology Zone 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. KidsZone, Byron Nelson Tribute, Social Zone & HP Technology Zone 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday Pavilion After Dark live concert until 9:30 p.m. Third Round Saturday KidsZone, Byron Nelson Tribute, Social Zone & HP Technology Zone 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pavilion After Dark live concert until 9:30 p.m. Final Round Sunday KidsZone, Byron Nelson Tribute, Social Zone & HP Technology Zone 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony and Award Presentation Monday

Kids For All Seasons will be closed May 13-19 for the Byron Nelson Tournament. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Summerfest 2013

GOLF CAMPS Junior Camps and Classes

Register for multiple camps by April 30 and receive discounted camp prices! For more information on camps and reservations, please call (972)717-2525.


Designed to introduce your child to a number of sports including golf, tennis and swimming, this camp is a blast and a favorite year after year. Space is limited to 40 children, so please sign up early! Camp 1: June 3-6 Camp 2: June 24-27 Camp 3: July 22-25 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $390 per child/ per week Lunch is included

Four-day Golf Camps are fantastic for juniors to learn etiquette, rules and proper technique in full-swing, putting and chipping. Each day’s activities build up to a Team event on the final day that will include awards and certificates!


Four-day Tennis Camps are an ideal way for juniors to learn and practice proper technique, scoring, etiquette and much more while having tons of fun.

Golf and Tennis Camp Dates: June 10-13 June 17-20 July 8-11 July 15-18 July 29-August 1 August 5-8

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Available to children ages 5 and up. $340 per child/ per week Lunch is included

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Letter From Paul Director of Golf


ith the arrival of spring, we are excited to have another beautiful golf season in bloom. Last year, we had more member related rounds of golf than we have had in over a decade. While we did experience terrific seasonal weather throughout the year, I hope that the results also reflect our memberships desire to play a bit more golf too. I have three special announcements to relay to you. First, as part of our Resort and Club’s new agreement with Titleist this year, we are rolling out new range balls for practice use on the Driving Range. NXT Tour “Practice” balls will be utilized for daily warm-up and in the short game areas. While these balls are not striped, we ask that they remain on the practice grounds only and are not taken to the golf course. Second, after more than a decade since the last one, we are excited to ‘extend the hours’ with an evening golf event on Friday, March 8. We hope to see a big crowd and can make this an annual affair. Third, on Saturday, March 9, we are hosting the largest demo day on record down at the Golf School. Come try the latest and greatest from eight of the top manufacturers in the country and get some new equipment to start the season. In summary, we hope to see you playing more golf than ever and know that we are committed to continuing to provide you a great facility in which to do so.

Backswing: For wind shots focus on no more than a 3/4 backswing.

Follow-through: The abbreviated follow-through helps lower the flight of the shot.

Tim’s Tips

Tim Cusick, Director of Golf Instruction


he spring time in North Texas is a great time to play golf. The dormant fairways and rough greens are back up, the leaves return and the flowers bloom again. Another characteristic of the spring is the wind. It brings the warmer air in but it also makes controlling the golf ball more difficult. When hitting into the wind count on one more club for about every 10 mph of wind. When hitting into the wind, you want to lower the flight of the golf ball. Take more club, shorten both the backswing and follow through. Focus on making solid contact, rather than trying to hit the ball through the wind. These two tips will offer more control over the ball and will allow you to still shoot good scores. | 9

Equipment Update


Scott Abernathy Director of Golf Course Maintenance and Landscaping

s you are likely aware, capital spending has been challenging in recent years, however, I am pleased to summarize the positive steps that have taken place over the past nine months. First, we targeted and hired the best Equipment Manager in the business. Stephen Tucker joined our team in June and has proven to be a visionary leader that has helped identify and organize our priorities in this area. Second, we secured much needed new equipment including four new fairway mowers, two new tee and approach mowers, two new portable green’s fans, and six new transportation vehicles. This equipment has already had an impact on quality and efficiency. I am also excited to announce that we have solved the primary equipment challenge we had in 2012: rough mowers. Three mowers are scheduled to be delivered prior to the 2013 growing season which will position us to mow the rough lower and more often. Third, we purchased a new equipment storage building for the Maintenance Facility. This building will better protect our fleet from the tough Texas weather. Finally, we were granted operational funds to refurbish select pieces of our existing fleet in order to improve their performance and useful life. Life was good in 2012! While this may not sound like sexy chatter, we are confident that the results of these efforts will be better golf playing conditions throughout 2013!

Mega Golf Demo Day

March 9 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. On the Driving Range Sports Club Members and Resort guests are invited to an exclusive demo day event. Demo equipment from the top industry leaders such as: Titleist, Cleveland, TaylorMade, Callaway, Mizuno, Nike, Ping, Adams Golf and ScoreGolf.

Hunt for EGGSellent Savings in the Shop!

March 30 Come by all day on Saturday and hunt for savings scattered throughout the shop!

Master Your Spring Wardrobe Event

April 13-14 Swing by Tower IV for a fun shopping event featuring the latest spring styles to ensure you look just as good as the “green jacket” winner! Call Tower IV for more information at (972) 717-2530. 10 |

Golf and Tennis Events Golf Tournament Schedule Glow Ball March 8 | Shotgun 6:00 p.m. Cottonwood Valley MGA Half Day Member-Guest March 15 | Shotgun 12:00 p.m. Cottonwood Valley WGA Ringer March 16-17 | Shotgun 9:00 a.m. Cottonwood Valley Enjoy this opening day for the Women’s Golf Association with the chance to improve on your score from day one! Las Colinas Cup March 22-24 Shotgun 1:00 p.m./8:00 a.m./ 8:00 a.m. Cottonwood Valley A Ryder Cup-style matchplay with four teams going head-to-head over the weekend. Have fun and meet new golfing partners! 9 & Dine April 12, May 10, June 7, July 12, August 9 and September 13 Shotgun 5:30 p.m. Cottonwood Valley Join fellow golf members for nine holes of social golf on Friday afternoon. Then enjoy dinner in the Members Lounge with your newfound golf buddies! Nine & Dine will be held on the second Friday of every month through September. Masters Pro/Am April 13 | Tee Times Cottonwood Valley

Parent Junior Tournament April 20-21 It’s time to see how it’s done with the juniors showing off their natural golfing ability…We know they learned from their parents, of course!! WGA Member Guest April 26-27 | Shotgun 9:00 a.m. Cottonwood Valley The WGA sends out personal invitations for this fun and competitive event. Opening day is a practice round followed by a cocktail reception. Tournament play to follow on Saturday. Member-Member May 4-5 | Shotgun 9:00 a.m. Cottonwood Valley Select a golf buddy and enjoy two days of excitement on the course with fun formats for men’s and ladies’ teams. End the tournament with a tasty lunch and awards for the winning teams. Post Nelson May 20 | Shotgun 2:00 p.m. | TPC Follow in the footsteps of champions… This is your chance to play like the pros from the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship. Play with the same tees, fairways, rough and pin placements. Golf Members only. Memorial Day Challenge May 27 | Tee Times More information to follow

Tennis Calendar Yonex Demo Day Saturday, March 2 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Indoor court #3 Singles League Begins March 4. All levels of play are welcome to sign up. Participants will be given a schedule and may arrange their own matches. Singles Club Championships April 12 - 13 Men’s & Women’s Open A & B Divisions Outdoor Match play Spring Tennis Leagues March 4 - April 18 Monday Night Pro Am Outdoors - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - Warmup Tuesday Night Mixed 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Indoors Wednesday League 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Indoors Thursday Night League 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Indoors | 11


pringtime is such a refreshing and energizing time at The Sports Club, and this year is no exception. It is especially exciting to be welcoming the Dallas Tennis Classic back to our tennis courts March 11 - 17. This men’s ATP Tour event provides an amazing opportunity for Club members to see world-class professional tennis in a wonderfully intimate setting right here at our outdoor tennis facility.

Sports Talk Robin Scott Director of sports

Experiencing live professional tennis is often a great inspiration for kids, and our junior tennis program is a superb place for your kids to begin their tennis journey. Under new leadership, the program has an increased emphasis on a fun and energetic learning environment, using the USTA “Quick Start” equipment and development strategies. A new structure is also in place to ensure kids progress through class levels in a fair and equitable manner. Pricing has been adjusted to make attending multiple classes more attractive to our Sports Club families as well! As we “spring” into summer, don’t forget to reserve space in our very popular Summerfest Camps!


ell-placed lobs are a great offensive weapon for smart players, especially in doubles. If you want to improve your lob shot returns, you need to practice returning balls out of the air. Instead of letting the ball bounce and back up, “Air Tennis” allows you to become more aggressive and can help control the point.

Tennis Tip John Mullman Director of Tennis Instruction

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When implementing an “Air Tennis” strategy, you will improve your footwork tremendously. This will confuse your opponents who are used to having more time to prepare. Now, YOU can dictate the style of play on the court! Good luck and have some fun! For more tennis tips, sign up for a lesson with John or any of our tennis professionals! Contact the Tennis Desk at (972) 717-2540.

Dallas Tennis Classic Tournament Junior Sports Clinics

Adult Tennis Clinics

Wednesday, March 13 11:00 a.m. - First Round Singles Main Draw / First Round Doubles

2013 Club Softball Squash Championship March 25 - 28

Thursday, March 14 11:00 a.m. - Second Round Singles and Doubles 5:00 p.m. - Feature Doubles Match 6:00 p.m. - Feature Singles Match

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. $45 | includes balls, awards, food & beverage. Championship draw with first round consolation. Award presentation and cocktail party Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Deadline to enter is March 24.

Spring 2013 “Softball” Squash League Schedule


Monday, March 11 9:00 a.m. - First and Second Round Qualifying Play Tuesday, March 12 10:00 a.m. - Final Round of Qualifying 11:00 a.m. - First Round Singles Main Draw / First Round Doubles

5-12 year old Wednesday - Saturday | March 13-16 9:00 a.m. - Tennis Clinic - $30 10:00 a.m. - Fitness Activities - $20 11:00 a.m. - Golf Clinic - $30 or $75 for all 3 Clinics Fees are Per Child

Friday, March 15 12:00 p.m. - Singles Quarter Finals (1) 2:00 p.m. - Singles Quarter Finals (2) 3:30 p.m. - Singles Quarter Finals (3) and Doubles Quarter Finals 5:45 p.m. - Doubles Quarter Finals 7:00 p.m. - Feature Singles Quarter Finals

Spring 2013 Racquetball League Schedule

Saturday, March 16 12:00 p.m. - Doubles Semi Finals 1:00 p.m. - Singles Semi Finals 3:00 p.m. - Doubles Semi Finals 4:00 p.m. - Singles Semi Finals

Wednesday Morning

Sunday, March 17 1:00 p.m. - Doubles Final followed by Singles Final For more tournament information, visit

Monday Evening April 8 - June 17 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

April 10 - June 12 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday and Thursday “Early Bird” April 9 - June 14 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Round robin format for all levels of play. Arrange your own match.

Saturday Morning Men’s and Women’s Doubles April 13 – June 15 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The format is round robin for all Open A & B players.

Wednesday - Saturday | March 13-16 10:00 a.m. - Tennis Clinic (60 mins) - $35 11:00 a.m. - Tennis Clinic (90 mins) - $50 Fees are Per Person

Monday Noon League April 8 - June 17 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Round robin format for advanced A and A+ levels.

Men’s & Women’s Tuesday Evening April 9 - June 11 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Round robin format for beginners and intermediate levels.

Monday and Wednesday “Early Bird” April 8 - June 12 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday Evening April 10 - June 12 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

All League entry fees are $55, which includes balls, awards, and a player party at the conclusion of the leagues. Please register at the Fitness Desk or call (972) 717-2523 by Sunday, April 10. | 13

The Spa offers two exciting Spa Happy Hour menus. From 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, Members can choose two treatments and enjoy significant savings. To make your Spa Happy Hour reservation, call the Spa & Salon at (972) 717-2555. Body happy hour

Choose two of the following services for just $125 (a $170 value): • Jet Set Massage – 25 minutes Recharge with a massage focused on where you need it most. • Soothing Foot Treatment – 25 minutes A heated honey mask and a relaxing foot massage provide instant relief for tired feet. • Back-Buffing Booster – 25 minutes Using a fresh oat and jojoba bead polish with hot towels, this scrub clarifies and smooths the skin. • Nourishing Head & Hand Treatment – 25 minutes A fragrant clove and lemon duo eases tension and rejuvenates the skin. 50 Minutes

Beauty happy hour

Choose two of the following services for just $125 (a $170 value): • Express Facial – 25 minutes This mini superboost for your face includes cleansing, toning, exfoliation and moisturizer. • Back Facial – 25 minutes Similar to the Back-Buffing Booster, this treatment also includes a deep cleansing of the pores. • Eye & Lip Treatment – 25 minutes This advanced targeted treatment plumps the skin and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. • Nourishing Head & Hand Treatment – 25 minutes A fragrant clove and lemon duo relaxes tension and rejuvenates the skin. 50 Minutes

A Recipe from the French Chef Club Chef, Frederic Angevin

Asparagus and Greek Yogurt Soup

Serves 4 This soup is vegetarian and gluten free

Upcoming Cooking Classes April 11 | Outdoor Cooking June 19 | Tapas All Cooking Classes are held in Racquets Restaurant 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Ingredients • 1 Pound asparagus • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 2 1/2 Cups vegetable stock • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest • 1/4 Cup plain Greek yogurt, for garnish • 2 Tablespoons sliced almonds, roughly chopped, for garnish

Method: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the asparagus with oil, salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Roast the asparagus until lightly roasted but still crunchy, about 5 minutes. Cool the asparagus slightly. Combine the asparagus, broth and lemon juice in a blender and puree until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer the soup to a medium heavy saucepan and heat the soup. Add the mint, lemon zest and salt and pepper. Divide the soup among bowls and garnish with the Greek yogurt and almonds. Bon appetit! | 14

Members danced into 2013 at our Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Party!

Members and their friends donated toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation. Over 300 toys were collected! Thank you to everyone who helped spread a little holiday cheer! You can view additional photos on the Club website or by scanning the QR Code Reader with your smartphone.

Spring Sportsline 2013  

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