Golf News for Friday, August 5, 2005 | People

ClubCorp chairman joins Environmental Institute for Golf's advisory council

The Environmental Institute for Golf has named Robert H. Dedman Jr. to its advisory council. He is chairman of the board of ClubCorp, Inc., and chairman of ClubCorp USA, Inc., and becomes the 12th member of the advisory council headed by Greg Norman.

Dedman received a B.A. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979, an M.B.A. with highest honors in 1980 and a Juris Doctor Cum Laude in 1984, both from Southern Methodist University.

He was director of corporate planning for ClubCorp from 1980 to 1984 before serving as an associate at Salomon Brothers Inc. In 1987 he returned to ClubCorp as chief financial officer and was named president and chief operating officer in January 1989. In July 1998, Dedman was named chief executive officer and in August 2002, he was named chairman of the board.

Dedman serves on the board of directors of ClubCorp, as well as Home Interiors & Gifts, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, JPMorgan Chase Dallas Region and the University of Texas at Austin Development Board. He is an executive board member of Golf 20/20, a national trustee in the Southwest Region of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a trustee of Southern Methodist University, Southwestern Medical Foundation and the Dallas Museum of Art and past chairman of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. He is a member of The Young Presidents’ Organization, Dallas Citizens Council and chairs the Southern Methodist University’s 21st Century Council.

“As the owner of more than 30,000 acres of land, ClubCorp is committed to supporting and promoting land ethics and conservation,” Dedman said. “I look forward to participating in The Institute’s role as a caring steward for golf course environments.”

The purpose of the advisory council is to provide guidance to The Institute's board of trustees in the areas of outreach, fundraising and strategic planning. The members were selected to the advisory council to enhance The Institute's ability to cultivate relationships with current and potential donors, as well as communicate the importance of the work conducted by The Institute.

The other members of the advisory council are: Tom Crow, founder of Cobra Golf and a retired trustee for The Institute; Dana Garmany, chairman and CEO of Troon Golf; R.D. Hubbard, owner of Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif.; Paul C. Kanavos, chairman and CEO of Flag Luxury Properties, LLC; Vernon A. Kelly Jr., president of PGA Tour Golf Course Properties; Owen G. Larkin, president of the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, owner of Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain; Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of Nakheel; H. Thomas Webb III, senior vice president of residential development for Crescent Resources; Frank Weed, COO of Medallist Developments; and Weldon Wyatt, founder and CEO of Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.

“Bob is a great fit for the advisory council, and I am confident he will provide outstanding insight and leadership,” said Norman, chairman of the advisory council, chairman and CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises and an Institute trustee. “As evidenced by his vast experience, Bob will certainly help advance the work of The Institute to a diverse group of organizations and constituencies.”

About ClubCorp
Founded in 1957, Dallas-based ClubCorp is the world leader in delivering premier golf, private club, and resort experiences. Internationally, ClubCorp's affiliates own or operate nearly 170 golf courses, country clubs, private business and sports clubs, and resorts. ClubCorp has more than $1.5 billion in assets. Among the company’s nationally recognized golf properties are Pinehurst in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina (North America’s largest golf resort, home to the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens); Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio (site of the 2003-2005 World Golf Championships – NEC Invitational); Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California (home of the Kraft Nabisco Championship); and The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia (America’s first resort founded in 1766). The more than 60 business clubs and business and sports clubs include the Boston College Club; City Club on Bunker Hill in Los Angeles; Citrus Club in Orlando, Florida; Columbia Tower Club in Seattle; Metropolitan Club in Chicago; Tower Club in Dallas; and the City Club of Washington, D.C. The company’s 18,000 employees serve the nearly 200,000 member households and 200,000 guests who visit ClubCorp properties each year. Visit for additional company information.

About The Environmental Institute for Golf
The Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), is a collaborative effort of the environmental and golf communities, dedicated to strengthening the compatibility of golf with the natural environment. The Institute concentrates on delivering programs and services involving information collection, research, education and outreach that communicate the best management practices of environmental stewardship on the golf course. For more on The Institute, visit

Since 1926, GCSAA has been the leading professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to more than 21,000 individual members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at

For more information contact:
Teri Harris, GCSAA director of development, at (785) 832-4465
Greg Lyman, GCSAA director of environmental programs, at (785) 832-3625