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Castlewood C.C. raises $75,000 for charity


Pleasanton, Calif. (August 14, 2019) – The 2019 “Kids-n-Need” golf tournament held in April at Castlewood Country Club raised $75,000 for four East Bay charities, including Down’s Syndrome of the Bay Area ($20,000); Reach-Pleasanton ($20,000); Open Heart Kitchen ($20,000); and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital-Oakland Residents’ Pharmacy Program ($15,000). Proceeds were raised through tournament registration fees, sponsorships, silent/live auction, donations and matching grants.

Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, Calif.

Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, Calif.

The Kids-n-Need golf tournament is managed by the “Castlewood Country Club Corner Crew,” a group of Castlewood Country Club members. Over the last seven years, Kids-n-Need has donated more than $314,500 to East Bay charities in support of the kids and East Bay youth programs. The 2018 tournament raised $62,500. The 2019 Kids-n-Need fundraising committee included Larry Crawford, Rick Hammel, Dave Celli, Kawa Najim, Jom Issac, Mike Ranahan, M.D., Dan Smith, Jed Jelincic, Manny Moncada and Nicole Murray.

“Now in our seventh year, this tournament continues to grow and provide direct assistance to kids and their families who have sudden unexpected medical costs, who have burdensome on-going medical expenses for maintenance care or who need rehabilitative services,” said Rick Hammel of Kids-n-Need. “Our goal for the 2020 Tournament will be to raise north of $90,000.”

The golf outing was played April 29th on Castlewood’s William P. Bell-designed Hill Course and included a field of 128 golfers.

“The Kids-n-Need tournament is one of the larger charity tournaments we host at Castlewood,” said John Vest, general manager, Castlewood Country Club. “It’s exciting to see the tournament raise so much for so many worthy charities. We’re proud to host an event that helps make a difference in our community.”

Castlewood Country Club is professionally managed by Troon Privé, the private club operations division of Troon. For more information on Castlewood Country Club, visit or call 925-846-2871. For more information on Kids-n-Need, visit

About Castlewood
Castlewood Country Club is a 36-hole private facility. William P. Bell designed the Hill Course in 1926, offering great views of the Valley below, especially from the finishing holes. The Valley Course was built by then-owner Larry Curtola in 1954. Flat and more wide-open, it’s easier to navigate. Walking is allowed on both courses. The Hill Course measures 6,219 yards from the back tees, while the Valley Course plays slightly longer at 6,678 yards. The Club counts roughly 1,100 member families, who enjoy the diverse range of family-oriented amenities. These include a well-equipped swimming pool, tennis program and a Bocce Complex. Fine dining is offered in the Veranda Lounge, overlooking the first and ninth holes of the Hill Course. As part of the Troon Privé family of private clubs, members have reciprocity with other prestigious clubs and resorts. For more information, visit

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 460 locations around the globe, including managing 510 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit

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