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Academy of Achievement Robert Dedman Sr.

Robert Dedman Sr.*

Inducted 2001

Robert H. Dedman, Sr., is the founder and chairman of ClubCorp, Inc. Club Corp owns and operates approximately 260 clubs, resorts, public fee golf courses and real estate developments worldwide, and has more than 26,000 employees. Born in rural Arkansas, the son of an itinerant salesman, Dedman set his life goal at age 18 – to make $50 million by age 50 and give $1 million a year to charity. That goal has long since been achieved, but sharing his fortune has been just as important as making it.


Dedman has received numerous awards, including the Horatio Alger Award in 1989 and Texas Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1976. He is also a member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Mr. Dedman’s belief in the promise of the future manifests itself in his generous gifts to institutions of higher learning, including an endowment of $56 million for Southern Methodist University and sufficient endowment funds for 800 Dedman Merit Scholars at the University of Texas at Austin.

* Deceased Member