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The setting at Quail

Lodge is just as relaxing as any amenity. A little more than three miles into the mouth of Carmel Valley, Quail Lodge seems to be located just beyond the reach of the creeping marine layer that can shroud the rest of the Monterey Peninsula. “The fog kind of hits the mouth of the valley and we get relieved of it, there’s no question,” said Tim Eldridge, Quail Lodge’s club manager. Quail Lodge typically basks in sun, with the aver- age temperature for 10 of the 12 months hovering between 60 and 70 degrees. It is nestled against the base of the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains, providing a unique blend of outdoor activities outside of golf. Quail Lodge is the only

location on the West Coast that offers the Land Rover Experience, which is a 180- acre off-road course through the hills above the golf course. Quail Lodge is also enhanced with tennis courts, a heated outdoor pool, the spa Refuge (located behind the fourth hole, at the Car- mel Valley Athletic Club), bocce ball and a nine-hole putting course. Quail Lodge is an idyllic setting for weddings with its isolated, yet beautiful and serene Quail Meadows avail- able for ceremonies. The re- cently remodeled clubhouse and its spacious outdoor deck is an accommodating venue to host receptions. Quail Lodge’s acclaimed

restaurant is appropriately named Edgar’s, after the late Edgar Haber. But it is the golf that has

always been the jewel of the property. Designed by Robert Muir Graves in 1963, it was the first course built in Car-

mel Valley. The semi-private club was home to rising PGA Tour star Bobby Clampett, who still owns a share of the course record with his 9-un- der 62. Academy Award- nominated actress Doris Day also has a house perched behind the 17th green and above the 18th tee. The 6,449-yard layout hugs the lush Santa Lucia Mountains to provide some beautiful backdrops, skirts the Carmel River and winds around and over a series of duck-populated ponds. Quail Lodge plans to

undergo a course improve- ment project this fall, led by Origins Golf Design, mainly to rebuild tees and clean out the surrounding lakes. The course will remain open, as only one hole at a time will be worked on during a four-month span. “It’s the first time this

golf course has really been touched in 50 years,” El- dridge said. “It’s not going to change dramatically, but people will have a reason to come back and play Quail Lodge again. “We’re going to add a

couple bunkers in strategic places, and take out a couple bunkers that don’t really serve a purpose anymore.” Quail Lodge also boasts

a technologically advanced golf academy headed by di- rector of instruction Kather- ine Marren, who was named 2008 Teacher of the Year by the Northern California

Quail Lodge has been a championship-worthy host for the NCGA

tournament schedule.

PGA. The club is the only facility on the Monterey Peninsula to offer Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade, which breaks down the swing and putting stroke with multiple high- speed cameras. For those who want to

try golf for the first time, Marren brought 100 new players to the game last year through the PGA’s Get Golf Ready Program, which offers five group lessons for $119. (Learn more from Marren in the Pro’s Corner section on pages 66 and 67.)

“She is fantastic,” El-

dridge said. “It looks easy to the eye, but the golf swing is really a very complicated mechanical movement. She can break it down and make it easy for people who really don’t know anything about the industry terminology.” Quail Lodge was also

one of the first courses to join the NCGA’s discounted Tee Time Portal, and has been a championship-worthy host for the NCGA tourna- ment schedule. The CWAC is mov- ing up in the tournament schedule this year to Aug. 26 through 30. It has typically been held at the beginning of November, but the date switch should allow more high school and college players to compete. “We want to get more of

the college and high school golfers to play,” Towersey said. “It’s always fun to have a field that encompasses all the age groups.” And just like the first time the CWAC visited Carmel Valley, Quail Lodge is focused on including everyone, too.

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