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The dramatic and demanding No. 2 hole on the beautiful Bayonet Course at what was once Fort Ord is a “must play” on the Monterey Peninsula. The Bayonet forms a powerful one-two punch with the Black Horse Course, adding to the star power of golf on the Peninsula.


70s,” Barkdull pointed out. “And there’s a lot of natural habitat, as we have 93 rooms and suites on 850 acres. “Plus, the price is right with rooms


ranging from $175 to $425 (a night) and lots of packages that add golf for $100 to the room. Or if you just want to golf, it’s $175 year-round with lower twilight rates.” Adding to the character of Quail


Lodge, Barkdull noted, are a beautifully maintained nine-hole putting course, Edgar’s Restaurant at Quail Lodge, which features fresh and organic from chef Kenneth McDonald and a highly regarded golf school. And did we mention that Quail Lodge is the site for Land Rover’s Driving School? “We are very different than Pebble


Beach, but a lot of people love us and feel our golf course and lodge are the most well-maintained on the Peninsula,” Barkdull explained. “Plus, we hear from a lot of people that we are the most ‘golfer-friendly’ course around, and that everybody has fun when they come to Quail Lodge.” Especially if they enroll in one of


Katherine Marren’s two-day golf camps, which usually take place on Monday and Tuesday and include three hours of instruction, a leisurely lunch and nine holes of interacting with the award- winning teacher, as well as dinner (the first night only). Marren also conducts


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junior camps and private lessons, including a series designed for women. “Mostly I try to make it as fun and as


simple as possible, especially if we have to make swing changes,” said Marren, who is rated among the top 20 instructors in California by Golf Digest and spent 16 years teaching at Pebble Beach. Marren called Pebble Beach “the pre-


eminent destination on the Peninsula,” but finds Quail Lodge to be equally compelling. “Quail Lodge is a very relaxing


resort, very serene,” said Marren, who at one time was a staff advisor for Golf For Women magazine. “Plus, it’s got such a great location, where you can get to Pebble, Carmel By-the-Sea and Pacific Grove within 10 minutes of each other. And, maybe best of all, the golf course is not a hard course to play, like a Pebble or a Spyglass, yet it’s plenty challenging for the low-handicappers.”


IF YOU PLAY


Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, the Links at Spanish Bay and Del Monte Golf Course: www.pebblebeach.com. Quail Lodge Golf Course: www.quaillodge.com.


Bayonet, Black Horse Courses:


www.bayonet/blackhorse.com. Poppy Hills Golf Course:


www.poppyhillsgolf.com. Pacific Grove Golf Links: www.pggolflinks.com. Laguna Seca Golf Ranch:


www.lagunasecagolf.com. Carmel Valley Golf Resort:


www.carmelvalleyranch.com. Marren said that guests enjoy


dining at the lodge because “the food is fantastic and convenient.” But when they want to get away, there are all types of great options close by, like the Tap Room at Pebble Beach, Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch, the Cypress Inn owned by Doris Day, and her personal favorite Cantinetta Luca. And the Hog’s Breath Saloon is still in Carmel even if actor Clint Eastwood no longer owns it. “We’ve also got 50 local wineries


in the area, like Cowgirl Winery right down the road from us that has chickens running about,” she said with a laugh. “But that’s the beauty of Monterey and Carmel, and all this great golf and lodging we have in just a 17-mile radius on the Peninsula. “With so many different things to do,


I really can’t think of anything else like it in California.” Well, Disneyland comes to mind. n


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