Golfing at Quail Lodge Golf Course, Carmel, California
Designed by Robert Muir Graves, Quail Lodge & Golf Club is a walk-able par-71 golf course that features 10 lakes, the scenic Carmel River and nearly year-round sunny skies. The golf course offers challenges to all aspects of the game while not being the most difficult course on the peninsula. I found the golf course to be in excellent condition; the greens were pristine and rolled true, but not too fast, while the fairways demanded that you work the ball. In some instances, mature and strategically placed trees had me scrambling, resulting in a less than perfect drive.
Bunkers and water at Quail Lodge & Golf Club
The plentiful bunkers had soft quality sand with water coming into play on several holes. At just over 6,000 yards from the gold tees, (6,400 from the blue) with little
elevation except for the fifth hole, a down hill par three with water along the right side, it is as pretty as any Monterey area golf course. The Quail Lodge Golf Club is semi private, so early morning tee times are for members, yet it is still easy to obtain a good start time. The driving range and practice greens at the Golf Club are top notch and there is even a small putting green at the first tee. It winds through the quiet residential area but the Carmel Valley houses do not come into play.
Walkable golf course
It is a nice course to walk, with only a small hike on the cart path back to the Quail Lodge Club House from the 18th hole. At par 71, there are three par threes on the front nine, but the pace of play never slowed. You can expect a four to four and a quarter hour round of play on this golf course. The par fives are back to back on the back nine and the 18th hole is a surprisingly challenging par four that looks straight forward, yet is the kind of hole you desire to play again.
For those golfers interested in improving their game, Katherine Marren, PGA Professional and Director of Instruction at Quail Lodge Golf Academy, is the go-to gal.
Quail Lodge has recently undergone a $28 million renovation. Quail Lodge & Golf Club offers a variety of golf packages, including golf lesson packages and lodging packages.
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If You Go
Quail Lodge & Golf Club phone 831-624-2888
8205 Valley Greens Drive
Carmel, California 93923
This review of Quail Lodge Golf Course is a guest post by Cory N. Brown. Cory was a guest of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. All photos courtesy of Nancy D. Brown