Golfing at Quail Lodge Golf Course, Carmel, California

Tuesday May 14, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 2 Comments

Quail Golf Course

Quail Lodge Golf Course offers scenic golf play

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

Quail Lodge golf green

Quail Lodge Golf Course bunkered green

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 Clubhouse

Relax at the Quail Lodge Clubhouse before or after a round of golf

Insider Tip:
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.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow @QuailLodgeCA  on Twitter.

What are your favorite things to do in Carmel, California?

 

 

 

 

 

Quail Lodge

Keep an eye out for Quail on the Quail Lodge Golf Course

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

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America’s National Parks, Pop-Up Book Review

Sunday May 12, 2013 at 6:06 AM | 3 Comments

 

America's National Parks, a Pop-Up Book, features unique depictions of some of our most beloved national parks. Photo provided by W.W. West.

America’s National Parks, a Pop-Up Book, features unique depictions of some of our most beloved national parks. Photo provided by W.W. West.

When you hear “pop up book,” you immediately think of children. However, adults can find just as much joy in America’s National Parks, a Pop-Up Book as their young counterparts.

Innovative book design

America’s National Parks, a Pop-Up Book is not your every day coffee table book. It takes readers on a tour of some of America’s most famous national parks, through pop-up art. The art literally comes off the page to offer a 3-D glimpse of the parks you just don’t see in other books. The design team of the book includes concept and text by Don Compton, paper engineer Bruce Foster, and award-winning illustrator Dave Ember.

Because the pop art is the focal point of the book, text on each page is cleverly placed in foldout sections, which contain yet more pop art. The overall design is drawn from 1930s WPA posters, giving the book a timeless feel.

The stunning visuals of this pop-up book make it fun for everyone to learn about national parks. Photo provided by W.W. West.

The stunning visuals of this pop-up book make it fun for everyone to learn about national parks. Photo provided by W.W. West.

 

Fun yet functional book

America’s National Parks, a Pop-Up Book is educational as well as fun to look at. It contains information on 18 national parks, 6 of which include the titular pop-ups. From Florida’s Everglades National Park to California’s Yosemite, this book is overflowing with information, presented in a way that is fun but not overwhelming.

 

 

The Great Smoky Mountains, along with several other national parks, are presented in vivid 3D form. Photo provided by W.W. West.

The Great Smoky Mountains, along with several other national parks, are presented in vivid 3D form. Photo provided by W.W. West.

For a good cause, read this book

Buying this book will do more than just provide reading material and a book for your coffee table. Proceeds from each copy will go to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), with the goal being to raise $100,000 for parks. America’s National Parks, a Pop-Up Book comes in two hand-assembled versions: the regular edition, of which $8 goes to NPCA, and the deluxe limited edition, which gives $80 to NPCA.

Only 1200 copies for Deluxe Limited Edition are being produced, each numbered and autographed by the paper engineer, illustrator, and author. Each will feature the NPCA mission statement stamped in gold foil on the slipcover and an NPCA logo pop-up above the mission statement, all enclosed in a black cloth slipcase.

I have the page open to Yellowstone as I write this. I’ve never been to Yellowstone National Park, but with Old Faithful rising a foot off the page and a huge bison coming at me, I can only imagine what it’s like.  I’m not much of a “picture book” person, but I enjoyed this pop-up book, and imagine it will become a well-loved part of my collection.

Where to buy: National Parks Pop-Up Book

Suggested Retail: $34.95

This is a guest post by Melanie Conrad. W.W. West, Inc supplied me with this National Parks book for review.

 

 

Quail Lodge and Golf Club, Value Hotel in Carmel, CA

Friday May 10, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 1 Comment

Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Quail Lodge & Golf Club review, Carmel, California

It’s hard to believe that 26 years ago, my husband and I danced our first dance as husband and wife at Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel, California.

Like any marriage, we’ve had our ups and downs; our hair has a little more gray in it and our bodies could use a little nip and tuck here and there.  Such was the case with Quail Lodge. Thankfully, this gorgeous property, set among 850 acres in Carmel Valley, has recently undergone a $28 million renovation and been lovingly restored from inside out. I am delighted to report that Quail Lodge is looking better than ever.

 

 

Mallard Lake

Relax by Mallard Lake at Quail Lodge in Carmel, CA

Quail Lodge brings nature indoors

Carmel, California is surrounded in natural beauty. We originally selected Quail Lodge and Golf Club for our wedding reception because of the setting, with its lush fairways and gardens. I love how the designers have brought nature into the hotel rooms, public spaces and outdoor patios. The beautiful stone work at the entrance to the lodge is a departure from the heavy dark wood of Quail Lodge pre-remodel.

 

 

Quail Lodge lobby

Carmel’s Quail Lodge brings nature indoors

ADA-accessible lodge

As guests enter the entirely ADA-accessible resort, you’ll notice the guest service desk is composed of a single piece of teak, as is the bar, located off the lobby at Quail Lodge.

From there, your eyes follow to the outdoor patio area, overlooking Mallard Lake.

A restaurant will soon be added to Quail Lodge and Golf Club, (circle back for details.) Until then, Quail Lodge guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast buffet served daily in the lobby from 6:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is also served daily at Edgar’s in the Clubhouse of Quail Lodge Golf Club. Edgar’s offers casual fireside dining with a backdrop of the golf course and Carmel’s Santa Lucia Mountains.

 

Quail Lodge Swimming Pool

ADA accessible pool at Quail Lodge, Carmel, CA

Outdoor activities at Quail Lodge

Carmel Valley offers excellent nearby hiking trails and there is a 2 mile walking trail connecting Quail Lodge & Golf Club to the back of Rancho Canada golf course.

Of course, guests may also lounge by the heated pool (complete with wheelchair accessible ramp and ADA lift) but I’d recommend spending some time at nearby Refuge – America’s first co-ed relaxation spa.

There’s also tennis, bocce and Quail Lodge’s championship 18-hole golf course. The lodge also partners with Land Rover for a driving experience. We’ll have to come back for this and to report on the new restaurant!

Quail Lodge offers a Pampered Package that includes two passes to Refuge, (Quail Lodge doesn’t offer a hot tub on property.) Personally, I like the fact that Quail Lodge doesn’t nickel & dime guests with a daily resort fee. Instead, the lodge offers complimentary Wi-Fi, continental cold breakfast and free overnight parking. At around $200 per night, I’d say that Quail Lodge is the best value to be found on the Monterey Peninsula.

 

Quail Lodge Garden Suite

Quail Lodge Garden Suite hotel review

Quail Lodge garden suites & villas

Our room, #153, a King Garden Suite with a small attached patio rented for $195. on this Saturday night.

The spacious suite featured hardwood floors, earth tone decor, high ceilings, a huge bathroom with separate shower and bath tub, gas fireplace and large flat screen tv. There was also a soft bed that converts into a bed, but we didn’t bring the kids on this trip!

There are 14  suites, with six villas opening in June, 2013, to make a total of 91 guest rooms at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California.

 

Quail Golf course

Quail Lodge features an 18-hole golf course in Carmel, CA

Insider tip:

Quail Lodge & Golf Club is pet-friendly. There is a one-time fee of $35 to bring your dog along to Quail Lodge. For an additional $15 your pet will receive a nightly amenity of bed and dog bowl. Should we call this place a bed and breakfast for dogs?

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow @QuailLodgeCA  on Twitter.

If You Go:

Quail Lodge and Golf Club (831) 624-2888

8205 Valley Green Drive

Carmel, California 93923

 

Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Quail Lodge and Golf Club.

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