Good golf flawless conditions at Quail Lodge in Carmel

By Mike BaileyFebruary 8, 2011, 12:39 am
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CARMEL, Calif. – Although Quail Lodge Golf Club no longer offers the lodge portion of the property as a resort, there's still good reason to make the trip to the Carmel Valley to play this charming Robert Muir Graves-designed layout.

The club still offers a high-end, semi-private golf course with attention paid to every detail. The course is plush, the food and beverage service is top tier and the golf shop is among the best stocked on the entire Monterey Peninsula.
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Visitors used to be able to stay at the lodge when it was called the Quail Lodge Golf Resort, but a struggling economy no longer makes that operation viable. The hotel portion of Quail Lodge closed in late 2009, but the Quail Lodge Golf Club, Quail Lodge Golf Academy and Edgar's Restaurant remain open.

What also remains is a good side trip for those who play or watch golf at Pebble Beach.

Right away golfers know they are in for a treat at Quail Lodge as they drive up to the bag drop in front of the two-story clubhouse and outstanding practice facilities, which include a large practice putting green, short-game area and grass range. Inside the clubhouse you'll find Edgar's Restaurant, an excellent stop for a sit-down breakfast, lunch or dinner. Golfers coming to Quail Lodge really should make a day of it.

The star of the show at Quail Lodge remains the golf course. Always in excellent shape, the course is eminently walkable and enjoyable. Although it plays just 6,500 yards, the par 71 presents plenty of challenge. With 10 lakes and the Carmel River coming into play as well as scores of bunkers, there is no shortage of trouble or interest.

The parkland-style course is routed up and down gently rolling hills and valleys, beckoning golfers to shape shots with the terrain and pin positions. Greens always run smooth, and reading their subtle undulations can sometimes be tricky.

The golf course offers a superb collection of par 3s. Three of them play some 200 yards or longer from the back set of tees, including the 12th, which is a daunting 227 yards over a barranca. The fifth, at 197 yards, might be considered one of the signature holes on the course, with a pond to the right of the green, while the 17th, which also has water and sand, is part of a terrific finishing stretch on the course. That finishing stretch includes the dogleg left par-5 15th, which presents a tricky tee shot but a good opportunity for birdie. The finishing hole is an uphill par 4 with water on the left.

Golf lessons at Quail Lodge

The Quail Lodge Golf Academy, led by Director of Instruction Katherine Marren and Head Professional Ross Kroeker, offers one-, two- and three-day programs for both adults and children as well as individual lessons. Both Marren and Kroeker have extensive teaching and distinguished backgrounds. The school offers both private and group instruction and uses state-of-the-art video software and hardware in its teaching program.

The Golf Academy programs also include the best and most current technologies for teaching and clubfitting, including the MAT-T 3-D motion analysis for both clubfitting and instruction.

The club also, from time to time, hosts its Impact Zone Golf Schools, which not only feature Marren and Kroeker, but guest instructor Bobby Clampett, a former PGA Tour player and TV golf commentator.

Quail Lodge Golf Club: The verdict

Although the Quail Lodge is priced far less than Pebble Beach Golf Links and some of the other pricier options on the Monterey Peninsula, you can still expect to pay between $125 to $150 for green fees, which include cart and range balls. It's not exactly bargain golf, but it's certainly in line with its surroundings.

The fee structure is certainly justified when you consider the condition of the golf course. You would be hard pressed to find a bare spot anywhere on it, the landscaping is perfect, and the greens roll as good as any you'll find in the area.

Customer service is also first-rate, from Edgar's Restaurant and halfway house at the turn to the folks in the golf shop, where you can find anything you need on the course and then some. If you're taking a trip to the Monterey Peninsula, Quail Lodge is more than a worthy candidate in the 'other courses to play' category.

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Ortiz takes Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x