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Quail Lodge Golf Club



Club History

Quail Lodge & Golf Club opened in July of 1964.  It was the first 18-hole design by Robert Muir Graves.  Carved out of a dairy farm, the course borders the Carmel River for many holes and is blessed with well-drained, sandy soils.

One of the main goals of the project was water use reduction, with over 25 acres of turf removed in the renovation.  Many of the lakes on the property were removed as well, further aiding water use reduction. The 17th hole was transformed into the best Par-3 on the property, with a deep grass swale replacing the old unsightly pond.

Renovation Work Completed


  • Renovated all bunkers and green surrounds, introducing quite a bit of short-cut approaches and chipping areas which used to be all rough

  • Renovated all tees, adding some for distance, simplifying others into larger, fewer surfaces for more options and less wear/tear and adding some forward tees

  • Removed four lakes, converting to either grass swales (#17 for ex.) or turf reduction landscape areas  

  • Renovated the three  remaining lakes completely, into more natural designs (and to environmental mitigation conditions)

  • Added additional grass swales as features, on Holes #1-#3, to add character and as drainage improvements to otherwise flat holes

  • Select cart path re-routings to remove from play or visible areas.

  • Substantial turf reduction/landscape areas on peripheries (nearly 25 acres total)

Awards and Recognition:

  • Best Golf Courses in CA (2022) – Travel & Leisure

  • Top 10 U.S. Golf Courses (“Golfer’s Choice 2021) – NBC GolfPass

  • Best Golf Courses in CA (“Golfers’ Choice 2021) – NBC GolfPass

  • Top 25 Course Layouts (“Golfer’s Choice 2021) – NBC GolfPass

  • World Top 100 Golf Destinations – NBC GolfPass

  • Top 25 Golf Courses for Course Conditions – NBC GolfPass

"My favorite aspects of our renovation are the introduction of short-cut swales throughout the course, either where the land was previously flat, or to replace artificial ponds.  This adds natural character and playability and is really enjoyed by the golfers."


Todd Eckenrode

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