Location: Carmel, Calif.
Course architect: Robert Muir Graves
Redesigned: 2015 | Todd Eckenrode
Tee — Yardage | Rating / Slope:
Black — 6,464 yards | 71.3 / 128
Orange — 6,051 yards | 69.6 / 124
Orange / Blue — 5,714 yards | 67.9 / 120
Blue — 5,476 yards | 67.2 / 116
Blue / Green — 5,273 yards | 66.1 / 115
Green — 5,009 yards | 65.0 / 114
Black — 6,256 yards | 70.3 / 126
Blue — 5,476 yards | 71.9 / 125
Blue / Green — 5,351 yards | 71.3 / 125
Green — 5,009 yards | 69.4 / 119
Saturday morning green fee: $$$$ ($150-$199)
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: Yes
Greens: Poa annua
Starter: Located in the Carmel Valley, just 20 minutes south of Monterey, the 850-acre ranch has the feel of old California. The accommodations, which include a fireplace in the room, food and golf are all part of a unique experience.
From a historical standpoint, Lawson Little III was the president of Quail Lodge until his death in 2015. His father, Lawson Little II, was the 1934 and 1935 U.S. and British Amateur champion. He also won the 1940 U.S. Open in a playoff over Gene Sarazen at Canterbury Golf Club outside of Cleveland, Ohio.
Play because ... : Nowhere in Northern California are there purer Poa annua greens than at Quail Lodge. The greens roll like bentgrass and are as true as any to be found. The design and views are very nice. There is only one forced carry off the tee and the course has been refined to allow for players to utilize the contours of the land, making it more playable for the casual golfer.
Takeaway: The course is a great getaway for a weekend or just for a day. The course is in extremely good shape and very playable. It is one of the more fun rounds of golf to be found as players of every ability should find the course to their liking.
RATINGS [1 to 10 scale, 10 being the highest]
Food | Beverage: 8.0
Pro Shop: 7.0
Course Difficulty: 8.0
Pace of Play: 7.5
Best par 3: No. 17 (154 | 137 | 116 | 95 yards). Overlooking holes Nos. 15-18 from the cliff above is actress Dinah Shore’s former estate. The hole, which used to feature a pond, was completely redesigned by course architect Todd Eckenrode in 2005. The old pond was replaced with a greenside bailout area that offers several options to play a shot that misses the green left.
Best par 4: No. 4 (402 | 339 | 318 | 224 yards). This is the No. 1 handicap hole and it’s also one of the most fun par-4s. The hole features an elevated green, which will require an extra club or two, depending on the temperature. A very easy driving hole, with plenty of room and no fairway bunkers, the trick is gauging the second shot and then the green, which has a lot of life in it. Three putts is normal fair.
Best par 5: No. 1 (542 | 522 | 463 | 419 yards). A lone fairway bunker off the tee is easily carried for most players, but the hole has substantial room left if necessary. The green is tucked back up against a cliff, providing a dramatic look all the way down the left side of the hole. With little to no stress, the first hole is a very good starting hole.
Rater: Alex Miceli