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The Original Carmel Valley Golf Experience looks forward to the next 50and more.
Carmel, Calif. (PRWEB) June 25, 2014
Late in the summer of 1964, Carmel Valley Golf and Country Club opened for play. It was the first golf course built in the valley, just minutes from its famous neighbors on the Monterey Peninsula. But in no time, Carmel Valley Golf & Country Club became a must play for golfers visiting the golf-rich area, and the club became the centerpiece of a community that grew up all around it.
Renamed in 1988 as the Quail Lodge Golf Club, the iconic course celebrates its 50th anniversary by paying tribute to its rich golf legacy with a host of activities, while looking forward to the next 50 years as the valleys original golf experience.
We are proud to have played a role in the remarkable history and tradition of golf in this very special part of the golf world, said Sarah Cruse, General Manager of Quail Lodge Golf Club. We have hosted championship golf tournaments for men and women, professionals and amateurs alike. And as stewards of a magnificent golf course, we look forward to preserving its legacy as we begin our next 50 years of golf at Quail Lodge Golf Club.
Quail Lodge Golf Clubs 50th anniversary events begin with a media day on June 25, exactly half a century after the first press preview of the Robert Muir Graves-designed course. Other anniversary events include the unveiling of a historic photo and memorabilia display in August, and a December celebration of the christening of the original golf clubhouse. Also, a book on the first clubs 50 years The Golf Legend of Quail Lodge, written by Carmel author Gary Koeppelis being released this summer.
When Quail Lodge Golf Club opened in 1964, it reinvented the image of golf in a region that was world-renown for its golf courses, as well as for coastal summer fog and professional tournaments played in the rain. Founder Edgar Haber wanted a course that played along the sun-drenched valley floor, out of range of the lingering marine layer, and would have a traditional sand base for quick drainage. Built on the original 240 acres of farmland that also served as home to thousands of native quail, the strategic layout Graves designed immediately lured legends and locals alike with its warm climate and year-round playability. And once Quail Lodge was added in 1967, the greatest golfers in the world had a place in the valley to eat, sleep, and compete.
Among the first to embrace Carmel Valley Golf & Country Club was Arnold Palmer, who stayed at Quail Lodge and used the golf course and practice facility while on the Peninsula for the Bing Crosby Pro-Am in 1968 and 1969. Among the many others who followed Palmers lead were golf legends Gary Player, Doug Sanders, and David Graham, who all stayed at Quail Lodge during the 1972 U.S. Open Championship, and were shuttled to Pebble Beach on a private helicopter secured by Haber. The helicopter service also was offered during the 1982 U.S. Open.
Indeed, professional golf was the impetus for the clubs name change. During the 1980s, Carmel Valley Golf & Country Club hosted the annual Spalding Invitational, a non-tour event that drew high-caliber fields. However, the TV broadcasters kept referring to the course as the Golf Club at Quail Lodge. In 1988, Haber chose to switch rather than fight and leveraged the Quail connection in officially renaming the property. In 1997, the club and resort were sold to The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited and Habers long-time friend, Hong Kong businessman, Sir Michael Kadoorie.
In its first 50 years, Quail Lodge Golf Club has been the site of many memorable moments, among them:
With its first half-century complete, theres no reason to think the next 50 years wont be just as exciting.
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