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Winner #2016 @QuailLodgeCA #Golf #BestPlayingConditions #CentralCalifornia

Congratulations to Quail Lodge & Golf Club for 2016 Winner Best Playing Conditions for Central California.

Congratulations to all the great golf courses out there that won Best Playing Conditions for their Region.  Haven’t thought of playing there?  Consider this a wake up call and give their golf course a try.

Quail Lodge & Golf Club 2016 Winner Best Playing Conditions for Central California

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This year we have expanded our awards to 11 regions! @GreenskeeperOrg Winner #2016 @QuailLodgeCA #Golf #BestPlayingConditions #CentralCalifornia #Breaking

We’ve waited all year for the results , and the results are in. proudly presents it’s Best Playing Conditions Awards for 2016.

Not to be confused with our other award “Worth the Green Fee,” “Best Playing Conditions” is awarded to golf courses open to the public listed on that stand out above the rest with our site users.  These golf courses distinguish themselves by providing consistent, exceptional playing conditions.

The job of the superintendent is the life blood of the golf course industry and most important contributing factor to enjoying a golf experience.  A golf course is a living, breathing organism whose health is constantly in flux.  It takes enormous dedication, resources and expertise by a superintendent and their staff to provide excellent turf conditions.’s registered trademark and creed, “Know Before You Go”®, centers on communicating these current playing conditions. The rating system used on is in part created by superintendents. views it’s Best Playing Conditions Awards as it’s highest honors.

Want to treat yourself to some choice conditions?  Want and experience you can remember?  Consider playing at one of these great golf courses in your area.

Click HERE for our previous article:  “Best Playing Conditions for 2016.”

Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Posted: 12/09/16 8:55a
Member Since: May 15, 2015
From: Walnut Creek

Quail Lodge & Golf Club Carmel California Golf Course Rating

Played Quail Lodge 12/4/16 along with fellow GK Guru Krajon01 as part of the GK Review Guru outing. Quail Lodge is beautiful, 18 hole golf course nestled in the Carmel Valley, about 10 minutes from Pebble Beach and 17 Mile Drive.

The course is perfectly tucked into the canyon between the Santa Lucia Preserve to the west and, and Carmel Highlands to the east. The course wraps around an established development of homes on the front and back side along with the lodge residences, with the Carmel River snaking around sections of the course.

The course plays at 6400+ from the tips, and is a mix of challenging par 3’s, narrow par 4’s and doglegged par 5’s.

The course is on par with what you would expect when it comes to playing in the Monterey Peninsula. Fairways, greens, bunker complex’s, and overall playing surface are exquisite, and as good or close to the Pebble Beach Company Courses.

To me, the signature of of this course is the small postage stamp greens which are firm, fast, pure, and true. These greens rival championship courses frequented by the PGA Tour.

Another feature that stands out to me is the bunker complex’s which were fair, yet provided a challenge with their depth and size throughout the course.

I enjoyed the course as a whole, from check-in to finish. The starter, cart attendants, and pro shop staff are welcoming, and very informative.

While technically a resort course with private membership, guests do not need to stay at the lodge to play.

The course is affordable, fun, fair and challenging. I cant wait to go back and play it again.

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Quail Lodge & Golf Club Carmel California Hole 3
Quail Lodge & Golf Club Carmel California Hole 3

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Quail Lodge & Golf Club Carmel, CA. Hole 9
Quail Lodge & Golf Club Carmel, CA. Hole 9

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Quail Lodge & Golf Club Carmel CA. Hole 4 approach
Quail Lodge & Golf Club Carmel CA. Hole 4 approach


2016 Best Playing Conditions for Central California - Quail Lodge & Golf Club
2016 Best Playing Conditions for Central California – Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Posted: 12/07/16 8:13p
Member Since: Oct 30, 2016
From: Walnut Creek, CA

Really beautiful course on the sunny side of the Carmel area. The course was in absolutely beautiful shape. Very neat contours inside of the Carmel Valley canyons with great views. The course was narrow and quite demanding off the tee. The fairways of poa annua grass were absolutely immaculate. If you hit it in the fairway you were guaranteed an outstanding lie. And the greens, as you’ll often see in the Monterey area, we’re very small and guarded by difficult and deep bunkers. But they rolled beautifully.

This was another really great experience of golf in the Monterey area. And the pace of play was so fast it allowed for some touring of that gorgeous part of the state after the round is over. If you’re going to go to Monterey and play a few rounds add this to your list.

Why Did We Expand the Regions?

It’s simple. has been growing.  We expanded the number of regions because golfers like you have reported about golf course conditions of the golf courses you play.  In short golfers come to us if they want informative, relevant golf course reviews and it’s all due to your, our GK Community’s, diligence.  You let us know your experiences and well if we hear about it everyone else does too.

Why so Many Regions?

Golf is an experience and every experience is unique.  Different golf courses offer different experiences.  What we look for in golf course reviews offers a little insight into every golf course we play.  Not just one point of view but many, and by providing many different points of view you get a clearer picture of what each golf course has to offer.  To that end we felt it necessary to provide regions with their own highlighted golf course.  Local players can enjoy the fact there is a great facility they can play just around their corner.  Golfers looking to experience new golf courses can play these and experience first-hand these unique golf experiences.  Put simply, we allow not just your high-end. daily fee courses to shine but the local municipal as well.  They all deserve a fair shot and they all deserve to shine.

Look for additional Golf Course highlights from our Best Playing Conditions for 2016.