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Bobby Weed Redesign of Quail Ridge’s South Course Unveiled
Renowned designer Bobby Weed believes his redesign of the acclaimed South Course at The Club at Quail Ridge will add another chapter of history to the high-end golf community.
“What I’m most excited about is people will still recognize the golf course,” Weed said. “Every hole has been improved and made more playable, from a strategy standpoint as well as an aesthetic standpoint.
“The golf course is designed not only for today’s member, but more importantly for the members of tomorrow.”
Weed has become one of the most in-demand architects in the U.S. He recently redesigned The Medalist and built Michael Jordan’s Grove XXIII, both exclusive clubs 40 miles away from Quail Ridge.
Weed’s task at Quail Ridge was to take a Joe Lee design that was built in 1974 and modernize it nearly a half-century later. TifEagle Bermuda grass has been installed on the greens and Bimini Bermuda has been used on the tees, fairways, collars and approaches and rough. St. Augustine grass was used in out-of-play areas.
The official grand opening was held on Thursday at The Club at Quail Ridge in front of a large gathering of members. Weed addressed the membership and provided a birds-eye view of the course by narrating a drone tour of select holes.
“The members are excited about their new golf course,” Weed said. “It will afford more pleasure for all caliber of players. Our goal was to accommodate all levels of play using a variety of tees, more open approaches and wide fairways with strategic bunkering.
“I’ve always said a good club starts with a good golf course, but the membership really makes the club what it is, and at Quail Ridge they are very passionate about the game.”
Two years after a new $23 million new clubhouse was built in late 2017, the golf redesign was part of a $10 million project that included irrigation improvements to the community and expansion of the club’s recently opened new Spa & Fitness Center.
“This was a tremendous team effort with Bobby Weed at the helm and fits perfectly with the enhanced member experience of all the new amenities around Quail Ridge. Our members look forward to playing and showcasing our challenging and beautiful new South Course,” said Bill Langley, COO at Quail Ridge.
The South Course has hosted top amateur events such as the Society of Seniors Championship – the society’s national headquarters is at Quail Ridge – the Florida State Senior Amateur Championship, U.S. Open qualifying and the Palm Beach County Amateur.
“Having a designer like Bobby Weed modernize our golf course has given Quail Ridge another boost,” said Quail Ridge Director of Golf, Daniel Brosnihan. “Potential members see the new clubhouse, upgraded tennis and fitness facilities and the new golf course. It’s hard to imagine that prospective members could find a better place to call home than Quail Ridge.”
About The Club at Quail Ridge
The Club at Quail Ridge is a private, gated community located in the heart of Palm Beach County. Sitting on over 600 acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds, the community exudes the Championship Lifestyle. In addition to the brand-new Clubhouse and Spa & Fitness Center, Quail Ridge is home to 946 residences, two championship golf courses, 16 Har-Tru© Tennis Courts, community pools, miles of walking trails, a calendar of engaging social and cultural activities, world-class dining and sporting events. For more information about The Club at Quail Ridge call (561) 737-5100 or visit www.theclubatquailridge.com.
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