The Quail Lodge saw some tough times after the economic disaster in late 2008 and by the end of 2009 the tough decision was made to close the lodge. General Manager, Sarah Cruse was quoted saying “Closing Quail Lodge was a difficult decision, but operations were not sustainable under the former business model and given the state of the economy in 2009”.
In August, 2012, the decision was announced to re-open the hotel under the new brand, The Quail Lodge and Golf Resort. Barry Design Associates was brought in to re-vamp the interior of the lodge, while KemperSports Management was brought in to manage the golf operations.
The interior design changes saw each guestroom now having its own private deck overlooking either the golf course, garden, or lake, and select suits at the offering a fireplace. Each guest bathroom at the lodge sports an attractive, custom-labeled AVIVA III Dispenser. The lodge can now cater for weddings and receptions up to 600 guests and boasts 3 restaurants including the award-winning Edgar’s. It also features a European-style spa with steam rooms, hydrotherapy tubs, and Vichy Showers. The lodge has seen very favorable reviews having their staff described as “nice people go out of their way to please customers (even if it means helping them book with competing golf courses). One comment submitted to their Facebook page, by Mark Smith, described his stay as follows:
My wife and I have never enjoyed such service and solitude as staying here with the cool little ducks hanging around. Playing the course here was special but the close proximity to and be able to get a nice tee time at Pebble Beach Golf Links was awesome! The shopping in Carmel was enjoyable. We then visited Monterey and then the Aquarium which made the visit really nice. I highly recommend staying here.
The golf course at the Quail Lodge and Golf Resort did not close with the lodge and remained a popular golfing destination throughout the lodge’s renovation. Since its management has switched to KemperSports it had not only retained its popularity, but increased it. The course, as described by reviews on TripAdvisor and Facebook, offers a moderate to easy golf experience, and was also named the 2nd best new and improved feature to Monterey County by the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as being featured on the Ellen show, Thursday, May 16th, where the entire audience received a free trip to the resort.
The Quail Lodge Men’s Golf Association offer sponsorship opportunities to young men who demonstrate exemplary golfing and academic skills. These candidates receive a free membership to the club as well as a financial gift to put towards education. The resort also offers “June Junior Golf Camps” for children and young adults who want to learn the sport.
The outdoor fun at this resort does not stop at golf! The resort continues to host its legendary motorsports and motorcycle gatherings, this year’s motorcycle gathering having already taken place on April 9, 2013. The event honored three-time champion of 500cc World Championship and one-time winner of the Daytona 500, Wayne Rainey. The Quail Motorsports Gathering is scheduled for August 16th, will honor 100 years of Aston Martin, and feature a retrospective of Automobili Lamborgini Celebrating 50 years. Also now offered by the Quail is a scenic off-roading LandRover tour with an experienced instructor.
We are thrilled to have our part in this spectacular brand’s re-launch! The Quail Lodge and Golf Resort is certainly one of our most exciting customers. With such a beautiful surrounding and being located in one of the most breath-taking and sought out locations in the world, we are certain that it will be smooth-sailing for the Quail from now on.
The Quail Lodge and Golf Resort is owned and managed by the Peninsula/Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Limited.