“Quail Ridge has an enthusiastic and active membership that loves golf,” said Bobby Weed. “The South Course improvements provide a modern, contemporary finish that will keep the membership engaged for several decades.”
Central to the project was a reduction in irrigated, maintained turf, which was replaced with coquina-like concrete screenings and pine straw. The striking visual contrast orients golfers on each tee as they contemplate the ribbons of emerald green turf winding through the lighter screenings areas. Sturdy coquina boulder walls at several green sites stand as exclamation points on the layout’s new aesthetic.
The renovation, which also included the practice area, began in April. Weed and associate Joey Graziani spent five months living on site, personally crafting the intricately contoured green complexes. Clustered bunkering and open approaches encourage a variety of thoughtful shot making, servicing the full spectrum of ages and abilities within Quail Ridge’s membership.
“The Society of Seniors originated at Quail Ridge and the membership has a number of good golfers on its rolls,” Weed continued. “Designing for a discerning and forward-thinking audience is always engaging.”
The renovation of the South Course followed the successful 2017 unveiling of a bright and modern $23 million-dollar clubhouse.
About Bobby Weed Golf Design
Acclaimed golf course designer Bobby Weed specializes in design, renovation and repurposing. His work features a balance of visual appeal, sustainability and playability, all informed by an environmentally-sensitive aesthetic and an exceptional hands-on, holistic approach.
Weed began his professional career with an extended apprenticeship with Pete Dye, launching a collaboration of over 35 years’ duration and a lifelong friendship. Hired in 1983 by the PGA Tour as the Golf Course Superintendent at TPC Sawgrass, Weed went on to become the Tour’s in-house designer from 1987-1996. He was responsible for the design of many of today’s best-known TPC venues, which continue as host sites for prominent Tour events.
Weed also was able to collaborate with many of golf’s most familiar names, including Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Jerry Pate and Chi Chi Rodriguez – a rare cross section of experience.
In 1994, Weed’s career reached an apex with the formation of his own design firm, where he continues to “handcraft” golf courses. Today, Bobby Weed Golf Design has amassed an impressive list of new and renovated courses that consistently are ranked at the top of their respective categories, including The Olde Farm Golf Club, Spanish Oaks Golf Club, The Golf Course at Glen Mills, Medalist Golf Club and Timuquana Country Club.
Bobby Weed Golf Design also is a leader in golf course repurposing – a means to update layouts through redesign and reallocation of partial acreage for higher value land uses. Repurposing helps clubs and communities preserve golf while surmounting economic and other challenges. Weed’s skill, vision and business acumen coalesce to result in successful, refined and durable golf course design.
Bobby Weed is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He also is a 40-year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, was a former Certified Golf Course Superintendent and is a member of the Florida Turfgrass Association.