Stock Development’s award-winning Quail West community in North Naples announced that construction of a nearly 12,000 square feet, two-story dedicated fitness and wellness center building is expected to be completed this month. The new fitness and wellness center will promote exercise and wellness classes for members of all ages and will feature dedicated floor exercise, Pilates, spinning, yoga, cardio and weight rooms, as well as TRX personal training technology. Live and video workouts will be available throughout the year. Tall windows overlooking a flowing stream will provide a pleasant view while doing machine workouts. A glass-enclosed lobby reminiscent of a fine luxury hotel will provide a bright note of welcome to members and their guests. The new fitness and wellness center will be connected to the clubhouse. An existing lushly landscaped glass-enclosed indoor heated pool has been integrated in the fitness center complex and will serve as a venue for aquatic exercise regimens. Sliding glass doors will connect the pool with the clubhouse’s first floor outdoor dining area. The two-story building is being built by Gates Construction. Gates is also completing associated site improvements to expand parking at the clubhouse complex and redoing four of the Club’s eight tennis courts with new hydro court surfaces and LED lighting.
The fitness and wellness center is the final component of Phase I of a two phase member approved and financed amenity enhancement initiative budgeted at a cost of approximately $30 million. The initiative is designed to meet the needs of Quail West’s growing membership and the changing lifestyle characteristics of the community’s members. The enhancements are making Quail West’s 70,000 square foot clubhouse an even more highly preferred destination while providing residents and members an experience that offers the finest in high-end amenities and services without ever needing to leave the community, including formal and casual dining, a glass enclosed, heated swimming pool, fitness, wellness, golf, tennis, and salon and spa services. The enhancements are also further securing Quail West’s legacy of offering the best golf and social experience in Southwest Florida.
The design of the improved clubhouse spaces has been a cooperative effort of Humphrey Rosal Architects, Clive Daniel Home, and the Club’s members. Renovation of the upstairs banquet kitchen has been completed. Because premier quality food and elegant service are hallmarks of the Quail West experience, the kitchen renovations are primary aspects of the upgraded clubhouse facility. The fine dining experience has been enhanced by the completion of expanded pre-function space overlooking the indoor glass enclosed pool with a completely new lighted bar with a contemporary glass wall that is reminiscent of fine restaurants on 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples. The design of the new pre-function space is centered on the undulating shape of the bar and the glass wall that contain moving water and mood lighting. A double-sided fireplace warms the room and allows seating venues for casual conversation in both the pre-function room and the adjacent club room. The expansion of the second-floor kitchen has enhanced service to both the Mahogany Room formal dining room and to events including 300 to 350 people in the adjacent ballroom.
Work on the redesign of the main lobby entrance has also been completed. Exquisite furnishings are framed by a new fire and water feature in the lobby that creates a memorable impression on members and guests as they enter the exclusive Quail West venue. New furnishings and area rugs provide comfort and a consistent look for the lobby and hallway leading to the ballroom.
Phase II renovations are now underway and expected to be completed by January. Phase II will transform the lower floor of the clubhouse while providing more casual spaces that tie in the traditional elements of the club with a more relaxed casual atmosphere presented by the lower floor’s corridor that will integrate golf, fitness, tennis, the salon and spa, and casual dining. Central to the Phase II plan is doubling the size of the existing Grille Room and its kitchen facilities to elevate the quality of casual dining at Quail West to a level similar to the club’s fine dining experience. Overlooking the lake on the first hole, the expanded casual dining will allow covered and open-air outdoor dining with table and patio seating surrounded by fire pits and the signature glass-enclosed indoor heated pool. Also included in Phase II will be the addition of an attractive covered lower level entry; an enhanced salon and spa; an Internet Café with take-out service; rooms for member private parties and catered events; bocce ball courts and an outdoor gazebo bar area; and a ballroom expansion that will take increased advantage of the upstairs views overlooking the water. Phase II will include also include completion of a new golf pro shop that will offer a wider array of golf equipment and apparel selections.
As part of the renovation initiative, Quail West is investing approximately $12 million to enhance the playability of its Preserve and Lakes championship golf courses that were designed by Arthur Hills more than two decades ago. The renovations are addressing enhancements to the irrigation systems, green complexes, the adjacent bunker, fringe, and grass areas, and the fairways. New irrigation technologies are being introduced to embrace best water conservation practices and reduce overall operating costs. The renovation also includes improvements to the golf practice area that is being enlarged. Renovations to the Preserve course have been completed and the course re-opened last December to rave reviews. Enhancements to the Lakes Course are underway with completion anticipated in January 2018.
The golf course enhancements are being overseen by J. Drew Rogers, a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects who is highly regarded for his ability to undertake golf course renovation projects. Rogers is intimately familiar with Quail West’s golf courses, having worked directly with Arthur Hills to design two nine-hole layouts that would later comprise the Lakes Course. Rogers regards Quail West’s Preserve course as a layout with great natural beauty. The Preserve plays to 6,841 yards from the back tees and takes the golfer on a meandering journey through verdant woodland areas. It is easy to get distracted by the stunning beauty of this course, particularly on the signature par three second hole where an expansive bed of flowers provides a striking display of color. The flags are equipped for laser link distance measurements.
The 7,041 yard Lakes Course offers wide-open vistas across a system of shimmering lakes. Numerous fairway and green-side berms are affectionately referred to as "Hills' Hills." The fairways and rough are Tiffworth 419 Bermuda grass and the greens are a Champions Bermuda strand. The layout is fairly open and has a links quality to it, although there are numerous water hazards and marsh areas to negotiate. The flags on the Lakes Course are also equipped for laser link distance measurements. In true Hills fashion, there are a variety of bunkers to avoid and undulating greens that can make holing out in regulation a challenge.
Quail West is located east of Interstate 75, one mile south of Bonita Beach Road. Take Exit 116 (Bonita Beach Road) east, turn right on Bonita Grande Drive, and proceed to Quail West’s main entrance. To learn more about Quail West, visit www.QuailWest.com.