With renovations to its Lakes Golf Course already underway, Quail West Golf & Country Club announced that Phase II of a substantial renovation of the award-winning community’s clubhouse is poised to begin as scheduled early this summer. Budgeted at a cost of approximately $30 million, and based on the results of a nearly year-long facility study, the member approved and financed two-phase initiative reflects the community’s continued mission to be the premier private residential country club in Southwest Florida. Designed to meet the needs of Quail West’s growing membership and the changing lifestyle characteristics of the community’s members, the improvements will provide the latest in physical facilities and state of the art technology while further solidifying Quail West’s position as Southwest Florida’s leading luxury golf course community.
The renovation initiative is 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, a 12,000 square-foot fitness and wellness facility, golf, tennis, and salon and spa services. Quail West’s members will appreciate having exclusive access to the club’s comprehensive array of world-class amenities, particularly during winter season when traffic and crowded restaurants can make life less convenient. The enhancements are also further securing Quail West’s legacy of offering the best golf and social experience in Southwest Florida. To avoid the sprawling and disjointed building configuration prevalent at other clubs, the renovation design is focused on providing an integrated club experience in a single location.
In addition to enhancements to the community’s Preserve golf course, Phase I renovations of the clubhouse’s upstairs banquet kitchen have 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 contains 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.
The new two-story dedicated fitness and wellness center building included in Phase I is on schedule for completion this summer. Gates Construction 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 new fitness and wellness center will promote exercise and wellness classes for members of all ages and will feature dedicated areas for Pilates and spin classes, cardio and weight rooms, and TRX personal training technology. Live and video workouts will be available throughout the year. 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 connect to the existing glass-enclosed indoor heated pool and to the clubhouse.
Phase II renovations are scheduled to commence early this summer and will transform the lower floor of the clubhouse while providing more casual spaces. 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.
The design of the improved clubhouse spaces has been a cooperative effort of the Club’s members, Humphrey Rosal Architects and Clive Daniel Home. Their design concept is intended to enhance the club’s current high-end finishes while incorporating new design elements consistent with the new building additions. The upper floor of the clubhouse has remained more formal with a transitional feel. The lower floor will be more casual and will 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.
Renovations to Quail West’s two golf courses designed by golf course architect Arthur Hills are addressing enhancements to the irrigation systems, green complexes, adjacent grass areas, and fairways. The renovation effort is focused on improving the playability of the Lakes and Preserve courses. The golf practice area is being enlarged to provide increased preparation and lesson space. The course enhancements are being overseen by J. Drew Rogers, a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects 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. With improvements to the Preserve course already completed, work on the Lakes course is underway and the course is expected to re-open by January, 2018.
The hallmark of Quail West is its commitment to luxury in all aspects of the community. Projected to include 678 luxurious single family residences at build-out, Quail West is expected to reach 500 completed homes this year. The enhancement initiative will meet the increased demand for a full-service community that satisfies the desires of today’s faster paced, more active, and more connected lifestyles.
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 follow the signs to the sales center. Visit Quail West online at www.QuailWest.com.