General Manager and COO Don Hunter says that demographic research led Quail Creek to determine that it should design its facility to tailor services for conditioning and skills enhancement. One of the goals is to differentiate Quail Creek as the best amateur/recreational player-support club in the area for the growing retirement market. It also expects to attract the next wave of retirees (ages 55-65) who are moving to the Naples area. Hunter points to a talented and innovative staff in helping to bring the Quail Creek vision to fruition: “We have found and retained some of the best experts in golf, fitness and tennis, as well as nutritional dining, and they will be working closely with each other to benefit our members,”
Notes Fitness Operations Manager Teri Brodie: “As we plan the new sports and fitness center at Quail Creek, we will be focusing not only on the latest wellness trends, but also on what has worked well for us in the past. We currently are a Blue Zones-certified Fitness, Wellness & Spa Center and have seven TRX machines, and we will continue to grow our Physical Therapy offering with a focus on Sports Medicine. TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) training will be a huge part of what we become, as well as MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques) to help our tennis players and golfers excel at every level.”
Quail Creek already boasts two fine Arthur Hills 18-hole golf courses—the Quail and the Creek—which have undergone extensive renovations over the past six years. They are so highly regarded that the United States Golf Association had awarded the club with the prestigious 2017 Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, which had to be relocated to another venue because of Hurricane Irma. Director of Golf Courses and Grounds Kevin Leo, with 30 years’ experience, consistently keeps the courses in top-notch condition. The expansive golf practice facility and short-game area will be expanded even further in the new design. Under the watchful eye of Director of Golf Mike Dero and Head Golf Professional Jon Balyeat, the pro shop will have a 180-degree viewing access of the range and tennis courts to facilitate monitoring the instruction and fitness programs.
Finally, the club’s Tennis operations, under the direction of tennis professional Jon Call, will be redesigned to include 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, one exhibition tennis court, three bocce courts, one croquet lawn and four pickleball courts. Pickleball is currently skyrocketing in popularity in the Naples area, considered the unofficial capital of this miniature version of tennis.
While expanding and renovating for the future, the members take great pride in retaining the club’s upscale but down-to-earth flavor. The numerous men’s and women’s golf, tennis and social groups, for example, are intent on preserving the welcoming atmosphere that has always been a key element of Quail Creek. There are 650 Golf and Social/Sports members, many of whom live on property. That friendly environment will go hand-in-hand with the club’s exciting, new direction.