Along with Double Eagle in Columbus, Ohio, the Quarry at La Quinta may be one of the best conditioned courses I’ve ever played. Most greens in the West are bent grass; most greens in Florida are Bermuda grass. Golfers tend to prefer bent grass because it is far less grainy. The Quarry’s greens are a new strain of Bermuda and they putt like bent grass. They’re simply fantastic. Our group had a forecaddie who not only sanded every divot with green sand/seed mixture, but he picked up the divot pieces after each shot and put them in a bag that he disposed of at the end of the round. The fairways were spotless.
The Vintage Club, where we met for breakfast, is exclusive, beautiful and expansive. The Quarry is small, just 54 home lots, and very expensive to join: $225,000 initiation for an individual membership; your wife’s membership privileges will cost another $225,000. The course has many elevation changes and generous, beautifully sculpted fairways in a breathtaking mountain setting. Number 8, a 138-yard par 3, must be as far down off the cliff as it is long. Four beautifully hit 9-irons yielded four pars. Fortunately, Number 9, a 614-yard par 5, was slightly downhill and downwind the day we played. Tom Fazio is my favorite golf architect, and the Quarry is a great course, but not nearly his best. Larry Berle
Date: December 08, 2014