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Why not live where you can walk out your door and have your choice of two Joe Lee-designed championship golf courses to play, or hone your golf game on Quail Ridge’s extensive practice facilities. Maybe you want to pick up a racquet and hit on one of the 16 har-tru courts in the tennis center, or take a workout class in the modern, free-standing health and fitness center and then end your day in the clubhouse with a fine dining experience. All of that is available at Quail Ridge Country Club. Whether you are interested in buying or selling, or just curious about the current real estate market and want to know your home’s market position, call Quail Ridge Realty for friendly, professional service, advice and results! The team at Quail Ridge Realty represents over forty years of combined, award winning real estate service. In fact, since 1991, they have sold over 1,500 homes, exclusively in Quail Ridge, representing over 95 percent of all sales. The Quail Ridge Realty team includes a listing coordinator, buyer consultant, closing coordinator, general manager, as well as an experienced, accredited broker.
Buying or selling, Quail Ridge Realty’s approach offers the knowledge, experience and professionalism to get the job done.
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As a member of Quail Ridge Country Club, you are very special to us – just as Quail Ridge is very special to you. To enhance your joy of living here, we are pleased to welcome you to the premier edition of Q, the magazine of Quail Ridge. In these pages, you’ll find a charming and picturesque look at our world. We are excited to bring you profiles and features that showcase the quality lifestyle our members embrace. At lunch recently, one of our members said, “You come to Quail Ridge for the golf, you stay for the people.” Truer words have never been spoken. 2 | Q Magazine
Q reflects all the wonderful things that make Quail Ridge such a popular and successful club. Sit back, read and enjoy. Best regards, Donald “Chip” Misch Community General Manager & COO Ann Jara Real Estate Director www.quailridgecc.com
Spotlight on the 8th Green Eighth Hole, South Course This short par-4 has long been considered Quail Ridge’s signature hole, due to its beauty and challenge. The skilled player sees this as a birdie hole, while the higher-handicapped player finds this hole very challenging due to the water along the right side of the tee and the water to cross on the approach shot. The green is well guarded with a large, deep bunker front and left and another deep bunker to the right. The back bunker really frames the approach shot into the green. This is a beautiful hole – it plays as a par-5 for the ladies -- but don’t let the short yardage fool you.
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Tennis And Tradition:
Legacy On Court QRCC’s Tennis Program has Evolved into one of the Finest in South Florida Golf has deservedly earned a reputation as the No. 1 sport at Quail Ridge Country Club. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. When John Dodge started developing Quail Ridge in 1974, he envisioned a club that would revolve around tennis. Dodge hoped to take advantage of the sport’s boom, but instead saw a lag in growth during the mid-1970s that forced him to change plans. “When John discovered that tennis wasn’t going to fly,” said George Sparling, one of Quail Ridge’s founding members and a former tennis chairman, “he had to make golf more of the center attraction here. That’s when he built the second 18-hole course.” Fortunately for tennis enthusiasts such as Sparling, tennis was the focus at Quail Ridge long enough that Dodge and partner John Altofer built the tennis facility in a first-class manner. With more than 150 residents who have single-digit handicaps, golf remains king at Quail Ridge. But tennis has shown the most growth in recent years, thanks to one of the top tennis facilities in South Florida. Quail Ridge has 16 courts, 14 of them Har-Tru, and six of them are lighted. Quail Ridge keeps two courts paved, so top wheelchair players such as Bruce Karr, who was the National Wheelchair Player of the Year in 2006 and a member of Quail Ridge’s Hall of Fame, can use the facility. Tennis director Scott Fleming said there are about 250 members at Quail Ridge who play tennis, along with 120 non-resident members. Quail Ridge boasts 13 teams that play in six city adult leagues, along with a strong junior program during the summer and twilight play that has tripled in the last year. 4 | Q Magazine
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“I think we have one of the premier tennis programs in the area,” said George Kellner, Quail Ridge’s former tennis chairman.
program. Sparling and fellow member Reuben Jensen spearheaded a drive to enclose the open second floor of the tennis pavilion.
The program officially started in 1976, when Dodge and Altofer opened the tennis pavilion and eight courts. They also hired Fred Fleming (Scott’s father) to be Quail Ridge’s first director of tennis. Fleming was part of the crowd who hung out with the famous Evert tennis-playing family at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, and his specialty was staging week-long tennis academies to get more people to check out the real estate at Quail Ridge.
Not only is Quail Ridge’s tennis program unique, but so has been the continuity of their leadership. Fred Fleming was the director of tennis from 1976-1997. Scott Fleming took over in 2000 and has been in charge since. Scott was ranked No. 12 in the nation as a junior growing up in South Florida before winning the state high school singles and doubles championships at Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons. He earned a scholarship to North Carolina State where he was the No. 1 singles and doubles player. He is certified in the U.S. Professional Teaching Association and a member of the U.S. Tennis Association.
“We would have people come from all over the country, stay at our condos and play tennis for the week,” Fred Fleming said. “Pretty soon, we had a lot more tennis members.” Quail Ridge also hosted Tennis Grand Masters charity exhibitions in the late-1970s with past stars such as Pancho Gonzales, Pancho Segura and Frank Sedgeman. The players would stay at a Quail Ridge member’s house, and the matches helped continue the sport’s growth at the club.
There’s not too many country clubs that can boast their tennis directors being a father-son combination for 33 of the last 35 years. Moreover, Scott’s nephew, Brett Rowley was an assistant tennis pro at Quail Ridge from 2002-2005 and his sons Brandon, Kyle and Jordan have all worked on the tennis staff.
When Quail Ridge became a private facility in 1982, Altofer was bought out and the club started investing its own assets into its tennis
“Without the Fleming family,” Sparling said, “we would be a different club.”
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Quick Look at QRCC Tennis: For lessons and court reservations call (561) 737-5100 ext. 3329 or 3330 • 16 tennis courts, 14 Har-tru, 2 hard courts, 6 Har-tru lighted courts • Monthly Saturday Tennis Events, Evening Tennis Mixers, Weekly Mixed Doubles Round Robins • USTA East Coast Swing Adult Singles Tournament • Three USPTA Certified Tennis professionals available 7 days a week • Shot of the Week Classes, Cardio Tennis, Wall Street Workouts, Strategy & Position ing Clinics & Evening Couples Clinics • Private, Group & Team Practices available • Men’s & Ladies Intra-Club Leagues • Junior Tennis Program with after school and Saturday clinics, Junior Team Tennis League, Monthly Round Robins, U.S.T.A Sanctioned Tournaments and popular Holiday & Summer Camps
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Scott’s nephew Brett Rowley, Scott and Fred Fleming. Brett was Scott Fleming’s assistant pro from 2002-05. Scott’s sons Brandon (age 23) Kyle (age 21) and Jordan (15) are all part time tennis staff employees. Brandon & Kyle attend FAU and Jordan attends Pompano Beach High School. Scott’s niece Carrie and nephews Cameron & Connor have also been frequent summer camp counselors. Q Magazine | 7
A Devil in Paradise
Canadian NHL goalie talks about hockey, golf and his life in Florida When it comes to identifying the all-time great NHL goalies, Martin Brodeur is near the top of the list. No goalie has won more NHL games (656), or had more shutouts in the regular season (119) or playoffs (24). Beyond those personal accomplishments, Brodeur has won three Stanley Cups during his 21-year career with the New Jersey Devils while also leading Team Canada to a pair of Olympic gold medals. He has become rich and famous for his ability to stop a piece of vulcanized rubber sent hurtling at him at speeds exceeding 100-mph. So why does the 40-year-old Canadian, a cinch Hall of Famer who could join any club in the world, become a member at Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, Fla.? For the same reason that most members come to Quail Ridge: Golf! “I’ve got a lot of friends from Montreal who live at Quail Ridge and they kept telling me to go see the place,” Brodeur said. “So I visited the club almost two years ago and I immediately knew this was a place I wanted to be.” 8 | Q Magazine
Within a year of that visit, Brodeur bought a home at Quail Ridge and soon started making himself at home on the two respected, Joe Lee-designed golf courses. “It’s just a great golf environment for me,” Brodeur said. “The two golf courses are definitely very challenging, the maintenance is second to none and the practice facility is unbelievable. Plus, the members there are great. When you belong at Quail Ridge, everything comes easy.” Brodeur first started playing golf when he was 10, but the game soon went on the back burner because of junior hockey. It wasn’t until five years ago that Brodeur got the golf itch again. Playing the game was a respite from his high-pressured job as an NHL goalie, where any little mistake could cost his team the game. “Golf was a way to get away from hockey and clear my mind,” he said. “It was an escape for me. I’m so used to playing team sports, it intrigued me to play a game where there was nobody else to count on.”
Brodeur has since become very serious about golf. The left-hander plays almost every day during the off season and also tries to fit in rounds on off days during the season. He will certainly fit in with all of the other 150-plus residents at Quail Ridge who have a single-digit handicap – his fluctuates between a 4 and a 7. Brodeur has played in the American Century Championship, a celebrity golf event, at Lake Tahoe the last two years. He also hosts his own charity event every year in New Jersey. This tells you how much Brodeur loves the game: When asked if a storm or a fire was approaching his home and he could remove only one item from his vast trophy case, he gave an unexpected answer. “The ball I made a hole-in-one with a few years ago,” Brodeur said, smiling. “I’m not as good at this sport as I am in hockey. I may never get another one.” The 6-foot-2 Brodeur has the size to hit a golf ball a long way, and he also has the soft hands for an excellent short game. Brodeur was so adept at handling the puck with his goalie stick, the NHL instituted a rule in 2005 that limited how much a goalie could handle the puck behind the goal line. “Obviously, Martin has great hands,” said Mickie Gallagher, the head professional at Trump National-Bedminster who was playing with Brodeur when he made that hole-in-one, at Essex Fells Country Club. “Despite being a goalie, you Quail Ridge Country Club
can tell he’s a hockey player with his swing. What I noticed about Martin is he loves the game, he has such a passion for the game.” Quail Ridge’s members got to see that passion when he competed in the 2012 U.S.A.-Canada Challenge at the club. Brodeur teamed with fellow Canadian Peter Henrico to defeat the U.S.A. team of Bob Ferrel and Bob Harris, 2 ½-½. While their victory wasn’t enough to help Canada win the matches – the American team prevailed 39 ½-29 ½ -- it gave Brodeur a chance to get to know his fellow members better. “That was a lot of fun,” Brodeur said. “I really enjoy the quality of people at Quail Ridge. You can always find a game there when you want.” “Martin is a good player,” said Charlie Bowie, Quail Ridge director of golf. “He has a nice swing, very strong.” Even though Brodeur was in the net when the Devils eliminated the Florida Panthers from last year’s playoffs with a stellar Game 7 performance, he said he received no good-natured ribbing from the Quail Ridge members about ending their local NHL team’s season. “Not at all,” Brodeur said. “The members and employees at the club are very supportive of me. They think it’s great that I’m still playing in the NHL. They embrace it more than give me a hard time. That’s just another reason why I love being at Quail Ridge.” Q Magazine | 9
Quail Ridge Country Club Golf History Made Here Step inside Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, Florida, and it’s like you’re walking into a golf museum. Only the history is still alive. You never know who you might run into on the first tee of the North and South Courses at Quail Ridge, but there’s a chance they have accomplished something in golf. A chance they have accomplished a lot in golf, in fact. Two former Masters champions lived here (Sam Snead and Claude Harmon), but that only scratches the surface of how deep-rooted golf runs in this 600-acre community. And this history shows why Quail Ridge members are so passionate about the sport. It’s not just a club bylaw that every owner has to have a club membership. With more than 150 single-digit handicappers, golf is simply a way of life. Quail Ridge members have made more than 50 appearances in golf’s four Grand Slam events (the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship), and that number multiplies when you’re talking about the premier amateur events. Many of the members here need an extra room just to house their golf trophies. If you melted these pieces of hardware and success down, there’d be enough metal to construct a skyscraper. While Slammin’ Sammie and Harmon are the most recognizable World Golf Hall of Famers who have lived at Quail Ridge, there are many others whose list of golf accolades are longer than a par-5 into the wind. Here’s a look at some of the most decorated Quail Ridge members: 10 | Q Magazine
Ronnie Grove Ronnie Grove won the National Father-Son Golf Tournament five times with his son, Hunter, as well as the North Carolina Senior Amateur, the Carolinas Senior Amateur and the Gasparilla Invitational in Tampa. He has played many practice rounds with amateur legend Harvie Ward, who was featured in “The Greatest Match.” “I’ve played against so many of the Quail Ridge members for most of my adult life,” Grove said. “And I can tell you, if you want to play high-class golf, Quail Ridge is the best place to be.” Grove still fondly remembered a round he played at Quail Ridge three years ago, and not because he shot a 69. “It’s because the three other guys in my group all shot their age or better,” Grove said. “Dr. Bob Harris was crying because he shot 10 years below his age (68 to 78), his best ever. Man, three guys shooting their ages in the same group… that only happens at Quail Ridge.”
Stan Fischer Stan Fischer was an all-around athlete who was the starting quarterback at the University of Virginia in 1962 and made All-ACC honors as a shortstop before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He passed up a shot at an NFL career, however, to take a job with the 3M Corporation and then turned to golf. He made it to the quarterfinals of the 1997 and 1999 U.S. Senior Amateur and finished fourth at the 1999 British Senior Amateur. He was the Virginia State Golf Association Senior Golfer of the Year in 1996 and 1999.
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Bob Hardy Bob Hardy had two pretty good mentors: 1944 PGA Champion Bob Hamilton, who taught him how to play golf, and legendary football coach Bear Bryant, who taught him about life. Hardy caddied for Hamilton a year after he won the PGA, starting a friendship whereby Hamilton taught Hardy the game. Hardy went on to win more than 30 titles, including seven club championships at Quail Ridge – no easy feat, considering the aforementioned competition. Hardy also was a star quarterback in high school in Kentucky who signed with Bryant in 1951. Hardy took over an 0-2 team in 1953 and led them to a 7-2-1 record. Hardy was named All-Southeastern Conference quarterback in ’54 and ’55. “I was fortunate to have two very good mentors,” Hardy said. “Coach Bryant was probably the most honest and sincere guy I ever met.” Hardy has used those lessons to fight a deadlier opponent – he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 13 years ago. He spent time religiously working out five days a week, preparing for deep-brain stimulation surgery in 2011 to help control the tremors. Since returning to golf three months later, the 78-year-old Hardy, a former scratch player, has shot his age more than a dozen times. “Coach Bryant taught me you have to play the hand dealt you,” Hardy said. “You darn well better play the hand dealt you.”
Moss Beecroft Moss Beecroft, a six-time Virginia State Golf Association seniors champion, was ranked among the country’s top seniors in the 1990s. Beecroft’s biggest moment on the national stage came when he finished 32nd (and was low amateur) at the 1992 U.S. Senior Open at Saucon Valley. “What I love about Quail Ridge is you can get a golf game any time of the day,” said Beecroft, who also held the Virginia state high school pole vault record for several years.
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Dr. Bob Harris Dr. Bob Harris is the patriarch of one of the top golf/hockey families in Minnesota. Harris’ most memorable individual golf moment came when he advanced to the finals of the 1992 U.S. Senior Amateur, losing to Clarence Moore, and he also was the 1989 Minnesota Senior Amateur champion. Harris, 83, won the National Father-Son Championship with his son, John – the 1993 U.S. Amateur winner who played on the Champions Tour – and was a 12-time winner of the Northwest Father & Son Championship, winning with four different sons. When Harris decided to leave the winters of Minnesota more than a decade ago, he said he and his wife scoured places in California, Arizona, Texas and the west coast of Florida before deciding on Quail Ridge. “We have competitive golf here that’s second to none,” Harris said. “That includes four managed games a week where we have a secretary who makes your reservations a week in advance. All you have to do is show up and play.”
Harreld Kirkpatrick Harreld Kirkpatrick not only knew legendary Bobby Jones – Kirkpatrick has a framed, autographed picture of Jones among his golf memorabilia. He also had the good fortune of playing practice rounds with Hall of Famers Ben Hogan at the 1953 U.S. Open at Oakmont and Babe Zaharias. Kirkpatrick also got to play matches with Jackie Burke Jr. against Hogan and Byron Nelson on the Wednesday before the Masters back when there was no Par-3 Tournament. “I was just in the right place at the right time, I guess,” says Kirkpatrick, who has recorded most of his career highlights on a color DVD that features shots of more than 12 Hall of Famers in their prime. Kirkpatrick, 93, could play a little himself. The longtime Kentucky resident won more than 100 amateur titles even though he stopped playing for 20 years to run a coal company. The Kentucky Golf Association honored him by naming their State Senior Amateur trophy after him.
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Bill Ely “The General” Bill Ely, a retired U.S. Army General, holds the unofficial world record for most times shooting his age or lower – 2005. At 101, Ely’s game is finally slowing down, due to circulation problems, but his desire never waned. “I expect to shoot my age every time I play,” said Ely, who was featured in Sports Illustrated. “If I don’t, I’m disappointed.”
Johnny Owens Johnny Owens (left) won more than 100 amateur events, including the 1984 British Senior before he passed away Oct. 7, 2012 at 85. Owens helped co-found the Society of Seniors along with fellow Quail Ridge members Dale Morey and Ralph Bogart (and Ed Tutwiler), an organization that enables top amateur golfers to compete past age 55. The Society of Seniors’ national headquarters is at Quail Ridge. Owens was a star golfer at the University of Kentucky and later coached there from 1951-57. The Wildcats have a tournament named after him – the John C. Owens Invitational. Owens’ career highlights in Kentucky include back-to-back state high school titles at Henry Clay in 1943-44; the Southeastern Conference championship at UK in 1950; and back-to-back State Amateur titles in 1963-64. Owens also competed in the Masters, U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur.
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Quail Ridgeâ€™s First Family of Golf
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A Family with Golfing Heritage If the blue eyes don’t give it away, the surname does.
Hammer. It’s a name South Florida golfers know quite well, especially at Quail Ridge Country Club. And they will continue to hear it for years to come. That’s because 16-year-old Alexa Hammer is following in the footsteps of her father Kevin and grandfather Laurie by becoming an accomplished golfer. Whether she chooses to follow the path of her grandfather, who played the PGA Tour briefly before becoming a club professional, or her father, one of the top-ranked junior golfers in the U.S. who chose to go into the financial industry, remains to be seen. One thing remains clear: The Hammers are becoming one of the top families in South Florida golf. While some teenagers might see that as a burden, Alexa views it as a blessing. “I think I’m very lucky to be in the position I am because I have different opportunities than some people,” said Alexa, who is taught by Laurie. “My father and grandfather have never pushed me to play golf. They just help me with my game a lot.” The Hammer golfing heritage started almost a half century ago when Laurie earned a spot on the PGA Tour in 1965. Two years later, he teamed with Dave Stockton to win the Haig & Haig Scotch Foursome before deciding to leave the Tour life to become a club professional. He worked at Delray Dunes – just a short drive from Quail Ridge -- from the day it opened (1969) until 2010. Quail Ridge Country Club
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Kevin was the No. 2-ranked junior player in the U.S. (behind David Duval) after winning three American Junior Golf Association titles and the 1989 International Junior Orange Bowl Championship, when he broke Gary Koch’s 20-year-old scoring record. Kevin played on the top-ranked golf team at the University of Florida before he took a break from competitive golf. Kevin, 41, is once again collecting trophies. He won the 2007 Palm Beach County MidAmateur Match Play Championship, as well as the 2009 Palm Beach County Mid-Amateur Stroke Play Championship with a course-record 29 on the back nine of The Dye Preserve. Kevin has also won the Stroke Play and Match Play championships at Quail Ridge and was named the No. 3 Wall Street golfer by Golf Digest. Alexa, who turned 16 in January, recently won her first Florida Junior Tour event. She teamed
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up with her father to win a pair of Florida State Mixed Team Championships, finished ninth in the prestigious Optimist International Junior Championship and has qualified to represent the U.S. in two national team competitions. “Golf is woven into the fabric of our life in a big way,” Kevin Hammer says. It’s what they talk about at the breakfast table, and throughout the day. They are so in tune with each other, they often complete each other’s sentences. The sport is one of the main reasons Kevin moved his family to Quail Ridge 11 years ago. After growing up at Delray Dunes, Hammer was intrigued by the quality of golfers and the respected golf courses at Quail Ridge. Now his daughter is benefitting from this golf-savvy environment.
“The people here at Quail Ridge enjoy golf like nothing else,” Kevin said. “They don’t ever miss a game, and they love seeing Alexa out here playing. They are very encouraging to her.” “It’s like there are 60 sets of parents and grandparents out here for Alexa,” Laurie says, smiling. “The members here love playing with her, just like the members at Delray Dunes did when Kevin was young and playing all the time.” Kevin Hammer is quick to point out, however, that Quail Ridge is more than just about golf. “Even though we come from a golf background, we love the walking and biking paths and my wife Karen and our other two daughters love the tennis camps as well as the pools,” he said. “There’s something here for everyone.” But golf has clearly become Alexa’s passion. Among the opportunities she alluded to was the chance to play practice rounds with LPGA Quail Ridge Country Club
Hall of Famer Karrie Webb and Alexa recently got to play with LPGA phenom Lexi Thompson. “I learned a few things playing with Lexi, but it was mainly fun,” Alexa said. “I got to ask her questions about the difference between playing professionally and amateur. It definitely made me want to go practice so I could hit the ball further because she hits the ball a long way.” Alexa, who is a sophomore at American Heritage in Delray Beach, said she plans on playing golf in college before deciding if she wants to pursue it professionally. Asked to name her biggest achievement in golf to date, she paused. “Nothing, really,” she said, “because I feel like I could have done a lot better.” Her grandfather/instructor is convinced she already has become quite adept at the difficult sport.
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“She’s got the basics and her short game is excellent,” Laurie said. “Now it it’s teaching her how to score, what shot to play when, and how to hit certain shots.” Kevin says it doesn’t matter if Alexa becomes a professional golfer. He just wants her to enjoy a game that’s been so much a part of the family’s DNA – like the blue eyes. “I know if she keeps playing, she’s going to become a really nice player,” Kevin said. “I just want her to keep enjoying the game. To be able to play golf is a huge benefit throughout life. And what better place to play golf than at Quail Ridge.”
Quail Ridge 2013 Schedule of Major Golf Events Jan. 10-11 – Women’s Golf Road Cup Matches Jan. 12-13 – Men’s Golf Road Cup Matches Jan. 16-18 – Men’s Stroke Play Championship Jan. 23 – Hall of Fame Banquet Jan. 24 – U.S.A.-Canada Challenge Feb. 1 – Bethesda Hospital Benefit Tournament Feb. 6-8 – Men’s Member/Member Team Championship Feb. 14-15 – Ladies’ Member/Member Feb. 21-23 – Men’s Invitational Tournament March 2-3 – Husband-Wife Club Championship March 7 – Ladies Canada-U.S.A. Challenge March 12-15 – Ladies Club Championship March 13-17 – Men’s Club Championship March 27-28 – Junior Golf Camp 20 | Q Magazine
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Golf Collection Part of D Art Exhibit by Dr. Gary Wiren To Be Held This Season Even the casual golf fan knows Jack Nicklaus won the most professional major championships (18) and that Al Geiberger was the first player to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour. But not even an insider like Johnny Miller knows how many club heads the Karsten Solheim family was making out of the garage daily (100) when they started the golf company with the funny name (PING) or that trick-shot artist Joe Kirkwood Sr., who won 14 PGA Tour titles, used a driver that was 1 ½ times as long (67 inches) as the normal models. No matter if you are a scratch golfer or someone who wouldn’t know a divot from a duff, there is plenty to learn about the game that’s so revered in Palm Beach County. It’s no surprise that a Palm Beach County resident -- Dr. Gary Wiren of North Palm Beach -- has assembled a private golf collection that may be the most unique in the world. Wiren said he will have the best of his collection represented this fall with the South Florida premier of the Seagate Hotel & Spa World of Golf: The Gary Wiren Collection at the renamed Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square. Wiren’s collection will be accompanied by Fine Art from the Academy of Golf Art, and both exhibitions 22 | Q Magazine
will be on display in the Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture from November 9 to April 21. “The key word here is ‘unique,’ ” said Wiren, one of the United State’s few Master Professionals who serves as Senior Director of Instruction for Trump Golf Properties and wrote the PGA of America’s Teaching Manual. “We are going to be displaying things that have never appeared in the World Golf Hall of Fame or the USGA’s museum. They do a marvelous job telling the history of the game, and there will be a fair amount of that in ours. But we will have things they would never talk about.” In addition to the aforementioned little-known facts about Solheim and Kirkwood, Wiren’s collection will show how, for instance, miniature golf started in Pinehurst, N.C., as well as the history of golf on comic book covers and golfing sheet music. Wiren has spent more than 60 years acquiring his collection, which has been featured on ESPN and been personally visited by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. Wiren knows the type of reactions he’s hoping to receive. “If they don’t play golf, I want them to walk out and say that was really interesting,” Wiren said. “For the golfer who might have played for 40 years, I hope they say, ‘My God, I saw things I never knew existed.’ That’s the reaction I got from www.quailridgecc.com
Delray Charm at Delray Beach Center For The Arts (Hall of Fame instructor) Bob Toski when I told him some of the stories. For a guy like Bob Toski, who has been around the game forever, to say these are things he never knew, that’s very gratifying.” The idea for the exhibit came from Boynton Beach resident Kevin Hammer, who once was the No. 2-ranked junior in the U.S. (behind David Duval) and lives in one of South Florida’s top golf communities, Quail Ridge Country Club. Hammer and his partner at Merrill Lynch, Barry Rubin, helped underwrite some of the fees to stage Wiren’s exhibition. “We felt it was important to bring this collection to the public because it is something different and entertaining,” Hammer said. “There are so many people in South Florida who are connected to the game of golf in some way. We felt there was an opportunity to entertain children and adults and give them an appreciation of the history of the game and the values that the game teaches.” Wiren has set up his collection to be interactive, where visitors can answer trivia questions to test their golf knowledge. Wiren said any golfer who belongs to a junior or First Tee program, or who plays on a high school or middle school team, will be admitted free. There are also plans to invite members from area country clubs. Wiren will give Quail Ridge Country Club
talks and PGA professionals also will stage an occasional clinic. Guests can use putters from the 1890s, actually feel the molded grips used by Hall of Famers such as Arnold Palmer, Kathy Whitworth and Miller and see other golf items that date back to the 1500s. “This is such a great golfing community down here, and we think everyone will be fascinated with what Gary has brought together,” said Joe Gillie, President/CEO of Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square. “When you add in the golf art work from the Academy of Golf Art, we think this is going to have great appeal to a man or a woman, even if you’re not a golfer.” The exhibit was originally supposed to end April 2, but it was extended by almost three weeks because Quail Ridge is hosting the Florida State Senior Amateur Championship on April 16-18, and Hammer wanted to make sure those competitors had a chance to see Wiren’s collection. General admission is $10, $6 for seniors and students, $3 for children and free for ages 5 and under. Exhibit hours will be Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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Food And Wine Program Pleasures of the Palette Among the many benefits of social life at Quail Ridge, the pleasures of the table rank high. Members have the opportunity to take advantage of a menu which is fresh, innovative and satisfying. Much of the credit goes to Executive Chef Roger Hopkins, who arrived at Quail in 2006, charged with the challenge of completely revamping the culinary program. Hopkins had a wealth of experience to draw from. Originally from New York, he grew up in Madeira Beach on Florida’s West Coast. His apprenticeship included stints in restaurant locations as far-flung as London, Key West and the islands of the Caribbean. Prior to coming to Quail Ridge, he served as Executive Chef and director of Food and Beverage at the prestigious Colony Beach and Tennis Resort, a Five Diamond property in Longboat Key. During this period he met both Chip Misch, QRCC General Manager and COO, and David Crandell, club manager, who eventually persuaded him to cross the state and work in Boynton Beach. He describes his cooking style as “Caribbean base with a Southwestern tinge, along with hints of Tex-Mex,” and it has breathed new life into the Club’s culinary scene. He has placed emphasis on fresh local fish, along with vegetables and produce grown in Quail’s very own gardens; aided by his Executive Sous Chef, Dan Ramos, he has also established relationships with area farmers to get the best locally grown ingredients. In 26 | Q Magazine
addition, he has instituted an in-house aging program for steaks, using only prime or Kobe and wet-aging them for 60 days before cooking. At the same time, his approach as a Chef is traditional in the extreme. A believer in “going back to basics,” all stocks, soups and sauces are made from scratch in his kitchen. Meats are slow-roasted in house as well, and items such as corned beef and pastrami are produced on the premises. He is a stickler for standards of quality, cleanliness and efficiency. Above all, his goal is member satisfaction. “Our members treat the Club as an extension of their homes. They want the same types of food they might make at home, but hopefully,” he grins, “we can do it just a little bit better.” As a result, the Grille Room menu is a mix of old favorites and new twists. Members may find appetizers as classic as escargot or French onion soup, or as interesting as a Japanese tuna tataki drizzled with balsamic-wasabi crème. Burgers are side by side with Kobe sliders, and comfort food as traditional as filet mignon and veal Milanese shares the billing with a panorama of Florida fish: mahi mahi, triple tail snapper, grouper and hog snapper, all just out of the water. Popular events such as Sunday’s Italian Night have been augmented by Steak Night on Saturday, with a full-on steak house menu, and Friday evening’s assortment of Maine lobster, Dover sole and stone crabs in season. www.quailridgecc.com
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Like most chefs, Hopkins would probably make a good General. He has become expert at delegating authority over the years, and tries to empower his kitchen crew. “I want to inspire the staff to be at the top of their game,” he says, “and only serve food that they would want to eat themselves.” A good example of this philosophy is the dramatic increase in the quality of the desserts, under the direction of Executive Pastry Chef Jonathon Hammet and his assistant, Valentina Capaldo. There are now nine flavors of ice cream made in house, which rotate on a regular basis, and members can have their own flavor custom-made for them if they call 24 hours in advance. When season hits, all the hard work, planning and preparation pay off. During a typical busy evening in January through April, Hopkins and his crew will be cooking for 200 guests in the Grille Room. On top of that, there might be two or three banquets and an off-site, catered house party---not to mention the evenings when the Wine Dinners take place. Those dinners provide an opportunity for the culinary team to spread their wings and think outside the box. Not only do they have to produce a more elaborate menu than they normally would on a daily basis, but each dish has to be carefully paired with the wine that accompanies it. A good example is the recent Grgich Hills dinner on October 24, the first of the 2012-2013 season. The evening commenced with House Cured Atlantic Salmon, served with arugula pesto, avocado foam and chili oil, paired with Grgich’s 2009 Chardonnay. For the second course, the 2007 Merlot blended beautifully with Skillet Seared Duck Breast in a dark fig red wine reduction, garnished with purees of plantain and parsnip. This was followed by Porcini Crusted Buffalo Tenderloin with goat cheese risotto in a shallot wine reduction, perfectly matched with the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. The meal concluded with the Violetta Late Harvest 2009, a dessert
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wine blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer, escorted by imported and domestic cheeses, roasted nuts and dried seasonal fruits. Dennis and Margo Vlassis began attending the wine dinners three or four years ago after moving to Quail Ridge. For them, the events are a perfect combination, of food, wine and company. “I think Quail’s best cooking is at the wine dinners,” says Dennis. “The food is good all the time at the Club, but it’s truly special on those evenings. We appreciate all the thought that goes into the menus and the wine pairings, and particularly like the opportunity to try exotic meats such as buffalo that we normally wouldn’t order. It’s a great way to experience a variety of different dishes. If members want to see how creative the Chef can be, the wine dinners are the place to do that.” “We look forward to them because they really are a departure from the regular menu,” agrees Margo. “There’s always something new to try that pushes your taste buds into an exciting dimension. I’ve seen a big change just in the past three years. The food has become lighter, and the portion sizes are more appropriate for a multi-course dinner.” She also feels that the dinners are a major part of the Club’s social life for them. “For us, it’s more congenial than just going to dinner and sitting at a table by ourselves. We enjoy the chance to meet new people that share the same tastes and interests. In fact, we feel we’ve made a lot of friends that we wouldn’t have without the wine dinners.” For Roger Hopkins and his team, it’s just another day on the high wire. “We’re like Walt Disney,” he smiles. “The members tell us what they want, and we bring it to life.”
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Wine That’s Good to the If a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine, then the sun is always shining at Quail Ridge. Over the past eight years, the Club has developed one of the most interesting and rewarding wine programs in Palm Beach County. Wine definitely takes center stage in the dining experience at Quail. The offerings are superior to any other country club in the county, and easily outdistance most of the top private restaurants as well. At the heart of the program is the Wine Club, a concept pioneered by General Manager and COO Donald “Chip” Misch, and implemented by Club Manager David Crandell. “When I came to Quail,” says David, “the wine program was undeveloped and undervalued. We had never given the members a quality product in that area, and never really explored the possibilities.” When he arrived, Crandell was the perfect person to sharpen the Club’s focus on wine. A native of Michigan, he made his first wine at home at the age of 15, and later worked at the Tabor Hill Winery in the state’s Lake Michigan Shore AVA (American Viticultural Area). After moving to Florida in 1986 he worked as a sommelier at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, participating in the opening of both Nick’s Fish Market and the Top of the Tower. After stints at several restaurants in the South Florida area, he joined the Quail team in 2005. “I definitely saw the potential for wine right off the bat,” he explains. “We started expanding the list, and built temperature-controlled wine rooms for storage. The goal was to make the members happy, and to give them a quality experience.” 30 | Q Magazine
In the meantime, Chip Misch had conceived the idea for the Quail Ridge Wine Club. The concept of this “Club within a Club” was both relaxed and interactive. There would be no dues, rules and regulations: instead, members would be given the opportunity to taste a range of excellent wines in the company of their friends and neighbors. To make the idea a reality, the two partnered with local wine and spirits expert Mark Spivak, wellknown for his comfortable and low-key approach to wine. The Wine Club started slowly and built gradually. At the core of the experience were monthly wine tastings during the season, conducted by Spivak, which focused on types of wine, brands or general regions. There was also a series of wine dinners featuring the products of individual producers. In the early days, turnouts were small---eight or ten members for tastings, and perhaps 30 or 35 for a wine dinner. Today the tastings regularly draw 40 guests, and dinners are sold out (with a waiting list) at 75-80. The wineries represented at the dinners have ranged from the cream of the Napa Valley (Silver Oak, Cakebread and Darioush) to some of the top producers in Italy (Bertani and Antinori), as well as the gems of the Rhone Valley, Bordeaux and Burgundy. This season’s lineup includes Grgich Hills Cellars, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Stags Leap Wine Cellars, Masi, Frescobaldi, ZD, Rombauer and Joseph Drouhin. Tastings run the gamut from Wines of Sicily to an exploration of the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Lucia Highlands areas of California. “It’s been a wonderful experience over the years to watch the progression from a small, intimate group to capacity crowds,” says Fred Briese, a member of the POA Board of Directors. Fred and www.quailridgecc.com
his wife, Dale, have been attending these events from the beginning and have had a first-hand view of their growth. “The dinners have been a great vehicle for putting like-minded people together,” he observes. “They’ve encouraged members interested in wine to experiment and become more open-minded. At the same time, the caliber of the wines served at the tastings and dinners have consistently gotten better. We’ve gone from being a spirits-driven club to one that has a strong wine influence.” “The tastings are pure enjoyment,” agrees Dale. “I loved them from day one. It’s not like golf or tennis, where you have to compete---all you need is an interest in wine. It’s just fun.” Beginning last season, an added incentive for Wine Club members to attend the monthly tastings is the possibility of winning a trip to the Napa Valley. Each time a member participates, his or her name is placed in a hopper, and the winner is selected at random at the end of the year---the more you attend, the better your chances. The lucky winner wins airfare for two to California’s wine country, accommodations for two nights, and VIP tours and tastings at selected wineries. This popular and successful program is being repeated for the coming season. Members not participating in Wine Club events can take advantage of Quail’s exceptional wine list, which includes nearly 200 selections and offers something for everyone. There’s strong representation from California, as you would expect, but the list also includes a range of carefully chosen wines from throughout France, which are perennial favorites with the Club’s FrenchCanadian contingent. There’s a good choice of half-bottles, and several dozen quality wines
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poured by the glass. The high point of the list is David Crandell’s compilation of “Parker’s Picks”--a collection of 30 wines that have been rated 92 points or higher by famous wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr., in his publication The Wine Advocate. The wine list at Quail has been recognized with the Award of Excellence from the local branch of the Club Manager’s Association since 2009, making it one of only three Clubs in Palm Beach County to be so honored. One of David’s more interesting innovations has been the Half-Price Wine List, which was created a few years ago in the hope of stimulating Club members to dine in the Grille Room on Saturday night. “When I first came here,” he laughs, “I used to take off on Saturday nights. We were lucky if we did 30 dinners. We now regularly do over 200 in the season, and the Half-Price Wine List has been a huge success paired with our Saturday Steak House menu. We now offer the special list at dinner every night, and it has been an incentive for members to indulge themselves on a better bottle.” All the elements of the expanded wine program have increased member participation at Quail, but more importantly they have enhanced the enjoyment of the dining experience as well as the social life of the Club. Members have the opportunity to learn more about wine, and to increase their knowledge in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. On the most basic level, it reminds us that the marriage of wine and food is one of life’s great pleasures, and that those pleasures are best celebrated in the company of our friends, neighbors and loved ones. Q Magazine | 31
Fitness For Everyone Staying Fit and Perfecting Your Swing Golf will always be the premier attraction at Quail Ridge Country Club.
everyone to swing and it is based on what they can physically do.”
But not only can the club’s Fitness Center help residents live healthier and longer lives, it can also improve your golf game.
Put simply, TPI is a program that promotes golfspecific fitness, golf health and proper golfswing biomechanics to improve your game and make you feel better after playing 18 holes.
Lisa Haggas, Quail Ridge’s Director of Health and Fitness, has recently become certified in the popular Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) program at the World Golf Fitness Summit in Orlando, and she wants to pass that knowledge onto Quail Ridge golfers. “TPI doesn’t believe there is one way to swing a club,” Haggas said. “They believe there are an infinite number of ways to swing a club. But TPI does believe there is one efficient way for 32 | Q Magazine
Haggas said the TPI setup at Quail Ridge will also involve Director of Golf Charlie Bowie’s staff to best implement the changes to promote a proper swing for each golfer. Even the world’s No. 1 player for most of the last 15 years, Tiger Woods, has had to constantly adjust his swing because of issues with his knee. The same biomechanical approach works for scratch players and those with high handicaps. www.quailridgecc.com
“We evaluate body function,” Haggas said. “Then we meet with the golf pro and find out what body parts we need to work on. We then have the golf and biomechanical exercises to fix the problems.” Haggas said the TPI system has been used for so long, and on so many different types of golfers, the results are proven. “Think of it this way, an upper body swing problem can be caused by lower body dysfunction. If your lower body is not initiating the power sequence then the upper body will try to make up for it. In other words, if you have an issue with casting, early release or scooping it MAY be something as simple as poor ankle mobility. Without proper assessment you may be working on the wrong area.”
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Quail Ridge Brings Home the Road Cup Trophy The putt meant nothing, yet it still meant a lot to Kevin Hammer. Hammer rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to punctuate Quail Ridge Country Club’s 14 ½-9 ½ victory over Delray Dunes in the 14th annual Golf Road Cup at Quail Ridge. Quail Ridge already had clinched the victory – snapping Delray Dunes’ three-year winning streak -- but Hammer still didn’t want to lose his match to former two-time U.S. Amateur champion Jay Sigel, who took an unlikely 1-up lead when he holed his bunker shot at the 17th hole. “You big bully,” Sigel told Hammer with a smile before leaving his 15-foot birdie try just short. Hammer was the only player in Sunday’s final foursome who hadn’t won a U.S. Amateur. Sigel won back-to-back U.S. Amateurs in 1981-’82; Delray Dunes’ Bob Murphy, the 1965 U.S. Amateur champ, beat Vinny Giles (the 1972 U.S. Amateur champ) 2-and-1 in the other final-foursome match.
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Quail Ridge’s Road Cup Team (left to right) Ronnie Grove, Keen Shackelford, Tom McLean, Kevin Hammer, Sammy Levinson and Arnold Edwards
Hammer can play, too. He was the No. 2 ranked player in the U.S. as a junior and at 41 has won several top amateur events recently. “It was a lot of fun,” Hammer said. “I don‘t know what other country club could have a match with these kind of players, other than the Tavistock Cup. You can learn a lot from those guys (Sigel and Murphy). You see those guys playing the game like it’s an art instead of the guys now who just bomb it.” Sigel, who turned professional when he was 50 and won eight Champions Tour titles, was gracious after earning a half-point.
leads the series 8-5-1 and avoided a four-match losing streak for the first time. “It was good we won because it keeps the matches competitive and interesting,” Hammer said.
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“We both wanted to win, but we both wanted to play well and have it go down to the end,” Sigel said. “I think it was a great finish.”
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Setting the Standard Quail Ridge Country Club has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP), an Audubon International program. To reach certification, course personnel demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
rounds, 16% report that they have new golfers and/or members because of their involvement in the ACSP.
Many golf courses are registered in the ACSP because it is consideredâ€œthe right thing to do,â€?but there is also a strong business case for voluntary environmental action. In these days of tightening budgets, many ACSP recommendations reduced costs. For example, 70% reduced pesticide costs, 52% reduced water costs, 66% reduced fertilizer costs, and, even during these times of decreasing
Audubon International is an environmental organization dedicated to educating, assisting, and inspiring millions of people from all walks of life to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them. In addition to golf courses, the Audubon International also provides programs for schools, businesses, communities, and individuals.
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Audubon International is proud that Quail Ridge Country Club is one of 855 courses in the world to receive the honor, not only because of the environmental achievements of this course, but because of the model that it now represents to its surrounding community. It helps tell the story that good environmental stewardship is good business and leads to more sustainable communities.
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