The Quarry golf course is one of my favorite places to play in Naples, FL. The spectacular Hurdzen-Fry design was built in 2007 and winds its way through a gated community, preserves and around the large freshwater lakes that were once a working quarry.
The golf course was re-grassed in 2019 and is now wall to wall paspalum, which is beautifully manicured under the watchful eye of course superintendent Rodney Whisman, known as the paspalum whisperer.
They also just completed a complete clubhouse renovation that has it on par with some of the best country clubs in southwest Florida
The Quarry hosted the Champions Tour Ace Group Classic in 2010 and 2011, where Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer were crowned champions.
That is where the current course record was set by Tommy Armour III with a blistering 61.
The quarry features 8 sets of tees, ranging from 7316 yards on the back tee to 4749 yards on the ladies front tee.
The first hole is a short dogleg left which requires a demanding tee shot with water on the left and a big fairway bunker on the right. If you manage to hit the fairway, you are left with just a wedge into a large green that slopes dramatically from back to front.
The second hole is one of my favorite par 3 in all of Collier County. It is 231 yards from the back tee and offers an incredible view of the huge lake that the community is built around.
It is a long shot, but the green is huge and par is a good score.
The third hole is a par 5 dogleg right, with the lake running the full length of the hole up the left hand side. Another great golf hole that offers awesome views.
From there, you head to the preserve, where holes 4, 5 and six wrap around another lake, without a home in sight. We frequently see deer, turkeys and alligators along this stretch of holes.
Hole number 7 is another great risk, reward par 5 that can be reached in two for the longer hitters. We were playing this hole one day, with all of us on the green. We watched as a bobcat came out of the woods and walked on the cart path, all the way around the green, not even a little impressed by our presence.
Numbers 8 and 9 are great holes to finish the front nine and you will find yourself at the turn shack, which is always on point for a quick sandwich, snack or a cocktail.
There are even ice cold mango towels for you in the cooler at the turn stand. These are a welcome sight if you are playing in the summer heat.
The back nine starts out with a tough driving hole on 10, with water on the left and a fairway bunker on the right.
Even if you find the fairway, you are left with a tough shot into a green that slopes from right to left and front to back towards the water.
Eleven is a great hole with a huge fairway and a second shot to an elevated green.
Twelve is a fantastic risk, reward par five that is very reachable in two shots. The problem is that the green is a peninsula green with water all the way around.
Thirteen is a good par 3, with water all around the elevated green, with a quarry rock perimeter holding the green up above the water.
Fourteen and fifteen are two of the best holes on the Quarry golf course.
Fourteen is an awesome par 5 with a huge fairway landing area for your drive, but the fairway gets narrower and narrower as you make your way towards the green, making for a difficult second shot, whether you are laying up or going for the green.
Fifteen is a long par 3 at 224 yards from the back tee and it is all carry over the water. You will see many players bailing out to the right and finding a tough up and down for par. A well struck shot will provide you with a look at birdie, or a certain par.
Sixteen is a short par 4, that should be an easy hole if it wasn’t for the large green that slopes severely from front to back.
Seventeen is a tough driving hole with water left and a bunker right. If you are a big hitter, the fairway slopes from right to left and what you thought was a good drive may find its way to the water.
Eighteen is a great finishing hole heading straight back to the huge clubhouse and most players will be happy to make par here.
The Quarry Practice Areas
The Quarry features an awesome grass driving range with a good short game area and a large practice green, all near the first tee.
There is also a much more extensive short game area for members on the back tee of the driving range, where you can hit just about any short game shot you can imagine.
That is where you will usually find Tour Pro, John VanDerLaan, who plays out of the quarry, when he is not playing on tour.
There is also another large practice putting green next to the eighteenth green, where you can try to figure out why you missed all those putts on the course.
How Can You Play The Quarry?
The Quarry Golf Club is a private country club located in Naples Florida, but there are a few ways that you can play this awesome course.
One way that you can play The Quarry is if you are a member at another private club, you can have your head professional call The Quarry and ask to play.
The only other way you can play The Quarry is if you know a member and can get an invite. If you have the opportunity to play this course, I highly recommend that you jump on it.
Wrapping Up The Quarry Golf Course Review
My favorite part about The Quarry is the course layout. It is the kind of golf course that you can play every day and not get bored with the layout.
The wide, generous fairways and the perfectly manicured greens can lead to some pretty low scores.
On this particular day, I was playing with my son John. I played the Quarry tees and he played from the back tee.
He made 9 birdies and shot 64, while I played pretty well and managed a 73.
Maybe that is one of the reasons that I like playing The Quarry so much. It is good for my ego and my confidence!