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Quail Creek Country Club History

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. Our course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. Quail Creek will challenge you while providing a relaxing, picturesque backdrop for Robinson golf. Test your accuracy with our fairways, water hazards and sand traps; we have everything you need to challenge you and improve your game. All in all, our goal is to provide you with a quality experience that includes exceptional service and a comfortable atmosphere.

Course Architects

Tom Bendelow 1919
WM James Spear 1965
Kenneth Killian 1988
Drew Rogers 2008

Staff

General Manager: Michael Pantall
Superintendent: Andrew Ferris
PGA Class A Professional: Jerry Pasco

Tribune-Star article about the course

Course History

In early 1962, the President locked the doors of Crawford County Country Club (now QCCC), declared the club “closed” and handed the keys to Vice President Richard J. Heath. The next day Heath re-opened the Club, and as President and later Chairman, began an unprecedented facility and membership expansion program that lasted 11 years.

Heath started the Robinson Open Golf Tournament in 1962 offering $2,000 in prize money and continued the tournament through 1967 with $10,000 in prize money. In 1968, the Professional Golf Association placed Heath’s tournament on the official PGA Tour with prize money of $25,000. For the next five years the tournament hosted most of the major professional golfers in North America and thousands of golf fans, culminating in 1973 with prize money of $125,000.

In 1965, Heath persuaded Dr. Sam and Bernice Allen to donate 96 acres including a 16 acre lake to the Club. On that land he caused to be built and outstanding nine holes and the installation of a complete irrigation system on the new and existing nine holes. The dedication committee included then Governor Otto Kerner.

In 1966, Heath raised private funds to build Old Lake Village Resort. Twelve units designed by a second-generation Frank Lloyd Wright architect were built and six more were added later. In 1974, Heath caused the resort to be sold to the Club at a significantly lowered cost, thus insuring the Club’s financial future.

In 1967 Heath renovated the Clubhouse adding the wood exterior. A new Pro Shop and locker room was completed under his guidance in 1968.The Club membership unanimously voted that Heath be made a Lifetime Member in 1974.

Without Heath’s vision, entrepreneurship, and generosity, there would be no Quail Creek Country Club as we know it today.

 

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