The Quail Institute Fellowship Program

Following the changing landscape of the golf industry, the Quail Institute is a collaboration between the Quail Hollow Club, John Deere and Colt Mackenzie McNair.

  The concept was developed to respond to both the industry and individual needs within the club profession. The Quail Institute focuses on the skills and competencies required to fully develop club industry professionals into an advocate for leading change. The learning gained by the Fellows will filter not only to the direct stakeholders involved in the program but also the wider club industry having positive effects for the profession. The program will include three Fellows, one each in the areas of Agronomy, Golf Operations and Club Management selecting the very best candidates to undertake the program on an annual basis.

The Vision and Objective

Create and perpetuate a vibrant, diverse learning environment to develop the next generation of leaders for the golf industry while fostering innovative best practices in golf and hospitality management to be shared around the world.

Definition of a Fellow

fellow is a member of a group of people who work together in a fellowship pursuing mutual knowledge or practice. There are many types of fellowships which are awarded for different reasons in academia and industry, often indicating an advanced level of scholarship.

Criteria for Becoming a Fellow

  • Four (4) year degree from an accredited university

  • 2-3 years of experience in the golf/club/hospitality industry (preferred)

  • Professional presentation of credentials

  • Must demonstrate a passion for leadership and possess the hospitality gene

  • Selection made by a collaborative panel of representatives from Quail Hollow Club, John Deere and Colt Mackenzie McNair 

Three Primary Disciplines

Top three (3) disciplines The Institute has recognized globally:

  1. Agronomy
  2. Golf Operations
  3. Club and Hospitality Management 


Click below to view an interview with our Fellows
at the 2018 Golf Industry Show


Click below to view a video history of Quail Hollow Club


"Being the first club management Fellow in the inaugural year of the Quail Institute was a tremendous experience!  I had the opportunity to learn and develop my management skills alongside club managers who consistently challenged and encouraged me. This fellowship gave me the knowledge and experiential learning I needed to be prepared and successful in my first management position. I acquired an overall understanding of not only clubhouse operations but all facets of what it takes to make a club special.  By attending all of the "Big 3" industry shows and building relationships with superintendents, golf professionals and club managers I gained insights far beyond my current position and experience level. The involvement between Quail Hollow, John Deere, and Colt Mackenzie McNair makes this fellowship one of a kind in our industry and I am so thankful for all the opportunities provided to me as a result of their devotion to creating the next leaders in the golf industry."

-Rachel Nesbitt, Inaugural Quail Institute Fellow - Class of 2018

"The Quail Institute Fellowship was an eye opening learning experience and introduction to the entire golf industry. The networking included in the fellowship experience is unrivaled by anything else in the industry. I was challenged each day by the best professionals in their respected leadership positions and now have several mentors to help me accelerate achieving my career aspirations.  On top of all that I had a lot of fun and made many life long friends!"

-Russell Ambrose, Inaugural Quail Institute Fellow - Class of 2018

  • About Quail Hollow Club
    • Quail Hollow Club logo

      Quail Hollow Club is one of the finest private clubs in America and has established some of the highest standards for consistent golf course conditions, service excellence and hospitality.  Quail Hollow Club has hosted The Wells Fargo Championship, an annual event on the PGA TOUR for several years and also hosted the 2017 PGA Championship.  Quail Hollow has been selected to host and already in the preparation phase for the 2021 President's Cup.

  • About John Deere
    • John Deere logo

      Our world and business are changing. Our core values remain. How we do business is critical to our continued success. The "How" is represented by our core values of Integrity, Quality, Commitment, and Innovation.  You see the "How" in our people, products, and processes. You recognize it in how we operate every business, every day, and in the ways, we treat employees, customers, suppliers, dealers, and other stakeholders. Our core values define us. They unite us and differentiate us from competitors. Our commitment to these core values is not optional and never wavers.

  • About Colt Mackenzie McNair
    • Colt Mackenzie Mcnair logo

      We see the bigger picture...from individual careers to comprehensive people strategies.  Through trusted solutions of recruitment, human capital and career development, CMM assists on your biggest assets: your people.  Skill, precision and passion are essential in a game of golf – and key to everything we do. It underpins our specialist approach and helps us devise people solutions for local golf clubs and global golfing brands alike.  We’re proud of our unrivaled market intelligence based on years of experience in the golf and hospitality industry. It gives us a unique understanding of our clients’ needs and informs the strategic thinking behind every solution we provide. We have the local and the global market expertise to offer our clients a truly customized service in the areas of Executive Search, Human Capital Advisory and Career Development.  Over 150 clients in 28 countries.

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