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Quivira's Food & Beverage Program: Delectable Dishes at Four Comfort Stations

April 22, 2016

As an all-inclusive facility, Quivira Golf Club, home of a celebrated Jack Nicklaus Signature course, ensures that golfers are properly nourished and refreshed from start to finish.

The oceanfront practice facility near the thatched-roof clubhouse gets players off to a good start. Flanking the elongated practice putting green is a mobile comfort station where golfers, depending on the time of day, can enjoy orange juice, fresh fruit, fresh-brewed coffee, granola bars, muffins and warm breakfast burritos. Ice-cold bottled water and beer is also available.

Following the 10-minute drive to the fifth hole, a drive that traces a switchback route up the face of a mountain, golfers reach the comfort station situated behind the fifth tee. A rock staircase leads down from the golf cart path to a stone patio at 275 feet above the sea.  This is one of the most singularly beautiful places in the sport, which is why the station attendant is more than happy to serve as a photographer and take group pictures. In addition to top-shelf liquor, including Don Julio tequila (blanco and reposado), there’s a range of soda, sports drinks, bottled water and beer on ice. Edibles range from beef sandwiches and ham and egg in a flour tortilla, both kept warm in chafing dishes, to cookies, brownies, fruit and granola bars.

Many golfers save their appetites for the Oasis, the open-air hilltop comfort station located beside the eighth green. Players enter the stone-walled edifice, which is angled to rolling fairways parted through massive dunes high above the sea, and are invited to take a seat at one of the patio tables by the gracious staff. There is a full-service bar and a kitchen at Oasis where the chef prepares a variety of Mexican specialties. On any given day, these can range from chicken quesadillas and hamburger sliders to the famed specialty of the house, the “Crunchy David,” which is named for chef David Vidales. This delectable dish is prepared with three crispy flour tortillas, Arrachera (flank steak), Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and salad fixings. According to Vidales, the key to this delicious creation is properly seasoning the steak and heating the flour tortillas until the cheeses are melted and the tortillas are crunchy. The “Crunchy David” is served with lemon or lime wedges and a homemade spicy salsa for extra flavor.

Golfers have a final chance to refresh themselves at the 16th tee, a hilltop perch set nearly 100 feet above a broad, dished-out fairway. The self-serve comfort station here welcomes players to help themselves to ice-cold beer, bottled water, soda, pretzels, nuts, granola bars and other snacks.

Antonio Reynante, Quivira’s director of golf, says the club’s four comfort stations are a perfect match for what he and many visitors believe is the most spectacular golf course in the world. And not one that can be conquered on an empty stomach!