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The sanctuary of the new chapel at Quail Creek Golf Course has been used for a church meeting and weddings.
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The sanctuary of the new chapel at Quail Creek Golf Course has been used for a church meeting and weddings.

18 holes and worship
Quail Creek Resort opens
chapel on its golf course

By Deangelo McDaniel 340-2469

HARTSELLE — Remember the small white church, nestled against the mountainside, where your great-grandparents most likely married?

You probably think such churches are a thing of the past. For the most part, you're right, at least until you visit Quail Creek Golf Resort.

Owner Matt Nail has brought the little white church back. Nestled amidst his 18-hole championship golf course is a 4,000-square-foot chapel Nail opened in November.

"The primary purpose of the chapel is for worship and weddings," said Nail, who got the idea from his father-in-law, attorney John Eyster.

In its short history, there's been no shortage of users. The chapel has had three weddings, a church meeting and what Nail called a "one-night revival in the country."

The facility has a kitchenette and a second floor at the back of the chapel.

"There is no doubt that this is designed for a bride and her party," said Nail as he pointed to the full bath and shower upstairs.

Nail said he's not aware of any golf course in Alabama that has a chapel.

"Our original idea from the beginning was to build something for young people and families," he said. "We welcome people to come here and pray."

The chapel is located where holes 14, 15 and 16 meet. It has a grand piano and is available for weddings and church organizations.

During weddings, Nail said, they do everything but dress the bride.

"We cater the reception at the conference center, do the photos and decorations," he said. "We're especially proud of the chapel because it represents God and what we want this entire resort to stand for."

Nail dedicated the chapel almost one year after opening the Quail Creek Resort, a 10,000-square-foot resort that has 14 mini suites and a view that would please any golf lover.

The chapel, resort, conference center and golf course are on Quail Creek Drive, east of Interstate 65 between Hartselle and Falkville.

These facilities represent the completed part of the 440-acre master plan Nail co-designed in 1990 with Eyster.

The golf course opened in 1993. The conference center, which has hosted everything from weddings to business gatherings to class reunions, opened in 1996.

The resort has rooms that are furnished with two queen beds, refrigerators, microwaves and high-speed wireless Internet access. It opened in November 2005.

Nail said future plans include constructing between 200 and 400 golf cabins.

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