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I love this trail - do it all the time. It's one of my favorites in the area. Easy to get to and never really very busy.
Park in the northwestern end of the parking lot, and look for the little pseudo trailhead on the north end of the lot that drops you down to the main path along Quail Gardens Drive. From there, it's just a short distance trail that veers away from the road and leads up to the viewpoint over the golf course and through the rest of the trail. There are great views on all parts of this trail, and quite often you'll spot owls who hang out and nest in the area.
In my opinion, doing this trail as a loop, as it's shown is less enjoyable than doing this trail as an out-and-back, turning around at the point where you reach the driving range. You get more distance and more quiet trail time that way. It's about 2 miles if you do it that way.