The Resort at Pelican Hill

Classic California Combined with Italian Renaissance
by Art Striklin

Picking the most beautiful spot in the US of A is tougher than picking your favorite Disney character or SI swimsuit model. But when it comes to seaside perfection, golf and lodging, this stretch of Southern California terrain along the Pacific Coast Highway from just south of LA to just North of San Diego, is hard to beat.

Pelican Hill Golf Club

Recently, one of its most famous public golf courses, the already spectacular Tom Fazio-designed Pelican Hill Golf Club, was reopened in 2008 following a two-year renovation.

Add a spectacular new Lodge at Pelican Hill, opened last winter, plus even-handed fall and winter temperatures, and there’s a reason the SoCal coast is a popular place to be for Texas golfers of all shapes and handicaps.

Pelican Hill Golf ClubThere was plenty of room for two layouts, so Fazio designed the Ocean North and Ocean South courses, both with gracious ocean views, which played host to the professional Diners Club matches for several years.

But in 2005, the innovative Irvine Company, which owns the courses along with the nearby private Oak Creek layout and other local hotels, decided to close Pelican Hill and bring back Fazio to perfect his Southern California sensation, along with building the new resort.

One of golf’s greatest living architects, with handiwork on display from coast to coast, Fazio didn’t make any radical changes, just subtle enhancements which are designed to take the courses from great to better. 

The Resort at Pelican HillWhile Fazio’s changes were certainly understated, the same cannot be said for the massive, multi-million dollar Resort at Pelican Hill which opened in late 2008, overlooking the finishing holes of the two courses.

The newly constructed resort harkens back to the days of a classic California hide away with a touch of Roman Coliseum flair displayed in the huge circular pool area. It features 204 spacious bungalows, each with a golf course and ocean view along with 128 two- three- and four-bedroom villas.

Add to this a 23,000 square foot spa, a spacious meeting and lobby area along with natural outdoor areas and you have the makings of one of the West Coast’s most impressive and newest golf resorts.

The par 71 North Course is the longer of the two layouts at 6,945 yards from the back tees. It also has more sweeping vistas from the tee box to the ocean with more open shots from the fairway to the greens.

The Resort at Pelican HillThe par 70 South Course plays at 6,580 yards from the back markers and is a tighter layout from tee to green, with several of the holes framed by trees on both sides of the sloping fairways.

To say there is an ocean view on every hole might be a bit of an overstated cliché, but you can certainly count the ones where you don’t and have plenty of fingers left over.

There are lots of easy, direct flights from many places in Texas to Orange County John Wayne Airport, only a 15-minute ride from Pelican Hill.

For more information go to www.pelicanhill.com or 1-877-735-4226 and start planning your winter golf getaway on golf’s left and maybe its best coast.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

 

 

 

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