Pelican Hill Golf Club

Gracious Style in the Old California Tradition at Newport Coast

Along a pristine stretch of the Pacific shoreline, just off the famed Pacific Coast Highway, lies the stately California mission-style Pelican Hill Golf Club, home to one of Southern California’s most memorable golfing experiences. Born of a desire to maintain the area’s natural essence, Pelican Hill is a stunning example of craftsmanship combined with an uncompromised respect for the land. Thirty-six holes of golf sit atop some of the finest oceanfront acreage in all of California, barely creating a disturbance, but rather enhancing the already significant beauty of the coastline.


A great legacy comes with this land, where cattle once roamed the rolling hillsides and rugged coastal canyons of the old Irvine Ranch. Today, golfers enjoy the panoramic views that sweep from Newport Harbor west to Catalina Island and south to Laguna Beach. Located within the prestigious resort community of Newport Coast, Pelican Hill Golf Club preserves the coastal lands and creates a memorable golf challenge.


Award-winning course architect Tom Fazio created two distinct 18-hole layouts at Pelican Hill– the Ocean North and the Ocean South courses. First to debut in 1991 was the Ocean South Course, a skillful combination of wandering canyons, eucalyptus groves and pine forests suddenly traversing to open fairways along dramatic seaside cliffs. Fazio describes the Ocean South Course as “... a game of contrast and versatility... golf at its most exhilarating!”


From high above the Pacific Ocean, the Ocean South Course descends to bermuda fairways lined by towering eucalyptus, blooming coral and pine trees. Challenging Penncross bent grass greens, framed by white sand bunkers, combine with magnificent ocean vistas providing an inspiring experience.


Built across the face of Pelican Hill, the Ocean South Course features a gently rolling terrain, with dram­atic canyon-crossing shots, breathtaking views and a spectacular series of holes built right along the coastline. Golf Digest named Pelican Hill’s Ocean South Course as the Best New Resort Course of 1992 in January of 1993, the first in a continuing series of accolades and honors.


The 12th hole, Pelican’s Nest, is a 212 yard par 3 that often plays into the ocean breeze and the 13th hole, Double Trouble, is a 121 yard par 3 surrounded by sculpted sand bunkers, are two of golf’s most beautiful and more difficult holes. Carved from the rugged rock outcroppings of Pelican Point, these par 3s hug the bluffs and offer dramatic views of Pacific surf on the beach below.


Double Cross, the 442 yard, par 4, 18th hole and On the Rocks, the 195 yard, par 3, 7th hole are two more of 18 reasons the Ocean South Course has become a California tradition.


Fazio’s second layout at Pelican Hill, the Ocean North Course, opened in 1993 and soon received accolades similar to those bestowed on the earlier Ocean South Course, including its rating by Golf Magazine as one of the Top 10 New Resort Courses for 1993. Fashioned in the Scottish links tradition, this Fazio design meanders back and forth along an elevated plateau situated high above the deep-blue Pacific. On the distant ocean, crisp white sails snap in the breeze as yachts cruise the waters offshore.


Built along a series of coastal plateaus and canyons, the Ocean North Course features rolling, links-like terrain that promotes creative shotmaking. Like the Ocean South course, the Ocean North course has five different sets of tees designed to provide a level playing field for players of different abilities, challenging low handicap golfers, but still providing enjoyable rounds for the higher handicap players.


Pelican’s Ocean North Course encompasses elevation changes of 100 to 300 feet, creating a landscape with uninterrupted ocean views as well as an abundance of different shot values. The natural California coastal vegetation grows in the canyons and on the hillsides, stopping just short of fairways and greens. The famed 17th hole, a 545 yard par 5 aptly named Gut Check, is played from an elevated tee to a narrow fairway. There is a long uphill carry across a lake and a canyon and the green is heavily bunkered along the right side, most definitely not for the faint of heart or weak-kneed.


After a satisfying day on the golf course, players can retire to the richly appointed comfort of Pelican Hill’s gracious Santa Barbara mission-style clubhouse, reminiscent of the mood and elegance of old California. All the amenities of the finest private country club are available to the general public, from drive-up valet service to the eager assistance of trained golf professionals. The elegant Golf Shop at Pelican Hill, with its cozy fireplace and overstuffed chairs, offers the latest in equipment, attire, gifts and accessories.


At the Glenn Deck Golf Academy at Pelican Hill, students receive the same quality of instruction that is typical of every aspect of the golf experience found at Pelican Hill Golf Club. A staff composed exclusively of PGA teaching professionals combines personalized attention with state-of-the-art technology in an effort to address each individual’s natural level of ability.


From the coastal canyons to the seaside cliffs, Pelican Hill Golf Club epitomizes the graceful, old-world charm of Southern California at its finest, enhanced further by the significant beauty of the coastline.

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