Best Oceanfront Golf Resort Destination: Newport Beach’s The Resort at Pelican Hill

The complex yet seemingly simple game of golf is certainly undergoing its own renaissance and has captivated a whole new audience following the critical success of Netflix documentary, Full Swing, showcasing the high-stakes, ultracompetitive world of golfing.

Golf is now poised to take advantage of a massive increase in play from committed players who have more time thanks to remote work schedules and a new cohort of interest coming from entertaining experiences such as Topgolf, where one can blast balls while enjoying fun cocktails. In 2022, the U.S. Golf Association reported 3 million active players registered through their official handicaps, for the first time in its 128-year history—a 16% increase since 2020.

As we kick off National Golf Month (August), we’d love to share details on a world-class Southern California golf course that marries the best of the leisurely sport with breathtaking views, family-friendly appeal, and luxury surroundings that’s attracting golfers (men, women, and Gen Z), their sticks, and families by the droves – Newport Beach’s five-star, five-diamond Pelican Hill Golf Club at The Resort at Pelican Hill

With two courses and 36 spectacular holes with sweeping ocean views designed by legendary expert golf architect, Tom Fazio, a luxurious clubhouse, excellent practice facility with PGA teaching professionals, the Pelican Grill signature restaurant, and a dramatic layout with a breathtaking seaside backdrop, Pelican Hill Golf Club is one of the nation’s premier golf clubs.

Let’s take a look at Pelican Hill Golf Club’s latest features:

  • Ocean North & Ocean South Courses

During the construction over 30 years ago, Fazio used the 400 picturesque acres of natural terrain on the coastal environment to design the highly esteemed Ocean North and Ocean South golf courses. At every hole, players will gaze across a landscape of sage and eucalyptus trees as they meet the deep blue sea under a cloudless sky. The Ocean North Course stretches nearly 7,000 yards featuring panoramic views from every hole, while the Ocean South Course takes you closest to the sea, with three holes directly on the coast.

  • PGA Led Golf Program

Robert Ford, General Manager of Golf Operations at Pelican Hill Golf Club is a committed to making the golf game even more fun for everyone. As a resort catering to all ages, the Pelican Hill Golf Club offers personal lessons and evaluations through the designated Golf Academy. Designed for all skill sets, PGA certified teaching professionals, including the Resort’s female golf pro’s Karen Tucker & Hae-Yoon Jung, instructs each golfer according to their own individual needs and attributes, improving their golf swing while also strengthening their mental focus and approach. Pelican Hill’s golf professionals and instructors also employ cutting-edge technology in its teaching program like FlightScope, BodiTrak and MySwing 3D, the same technology used by PGA Tour players.

  • Off-Course Amenities 

With two of the nation’s most revered courses, The Resort goes beyond offering the usual golf amenities such as a Golf Clubhouse with separate men’s and women’s lounges and full-service golf shop. The property’s world-class spa also offers a Golfer’s Tune-Up Massage, created specifically to help golfers loosen up key areas of the body most impacted by the swing.

Reservations for the Pelican Hill Golf Club are required in advance, by booking online or calling.


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