Thirty minutes away from my home in Southern California is the Resort at Pelican Hill, a place I like to call my “staycation,” lucky me! The property consists of two golf courses designed by Tom Fazio, dining, lodging, spa, shopping and the Coliseum Pool. Pelican Hill is open to the public and is a must visit when you can sneak away.
Upon arrival, the Italian inspired architecture is prevalent as it stands out on coastal green overlooking the Crystal Cove bay into the Pacific Ocean. The resort sprawls over 504 acres and is easy to navigate. Our bungalow with an ocean view was just a minute walk to the Iconic Coliseum Pool that features a glass mosaic bottom and is an impressive 136 feet in diameter. It is unlike any pool I’ve seen! We had a very casual lunch on the balcony overlooking the pool and enjoyed the sun setting from our table.
On a side note, The Coliseum is a wonderful place for breakfast. Pancakes are my thing and I highly suggest there blueberry buttermilk pancakes.
The next day we woke early to enjoy the South Golf Course. They also have a North Course and both are equally enjoyable. One of my favorite designers is Tom Fazio so I’m always in heaven when playing his courses. The South Course is a spacious off the tee, however, the greens are well protected by deep bunkers and the greens are full of undulations. In summary, there’s room to be a little off line from the tee, however, you have to dial in your approach shots are you may shoot a high number.
Both courses have a great mix of short, medium and long holes. I use every club in my bag every time I play here which is the result of a good architect like Tom. The resort has a very nice driving range for warming up and an accessible putting green near the practice tee that rolls true to the course green speed.
On the South Course, there are a few holes that are right on the bluff over the ocean. These holes are nestled into the landscape and the bunkering ties right into the beach sand. I consider them world class holes unlike those along both the east and west side of the links in Ireland.
There is a beautiful spa at the Resort and a gym that has both strength training and cardio equipment available. Having these additions available to you make this resort a complete getaway that I highly recommend, or as I noted earlier, a perfect “staycation.”
Players of every skill level are rewarded with 36 holes that test your mettle, quicken your pulse and stir your soul.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner along side the coastal breeze. All Pelican Hill restaurants offer seasonal menus and ocean-view terraces so you can enjoy every meal with a side of breathtaking lookouts.
The ocean view Italian-inspired bungalows feature hand-hewn wood beam ceilings, cozy limestone fireplaces, marble baths and a private furnished terrace featuring panoramic ocean views that set the scene for a romantic escape.
The Spa at Pelican Hill is a haven within a retreat for wellness, healing and inspiration in a setting of Pacific splendor. The Spa at Pelican Hill is where they melt away.
At Allegra, you’ll find your new favorites to wear for any occasion, from cozy cashmere to trendy swimwear. The Golf Shop has selections of preferred name golf apparel, accessories and equipment.
One of the most strikingly unique pool designed with more than one million glass mosaic tiles.