Pelican Hill Earns Top California Golf Resort Ranking And Two Perfect Scores In Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice List

Pelican Hill Resort® earned top honors as the number one California Golf Resort, according to readers of luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler. In its debut year on the magazine’s “Top 125 Golf Resorts” list, the two-and-a-half-year-old Resort earned one of the top two overall scores in the world, as well as two perfect scores for its Course Design & Access, and Golf Staff & Services.

Published in Condé Nast Traveler’s April 2011 issue, the “Top 125 Golf Resorts” list ranks golf resorts from across the world in regional lists by overall score, based upon ratings in eight specific categories. With an overall score of 96.6, Pelican Hill earned one of the top two scores worldwide. The only California golf resort to achieve perfect scores in the categories of Course Design & Access and Golf Staff & Services, Pelican Hill surpassed all California Golf Resorts in five of eight categories, including Food/Dining, Overall Design and Activities/Facilities.

“We are honored to be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers as the best golf resort destination in California, with perfect scores in two essential categories for course design and service,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “We sincerely appreciate and treasure this valuable, encouraging feedback, as the Resort’s golf and hospitality professionals continuously strive to deliver the possibility of perfection with every guest experience.”

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Pelican Hill’s top California Golf Resort ranking resulted from the Condé Nast Traveler 2010 Readers’ Choice survey, in which 26,000 readers voted on more than 10,000 properties and destinations worldwide. In Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards announced last October, Pelican Hill ranked “top two” among mainland U.S. resorts and number 22 among the “Top 100 Best in the World 2010.”

“The entire golf professional and golf maintenance teams are extremely proud to be among these 15 highly regarded California golf resorts,” said Steve Friedlander, PGA General Manager of Pelican Hill Golf Club. “To be ranked by Condé Nast Traveler readers as the top golf resort destination in California is a testament to the incredible dedication to serving our guests consistently every day. We appreciate and are humbled by this excellent feedback.”

Pelican Hill Golf Club boasts 36 spectacular holes designed by Tom Fazio, with stunning ocean panoramas from nearly every hole, a luxurious 44,000-square-foot clubhouse with separate men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges with a full array of appointments and amenities, the acclaimed Pelican Grill and lounge, Caffé II Italian coffee bar, a golf shop, and an intelligently designed, full-service practice facility conveniently located right outside the clubhouse door, featuring an expansive driving range, a complete practice tee and tour-event Nike Platinum One balls waiting for guests when they arrive.

The two 18-hole courses, Ocean North and Ocean South, are recognized by Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses” 2011 and “Best Courses You Can Play” 2009, 2010 & 2011; Golf Magazine’s “Premier Resorts 2010” Readers Choice (Silver Medal); Golf Digest’s “The World’s Greatest Golf 2009/2010” (Ocean South); GolfWorld’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards “Top 50 Resorts;” and Andrew Harper’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2009, “Top Golf Resorts.”

About Pelican Hill Resort®

Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, Pelican Hill features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow suites with ocean-view terraces; a rejuvenating spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” the largest circular pool anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas.

The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company

The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.