More than two years into “re-perfecting” two Tom Fazio-designed, 18-hole golf courses and constructing an ultra-luxurious clubhouse and facilities in a spectacular seaside location, one of the nation’s premier golf clubs is set to open in fall 2007.
Pelican Hill Golf Club® will be an anchor, and the first component to open, of an extraordinary destination resort. Combining the principles of Italy’s most renowned Renaissance architect with comfortably elegant California style, The Resort at Pelican Hill™ promises to set a new paradigm in resort exclusivity, style and guest experience.
“At Pelican Hill Golf Club, golfers will experience the most beautiful game, played in the perfect location, and enhanced with every amenity,” said Clarence Barker, executive vice president, The Irvine Company, the developer of the resort.
Two of the nation’s most highly rated public courses, Pelican Hill Ocean North and Pelican Hill Ocean South, were originally designed here in the early 1990s by Tom Fazio. He returned, as he explained, to “re-perfect” all 36 holes in a location that is “one of the most spectacular in golf,” where numerous holes play along cliffs at the ocean’s edge. “The unique environment here at Pelican Hill is not found anyplace in the world,” said Fazio. “It’s a piece of art and a land form all its own, and that’s what makes Pelican Hill so special.”
Built on a terraced hillside, the clubhouse will feature sweeping panoramas and the ultimate in appointments and amenities, including a signature restaurant. Serving upscale California cuisine,
including the finest steaks and seafood, Pelican Grill will redefine al fresco dining with a climate and ambience-controlled terrace and expansive views. Other facilities will include: a driving range;
complete practice tee with a bunker, fairway and green; and an espresso bar. To get to the first tees of both courses, golfers will drive their carts across a dramatic, classically designed bridge that also will serve as the iconic entrance to the resort.
Fazio is overseeing a combination of both physical and functional improvements to enhance the aesthetics, turf quality and playing conditions of the courses. A major objective is to re-turf the fairways and tees with Tifway II hybrid bermuda to achieve a consistent look, texture and playing surface year-round, and at the same time eliminate annual overseeding.
Another major focus is to recapture the stunning vistas framed by the natural environment by adopting lower-growing and native plants. “The courses are so well-framed by the natural environment with the ocean as the background,” noted Fazio. “You have this wow factor that just goes on and on, hole after hole, and environment after environment.”
Among the other improvements being implemented are:
Fairways are being re-contoured to enhance drainage.
Roughs are being converted to a cool season blend of tall fescue and rye, to contrast with the Tifway II hybrid bermuda on the fairways in color and texture, adding definition.
Bunkers are being adjusted to enhance the strategy or aesthetics of the courses.
High-traffic areas are being sand capped to create better turf quality.
Tees on both courses are being rebuilt including a new sand base and resurfacing with Bermuda, and tees are being added to enhance the playing strategy or aesthetics.
Cart paths were redone with a new concrete developed to buffer cracking.
In addition, a sophisticated water-quality system has been designed to trap and treat all run-
off at the new resort, and promote conservation and recycling. The system – a labyrinth of filters, enormous underground cisterns, catch basins and other measures – essentially mimics and even improves upon nature. Environmental experts say it is the most advanced water-quality management program they have seen on the California coast.
While the golf club is coming this fall, all of the resort’s other components – from the bungalows and villas to the function space, spa, wedding chapel and “Coliseum” pool – will open in fall 2008. Inspired by the Renaissance belief that humanity is uplifted by aspiring to perfection, The Resort at Pelican Hill is a masterpiece in the making that melds the precepts of internationally heralded Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio with the welcoming and relaxed style of coastal California.
The golf club and resort are on a 504-acre site enjoying one of the most serene coastal settings in Southern California – where the Pacific Ocean laps uncrowded white-sand beaches and thousands of acres of coastal habitat are permanently protected as open space or designated for recreational uses only – located just south of Newport Beach in Newport Coast. From the resort and golf club, there will be vivid panoramas of this natural bounty.
The Resort at Pelican Hill will have a breadth of facilities that is stunning and innovative including: 204 private and spacious bungalow rooms and suites; 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas; a circular pool inspired by Rome’s Coliseum that will be one of the most striking pools at any resort; an array of dining choices including an authentic espresso bar, a poolside grill and bar, and an exquisite Italian restaurant; a 20,000- sq.-ft. spa with 22 private treatment rooms; detached function space with an array of indoor and outdoor venues; and, for spectacular weddings, an ocean-view lawn with a gazebo and an Italian-style wedding chapel.
Easily accessible, Pelican Hill Golf Club is located just 10 minutes from Orange County’s
John Wayne Airport, 45 minutes from LAX, and adjacent to the famed shopping, dining and beaches of the chic seaside communities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.
The Irvine Company Resort Properties, the division of The Irvine Company overseeing The Resort at Pelican Hill, owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations on the Newport Coast and in 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.
For more information on The Resort at Pelican Hill, log on to www.pelicanhill.com.