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Southern California PGA Honors Pelican Hill Golf Academy’s Glenn Deck as Teacher of the Year

The PGA of America’s Southern California Section (SCPGA) recognized Glenn Deck, PGA director of instruction for Pelican Hill and Oak Creek Golf Clubs®, as Teacher of the Year, during an awards presentation in Newport Beach on December 2. Deck has earned past honors as one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America since 2002 and Golf Tips magazine’s Top 25 U.S. Instructors in 2012.

“From the time he began teaching in the late 1980s, Glenn has shared his passion for the game of golf with countless men, women and children through his approachable and innovative teaching style,” said Steve Friedlander, vice president – golf for Pelican Hill and Oak Creek Golf Clubs. “As a leading teaching professional today, Glenn continues to help golfers advance their game and lower their scores with his own thoughtful balance of technology-enhanced teaching tools, personalized instruction methods and a steadfast appreciation for the fun of the game.”

Deck offers monthly group workshops, junior golf camps, and private lessons for local golfers and Resort guests alike at both Pelican Hill Golf Club and Oak Creek Golf Club. Additionally, he contributes his instruction expertise editorially and has published more than 75 articles in top publications, such as Golf Magazine, Golf Tips, Southland Golf and many others.

For Golf Academy information, please visit pelicanhill.com or oakcreekgolfclub.com.

Pelican Hill Golf Academy

Pelican Hill Golf Academy is a preeminent institution of golf instruction in California.  The dedicated teaching facilities include two greens, bunkers and artificial-surface driving tees and panoramic views of the courses and Pacific Ocean.  The Academy holds a variety of half-day golf schools, full-day short game programs, full-day full swing schools coupled with playing lessons, total game evaluations, private lessons, and specialty golf schools year-round.

One weekend every month, the Pelican Hill Golf Academy holds four different half-day golf schools and each one is dedicated to a specific part of the game of golf.  The Academy features Putting schools, Chip, Pitch, and Bunker schools, Full Swing schools, and Playing Schools, to enhance or improve whatever specific area needs improving. Private lessons are available at all times to provide customized and individual instruction based on the skill level of any player.

About Pelican Hill®

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 guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star 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,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report; as Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100” World’s Best Hotels (2011 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).

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.