The Irvine Company Resort Properties has named Stephen Friedlander, one of the golf industry’s most respected leaders, general manager of golf, with responsibility for Pelican Hill® and Oak Creek® golf clubs.
Friedlander, 54, previously served as general manager and group director of golf at Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wisconsin, one of the nation’s preeminent operators of luxury golf resorts. At Kohler, he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s golf properties. This included Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin, and The Duke’s in St. Andrews, Scotland, one of the finest championship courses in the British Isles. Under Friedlander’s leadership, Whistling Straits hosted the 2004 PGA Championship. The course will host the tournament again in 2010 and 2015, and host the Ryder Cup in 2020. This year, it is the site of the 2007 U.S. Senior Open.
In 2006, Friedlander, who has more than three decades of experience as a golf professional, was named one of the 20 most admired operators in the country by Golf Inc. magazine. In 2005, he received the PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award for the Wisconsin region.
Prior to Kohler, Friedlander served as director of golf at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, which was part of the PGA tour during his tenure, and as director of golf at Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club in Tucson.
He assumes his new role as The Irvine Company’s resort division prepares to re-
open Pelican Hill Golf Club® this fall. The golf club will be the first component of an extraordinary destination, The Resort at Pelican Hill™. The club’s two courses were originally designed by Tom Fazio, who returned to re-perfect his work. Work also is underway on a new clubhouse that will offer the ultimate in appointments and amenities, and a classically-designed bridge, which will deliver golfers to the first tees. The club’s restaurant, Pelican Grill, will serve upscale California cuisine, including steaks and seafood, in an alfresco setting with expansive views of the fairways and ocean.
The Resort at Pelican Hill, which will include bungalow rooms and suites, villas, restaurants, event center and spa, will open in fall 2008.
The resort is a masterpiece in the making. Architecturally, it is inspired by the work of legendary architect Andrea Palladio, famed for his classic country villas that emphasize harmony with the natural landscape. The resort also reflects the Renaissance-era ideal that the pursuit of perfection is an important calling.
“The Pelican Hill courses are two of the most spectacular in golf. Paired with the new golf clubhouse, and a beautiful new resort, this will be a destination unlike any other,” said Clarence Barker, executive vice president of The Irvine Company. “Steve
brings a rare combination of skill and experience to the job of managing golf clubs, and I expect he will help us set a new standard in the industry.”
Friedlander said he is excited by the opportunity.
“In addition to the stunning setting, Pelican Hill will offer a luxurious clubhouse, excellent restaurant and two courses that Tom Fazio, one of golf’s great designers, has returned to re-perfect,” Friedlander said. “This will truly be one of the premier golf destinations in the world.”
During the closure of the golf club, Fazio is overseeing a combination of physical
and functional enhancements to 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 key focus is to recapture the stunning vistas framed by the natural environment, by adopting lower-growing and native plants.
The Irvine Company Resort Properties, which is a division of The Irvine Company, owns and manages some of the finest resort and leisure destinations on the Newport Coast® and in the City of Irvine. In addition to The Resort at 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; Shady Canyon® and Oak Creek golf clubs in Irvine, both designed by Tom Fazio, and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.
For more information on The Resort at Pelican Hill, please go to www.pelicanhill.com.