The Pelican Hill Golf Club, which closed for renovations more than two years ago, is scheduled to reopen Friday with two courses, a practice range, a clubhouse and a restaurant.
In anticipation of the reopening, the Daily Pilot toured the green with Steve Friedlander, the Irvine Co.’s general manager for golf, and asked about his forecast for the coming years. The full Resort at Pelican Hill, which will include a hotel and wedding site, is scheduled to open in 2008.
Q. Explain your golf background leading up to your position with the Irvine Company.
A. I became a golf professional and PGA of America member in 1975, and worked my way through the ranks. I started as a teaching professional; then became an assistant professional, and eventually worked my way into positions, where I was responsible for all golf operations at multiple clubs. I’ve been involved in high-end and luxury resort properties for nearly 20 years.