February 26, 2013
Passing through the thick double doors of The Resort at Pelican Hill's employee entrance feels a little like going to school. The broad, windowless corridor has the kind of floor that's good for rolling carts and making shoes squeak. The white walls are plastered with handmade collages and bulletin boards announcing upcoming events; and banners touting values like hard work and collaboration hung from the ceiling. While first-time visitors may note sweeping views of the coast, or the quiet calm of one of the more authentic Tuscan-style villages outside of, well, Tuscany, it's what happens back here, said Managing Director Giuseppe Lama, that has helped the Newport Coast resort earn its most recent accolade: five stars from Forbes Travel Guide.
October 1, 2004
Greer Wylder Clinging to the cliffs of Newport Coast is Pelican Hill, one of the world's best places to play golf. Golf magazine listed Pelican Hill Golf Club as one of the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" in America and named the 17th hole on the Ocean North Course as one of the best holes in the world. Tom Fazio, named one of America's greatest golf course architects, designed the two 18-hole golf courses that feature holes in lush canyons and rolling greens edged out to the ocean.
August 23, 1999
NEWPORT BEACH - The University of Southern California School of Medicine will hold its inaugural golf tournament Sept. 29 at the Pelican Hill Golf Club. Proceeds from the golf tournament will go directly toward providing scholarships for qualified students who, without financial assistance, may not be able to pursue careers in the field of medicine. The School of Medicine will honor two community members for their years of service and contributions.
May 11, 2010
Entertainment personality and philanthropist Leeza Gibbons and autism activist Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson will share their personal journeys of adversity and empowerment at a Mother’s Day luncheon on Monday, May 3 at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast. The joint fundraiser, Fearless Women: Mothers & Daughters Moving Mountains , benefits ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment) and Leeza’s Place, the signature program of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation. Founded by TV/Radio personality Leeza Gibbons, Leeza’s Place provides multifaceted support for both caregivers and those recently diagnosed with any chronic disease or disorder.
August 29, 2002
Stephen Santacroce When I'm not writing or working at my real estate job, I like to squeeze in a round of golf every now and then. Despite the frustration the sport can incite, golf courses are usually situated in grand settings and provide for a relaxing afternoon with friends. I wouldn't go so far as to call myself a golfer (nor would anyone who's played with me), but I enjoy the game. Eighteen holes can work up an appetite, especially when most of your time is spent looking for lost balls.
October 15, 2008
If anyone on this planet doesn’t know the power Tiger Woods has over an audience it was displayed loudly Saturday at Pelican Hill. Woods was addressing the 200 or so people as part of the Block Party festivities that raises an approximate $1 million annually for the Tiger Woods Learning Center. The people that were there were about to play golf and had paid a nice chunk of change for the privilege. The guest of honor arrived in khaki shorts and a windbreaker and headed to the practice facility, bringing Fred Couples and Chris Riley with him. Though Woods can’t hit a ball because of his left knee, he can swing a club and he certainly can tell a story.
May 20, 2010
More than half the guests who stay at the Resort at Pelican Hill come back for a second trip. And then there are those who don’t leave at all — one year and counting for the resort’s most senior guest, Managing Director Giuseppe Lama said. A visit to the luxury resort has the unusual side effect of turning a seven-day vacation into a six-month or even yearlong stay. “We have cases ... [where] people just don’t want to move out — we become like a family here.
December 6, 2012
Glenn Deck taught when he was being honored for being a great teacher Sunday night at the Balboa Bay Club. During his acceptance speech, the PGA director of instruction for Pelican Hill and Oak Creek Golf Clubs gave a tip to the people in attendance. He told them to find a way for golf to be fun. That was one of the many reasons why Deck was named Teacher of the Year by the PGA of America's Southern California Section. Deck can place the award next to a few others. He 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.
September 18, 2013
Visitors at Fashion Island on Saturday appeared to be stuck in a time warp. Parents paused beside chic - and high-tech - strollers, taking pictures with cell phones. The scene in front of them, though, seemed straight out of medieval Europe. Traditional Italian flag-bearers, dressed in colorful leotards and tunics, strode onto the grassy knoll outside Bloomingdale's, clutching intricately designed silk panels that fluttered atop staffs. Flanked by two similarly clad female helpers and a drummer, they executed an athletic and highly synchronized aerial ballet.