July 11, 2007
Steve Friedlander has seen dirt transform into a beautiful golf course — a project risen from nothing to Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wis. Now he's ready to see and oversee the same type of progression again. This time in Newport Coast. The Irvine Company has named Friedlander the general manager of golf for Pelican Hill Golf Club, which is set to reopen in the fall. He previously served as general manager and group director of golf at Kohler Co., which included Whistling Straits, the course that opened in 1998.
July 2, 2003
I would just like to point out, as a former member of the team that obtained the original approval for the Newport Coast local coastal program, that the Pelican Hill Inn is totally in keeping with the local coastal program. That means it is consistent with the general plan for that part of Newport Beach and the request [to build the resort] requires no general plan amendment. Thus, [the issue] the voters were concerned about -- wanting to vote on general plan amendments in order to assess traffic impacts -- is not triggered by this particular proposal.
August 29, 2007
Thomas Ryan has assembled the menu for seven luxury hotel openings, served wealthy diners in Europe, and cooked at the home of one of America’s most renowned chefs. But when the Irvine Co. recruited him to oversee the kitchen at its planned Resort at Pelican Hill, he still felt awed by the opportunity. Ryan, a veteran of the restaurant and hotel industries who trained in both New York and Munich, was announced Tuesday as the executive chef of the resort in Newport Coast.
June 26, 2004
Nearly 30 current or former professional athletes along with entertainment and sports celebrities are scheduled to play in the first Carson Palmer Open, which will benefit Hillview Acres Children's Home, at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast Monday. Newport Beach firm Athletes First is hosting the event that includes current NFL players Carson Palmer, Rudi Johnson and Chad Johnson -- all of the Cincinnati Bengals -- along with A.J. Feeley (Miami Dolphins)
April 26, 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.
December 21, 2000
Richard Dunn Even though Jack Nicklaus didn't design the two championship courses at Pelican Hill Golf Club, he certainly plays there as if he did. Nicklaus, who turns 61 on Jan. 21, is very particular about where he plays. Aside from the major championships and selected events on the Senior PGA Tour, Nicklaus doesn't play much competitive golf, concentrating on other businesses, including golf-course architecture and development around the world.
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.
November 16, 2010
NEWPORT COAST — Pelican Hill Resort has been awarded top honors by two leading travel companies for a second consecutive year, managers of the resort said. Pelican Hill Resort was named a 2011 AAA Five Diamond Award winner for the Resort and 2011 Forbes Five-Star Award for The Spa at Pelican Hill, according to a press release. In order to achieve a AAA Diamond Rating, the Automobile Club's professional team evaluates based on a scale of one to five AAA Diamonds, which indicate the level of complexity in service, décor and amenities.
March 28, 2011
The Resort at Pelican Hill is one of the 500 best hotels in the world, according to Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report. Pelican Hill in Newport Coast was described as "an exceptional hotel/resort of great individuality and distinction" in Andrew Harper's 500 Favorite Hotels in the World, according to a press release from the resort. The report is to be published in April. "We are honored to be among the 'best of the best' properties worldwide to receive Mr. Harper's prestigious recommendation," Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama said in a prepared statement.
November 8, 2010
Pelican Hill Resort announced last week the hiring of a new resident manager to oversee the 504-acre property's operations team. Donald Stamets, former hotel manager for the Ritz-Carlton's Palm Beach and South Beach locations in Florida, will lead multiple divisions, including spa, engineering, bungalow and villa accommodations, as well as food and beverage. "In our continuous quest to provide personalized service and unprecedented experiences to visitors and locals alike, we welcome leaders like Donald to our team of passionate, talented and committed hospitality professionals," Giuseppe Lama, managing director of Pelican Hill Resort, said in a prepared statement.