The Resort at Pelican Hill

22701 Pelican Hill Rd South,

Newport Coast, California 92657

  • Office

    +1 (949) 467 6800
  • Pro shop

    +1 (877) 735 4226
  • Golf pro

    Glenn Deck (Director of Instruction)
  • Academy

    The Pelican Hill Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Undulating coastal bushland.

  • Designer:

    Tom Fazio

SSS or slope

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Ocean North course. Also at Pelican Hill is the 18-hole Ocean South course (par-70; 6,580 yards from back tees; rating 73.3).






How to get there:

6 miles SE of Newport Beach / 45 miles SE of Los Angeles

From Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, turn inland (east) onto Newport Coast Drive. After o.3 miles turn left into Pelican Hill Road and follow signs to golf. Alternatively, from Hwy 73 (San Joaquin Hills Toll Road) between Costa Mesa and Laguna Niguel, take exit 11 (Newport Coast Drive) and head south on Newport Coast Drive. After approximately 3.5 miles, turn right into Pelican Hill Road and follow signs to golf.

Pelican Hill Golf Club (North course)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1993

Pelican Hill Golf Club (North course): Although Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines may regularly scoop top honours as the best of California's publicly accessible world-class coastal golf courses, Pelican Hill is right up there with them. Recently upgraded by original designer Tom Fazio, both the Ocean North and Ocean South courses provide a fabulously scenic and challenging golf experience.

Unlike the South, the North course (at one time called the Links course) doesn't quite get down to the sea shore, but makes up for that with a truly superb layout, and many spectacular sea views along the way.

The coastal bushland terrain, riven with deep canyons and chasms, creates the undulating topography onto which Fazio has sculpted (and recently "re-perfected") a masterpiece. The constant elevation changes create a succession of testing and stylish holes, with the rugged natural bushland threatening anything too wayward. Plenty of impressive bunkering adds to the challenges.

This is a course that will appeal to big-hitters and technicians alike. Fazio gives you sufficient space for your tee-shots, but increases the demands for accuracy as you approach the large and undulating greens. Many holes and several tee-boxes give you an "on top of the world" feeling, with panoramic views down to the ocean, along the Newport coastline and occasionally, as at the par-5 8th, into picturesque valleys. This is a fabulous course, as scenic, demanding and natural as they come.

Stay&Play at Pelican Hill: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

List of courses: Around Los Angeles


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season (June thru' Sept): $320 (all days); golf cart and forecaddie included.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Golf carts compulsory.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The clubhouse and properties at The Resort at Pelican Hill follow the classical influences of Palladian architecture. Andrea Palladio (1508-80) was arguably the most acclaimed architect of the European Renaissance period. Celebrated for his churches, villas and palaces in northern Italy, he became one of the most influential Italian architects, drawing on the crisp lines, elegant proportions and decorative porticos found in the architecture of ancient Rome and Greece.

Pelican Hill, along with nearby Oak Creek (also Tom Fazio designed), is owned and managed by The Irvine Company.

Published ranking

California: 48th best course in California (Golf Digest, 2023/24).


  • The Resort at Pelican HillAAA 5-Diamond

    22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, California 29657.

    +1 (888) 507 6427

    Visit website

    The Resort at Pelican Hill not only boasts two fabulous Tom Fazio designed golf courses, but luxury resort accommodation in elegant guest rooms, suites, bungalows and villas. The resort offers all the amenities of a luxury hotel, including top-quality restaurants, world-class spa facilities, Camp Pelican (for ages 4-12), function space and a "Coliseum" pool.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Pelican Hill (Ocean North and Ocean South courses)

    • Golf within 5 miles:


    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Arroyo Trabuco; Monarch Beach; Talega; Oak Creek; Strawberry Farms; Tustin Ranch

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