Photo of Pelican Hill Golf Club (South course)

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. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal bushland, oceanside and residential.

  • 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 North course (par-71; 6,945 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 (South course)

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

Est. 1991

Pelican Hill Golf Club (South course): Recently upgraded by original designer Tom Fazio, both the Ocean North and Ocean South courses at Pelican Hill provide a fabulously scenic and challenging golf experience. Both layouts are right up there with the best of California's world-class coastal golf courses.

The shorter South course is often the first choice of visiting golfers, with three clifftop holes getting you right alongside the ocean. The par-4 11th and a pair of short par-3s at 12 and 13 provide the oceanside highlights during your round. As you play these two par-3s, beautiful Crystal Cove State Beach and Little Treasure Cove are receptive to stray shots hit too far left.

Variety is a key ingredient of this superb undulating Fazio layout. Pelican Hill's South, like the North, has many holes that sweep through rugged bushland terrain, framed by eucalyptus and sage trees, with many elevation changes, and fairways occasionally flanked by deep canyons and ravines. Golfing challenges and ocean views abound, while the greenside bunkering and large undulating greens will ensure your short game is fully tested.

Although one or two holes are partly lined by real estate, the accent here is most definitely on the splendid coexistence of a wonderful golf course with its natural environment - both in amongst the coastal scrubland, and briefly along the seashore itself.

Stay & Play at Pelican Hill: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
List of courses: Around Los Angeles
  • Photo of Pelican Hill Golf Club (South course)
  • Photo of Pelican Hill Golf Club (South course)


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

2019/20 Golf Digest rating: South course rated 83rd best public course in the USA.


  • The Resort at Pelican HillAAA 5-Diamond

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

    +1 (888) 507 6427

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    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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