Readers of Condé Nast Traveler ranked three Orange County golf resorts among the top 15 in the state, with Pelican Hill landing at No. 1 and earning one of the two top overall scores in the world. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel tied for No. 3, followed by the St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach at No. 5 in California.
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The publication's Top 125 Golf Resorts list, which appears in the April issue, ranks properties throughout the world in regional breakdowns by overall score, which is based upon eight categories: course design and access; golf staff and services; rooms; service; food and dining; location; overall design; and activities and facilities. The cost for a double room during peak season also is noted.
In its first year on the list, the Pelican Hill Resort garnered an overall score of 96.6, with perfect ratings for its course design and access, and golf staff and services. The only other hotel to achieve a higher overall score was the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, Colo., with a 96.9. Statewide, the Newport Beach resort also led the top 15 in five of eight categories, including food and dining; overall design; and activities and facilities.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel – which tied for third with the Lodge at Pebble Beach – achieved an overall score of 93.1 with high marks for its service. The St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach took the No. 5 spot with an overall ranking of 89.9. Its highest rating was achieved for its rooms.
Others on the California list include the Inn at Spanish Bay (No. 2); CordeValle and Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay (No. 6); Park Hyatt Aviara (No. 8); the Lodge at Torrey Pines (No. 9) and Bacara Resort & Spa (No. 10).
“The entire golf professional and golf maintenance teams are extremely proud to be among these 15 highly regarded California golf resorts,” said Steve Friedlander, PGA general manager of Pelican Hill Golf Club. “To be ranked by Condé Nast Traveler readers as the top golf resort destination in California is a testament to the incredible dedication to serving our guests consistently every day.”
The Pelican Hill Golf Club features two 18-hole courses designed by Tom Fazio, with ocean views from almost every hole. Other amenities include a 44,000-square-foot clubhouse, the Pelican Grill and lounge, Caffé II Italian coffee bar, golf shop and a practice facility. The Irvine Co.-owned Pelican Hill boasts 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas and spans 504 acres in Newport Beach.
“We are honored to be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers as the best golf resort destination in California,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “We sincerely appreciate and treasure this valuable, encouraging feedback, as the resort’s golf and hospitality professionals continuously strive to deliver the possibility of perfection with every guest experience.”
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