Pelican Hill Golf Club South and Pelican Hill Golf Club North are the two eighteens that make up what may be the best 36-hole public-access facility in California. Located 50 miles south of Los Angeles in Newport Coast, both courses are Tom Fazio signature designs that stand out as prime amenities of the glamorous, ritzy Resort at Pelican Hill. Anyone can play the golf courses no resort stays are required. Pelican Hill Golf Club South, also known as the Ocean South Course, was the first to open (in 1991), and it immediately became a fixture not only on lists of the best courses in California, but also top-100 lists of the top courses in the United States. It has stood the test of time and very recently graced Golf Advisor s Golfer s Choice U.S. Top-50 roster. For golf with enchanting panoramic vistas, wonderful trees, and holes right on the ocean, make a tee time to play Pelican Hill Golf Club South. The layout starts on higher ground near the grand, Mediterranean-style clubhouse and cascades down to the rock-strewn Pacific shoreline. Pelican Hill Golf Club South is a course that is great fun for a wide range of players, but, like its sister course, it is a players course. Wide fairways and large, undulating greens highlight thrilling holes routed amidst canyons. Don t let the layout s beauty give you a false sense of security. With tee shots that must carry over chasms, thick rough, elevation changes, fall-offs from the fairways, and elevated greens guarded by Fazio s beautiful but devilish bunkers, Pelican Hill Golf Club South presents formidable challenges. Among the highlights of the round are the back-to-back par 3s on the back nine that are right on the ocean. The second of the two, called Double Trouble, is very short and features two greens set amidst a rocky ocean cliff. The view is breathtaking. The greens on Pelican Hill Golf Club South are immaculate and fast. The groundskeeping staff keeps conditions pristine. Pelican Hill Golf Club is a service-oriented club and has a forecaddie program for those who want the full upscale experience. You can expect an elite standard of service at this high-end facility. Practice facilities include a driving range and a putting green. The fabulous clubhouse features a pro shop, locker rooms with showers, and a cafe that is open from breakfast through lunch. The Pelican Grill, a fancier restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, is right there, too. All of these facilities and amenities are part of The Resort at Pelican Hill, one of Southern California s premier luxury retreats. Whether you come for an extended stay or just for a day of golf, a tee time at Pelican Hill Golf Club South is an unforgettable experience and worth a splurge in Orange County.