Tee Time at Pelican Hill

Golf clubhouse at the Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach, Calif.

As if the Resort at Pelican Hill needed any improvements, the luxurious Newport Beach, Calif., destination by the Pacific Ocean has added a 7,000-square-foot pavilion adjacent to its golf complex. It’s the first major venue expansion at the Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond resort since it opened in 2008.

Pelican Hill features two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, which opened nearly two decades before the resort and were renovated in 2007. The red-brick pavilion is now the resort’s largest meeting space and can accommodate groups of up to 500 guests for receptions and 300 for seated banquets. It can be tented or open-air, making the pavilion well-suited for post-golf events, al fresco dining and formal affairs.

Bungalow at the Resort at Pelican Hill

Accolades garnered by Pelican Hill include Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort in 2012 and being named among Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America for 2011. Spacious bungalows and villas tucked inside the 504-acre property and fabulous dining create a setting ideal for incentive travel and executive retreats.

Ballroom at the Island Hotel

Pelican Hill’s concierge service reflects the resort’s commitment to service and attention to detail. Located around the corner from the lobby, the concierge room features flatscreen TVs that allow guests to preview videos on resort amenities and nearby trips. Want a spa treatment onsite? Done. Hope to sneak in nine holes of golf after a day of meetings? Done. Is your executive group up for a private surf lesson in Laguna Beach? Done.

Pelican Hill is owned and managed by Irvine Company Resort Properties. Among the other properties in the Irvine Company portfolio is the AAA Five Diamond Island Hotel, a Newport Beach landmark.  With 383 guest rooms and suites, the Island Hotel offers great outdoor meeting space, including a cozy terrace near the pool, and features an 8,710-square-foot ballroom that can accommodate groups of up to 600.

—Holly Woolard

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