Travel To Go | Been There, Do This: Golf Academy at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California

Been There, Do This: Golf Academy at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California

By: Kenneth Shapiro


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When you walk into the golf club at The Resort at Pelican Hill, in Newport Beach, Calif., it’s a good idea to take a close look at your fellow golfers. If you want to know where some of Hollywood’s top celebs like to hit the links, you’ve come to the right place.

“See that house up on the hill,” Mike, my caddy, said to me on a recent visit. “That’s Kobe’s place.”

With jaw-dropping ocean views on par for the course — not to mention the possibility of Kobe watching you from his perch on Olympus — it’s easy to be intimidated by the surroundings. But smart golfers will have a secret weapon on their side: lessons from Pelican Hill’s Golf Academy.

Led by Glenn Deck, a Golf Magazine “Top 100 Teacher,” and his team of PGA pros, the acade-my’s goal is to help all ages and skill sets. Of course, the instruction is designed to improve the golf swing, but it also assists with conditioning and strengthening one’s mental focus and approach.

The golf academy has a wide range of programs, including half-day, full-day and multiple-day classes; instruction for junior golfers; stability and flexibility classes; private evaluation; and more. The cost ranges from $100 for juniors to over $1,000 for 18 hours of instruction and a round of golf.

Combining a stay at the resort with a couple rounds of golf and some instruction makes for a great luxury getaway. Pelican Hill features Italian Mediterranean architecture that fits perfectly with its Southern California seaside setting. One-story bungalow guestrooms and suites come with a fireplace, a private terrace, wood-beam ceilings and more. The resort’s villas have two, three or four bedrooms and ocean-view terraces. Be sure to tell clients to check out the property’s enormous circular pool, too.

Whether your clients go for a weekend getaway or they make Pelican Hill their home base for exploring the region, be sure to recommend the golf academy to anyone interested in improving their game. They might even play a round with Kobe.

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