The Pacific Ocean views add to the golf experience at The Resot at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California
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Talking GolfGetaways 32: California’s Pelican Hill with Fox Sports’ Shane Bacon


The wow factor begins with the drive into The Resort at Pelican Hill, passing under an impressive stone bridge that golfers use to travel between the clubhouse and courses. And the wow factor never wanes from there. First, it’s the stunning architecture throughout the resort and facilities. Next, there’s the culinary experience — from the Pelican Grill, with its Pacific Ocean views and Napa-inspired cuisine, to Andrea, where the tastes of Italy take center stage (and the tableside-prepared Barrel-Aged Acquerello Risotto will be among the best dishes you’ll ever devour).

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And, of course, the 36 holes of Tom Fazio-designed golf — the South and North courses — also never disappoint, designed into the oceanfront landscape with sweeping views of ocean, beaches and blue sky as far as the eye can see.

Yes, few spots come to mind as vividly as Southern California, especially as much of the country sees its first snow and hunkers down for winter and early spring. And few resorts paint such a vivid picture of California dreamin’ as Pelican Hill.

In the “Talking GolfGetaways” Podcast (Episode 32) co-hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch are joined by friend and Fox Sports golf personality Shane Bacon to reminisce about a visit Darin and Shane made to Orange County to play the South Course at Pelican Hill on a typically perfect California day.

As a seasoned “digital golf scribe” and now an on-camera fixture for FOX Sports’ golf coverage, Shane has traveled extensively and calls Pelican Hill a favorite place to hang — and looks forward to returning to experience the North Course as well.

He and Darin share stories about the Pelican Hill trip, with Shane detailing why he thinks the 3-pars, in addition to the stunning vistas and course layout (which includes unique walking paths along the oceanfront holes), made for a most memorable round and a must-play for golf travelers visiting Southern California anytime of year.

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