If you’re in Newport Beach, California and you want to play golf this is the premiere course(s) to play. Pelican Hills was designed by Tom Fazio, offers 2 courses to choose from(the north and south course), is open to the public and tee times can be made on their website or sometimes on GOLF NOW. Like most things in Southern California the resort was closed for intervals during the Covid 19 pandemic, but opened back up at the end of February 2021. I was looking for a spot to play with my friend Dave and jumped on the opportunity once I found out we could tee it up on these beautiful grounds. Situated just above the historic Pacific Coast Highway, with views of the ocean and Balboa Peninsula, Pelican Hills offers golfers of all levels a chance to test their skills. Although not the most difficult of layouts a golfer must keep their ball in the fairway in order to score well as the hazard areas will engulf your ball and will be unable to find. I recommend setting up a tee time in the afternoon to take advantage of the reduced twilight rate. The practice facilities are top notch with an uphill driving range, and a beautiful putting green next to the pro-shop. If you have time grab a nice lunch or breakfast at the Pelican or Coliseum grill which has a great view of the Pacific Ocean, or stop in for a drink after your round to soak up the experience. You can find Pelican Hills at 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, CA 92657. Please see my photos below to get a feel for the course.
Reflection Bay is my new favorite golf course in the Las Vegas vicinity. Nestled around Lake Las Vegas, Reflection Bay offers 18 holes of pristine green lush fairways, bunkers filled with white sand, fast true rolling greens, and breath taking water holes. I found myself here after meeting the club pro who invited me to come check out this course. I was amazed with the sheer beauty of the layout and as a guest you really don’t feel like you’re in the Las Vegas. The course reminded me of being in Southern California or somewhere in Baja, Mexico. The place is just gorgeous and if you are looking to get away from the city Reflection Bay is the perfect place to do it. You can find Reflection Bay at 75 Montelago Blvd, Henderson, NV 89011.