Pelican Hills Golf Resort

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.

I’m NOT a Fan!!! The Tollways in Orange County, CA

I don’t usually write negative reviews, but I will today.  I just received a letter from Fox Rent a Car that I owe them $45 for administration fees to pay for tolls I used on the 241, 133, and 73 highways in Orange County, Ca.  If this doesn’t feel like being stabbed in the back I don’t know what does.  First off the tolls now a days do not have attendants or machines collecting money like they did a few years back when I used them while living in California.  There is a website that is displayed on signs throughout the San Joaquin Hills Corridor transportation agency that asks visitors to pay their tolls online within 5 days ( 48 hours previously).  Of course paying tolls online is the last thing on my mind when returning to Las Vegas with an SUV full of items I had sitting in storage for 5 years, so yes I failed to pay the tolls in 5 days.  I see why these roads are so nice, but how about giving your customers a break, sending them a reminder, and letting them pay within 30 days?  We all know you have a racket SJHCT!

The Loft at the Montage Hotel

The Loft overlooks the pool at the Montage and comes with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.  I had the lovely opportunity to sit on the deck and enjoy my breakfast.  I ordered off the ala carte menu and complimented my meal with a Rejuvenate juice that got my day off to a wonderful start.  I highly recommend the apple wood bacon and hash browns covered with your favorite cheese.  You can find the Loft on the 4th floor of the Montage at 30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Treasure Island Park in Laguna Beach

Treasure Island Park is an overwhelming beautiful landscape filled with cacti, flowers, and breath taking views of the mighty Pacific Ocean.  Nestled in front of the Montage hotel and resort, Treasure Island Park will have any visitor seeking to come back again.  Be sure to bring your camera, swim wear, and beach towel because you are going to want to spend a whole day here.  There is plenty of parking for $1.50 per hour by meter or if you can find a space on one of the surrounding streets in Laguna you can park for free and walk over.  Treasure Island Park is located at Wesley & Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

Treasure Island Photos