Sunday, January 1, 2006
From the Monterey Peninsula to San Diego, discover golf in the Golden State
| Southern California|
|Pelican Hill Golf Club|
Thirty-six holes of oceanfront Tom Fazio golf is one way to describe Pelican Hill’s charms. But in addition to phenomenal views and the most scenic setting for golf south of Pebble Beach, these courses challenge your best game. Stringent carries off the tees, fairways narrowed by mature trees and testy green complexes are all part of the fun. But it’s so gorgeous, you won’t care if you shot 95! These are two of the best upscale daily-fee golf courses on the West Coast. Although a hotel on site is planned at Pelican Hill, it is several years away. In the meantime, set up base camp at the nearby Montage (262 craftsman-style rooms, suites and bungalows, spa, dining—$475-$3,800/night) or Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel (393 luxury guestrooms, spa, dining—$395-$3,200 (in season) to $345-$3,200 (nonpeak). Both of these oceanfront properties are highly recommended.
Pelican Hill: (949) 760-0707 www.pelicanhill.com
Montage (949) 715-6000 www.montagelagunabeach.com
Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel: (949) 240-2000 http://www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/laguna_niguel/
|St. Regis Monarch Beach|
The combination of the St. Regis Monarch Beach hotel and the Monarch Beach Golf Links presents an alluring destination. From many holes on the golf course, wide ocean views can be seen, and a couple holes run alongside it. The course was built to conform nicely to the terrain. Several carries off the tee can jump up and bite, but most everyone enjoys their experience on this friendly Robert Trent Jones Jr. design. The St. Regis, meanwhile, is situated above the golf course and has even better coastal views. It exudes luxury from the moment you walk into the lobby. Dark woods and cool marble decorate the 400 snazzy guestrooms and suites. Several award-winning restaurants and a popular spa round out the offerings. Rates range from $490-$5,500 (in season) to $450-$5,500 (nonpeak). Golf packages available.
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