Top 10 U.S. golf resort for women: Pelican Hill

Image of Pelican HillGolf honeymoon, anyone? Of all of the destinations in our Top 10 U.S. Golf Resorts for Women, Southern California’s Resort at Pelican Hill deserves consideration for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Indulge in luxurious opulence, over-the-top service and a romantic hillside setting overlooking the Pacific here at our panel’s most upscale pick, just 15 minutes from John Wayne Airport yet a world away from hustle and bustle. Italian architecture and European ambiance puts you on the Italian Riviera or Lake Como, and two Tom Fazio golf courses never let the ocean out of sight. Check in at the main building  at Pelican Hill and stroll to lodging along quiet lanes with vine-covered stone walls.

TEES RATED FOR WOMEN: Ocean South – White 5,929/75.5/137; Red 5,393/72.7/131; Yellow 4,723/68.2/119. Ocean North – Blue 6,563/78.5/145; White 6,270/76.7/142; Red 5,810/74.5/137; Yellow 4,951/69.4/124.

AMENITIES: The 136-foot circular Coliseum Pool sparkles with more than a million tiny blue glass tiles cut and laid by hand. Private cabanas available. Destination spa. Restaurants offer alfresco dining, including exquisite Andrea, and Pelican Grill at the golf clubhouse. Pro shop has the latest top-of-the line products. Locker rooms luxuriously equipped. Driving range and putting greens. Golf Academy led by Golf Magazine “Top 100 Teacher,” Glenn Deck, also includes a Ladies Golf Academy. Basic guestroom is an 850-square-foot private bungalow with fireplace and private terrace. At private enclave “The Villas,” residences go up to 3,580 square feet and include 24-hour butler service.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Any. Southern California coast weather is mild, but can be foggy.

*2-2-2 COST: $2,500.

–Cori Brett

*Approximate price for two nights and two rounds of golf for two guests
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