Orange County: A Golfer's Paradise, Part Two

Posted March 20, 2014 by Evan McNerney
Photo courtesy Pelican Hill Golf Club

If the last post didn’t feature any courses that grabbed your attention, this one certainly will. Continuing the list of Orange County’s top public golf courses, we have three of some of the best you can find anywhere.

*Please Note: Difficulty rankings are a matter of the blogger's opinion. Each course has tee boxes dedicated to all skill levels.

Pelican Hill Golf Club

22800 S Pelican Hill Rd.
Newport Beach

Website: www.pelicanhill.com/golf/
Par: 71 (North Course), 70 (South Course)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Toughest Hole: No. 7 (North Course); No. 9 (South Course) 
Yardage:

  • Black: 6,945 yards (North Course); 6,580 yards (South Course)
  • Blue: 6,563 yards (North Course); 6,323 yards (South Course)
  • White: 6,270 yards (North Course); 5,929 yards (South Course)
  • Red: 5,810 yards (North Course); 5,393 yards (South Course)
  • Yellow: 4,951 yards (North Course); 4,723 yards (South Course)

Photo courtesy Pelican Hill Golf Club

Photo courtesy of Pelican Hill

Located right off Pacific Coast Highway, Pelican Hill Golf Club has been viewed as the crème de la crème of Orange County public golf courses ever since its grand opening in 1991. The Tom Fazio-designed layout at Pelican Hill provides golfers with the option of playing two courses, Ocean North and Ocean South. Each has breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean from nearly every hole.

People from all over the world have travelled to Orange County to play here, so mark your calendars and make the time to enjoy all that Pelican Hill has to offer.

Blogger’s Tip: Make sure to bring your camera as Pelican Hill offers a wide range of holes with spectacular Pacific Ocean views. 

Strawberry Farms Golf Club

11 Strawberry Farm Rd.
Irvine

Website: www.sf-golf.com
Par: 71
Difficulty Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Toughest Hole: No. 12; 630-yard par 5 (Longest Par 5 in OC!)
Yardage:

  • Black: 6,700 yards
  • Blue: 6,276 yards
  • White: 5,805 (Men’s)/4,832 (Ladies) yards
  • Gold: 5,243 yards
  • Red: 4,832 yards

Photo credit: Strawberry Farms Golf Club

One of the finest golf experiences in Orange County can be found at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in the hills of Irvine. Open for business since 1997, Strawberry Farms has been a preferred course for corporate groups and golf enthusiasts alike.

This core golf course is one of the few in the area with natural surroundings giving off an escape-like feel.  Once your round is finished, enjoy a nice lunch at the local favorite, Farmhouse Grill.  Here you will experience a cozy and warm ambiance that keeps people coming back for more.

Blogger’s Tip: Have a mid-morning meeting or a full day of activities? You can still fit in some golf as Strawberry Farms offers their popular “Back Nine and Breakfast.” With this promotion players can get on the course early and enjoy some tasty food after their round for only $40.

Tustin Ranch Golf Club

12442 Tustin Ranch Rd.
Tustin

Website: www.tustinranchgolf.com
Par: 72
Difficulty Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Toughest Hole: No. 12; 442-yard par 4 (island tee boxes on water)
Yardage:

  • Black: 6842 Yards
  • Blue: 6446 Yards
  • White: 6064 Yards
  • Gold: 5263 Yards

"Public play… private feel." That is the motto of Tustin Ranch Golf Club. The moment you drive up to the clubhouse, you can’t help but feel that you are about to play a round at a country club. This Ted Robinson-designed course has been voted the #1 golf course in Orange County again and again by readers of the OC Register. This is large in part due to the superb course conditions and membership-like service that players experience before and after their rounds.

Be sure to visit Tustin Ranch in the summer months, when the course is in pristine condition and the clubhouse begins hosting its monthly “concert under the stars.”

Blogger’s Tip: If you’re strapped for time and are unable to play a four-hour round, take advantage of “The Big Easy.” This promotion allows golfers to cut their rounds and their green fees in half, as tee boxes are setup no more than 255 yards from the pin.

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