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The Resort at Pelican Hill® Also Earns Top California Golf Resort Honor and Perfect Course Design Score for Second Consecutive Year

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – March 19, 2012 – The readers of luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler have rated The Resort at Pelican Hill® the world‘s Top Golf Resort. In 2011, Pelican Hill debuted on the magazine‘s annual list as California‘s Top Golf Resort with one of the top overall scores in the world, as well as two perfect scores for its Course Design & Access, and Golf Staff & Services.

“Re-perfecting Pelican Hill is one of the great memories of my life. The beauty of Pelican Hill‘s coastal setting can be distracting for golfers, so I framed each hole to help keep their focus on the game,” said Tom Fazio, renowned golf course architect and designer of Pelican Hill‘s two 18-hole courses. “I recommend Pelican Hill to golfers all the time and they always say the experience exceeds their expectations.”

Published in Condé Nast Traveler’s April 2012 issue, the “Top 121 Golf Resorts” list ranks golf resorts from across the world in regional lists by overall score, based upon ratings in eight specific categories. With an overall score of 96.6, Pelican Hill is only California golf resort to achieve a perfect score in the category of Course Design & Access. Pelican Hill surpassed all California Golf Resorts in five of eight categories, including Rooms, Food/Dining, Overall Design and Activities/Facilities.

“A few short years ago, we opened Pelican Hill based upon the clear vision we established early on to create a luxury destination to serve the world‘s most discerning guests,” said Ralph Grippo, president of the Irvine Company Resort Properties, which owns and operates Pelican Hill. “We are deeply honored by this re-affirming feedback from our guests across the world, who have visited and voted based on the experiences and memories they have created here in this idyllic destination along the coast of Newport Beach.”

The Resort at Pelican Hill and Pelican Hill Golf Club, located along the coast of Newport Beach in Southern California, have earned numerous accolades, including the 2012 Grand Resort Award from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, the Top U.S. Resort ranking in Condé Nast Traveler ‗s 2011 Readers‘ Choice Awards, Golf Magazine’s Green Resort Award 2012, and two courses ranked among the Golf Digest America‘s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. A complete listing of current accolades and awards, including acclaim from Travel + Leisure, Golf Digest, GolfWeek and Wine Spectator, is available at

About Pelican Hill®

Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, Pelican Hill features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world‘s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic ―Coliseum Pool,‖ one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 U.S. Resort and #1 California Golf Resort (2011 Readers‘ Choice Awards), in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100” World’s Best Hotels (2011 Readers‘ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).

The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city‘s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city‘s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company

The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California‘s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America‘s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as ―Natural Landmarks,‖ one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.

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