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Is This Really The #1 Resort In The US?

Posted: 10/24/11 11:15 AM ET

Last month the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California was voted the best resort in the United States and the best golf resort by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

I actually visited and reviewed the award-winning "Italian Seaside Village" in the spring. Following are my personal pics -- not stock photos -- and comments. Weigh in your thoughts in the ratings: "fabulous," "what a dump" or somewhere in between.

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In my reviews, I'm very picky when assessing the property, amenities and service. To prove it to you, I'll start of with my biggest complaint: The staff at Pelican Hill is beyond friendly, but they do not understand hospitality and service.

That being said, I truly love this place! In all of my travels, my days here were probably my favorite of the year.

Much more than a golfer-with-a-family's dream destination, the expansive, oceanfront property offers something for everyone.
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