Luxury – LA Style!
Close and luxurious with good golf to boot, Pacific Palms Resort is right where you need it
Ever had the urge to quickly pack a suitcase, grab the golf clubs and just get away from it all – only to lose the buzz when you think about either getting on an airplane or facing a three-, four- or five-hour drive? If you’re among the some 10.2 million who reside in Los Angeles County or the 3-some million who live in Orange County, there’s a getaway option a lot closer than you think.
It’s called Pacific Palms Resort, a resort that’s nestled in Industry Hills – just 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. And 25 miles from Irvine. Location, location, location. If you’re looking for close getaways, you won’t find one much closer than this.
But Pacific Palms Resort is more than just close. It’s a destination that’s popular for golfers, spa-goers, business travelers, vacationers …
Set against the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, the recently renovated Pacific Palms features 292 well-appointed, oversized guest rooms, quality dining and drinking establishments on site, and the area’s first luxury, lifestyle spa – the Spa At Pacific Palms. The Spa is 11,000-square feet of all things good, with traditional and Asian-style treatments and services available with expert therapists and aestheticians on staff.
Dining on site is headlined by Red – a contemporary restaurant and bar with lakeside dining, fire pits and panoramic views. Red Restaurant and Bar also plays host to jazz nights every Thursday during the summer months. For liberations of a different sort, you can head to The Hot Spot with Karaoke on both Friday and Saturday nights.
If business is your thing, Pacific Palms caters to that end as well with some 45,000 square feet of function space, including the 12,000-square-foot Majestic Ballroom (which can accommodate up to 1200 attendees), 28 meeting rooms and a business center.
But if you either subscribe or have picked up California Golf News, we’re going to go out on a limb and figure you might like to play a bit of golf. With that being the case, there’s more good news from Pacific Palms Resort – it’s also home to Industry Hills Golf Club. If that doesn’t ring a bell, this will: The Dwight D. Eisenhower (or famously known as “The Ike”) … the Babe Zaharias (or as it has become known – “The Babe”).
The Ike is the better known of the two, but both are splendid tracks. In fact, Industry Hills was recently named “2010 Golf Course Of The Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) – and that’s not an honor that you’ll find on the back of a cereal box.
The award is a serious one that’s based on quality of the course, quality of the ownership, management and service, contributions to the community and contributions to the game of golf. That’s some heady stuff with former winners including Pebble Beach and the Firestone Country Club in Ohio.
Industry Hills recently completed a $22 million renovation of both courses, including 100 percent replacement of all the bunkers, fairways, irrigation systems to provide better golf for its 1400 members and the 90,000-plus annual rounds of golf that are played there. World class on-site facilities include a short-game practice area, four putting greens, a 64-stall lighted driving range, renovated pro shop, lakeside after-golf dining … and two stunning golf courses.
“The two main reasons for truly appreciating a golf course are the quality of the layout and the consistency of the maintenance,” said Dave Youpa, PGA Director of Golf at Industry Hills. “The renovation guarantees that golf enthusiasts will enjoy the courses at Industry Hills for years to come. These are large, mature golf course with huge trees, lush, wide fairways, and unique bunker styling. People love the layout. It challenges golfers of all levels without being unfair. Of course, our maintenance has to be top-notch at all times, and we are constantly working hard to keep it that way.”
The Ike has played host to over 20 U.S. Open qualifiers since it first opened in 1979 and it is Industry Hills’ signature course – a par 72, 7200-yard beauty. While keeping the challenges of the original William Bell design, the course is fairer now – thanks to Casey O’Callaghan’s renovation.
The par 71, 6826-yard Babe Zaharias course is no slouch either. The Babe has played host to the ESPY’s Celebrity Golf Classic and has also been completely redone with crushed marble sand, enlarged tee boxes, graded and widened fairways and Pacific Palms’ signature views of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Both courses have long been considered among Southern California’s finest, and the renovation only makes them more so.
So go for it. Forget the airport, forget the long drive. Forget the stress of travel. Just finish packing that suitcase, toss it and the golf bags in the trunk, and hit the road. You’ll be at the Pacific Palms Resort before you know it.
Pacific Palms is close and convenient. How close?
– 25 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and Anaheim
– 25 minutes to Disneyland and Old Town Pasadena
– 40 minutes to Hollywood and Universal Studios
– 45 minutes to Southern California beaches and mountains
For more information:
Pacific Palms Resort
One Industry Hills Parkway
Industry Hills, CA 91744
Pacific Palms Resort
Luxury – LA Style!