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Southern California coastal golf: Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Club

Amazing ocean views and spectacular golf await on the cliffs of Rancho Palos Verdes.

by Michelle FloresPublished: February, 2011

Swimming pools and walking trails are two outdoor activities at Terranea.

Heartbroken over life’s everyday demands? Consider Terranea as your rebound relationship. The estate-style resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula has amazing restorative powers.

Seclusion is yours, along with soul-transforming views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island and nature in reach with oceanfront walking/jogging paths, outdoor patios and fireplaces and event lawns.

Luxurious guest rooms invite you to unplug, but you can stay connected with high-tech amenities such as desktop work stations, high-speed wireless Internet access and flatscreen TVs.

For tough cases of life drama, retreat further into serenity at The Spa at Terranea, a 50,000-square-foot oasis designed to cleanse body and soul. It boasts 25 treatment rooms, outdoor relaxation space with ocean-view terraces, hot tubs and a spa pool, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor areas and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center.

For reinvigorating your golf game, visit The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole, par-3 oceanfront course that’s no pushover. There are three sets of tees on each hole of the 1,239-yard layout. Players face championship-caliber holes ranging from 50 to 180 yards, artful bunkering and a range of classic strategic elements. Play every type of short- and long-iron shot imaginable.

Tune up for your round at the short-game practice facility with its two-tiered putting green that can be set up as a 9- or 18-hole putting course, plus a separate chipping green.

If you’d like to take a bigger golf bite, head a couple of miles down the road to Trump National Golf Club (above right), where each hole has an ocean view and a secluded feel thanks to the coastal sage shrubbery running throughout the course. The challenging layout offers breathtaking views from every tee and man-made waterfalls add a jaw-dropping wow factor not evident at any other Southern California course.

For more information on Terranea, call (310) 265-2800 or visit

For more information on Trump National, call (310) 265-5000 or visit