1. ringworld Posted: 12/20/14 10:25p Member Since: Mar 24, 2004 From: Torrance CA
This is a challenging course. Even more so if you haven't picked up a stick in a while which was my case. First hole I proceed to shuck the ball into the thick grass waste area on the left. Not my ... Continue »
This is a challenging course. Even more so if you haven't picked up a stick in a while which was my case. First hole I proceed to shuck the ball into the thick grass waste area on the left. Not my best performance but the course conditions are a different story.
In a word for this one's minor opinion -- impressive. Tee to green the course was in fantastic conditions considering the rain. The Green complexes are immaculate. Ball rolled true and course knowledge is key here. You have to know every nuance of each green. Some of the holes truthfully are a bit gimmicky in my opinion but overall this is good golf.
As I said greens rolled true. Fairways had good coverage. They were a little wet and shots did not roll as I would expect but this is a hillside course facing the ocean. Distance and wind would be a factor. Rough is especially thick and very difficult to hit out -- very penalizing. Bunkers had good sand but due to rain were really hard packed. Coots hit several greens and be sure to move their little gifts otherwise you get what I got, a ball that you think is a tuft of grass but instead turns out to be a bird dropping and your ball moves off line. Tee boxes are all flat.
Overall I was impressed with the facility. These are pretty good conditions for golf. Expect above average service and you will be rewarded by a staff to goes above and beyond. Staff actually greet their guests in passing which is a nice touch and they are friendly and attentive to boot.
Now if only I realized the "flyby" option on the GPS in the cart. That handy little gem really showed the undulations of the fairways from tee to green. You will need this especially for the multiple blind shots you will encounter. Just trust your line, execute, and you will be rewarded. Once I figured that button out (back 9) my score benefited from some additional course information.
Now would I consider playing here again? Yep, in a heartbeat. Price may be on the high side but if you can find a deal you will be rewarded. But then again, good golf is just that good golf and definitely worth the price of admission. Now your mileage may vary but for this golfer, it was worth it. Enjoy!
2. sngernz Posted: 12/19/14 9:50p Member Since: Jan 24, 2005 From: Redondo Beach, CA
Monarch Beach resort, wow, breathtaking from the moment you walk up to the first tee ... there are incredible views from most every hole ... it's what a high end ocean course is all about. Customer s... Continue »
Monarch Beach resort, wow, breathtaking from the moment you walk up to the first tee ... there are incredible views from most every hole ... it's what a high end ocean course is all about. Customer service just over the top, from when you walk up to check in all the way to the warm towels when you finish your round. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. And what a pleasure to play with our GK Leader, Johnny himself, super nice guy, along with my new bud 'sixpez' and my ol' bud Ring ... good time for sure, thanks guys.
The course is just picture perfect in terms of layout and challenge, with several tee boxes to choose from. Most of the course is right in front of you (and they have a 9" monitor on the carts to show you the layout ahead), but you must stay out of the rough to score (although I recall a Johnny birdy from the deep rough on #11 which was just short of spectacular). The greens were somewhat soft from the recent rain but still rolling at a nice pace. As sixpez previously mentioned there is no easy 2 putt on this course so take your time to get a good read before you pull the trigger (also, I approve of his use of the word 'trundle'). Fairways are mostly green and full with a few thin, patchy areas as expected after the recent storms that rolled through. Rough: deep and penal ... stay away! Bunkers had nice sand but some thin areas at the low points. Our PoP today was about 4:45 with CPO conditions.
I really, really like Monarch, one of my favorites in all of Southern California. So many unforgettable holes ... [other than the 18th green, I'm sorry to say, only due to the coots which have taken over. Easily, the low point of the round only because I hate them good for nothing birds and this is not a fun way to finish what was a fantastic day of golf. I chased every one of those buzzards in the pond cuz they loaded up my spikes with all their crap. Did I mention that I hate coots? OK, rant off.]
Altogether, MB is a high-end resort course to bring those special friends for those special times. If you take in all they have to offer, it's worth every penny.
[b]Media Day – Monarch Beach Golf Links (Dana Point)[/b]
I had the pleasure of attending Media Day at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point Tuesday, 11/13. It was an unveiling of the new management company OB Sports and some of the new guest features they are providing.
It started off with us...
Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to play this course. It was great to meet you Junior and wish you good luck with your marketing endeavors at MB.
Just wanted to make mention that your course conditions are opportune. That is to say magnificent. I have played every level of golf course at e...
If you aim for the center of the fairway you could end up in the water because the last 75-100 yards is downhill, so you'll get a lot of roll. And if you are short of the water you'll have a downhill lie for your approach shot over water, which is a tricky shot. If you hit an iron or wood to stay at the top of the slope you have a longer shot over water, with a green that slants away from you. Aiming over the left trap could work, but if you miss a little left you could be in the trees, and a little right and you're in the water. I prefer the unconventional approach: aim for the center of #10 fairway, which runs parallel to 18. That takes the trees, water and bunker out of play. The main advantage, though, is that you have a flat lie on good grass, and the water on the approach shot doesn't come into play. The downside is that you may have to wait for the golfers on #10 to hit your shot, and the GPS or sprinkler heads won't give the distance.
Short but mighty. Play a club off the tee that puts your most accurate iron in your hands for the approach shot. Be on the right level to putt on this treacherous green, I have witnessed a 6 putt for an 8 on this hole.