1. fesdwino Posted: 05/27/14 12:57p Member Since: May 6, 2004 From: Laguna Niguel
Played Memorial Day at noon. Booked on the internet with the Crown Club rate of $85 (great deal - check it out on the web site). Upon check-in they wanted to charge the holiday rate of $109 but acce... Continue »
Played Memorial Day at noon. Booked on the internet with the Crown Club rate of $85 (great deal - check it out on the web site). Upon check-in they wanted to charge the holiday rate of $109 but accepted the internet rate of $85 - apparently a posting error; it defaulted to the normal Monday rate. I appreciated that they honored the rate without discussion. Post card day, could not ask for better weather. Light tee times for the holiday so we breezed through in less than 4 hours. The two ocean holes were spectacular this day. The course was in great condition. I have played this course intermittently for over 30 years and still enjoy the track. The beverage cart showed up several times during the round. Valet parking and a great restaurant. Pro shop is well stocked as well. Great customer service. The only thing missing here is a driving range. There is a hiting area with nets. With the Crown Card this course is a bargain. Without it, I would be tempted to play Pelican instead. Can't go wrong with either course.
2. Kahoutek Posted: 05/18/14 1:37a Member Since: Dec 11, 2003 From: San Diego
Played for the first time in a Sunday afternoon tournament. Great customer service from the time I parked my car until I left. The layout of the golf course appears to award the patient golfer that ... Continue »
Played for the first time in a Sunday afternoon tournament. Great customer service from the time I parked my car until I left. The layout of the golf course appears to award the patient golfer that stays away from risks. Cutting the corners on doglegs doesn't appear to gain you much advantage, but can really get you in trouble. If you don't mind keeping your driver in your bag on some holes and hitting fairway woods instead, and hitting your approach shot from 130 yards instead of 100 yards, the course appears to award that style of play. Loved the par-4 3rd hole, where I saw big waves crashing in from the Pacific. Lots of non-golfers walking on the paths of the golf course, either guests of the St. Regis walking down to the beach, or locals taking their dogs out on walks.
The greens were a medium speed. A man in the pro shop told me it was running 10.5 on the stimp meter, but it felt more like an 8 or a 9 in the afternoon. And the greens were definitely getting bumpy by the late afternoon on the back nine. The one thing I could never figure out on the course was the sand in the bunkers, especially the greenside bunkers. It was some dense, clay-like sand, and my sand wedge just did not want to cut into that stuff on greenside explosion shots. My sand wedge would instead bounce off the sand, and I would watch in horror as I caught the ball square and saw it sail over the other side of the green. In general, the rough wasn't too bad, but there is some thick stuff that separates the 6th and 7th holes from the elevated, parallel 8th and 9th holes, and we lost a few balls in it. The pin locations seemed to be in challenging spots all day. I don't think I saw a pin that was more than 7 yards from one edge of the green.
Never saw a beverage cart on the course, but there was a snack shop that you roll past after the 5th and 9th holes. I played the front nine well, but my shots got loose in the back and I ended up losing almost two sleeves of balls. Would love to get another crack at this course and see if I can play station-to-station and put up a better score.
[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.