1. dconnally Posted: 08/19/14 9:38p Member Since: Oct 6, 2003 From: Mission Viejo, CA
Played in the SCGA Affiliate Club Championship with GKer lotrgolfer48 on M-TU, 8/18-19/2014. Weather was sunny and warm, and pretty windy during the middle of the day that affected shots. Course condi... Continue »
Played in the SCGA Affiliate Club Championship with GKer lotrgolfer48 on M-TU, 8/18-19/2014. Weather was sunny and warm, and pretty windy during the middle of the day that affected shots. Course conditions were disappointing considering the high prime time rack rates here [weekdays $219, weekends $239]. Greens were of inconsistent firmness, although many have a lot of movement and repeated plays are necessary to know where to place approaches. Some greens had very thin/bare areas that affected playability (#3 esp.), but generally rolled well at medium speed. Fairways were thin and dry, and many areas were almost bare and gave poor lies. Rough could be thin and benign or lush and unplayable. Sand was generally good with OK coverage but thin top layer over damp packed base.
This course is not well-suited to host large tournament groups due to 1) lack of a driving range [4 netted bays only; early on, before the 8AM shotgun on Tuesday, the club put temporary yardage signs down the first fairway and let players bang away from forward of the tee boxes, but that's not a solution]; 2) small putting green can't accommodate many players; and 3) OMG the mandatory valet parking strangles getting in and getting ready!! POP the first day was horrific - 5.5+ hrs, improving on day 2 to 4.5+ when a semi-scramble format was used,
Staff was falling all over themselves to be helpful. VERY expensive cart girl items and dining room food [a breakfast burrito - $15 !!]. While playing here is pleasant, the course conditions certainly don't justify the price structure.
2. weber Posted: 08/11/14 11:26a Member Since: Dec 4, 2002 From: coto de caza
After reading the most recent review, did not have high expectations as to condition, and that review was spot on. The fairways are some of, if not the worst I have played anywhere this year! The gre... Continue »
After reading the most recent review, did not have high expectations as to condition, and that review was spot on. The fairways are some of, if not the worst I have played anywhere this year! The greens however were excellent! Greenside bunkers were hit or miss. Overall the course was in decent shape, but given the amount of $$ being charged, one would expect more.
Staff was very pleasant and accomodating. First off so pace of play not an issue. Nice course, just not worth the $$
[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.