1. JohnnyGK Posted: 12/25/14 2:50p Member Since: Dec 30, 2002 From: Westlake Village
I had the pleasure of playing Monarch Beach Golf Links Friday with Ringworld, sixpez and sngernz. A great group of GK'ers with a combined total between the four of us of over 1500 posted reviews. I ha... Continue »
I had the pleasure of playing Monarch Beach Golf Links Friday with Ringworld, sixpez and sngernz. A great group of GK'ers with a combined total between the four of us of over 1500 posted reviews. I have to agree with them regarding the conditions and service. I will say there is no doubt the conditions are even better now. We played the course after days of heavy rain so it was playing much softer than normal. Now that the weather has warmed up significantly I can see the greens being more firm/smooth, fairways, rough and tees more lush and trimmed. I love this layout with all its risk/reward holes, views and interesting green complexes. The service and pace of play is excellent. I highly recommend it.
2. 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!
[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.