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Golf Course Review Monarch Beach Golf Links Dana Point California

Monarch Beach Golf Links

Golf Course Review Monarch Beach Golf Links Dana Point, CA

Reviewed by: gguerrero44, Griffith Park

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Golf Playing Conditions 8.79 GREAT
Golf Playing Conditions 8.79 GREAT

Played Monarch 9/24 on the Underpar all you can play deal.

Service was 10 from the moment we drove up for bag drop off and valet. Teed-off as the first Tee time at 7:40am. Could have gone out sooner but we were a two-some and had to wait for a single to join us. Course has a rule, first group out must be a threesome or more.

Course is in amazing condition. The starter told us the greens had been punched about a month prior, and were in excellent condition and rolling @ 11 on Stimp meter. More on this in a moment. Tee boxes were in terrific condition as well , all fairly level with no bare spots. Fairways were also in excellent condition with good green coverage. The rough was well maintained too. Sand Traps (and there plenty) were also fluffy and in great condition. The course is not very long but where it defends itself is with the well placed fairway bunkers and abundant green-side bunkers. The greens are also have lots of undulations were when I missed made recovery difficult. The greens were not only fast , they were extremely difficult to gauge speed and line therefore making 3 putts more common than 1 putts.

One of my favorite holes was Hole #3 the short par 4 facing the ocean right off the beach. A well struck 5 iron leaves a mere 100 yard shot in. But with the pin tucked back-left it was tough to keep the ball hole high. There is a large drop off left middle than can bring your approach shot back to front of green. Plus going long leaves you in a grassy bowl area. Lots of fun. POP on first 18 was 3.5 hours and on second 18 was closer to 4.5 hours.

All said, great day of fun with 2 rounds at a very amazing and well maintained golf course. Thanks